Having a garage/car accident is far more common than you might think. Mornings can be full of hustle and bustle, getting kids to school and arriving at the all important meeting on time. We back out before the garage door is completely raised only to hear a crash and crush as the vehicle collides with the garage door. You would be surprised to know how often this happens!
Assess the Damage to Your Vehicle
First, check your car for damage. Are there scratches, dents or shattered lights in need of repair? Damage to your vehicle will hopefully be covered by your car insurance. If the damage does not exceed the deductible, you may wish to handle the repair directly, without notifying your Insurance company.
Assess the Damage to Your Garage Door
Carefully inspect your garage door to determine whether repairs are necessary. If it is stuck partially or completely open, you can gently try to close it but you should not force it. Call Integrity Door Services right away. Often time the damage looks much worse than it actually is, we do our best to accommodate garage door emergencies as quickly as possible. Twisted, hanging garage doors can often be returned to the track with little damage to the door. Sometimes a strut or two may be recommend for support to a weakened panel. If you have a damaged panel that needs to be replaced, this can be a bit complicated as you will want to match the existing panels. This can often times require they be purchased from the company who made them, and even then, the styles and details can change over the years, hence, finding an exact match can be challenging. If the door's track and hardware are in good order, you may want to consider changing all four panels. However, for just a little more money, an entire new garage door can certainly make sense, you will get new track, springs, nylon rollers etc. Many people are shocked to know how affordable a brand new garage door can be. Of course, dents or scrapes on your garage door are less urgent, but it's a good idea to have your garage door inspected by a professional just as soon as you can. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have any garage door needs, please call a name you can trust! Integrity Door Services, no job too big, no job too small! 832-641-0402