A fire in or near your garage can cause warping, stains, and other damage to your garage door. Learn about the techniques that technicians use to make repairs and when it is a better option to replace the damaged door.

Options for Your Garage Door After a Fire

A garage may experience fire damage for many reasons. Batteries, gasoline and other stored flammable materials may catch fire from a spark. A nearby bonfire, fireworks or even a lightning strike could cause damage. If your garage door has some smoke or fire damage, professionals for Henderson garage repair can work to restore it or to advise you when it is best to replace the door.

Cleaning the Door

For light damage to the door, power washing may be enough to restore it. Power washing is a technique that the technicians might use in order to remove soot and light smoke damage. The technicians may use a biodegradable soap and some brushes for cleaning the door. The soot is washed off with the power washer.

Repairing Warped Panels

Heat from a nearby bonfire or fire pit could warp a panel of the garage door. A direct hit by a firework or a nearby strike of lighting could also warp one or more panels of the garage door. If the door is made from metal panels, the repair technicians should be able to remove the individual panel and make a repair. Even if the warping cannot be straightened, the technicians could replace just the damaged panel.

Deciding to Replace the Door

When a garage door has extensive damage from fire or water used to extinguish a fire, it is best to consider replacement. A badly damaged door may no longer be safe to use. It may not do its job of keeping the garage secure. Damaged doors may also allow wind and rain to get into the garage, causing additional damage to the contents. The opener may have also incurred damage from the fire. In many cases, a homeowner’s insurance policy will pay for repairs or replacement of the damage caused by an accidental fire.