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Can I Replace A Garage Door Without Changing The Rails?

Do you have a garage door that is in need of replacement? If so, you may be wondering if you have to replace the entire system or if you can just replace the door. In this blog post, we will explore whether you can replace your garage door without changing the rails as a partial garage door installation for your Calgary home. Keep reading to learn more!

Can You Replace “Just” the Garage Door?

You can replace a garage door without changing the rails, but it may be more complicated than if you changed the rails as well. The rails provide quite a bit of stability to the door and help to keep it in place, and they’re perfectly tailored to the size of the panels and the rollers. If you’re having difficulty replacing the door, it may be due to a compatibility issue with the rails.

If your garage door is old, the rails may also be worn and in need of replacement. Replacing just the door will leave you with a mismatched look and an increased risk of the door coming off the tracks. Most garage door professionals, ourselves included, think it’s best to replace both the door and the rails for a cohesive look and top performance.

Are Garage Door Rails Universal?

Garage Door Post Rail and Spring Installation Assembly and Garage Ceilling. The most important parts of assembly. Spring tension lifts garage door that the motor does not have to lift entire weight.

Garage door rails are not universal, so it is necessary to measure the length of your garage door rails in order to purchase the correct garage door panel replacement. It is possible to replace a garage door without changing the rails, but it is crucial to ensure that the new garage door will fit properly onto the old rails. If you are unsure of how to proceed, it is best to consult a professional garage door installer to see if there’s any chance of compatibility. We can advise on whether you can pull it off or not.

Having said that, some things can go wrong with this approach. If you do not want to replace the rails, you can try to bend them back into shape, but they will likely break, and you will need to purchase new rails; poorly fitting rails could require some garage door cable or spring troubleshooting and repair down the line – at the very least.

As a homeowner, it’s important to know when and how to maintain key components of your garage door. One part of the house that sometimes gets ignored is the garage door. Garage doors take a lot of wear and tear and sometimes need to be replaced altogether. While it is possible to buy new panels to fit along your old rails, we don’t recommend it universally. It has to be a case-by-case judgement call. But we’re happy to discuss it with you!


For all your residential and commercial garage door services in Calgary, trust the experts at Aladdin Garage Doors. Whether you need a garage door repaired or you need a new one installed, we are the professionals for you. Our technicians are highly trained to handle any job you need to be done. We sell top quality garage doors and sections, as well as remote controls, inside wall units and additional accessories. It doesn’t matter if you need new garage doors or garage door repairs in Calgary, we’re the family-owned business for you. Get the team that will make you 110% satisfied. Call us on 403-908-0999 today. 

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