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I've got a 40 year old wood overhead door in my shop. 18' wide 12' high. The door has had it, everything else is fine. I'm being told by a couple places in Lethbridge I can't simply replace the door with new panels, I must replace everything mainly because the spring tension will be wrong. When I asked if the tension couldn't be adjusted they wouldn't really answer the question. Think they just want to sell me a complete new system. Does anyone here have experience doing this? It really seems a waste to me to replace the whole thing when all the hardware is fine. Also, between the 2 main places in Lethbridge that deal with doors like this, one quoted me almost twice the price what the other did. As far as I know, the same exact door. Stupid. Anyway, any advice would be appreciated. TIA.
 

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I have experience with this thanks to a storm. Just put new everything in. And buy a 2in thick door no matter what any of the door clowns tell you. And I would suggest StealCraft. There’s lots of cheap doors being sold nowadays that won’t take any kind of wind or stress and where meant for sheltered city jobs and not big open farm yards with loads.
 

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I have experience with this thanks to a storm. Just put new everything in. And buy a 2in thick door no matter what any of the door clowns tell you. And I would suggest StealCraft. There’s lots of cheap doors being sold nowadays that won’t take any kind of wind or stress and where meant for sheltered city jobs and not big open farm yards with loads.
Try order right from stealcraft. It was 1/3 less to direct order for my garage then going through local lumber yards.
 

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We had an old reamer door in our garage for probably 40 years and it was just time to replace it as it was just rotting apart and only had paper for insulation . So went to a commercial door place called hanover door ( huts always call them ) and ordered a new door Was fairly expensive but a good quality door with an electric opener that drives the cable assembly not the center . Well two weeks later I run into the door pulling a truck out and destroy the bottom panel . So had hanover to replace the panel -- then a month later brother runs into bottom panel again and bends it pretty good but kind of straightened it and still using it but it has a nice crease in it . So moral of the story is shure you can put a nice shiny new door in but will it last like the old one ???
 

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Could you reuse parts probably should you probably not. Depending on the springs you have currently and the weights of the doors you could maybe adjust them to work but for how long. I would get a good commercial quality door with 3” rollers and heavy track and be done with it. It’s a heavy door if something goes wrong the potential for injury or damage is pretty high
 

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I've got a 40 year old wood overhead door in my shop. 18' wide 12' high. The door has had it, everything else is fine. I'm being told by a couple places in Lethbridge I can't simply replace the door with new panels, I must replace everything mainly because the spring tension will be wrong. When I asked if the tension couldn't be adjusted they wouldn't really answer the question. Think they just want to sell me a complete new system. Does anyone here have experience doing this? It really seems a waste to me to replace the whole thing when all the hardware is fine. Also, between the 2 main places in Lethbridge that deal with doors like this, one quoted me almost twice the price what the other did. As far as I know, the same exact door. Stupid. Anyway, any advice would be appreciated. TIA.
I see this a fairly old thread and maybe you have your door replaced already but the thought occurred to me when you say 12' high overhead door, there is an option here to use a bifold or one piece hydraulic door and gain some ceiling height. Some of those old shops with 12' doors and 14' ceilings are just a foot too low for lots of newer equipment and since a bifold does not need much of a header, it could make a difference on usefulness of your shop.
 
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