When heavy storms move through the area, your home may take substantial damage--including your garage door. If you walk out after a storm and discover that your garage door took serious damage, from denting to other problems, make sure you know what to do next.
1. Cosmetic Damage
Cosmetic damage is common after hailstorms, hurricanes, and more. Heavy items flung into the garage door can leave you with dents and dings. Examine the garage door carefully. Consider:
- Will the garage door still move up and down without a problem?
- Does any of the damage seem to dent the garage door enough to bring it into contact with other items in the garage, including the garage door mechanism?
- Is the garage door broken in a way that will let outside air into the garage?
If you don't spot any serious problems, you may have only cosmetic damage to your garage door. As a result, you may not have to worry about repairing your garage door immediately.
Talk to your insurance company. If your homeowner's insurance policy covers storm damage, you may be able to have your garage door repaired or replaced at a relatively low cost to you.
Evaluate the damage. How much of the garage door is damaged? Often, you can replace a single panel (or a couple of panels) if needed.
Talk with a garage door repair company. A garage door repair company will be able to offer you a clear estimate of how much it will cost to repair your garage door as well as more information about how long it will take to get your garage door repaired.
2. Damage that Prevents Your Garage Door from Functioning
Your garage door served its purpose in the storm: it prevented the contents of your garage from seeing so much damage. Unfortunately, it's now damaged in such a way that it will no longer raise or lower. Maybe you can clearly see dents or damage that prevent the garage door from opening and closing. Perhaps you aren't sure what's preventing the garage door from working. If you know that your garage door isn't functioning, you may need to act fast so that you can get in and out of your home--especially if your vehicle is still in the garage.
Disconnect the garage door opener assembly from the garage door. See if you can raise and lower the garage door manually. In some cases, that will at least give you the ability to get your car out of the garage--not to mention allowing you to get in and out while you wait for repairs.
Call a professional garage door repair company. If your vehicle is trapped in the garage, you may be able to get the garage door repair company to expedite services. The garage door company can also provide you with an estimate of the cost of repairs.
Get in touch with your homeowner's insurance company. Discuss the garage door as well as any other damage to your home. Get an idea of your deductible as well as what costs the insurance company is likely to pay as you take care of repairs after the storm.
3. Holes that Go Through Your Garage Door
In some cases, piercing damage might cause holes that go all the way through your garage door. Gaping holes can make it all too easy for air and other objects to make it through into your garage--not to mention increasing the possibility of damage to your vehicle in future storms. You want to patch up holes as soon as possible to keep your home and vehicle protected--but can you do that on your own?
Evaluate the extent of the damage. Ask:
- Does the garage door still go up and down smoothly? If so, you may be able to continue using your garage door in spite of the damage.
- Do the holes go all the way through? Sometimes, you might see holes on the outside layer of the garage door, but discover that they don't make it all the way to the inside.
- How large are the holes? Small holes might represent relatively minimal damage, while larger holes can leave you struggling to deal with repairs.
Cover the damage, if needed. If you're concerned about air getting into the garage, especially as winter moves in, try covering the holes in your garage door temporarily. Duct tape may help hold patches in place. You may also want to move any delicate items that could be damaged by incoming weather, especially if you know another round of storms may follow before you can take care of repairs.
Contact a garage door repair company as soon as possible. A garage door company can see about replacing the panels in your garage door as soon as possible, preventing winter winds from making it into the garage.
4. A Garage Door Knocked Off-Track
If something strikes your garage door with enough force, it may actually knock the garage door off its track. In this case, never attempt to replace the garage door on its track yourself. Instead:
Try not to be near the garage door. While it might hang comfortably in place for now, the wrong touch can send it crashing down to the ground, which might cause substantial injury to anyone standing in the way. Do not allow children to play in the garage or near the garage door.
Contact a garage door repair company immediately. The garage door repair company will have the means to safely repair your garage door, whether that means reseating it on its track or replacing parts damaged by the storm.
Dealing with storm damage to your home, including your garage door, can be incredibly stressful. With these strategies, however, you can take a look at the damage your home and garage door sustained during the storm and respond appropriately. Do you need a garage door repairman who can come out and take a look at your garage door, especially after it's suffered serious damage? Contact us today to learn how we can help.