It happens to everyone; you oversleep and you’re rushing around trying to get yourself and your kids out of the house on time. And then – BANG! you’ve backed into the garage door. Or the first storm of the year hits in late November and the driveway’s more slippery than you were expecting and you slide right into the door. Or maybe you forget to take down the ski/bike rack and that causes the damage – Murphy’s Law, right?
You’re probably feeling mixed emotions – anger, embarrassment, frustration, helplessness… So, what can you do?
All repairs depend on the extent of damage
You’ve most likely hit the bottom section of the door. Your electric garage door opener can probably lift the door almost the whole way up. The majority are strong enough to pull up to 350 lbs (160 kg), but your door opener should never lift more than its normal load (between 8 and 10 lbs).
Don’t touch anything just yet, have a look at the door and the lifting system. Are the rollers in their tracks and still attached to the hinges? Are the cables properly aligned with the drums? Don’t forget: the lifting system (bottom bracket, lifting cable and springs) is under very high tension, the equivalent of the door’s weight – whatever you do, don’t touch the parts!
If it looks like everything is at it should be, carefully drive your car out of the garage. Get about 8 feet (2.5 m) away from your garage and push the button on your remote to see what happens. Maybe it will lower easily, maybe you’ll hear loud noises and see that the sections no longer fit together properly. If this is the case, stop using your garage door and unplug the opening system. Don’t touch anything!
If you can clearly see the door has come of its tracks…
… there’s not a lot you can do. Don’t touch any of the parts and call a garage door expert right away, you’ll probably be able to find the number of the company who installed your door on the door opener’s housing. Then call someone to give you a lift to work or take the kids to school.
Do I need to notify my insurance company?
You will need to contact both your home’s and car’s insurer depending on the extent of the damage. Remember: car insurance does not cover damage to garage doors. Carefully examine your policies before you call, it might not be worth making the claim.
How much will repairs set me back?
As we’ve said, all repairs depend on the extent of damage, repair work will also depend on the age of your garage door. If your door is over a certain age replacement sections may no longer be available. If your door is so badly damaged that the whole system needs replacing, estimate 2 to 2.5 hours of labour.
If only one section needs replacing, calculate the price of a complete four‑section door and divide it by four. You’ll find that labour makes up a significant portion of the overall cost: the door will have to be completely taken apart (not including the tracks) and then re‑installed.
What if I need to get a new garage door?
If you need to replace your garage door call us at any time at 1-888-879-9470. We’re garage door experts and can advise you better than anyone else in the construction industry. We’ll evaluate your needs and send you a free quote by email.