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How to Get Rid of an Old Garage Door

Choosing the right garage door is more important than you think.

As experts from Garage Door Nation notice, “Your garage door is one of your property’s most valuable components. In fact, picking the right one can increase your home’s curb appeal by up to 50% and your home’s total home value by at least 3%!”

That’s why you should always think carefully about what garage door you want to have installed.

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How to Get Rid of an Old Garage Door

Let’s say that you just had your brand new and shiny garage doors installed by some company because you don’t have the faintest idea of how to remove it.

They did a great job, the door works perfectly, and is everything you could ever want from a garage door.

However, there is one problem – the old garage door. What can you do with it? How can you get rid of it? After all, you cannot really throw them away like you would with the regular trash.

Well, there are a few options. If you want to know more about them, all you have to do is keep reading. Without any further ado, let’s jump right into it.

Allow Your New Garage Door Dealer Take Care of the Old One

This is probably the easiest option, as it guarantees a seamless transition between the removal of the old door and the installation of the new one, which means that there is a minimal hassle.

Also, the company probably has its own way of disposing of the doors – for example, they might be in a partnership with another company that takes care of old garage doors.

The only downfall of this option is that the companies usually charge an additional fee, which many people either cannot afford or just want to avoid.

So, if you are one of them, maybe the next option will be more appealing to you.

Haul Away You Old Garage Door

This option is slightly cheaper than the previous one, and you will be sure that your old door will reach a recycling center.

The majority, if not all, garage doors produced nowadays are recyclable, which means that not only are you getting rid of something you don’t need, but you also help save the planet at the same time.

What’s more, some recycling centers might even pay you for it.

The downfall of this method, however, is the fact that it requires a lot of effort. After all, garage doors are huge and heavy, making transporting them in a regular car very difficult.

However, if you can overcome this downfall (for example, by borrowing a moving van from one of your friends or family members), then the planet will definitely be thankful.

DIY Recycle It

If you don’t like either of those options, there is one more thing that you can do with the old garage door – get creative, and repurpose it!

The best part? You don’t need to worry about the hustle of transportation, as the door stays on your property.

Here are some of our favorite ways in which you can repurpose an old garage door:

  • A Work of Art

If the rustic style is dominant in your interiors, you can hang the panels made out of solid wood on the wall – they will serve as a piece of art that will nicely complement the whole decor

  • A Bench

The perfect addition to the garden; adding some cushions will add more style and comfort to the bench.

  • Raised Plant Beds

This is one of the simplest DIY projects, as you don’t even have to modify anything – once the garage door panels are broken apart, they can be used to create a raised plant bed.

  • Artwork Frame

Remove the centers of your old garage door panels, and you have a perfect frame for your artwork – you can add your favorite printed images or your children’s doodles.

  • Headboard

When choosing to repurpose your old garage door as a headboard, you need to make sure that it is properly secured to the wall.

Paint it your favorite color, or a shade that matches your bedroom’s overall interior, and it will nicely complement the whole room.

  • Backyard Privacy Screen

This is a solution for those who have some experience because if it’s incorrectly assembled or secured, it can be a little risky.

However, if you have enough skills to do it, it will be of great value to your backyard or patio.

These are just a few ideas – there are many more, and you only need a little research to find and implement them. Pinterest is especially useful in this case, so you may consider starting there.

The Bottom Line

While the new garage door installation is always exciting, there is one problem left after it – what to do with the old door since you cannot just throw it away and hope someone will take care of it.

However, as you could see, there are several options available. Which one you choose depends mostly on how much effort you want to put into it, whether you’re willing to pay someone to dispose of them, and if you have the time and energy to create something useful out of them.

No matter with which one you’ll go with, we wish you good luck.