What to Do When I Back Into the Garage Door?

Backed Into the Garage Door?

As confident as most people tend to be in their parking skills, sometimes we all have some spatial relations issues to put it lightly. Suppose you’ve decided to back your car up to the garage just as you have dozens upon dozens of times before. This time, however, you experience an involuntary lapse in judgment and next thing you know, you’ve backed into the garage door and dented the bottom two panels of your precious garage door. What do you do now? Should you attempt to fix the issue yourself, consult a professional to fix it for you, or simply replace the damaged panels? In order to assuage this issue, you must begin by asking yourself two questions:

  • How severe is the damage? Is it a minor bend or is the panel on the verge of falling off?
  • What material is the garage door composed of?

How to Fix a Bent Door 

  If your garage door is composed of steel or aluminum as most typically are (aluminum is more prone to denting due to its lack of durability), you may not have to replace it after backing your car into it! Take a moment to evaluate the extent of the damage done. Run the garage door through a couple cycles (opening and closing) to determine whether it is capable of running smoothly or not. If the damage is not too substantial, you may be able to fix the door by adding steel struts, which are reinforcements installed on the back of the door.

Steel struts prevent the door from bowing and in turn disrupting its cycle. This is a simple and remarkably cost-effective alternative to replacing the door or even a single panel when not necessary. This will not resolve aesthetic-based issues, so those of us who cannot stand to look at a damaged door without cringing may feel obliged to purchase a replacement for the damaged portion of the door.

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What About Wooden/Fiberglass Doors?

If you are the proud owner of a lavish wooden or fiberglass garage door and have undergone the misfortune of backing your car into it, you may not possess the option of fixing the door. Whether or not you are able to add reinforcements to the door is wholly dependent on the extent of the damage, which you can either determine yourself or with the assistance of a professional. If the damage is too much and the door cannot run efficiently, then it may be time to purchase a new door.

Replacing a Damaged Door

  Depending on the severity of the damage done, you may need to either replace the entire door or a couple panels. For an extensive guide on how to do so, consider reading one our previous articles entitled “Replacing Your Garage Door”. As always, contact us by email or phone at any time for questions regarding costs, materials, and/or the installation of garage door components!

  If you backed into the garage door and need to replace it, take a look at our Clopay garage door collection.


  • Logan Brown

    Panic!!! All jokes aside, backing into your garage door sure makes for the start of a bad day. not to worry garage doors can be replaced fairly quickly.

  • Kris Taylor

    Agreed Logan. Really though, any kind of garage door problems can be the start of a bad day.

  • Julie J


    I accidentally ran over my friend’s garage door. It is made of old wood and the bottom 2 wood cracked in the middle. Now, we would like to help fixing it. Do I pay for the entire garage door or paying half is okay? Thanks

    • Staff

      I would call a few local companies and see how much they would charge for a new door and 2 panels. For a wood door, if not fixable, I believe you would have to replace the whole door because it might be a problem to match the same looking panels.

  • Oneekah Hall


    I accidentally reversed into my garage when it was half raised. The bottom right corner is the only part damaged, however, I believe it has fallen off the track thus disabling it from closing/opening properly. Is it necessary to get it repaired or can we manually realign the panels on the track? Thanks

    • Staff


      If you know what you are doing, you may be able to put the door back on the tracks by yourself. However, if you still encounter issues after it is back on track, calling a professional repairman will be necessary.

  • Josi Macchetta

    My boyfriend was in my driveway and looked down thinking he was in park when in fact he wasn’t and bumped the lower right part of my dad’s aluminum garage door. The two bottom steel wheels fell out and i believe one of the hinges is crooked and off the track with a little bit of damage to the panel. After a few cycles of opening and closing, the door cannot open and close all the way unless it’s done manually. Does my dad really need to get the whole door replaced? Or is this more of a replace just the parts kind of situation?

    • Staff

      You do not necessarily have to replace the door as it may be repaired. However, you would have to call a local garage door company in your area to take a look at it and determine.

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