Can Sections of Commercial Overhead Doors Be Replaced?

If you’re a business owner with a commercial property, it’s important to keep your overhead doors in good working order. If you’re concerned about the condition of yours, you may be wondering what to do.

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FAQs About Commercial Door Repairs

Here are three frequently asked questions and answers regarding common overhead door problems and repairs that or may not require a partial replacement.

1. Can you replace one panel on a commercial overhead door?

It’s usually possible to replace a single panel on your overhead door. However, it’s important to get a dented or otherwise broken panel replaced right away to prevent the rollers, tracks, and opener system from also becoming damaged. Conversely, if there are two or more broken panels, it may be more cost-effective to invest in an entirely new door—especially if your door has aged and the colour has faded from years of wear.

2. How do you get rid of rust on an overhead door?

On top of being an eyesore, rust can compromise the integrity and functionality of your overhead door. If you notice any rust on your door, immediately wipe down the affected area with a vinegar and water solution and use steel wool to buff out any stubborn spots. You may also want to touch up the paint or apply a sealant to avoid further damage. However, if certain areas have rusted through entirely, you may be better off replacing the entire door section. If the extent of the damage is unknown, you should have a professional come and inspect your system to determine the best course of action.

3. What do I do if my overhead door is making loud noises?

If your overhead door has suddenly started making strange noises, it’s best to stop using it and consult a professional rather than attempt to fix the issue yourself. For example, scraping sounds could indicate a frayed cable, grinding noises may be a sign of bent tracks, and squeaking may mean that you need to lubricate the bearings or rollers. In such cases, these issues can be fixed by a trained professional.

Keep in mind that if you’ve had to service your overhead door several times over a short period of time, it may be wise to replace it instead of spending money on repeated repairs.

rusted panel of old sectional door

Overhead Door Maintenance Checklist

To avoid having extensive repairs completely shut down your business for a number of days, it’s a good idea to perform the following maintenance tasks at least twice a year:

  • Inspect the door for dents, dings, cracks, and other physical damage.
  • Inspect the hardware for signs of rust and corrosion
  • Ensure the tracks aren’t bent or misaligned
  • Check the supports for loose screws
  • Lubricate the door hardware
  • Wash the door with a gentle detergent and a soft cloth

If you notice any damage during your checks, immediately consult the professionals at Creative Door ServicesTM to have the door inspected. You may also want to consider signing up for our planned maintenance program to ensure nothing gets missed and your doors operate smoothly throughout the year.

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Commercial Overhead Door Repair and Replacement in Western Canada

If you need your commercial overhead door repaired or want to invest in a replacement, you can count on Creative Door ServicesTM to help. Our trained technicians are available at most locations around the clock to provide you with high-quality repair services. We also carry an extensive lineup of fast and reliable commercial door operators. Contact us today at one of our eight locations across Western Canada to schedule a service call for your overhead doors. You can find us in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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