Originally posted by lisa449
I have a wooden garage door. It's in good shape other than one wooden panel on the bottom of the door has dry rott. Does anyone know how to go about replacing a single panel. It seems that it is just an insert that slides inside of the molding on the door, but not sure.:confused:
Single garage door panels can be replaced. But I'm not aware of any companies that are still manufacturing wood garage doors. I think your only option would be to have a local cabinet or millwork shop build you a replacement section, but it's probably not a great option.
You don't say whether your door is a 9', 16', or some other width, but regardless of the size, wood garage doors are extremely heavy compared to steel or fiberglass, and of course, as you're seeing, they are subject to rotting - especially the lower sections which get wet alot (incidentally, your door isn't dry rotted. It's rotted from moisture.)
I'd guess that in my area, it would cost at least $250 to $300 to have a replacement panel made, and you'll obviously need somebody to install it, which is likely to cost another $50-$100. Considering that a brand new 16' uninsulated steel door costs (in my area) about $650 installed, it just wouldn't make sense to me to replace a single wood panel unless I could do all the work myself. Besides, a new door would get you all new hardware as part of the package.
Food for thought...