Garage door bowing and how to fix it
There are many things that can go wrong with a garage door. One common problem is known as warping or bowing.
Bowing is one kind of warping. It occurs on the exterior surface of a garage door, producing a caved-in appearance. Usually, bowing is obvious when you simply look at the door, but you might also notice the door opener straining or making odd noises. Bowing is ugly, and it’s also dangerous because it could cause the opener to fail. It’s not something you can ignore.
Wooden doors, though beautiful, are especially vulnerable to bowing because of damage from the elements. Our hot, humid summers in Charlotte, NC, bow a lot of garage doors. But steel doors can also bow, not from the weather, but from stress caused by an under-powered garage door opener. You can prevent bowing—or at least make it less likely—by choosing a garage door that is durable enough to handle your climate, and by choosing an opening mechanism able to handle the weight without trouble.
If your garage door does bow, you may be able to have it repaired, especially if the damage is limited to a single panel. If the entire door is bowed, though, you will have to have the entire door replaced.
That’s not news I want to give you, since replacing a door is expensive, and you’ll need to hire a licensed garage door replacement expert to do the work. But you can’t just leave a damaged door on your garage.
Talk to a professional to choose a replacement door less likely to bow, given your climate and how much use your opener gets. Hopefully, you won’t have to go through the hassle of bowing again.
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