When it comes to garage door installation, it is often a task that is best left to the professionals. It can be very dangerous, and it can also be a very difficult task if you do not have the right tools and experience on hand. However, for those with the right tools, experience to understand the process, and a few extra hands to help during the difficult parts, it can be done. Here is a basic breakdown of what all has to go into a garage door installation.
The very first step in any garage door installation is to remove the old door. You will have to dig out the old instructions you got from the manufacturer when you purchased the door to make sure you remove everything in the right order. If you take it apart incorrectly, it could pose a problem down the line, so make sure you follow the instructions carefully.
Once you have the old garage door out of the way, then you need to sweep the area up quick so you are starting the install with a clean surface below you. This helps in case you drop any of the hardware along the way, as it makes it all easier to find. You will then need a piece of paper and pencil so you can measure the different parts of the door. You want to measure both the height and width of the opening for your garage. You will also need the full depth of your garage, called the backroom, and the height of your garage above where the door would be, called the headroom. Then you are going to want to apply stops, temporarily, to each side of the door’s opening, ensuring they are completely flush with the interior part of your door’s jamb. If you are going to apply weather-stripping to the bottom of your door, now is the time to do so by propping the bottom part of the door on a pair of sawhorses. While it is propped up, make sure to apply the hinges to this panel, and the handle used to lift the door.
From there, take the lowest panel of your garage door and set it in place to begin your garage door installation. Lay a level across the door and shim the door until you are sure that it is completely level. Secure the door by lightly tapping a nail into each door jamb just enough to keep things in place while you begin working on the track. By following the instruction manual that came with your garage door installation kit, it is now time to put together the horizontal, vertical, and curved portions of your garage door’s track.
The next part of the garage door installation is somewhat repetitive. You will put the second piece atop the first, and apply nails to the jamb to hold it in place. You will then add the hinges, and continue with panels until the door is complete.
Next, you will apply the rollers into the supports, and begin tacking the track around the door. You need to ensure there is only light pressure on the door, because if you leave too much pressure, the friction could damage the door. Once you have all of the vertical track securely in place, continue up with the curves, then finally, attach the horizontal pieces. You will need to refer back to your previous measurements a lot during the horizontal track parts, and you will need to make sure that your track stays at a perfect 90-degree angle from your garage door’s opening. You will then need to do the trickiest part of the garage door installation, and attach the springs however the instructions tell you to do so.
Finally, you need to slowly lift the door approximately halfway up to ensure that the track is securely holding the door. If you do not see any issues, the finish lifting the door, and attach those garage door springs to the actual pulley system that is in place to hold the tension of the door. This is not the easiest thing in the world to do, so make sure you have help during this portion of the garage door installation.
Since you could get hurt trying to do your own garage door installation, please, call in the professionals if you are not absolutely sure you can do the job yourself. This will allow you to feel secure that the job was done properly, without having to put yourself in harm’s way.