Sigh- Mother Nature and her nasty boyfriend Entropy continue to kick my
ass, just to see the look on my face. My house is reverting to the
component elements it was made from, and the decay curve is getting steeper.
Top of the list at the moment- Wayne Dalton 2-car garage door, maybe 25
YO, the entry-level model, with masonite skins over cedar and styro
core. A similar-looking model is still on their web page. On the bottom
panel, the masonite is disintegrating, starting in the lower corners.
Stared at it awhile, and think I need to replace the stop mold, probably
with the plastic stuff with the attached weather flap, and caulk the
crap out of the weather edge of the crack.
Anyway, the rest of the door and the hardware is in tolerable, but not
great, shape. (Just replaced torsion springs a couple years ago when one
broke.) Is there a chance anyone will carry replacement panels at a
reasonable price, including Actual Expert installation? Or would it be
better to bite the bullet and replace the whole damn thing? (Preferably
with something more weather resistant.) Note that inside faces and edges
were never painted or otherwise finished, and there are water trails
where it leaks through when door is cycled in wet weather.
To tide me over for a few months, I frosted the failed areas like a
birthday cake with outdoor-rated wood putty, and threw some paint at it.
But my gut tells me it is gonna look like crap again come spring. Yes, I
know, epoxy or bondo would probably have worked better, but the putty
was cheap, and the short open time on epoxy or bondo would have meant
doing tiny sections at a time.
Not looking for fancy, just looking for blue-collar presentable, since I
hope to sell this place within next five years or so.