Sometimes, the panels on a garage door can become damaged. They may accidentally get hit by the bumper of a car or they may become dented from one too many basketballs hitting them during a game of one-on-one in the driveway. Regardless of what caused the damage, it is important to get it repaired. After all, your garage door plays a significant role in your home’s curb appeal.
Replacement garage door panels are generally available for most types of doors. The only difficult part about replacing a panel is making sure that the new panel matches the others. Otherwise, you will have a mismatched door that looks tacky and out of place.
Logically, it would seem like ordering your replacement panels from the same manufacturer that made your door would result in a perfect match. In many cases, that’s true. Sometimes, however, the new panel may not match the older panels even if they are made by the same company.
Over time, rain, sunshine, and other types of weather may have changed the color of the original panels. Alternatively, the company itself may have changed the paint formula that they use on the panels, making the new panel a poor match for the older panels.
Most of the time, your best option will be to order replacement garage door panels from the company that made your garage door. When the panels arrive, double check that they match before installing them. If they don’t, you can either take steps to alter their appearance or you can send them back and replace your entire door instead.
The vast majority of the time, the panels will match correctly. However, you should be prepared for the possibility that they may not be a perfect match, depending on how old your door is and what types of weather it has been exposed to.