Installing Garage Doors

Garage door installation and replacement can be accomplished by homeowners if they have great tools handling skills, technical awareness, and basic mechanical knowledge. In this way, they can save as much as 40% of the cost of a garage door installation project. However, it is a complicated task to complete on your own. In general, garage door installation and replacement is a two-person project that may need multiple days to finish. Visit the site for more information about installing a garage door.

On the internet, you can find all the assistance which you need for garage door installation. Before doing anything, you need to correctly measure the garage door opening and overhead clearance above the garage door. You will need at least 12 inches of space to safely install the garage door opener and springs. If you have narrow overhead space, there are several low headroom kits available which will be important for installing a garage door correctly. 

The main point of risk is associated with the installation of garage door springs that are used to support the lifting process of the garage door. These springs are mounted on the header wall inside the garage. If these springs are correctly installed, they make the garage door weightless while opening and closing.  

When a garage door is closed, the springs are tightly wound.  These springs will unwind when you open the garage door. Torsion springs do break with a loud sound that can be horrible. Due to stored energy in the springs, the broken springs can cause serious injuries or even death.   

If you are not familiar with the mechanism of the garage door and not comfortable with the handy tools then hire a professional garage door expert to install the garage door especially the torsion springs. The other type of garage door springs is known as extension springs which are easy to install with minimal risk of injuries. Simply follow the manual instructions provided by the manufacturer. Garage door installation will need a degree of patience to finish. Hanging the metal track properly may need corrections several times. Remember that garage door weight will be supported by these tracks and hangers. Some of the essential tools that you will need include:   

  • Hammer
  • cordless reversible drill
  • Ladder
  • Pliers
  • Saw horses
  • Level
  • Several feet of 1 inch punched angle iron
  •  Saw horses

Installing a garage door on your own is not difficult to accomplish if you are good at fixing equipment around your house. However, if you are unsure about your capabilities, I would suggest you hire a professional garage door technician to handle the job.