There are several prominent materials that might be used to construct your garage door, and each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. One such option is wood, one of the most popular and classic choices for garage material and one of the top available materials when it comes to lasting, beautiful quality – but also one that comes with small risks of bowing and warping.
At Overhead Door Company, we’re here to help with repairs for bowing, warping and any other concerns for your residential or commercial garage door. What exactly do bowing and warping describe, why are they problems, and how can you limit their risks or repair them if they do take place? Here are some answers.
Defining Bowing and Warping
These terms are actually directly connected – bowing is a type of warping, which is a slightly larger category that refers to any item that becomes bent or twisted out of its normal shape, often due to moisture or heat presence. When bowing takes place on a garage door, it appears in the form of a caved-in appearance on the door, one that will become obvious fairly immediately.
While the most common signs of bowing are visual, you may also notice audible evidence as well. Bowed doors often don’t move correctly on their tracks, and therefore will moan or strain as they try to move up and down despite obstacles.
The most obvious concern with a bowing door is the appearance – these doors look both ugly and unsafe, and may even be invitations for burglars or other unsavory characters to attempt to enter your home. But perhaps even more concerning is the practical issues that arise with bowed doors, which as we noted above can often see heavily reduced performance due to the bowing concerns. If left unrepaired, bowed garage doors will often wear down their springs, rollers and other areas far earlier than usual, costing you significant repair sums.
Causes of Bowing
There are two primary causes of both warping in general and bowing garage doors:
- Temperature: Wood can be affected by fluctuating temperature ranges, to the point where it may warp and lose its structural integrity. This can also happen to other materials, such as steel, but it’s not anywhere near as common.
- Moisture: Another cause of wood warping is significant moisture interference, which can alter the shape. With proper wood sealing techniques, however, you can avoid this risk.
In many cases, it’s simple and easy to replace a small number of warped garage door panels for a limited cost. In cases where the entire door is bowing, however, or where the bowing concerns are significant enough that the door can’t open or close properly, you may have to consider a full replacement.