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Types of Damage from Animals Urinating on Your Garage Door

Many domestic and wild animals are known to spray urine as a way of marking their territory. Pet and feral dogs and cats, coyotes, foxes and other animals tend to exhibit this behavior. Animals regularly spraying your garage door could cause corrosion and other problems. If you notice that this is happening, it is important to arrange for a prompt garage door repair in Henderson.

Erosion of the Finish

A wood garage door that has been sealed or painted could have its paint or sealant eroded from the chemicals in animal urine. A laminated finish could also become etched and eroded from regular exposures to the ammonia that is in urine. If the damage is still minor, a technician may be able to reseal the garage door panels in order to prevent further erosion of the finish.

Corrosion of Metal

Many people have a garage door that is made of steel or aluminum panels. The chemicals that are present in the urine of animals are strong enough to cause those metals to corrode. This is most likely to happen if animals in the area have been spraying the garage door for an extended period of time, such as a few months. If the metal becomes corroded, part of the panel may need to be replaced by the technician.

Disintegration of the Seal

Along the bottom and sides of a garage door, there is a rubber seal. This seal cushions the impact of the garage door as it hits the garage’s floor. It also acts to stop dirt, dust and debris from entering the garage. Chemicals in animal urine could cause the seal to disintegrate. Technicians may need to replace the damaged seal.