It can be so frustrating the moment you realize that you just broke a significant hole in your garage door. This can happen through an almost unlimited number of ways. A rough game of garage-based ping pong, and aggressive game of driveway basketball, a miss-parked car, or even a drunken neighbor's bad temper. Regardless of how the hole in your garage door happened, worry not, as there are a broad number of ways that you can fix it and get it looking like new. The process just takes a bit of time, patience, and an affordable garage door patch kit. Please continue reading the article below for exact instructions on the process. If after reading through the article you still don't feel like you can complete the fix, then be sure to contact Purple Patch Doors and they can do the job for you.

Essential Steps on How to Install a Patch For Garage Doors

1. Tarp Off The Floor - Take plastic tarps and run them along both the inside and outside of the garage floor near to where the garage door hole is at. This will prevent paint, debris, and other compounds from staining your driveway or garage floor.

2. Secure Your Garage Door - If your garage door is electric, then completely disable its power source so that there is no possibility of it opening during your fix operation. If the garage door opens and closes manually, then it is strongly recommended that you lock it so that someone doesn't try to open it accidentally while you are fixing it.

3. Smooth the Edges of the Hole - Using rough grit sandpaper, manually smooth the edges of the hole in the garage door. Using compressed air, blow off the dust caused by the sandpaper before moving on to the next step.

4. Use Spray Foam - Using a can of spray foam, fill the garage door hole with the spray foam. You can discontinue spraying foam into the hole when it becomes completely filled.

5. If the hole punctured all the way through the garage door, then repeat the steps above for both sides of the hole. Using a smoothing stick, make sure that both sides of the foam spray are even and level. You don't want any foam protruding out of the hole. Let the foam sit for enough time that it dries out completely. Read the foam can instructions to find out what the foam setting time is.

6. Smooth the Foam on Both Sides - Using more rough grit sandpaper, carefully smooth out the surface of the dried foam. Make sure that you sand the surface so that it is even and perfectly flat. Repeat this process for both sides of the hole if it goes all the way through.

7. Epoxy Filler - Next, lather some epoxy filler over the foam surface and then smooth out and level the epoxy. When the epoxy dries it will create a hard and durable shell over the soft and pliable foam. Be extra careful when leveling out the epoxy, as it needs to match the level of the garage door paneling perfectly in order not to stand out.

8. Silicone Mold - You will need to use silicone mold in order to properly texture the surface of the hardened epoxy to perfectly match it with the surrounding garage door texture. This is where you will need to get a bit creative. Looking at the surrounding garage door texture, attempt to fabricate a texturing tool that will allow you to mimic the surrounding texture that you see. You can practice on a throwaway surface first in order to master the technique. Thankfully, the worst case scenario is that if you mess up, sand down the silicone mold and then start over again from scratch. Once you have mimicked and matched the texture perfectly, allowing the silicone to dry.

9. Primer - Using a high-quality paint primer, brush the primer over the surface of the patched hole, trying not to create much overlap on to the undamaged garage door surface. Once the primer has been fully applied, allow it to dry.

10. Paint - Using an exact paint color match, paint over the primer and then let the paint dry. Once the paint dries you can decide on whether on not the patch needs a second coat of paint. In most cases, the second coat of paint is preferred, as it will remain much more resistance and durable.

Conclusion

The sad but the brutal truth is that sometimes garage door holes cannot be properly patched, especially if the hole damages the structural integrity of the door. In these cases, you will need to have a professional garage door repair service company replace the broken panel. Another thing to consider is if you have an electric garage door then you need to be extremely careful when opening the damaged door. If the hole has created overhanging damage then this damage can snag while the door is opening, causing more additional damage to the door itself or even to the electric door opener.

Be sure not to get overly stressed in the event that you need to hire a garage door repairman. They usually offer free consultations, which means that they can come out and take a look at the garage door hole and then let you know what it will take to properly fix it. In most cases, they will give you a price estimate right on the spot regarding how much it will cost to fix it. If you do decide to hire someone to patch the hole, always be sure that you are dealing with a properly licensed and certified repairman. You should also make sure that the work they do is guaranteed, that way if it isn't repaired properly they will be forced to come out and complete the job correctly. If significant parts need to be replaced then make sure that the parts are covered by some sort of long term warranty.