The garage is a very visible style feature on your home. Many homes are built with neutral, plain garage panels. Because of this, homeowners like to upgrade to more stylish materials like hardwood, or synthetic products that have hardwood finishes. If you are thinking about upgrading your garage panels, you have a lot of things to consider. This article should help you figure out how difficult it will be to replace your garage panels.
Can Your Replace Your Own Panels?
Many homeowners are surprised to find out that it is often possible to completely replace the panels to their overhead garage door on their own. That is, it is possible, and not that difficult to remove the panels yourself, and install new ones in their place. This completely changes the look of your garage.
Of course, this is not something that is possible with every brand and model of garage door. Many garage door manufacturers make products that have removable panels. Basically, each individual panels is attached to a frame that is mounted to the opening tracks and pulleys. The panels are secured to their frame with bolts, and usually nothing more. So, if you remove the bolts, you can easily remove the panel from the frame.
This ends up being a relatively simple DIY project, and one that doesn't even require the usage of any power tools. Of course, you will need to figure out the logistics of ordering your replacement panels, having them delivered to your property, and then having someone help you install them. Nonetheless, it is a very common project for homeowners who are willing to do a little bit of work to save money.
Complete Garage Door Replacement
If you don't have a garage door system that has replaceable panels, you will definitely need to have a professional handle the project. Of course, the cost and difficulty depends on the exact model and brand of your existing garage. It is always cheaper if you just replace the panels and keep the same frames, pulley, and opener. However, if you do need to invest in a complete overhaul, it is still a very worthwhile investment. New garage panels will not only make your property stand out, they can also add insulation to your garage, making the space more usable and enjoyable.
If you have a garage door that has replaceable panels, you should not be intimated by the project.