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How To Easily Fix The Hole In Your Garage Door

You probably never realized how much you use your garage door until it broke. Luckily, if you maintain and take good care of your garage door, it should last about 20 years. What you can't plan for are accidents, like plowing into your garage door with the snow-blower or a teenager hitting it with the car. No matter what type of unfortunate event took place in your driveway that created a hole in your garage door, the important thing is it can easily be fixed without affecting the structural integrity of the door. Keep reading to learn just how quick and easy it is to fix a hole in a garage door:

Tools And Supplies

  • 1 Can of fast expanding spray foam

  • Rough-grit sandpaper

  • Exterior paint 

  • 2 Plastic tarps

  • Paint stick

  • Air compressor

  • Paint brush or roller

  • Safety glasses

1. Prepare your work space.

The first thing you need to do is prepare your work space, which is the area around your garage door. Make sure you pick up any debris, tools, toys, or anything else on both the inside and outside of your garage door. If you have a garage door opener, unplug it so the door won't move while you're completing your repair project. Take one of your tarps and lay it on the ground inside your garage, right under the hole in the garage door. Place the other tarp on the outside of your garage door, right under the hole. Put on your safety glasses.

2. Sand the rough edges of the hole.

Standing inside your garage, use a piece of rough-grit sandpaper to smooth the rough edges of the hole in the door. You need to sand both the inside and outside edges of the garage door. Once the edges of the hole are completely smooth, use a couple bursts of compressed air to remove the loose dust.

3. Fill the hole with foam.

Grab your can of fast expanding spray foam and carefully read the instructions on the back. The directions will tell you how long you need to shake the can before you start spraying foam into the hole. After shaking it for the instructed duration, spray the foam into the hole until it's completely filled in.

4. Smooth the foam on the outside of the door.

Now it's time to take the paint stick and walk around to the outside of the garage door. Holding the stick horizontal, press it up against the garage door right above the hole. Then, drag the stick down over the foam-filled hole as you press down on it evenly. This will shear off any excess spray foam and leave a nice smooth surface that's flush with the garage door. You may need to do this several times to achieve the desired results.

5. Smooth the foam on the inside of the door.

Walk back inside the garage and smooth that side of the garage door using the same method discussed in the previous step.

6. Let the foam set.

Consult the back of the can of expanding foam to see how long it needs to set. Then follow that guideline.

7. Sand the foam again on the outside.

After the foam has set according to the manufacturer's instructions, it's time to go back to the outside of the garage door and sand it one more time. Use a fresh and clean piece of rough-grit sandpaper to smooth away any remaining bumps and rough points on the hardened foam. Keep sanding until the foam is even and level with the rest of the garage door.

8. Sand the foam again on the inside.

Go inside the garage and repeat the sanding process on this side of the garage door.

9. Paint the garage door.

To finish your garage door repair project, simply paint the foam-filled hole the same color as the rest of your garage door. Or, you can give your entire garage door, inside and out, a fresh coat of paint. If you have thought about changing the color of your garage door, now would be the perfect time to do it.

Now you know how easy it is to repair a hole in your garage door. You will never have to worry again about minor damage to your door throughout its 20-year lifespan. If you feel that the hole is too big for this repair method or the damage is too extensive, then call a local professional for garage door repairs. They will be happy to help you.