These seven steps to installing a garage door will help you understand the process from beginning to end. If your house lacks a garage door, installing one can bring an improved look in addition to enhancing the security of your home. You can either hire the services of a qualified professional or technician to install it or you can do it yourself; if you decide to put up the door on your own, here’s how you will proceed.
1) Measure the Door
Garage door installation is initiated by taking measurements of the door. Of course, its’ better to let this step be handled by a technician, but if you have decided to do it yourself, here’s how to go about it.
- Measure the door opening and note it down. Never measure the size of the existing door.
- Always measure the height and width of the door opening.
- Ideally, the size of the garage door should match with the door opening.
2) Gather Your Tools
You don’t require expensive or complicated tools to carry out the installation of your garage door. The only tools needed are a measuring tape, hammer, locking pliers, screw drivers, and a drill with an attached socket.
3) Lay the Door’s Base
The base of the garage door should be laid out after all the necessary measurements have been made; try to incorporate the use of sawhorses for this purpose. Furthermore, all weather stripping should be affixed to the base. Afterwards, hinges and lifting handles have to be fastened.
4) Installing the Panels
Once the first panel is installed, the second panel has to be place on top and installed as well. The panels need to be held firmly in place, so nails need to be hammered into the side frames. Afterwards, you need to insert the hinges.
Any remaining panels have to be installed in the same way. Remember that every panel has to be connected to the door frame securely.
5) Installing the Rollers
After you have secured all the sections, you can proceed with the installation of the rollers. The brackets of the track also need to be secured and for that, the rollers have to be positioned in the erected track. However, do not press the rollers completely against the track as friction might damage the door.
6) Positioning the Base
This is an important step of garage door installation; using a level, insert the base properly into the door frame and once the base is in the correct position, hammer nails partially into every doorpost. While doing so, slightly bend the nails to ensure they are firmly in place. For assembling the track’s curved, horizontal, and vertical components, you need to consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
7) Fasten the Springs
After securing the vertical tracks against the door frame, utilize your measurements and level the curved, horizontal pieces over the tracks. This is done to make sure the tracks are pointing away from any openings and they are linear.
Then using the manufacturer’s instructions, install the springs; the door has to be lifted to about half length. Once done, fasten the springs to the door’s pulley system.
It’s always a better idea to call in a professional to fulfill your garage door installation requirements. But if you feel ease at doing so, then by all means you can follow this brief guide.