The garage door is the single, largest moving object in your house. This makes it extremely important to have one that’s properly chosen and installed. Countless brands offer some of the best in the land. With it come different kinds of doors and slightly varying ways to install them.
Should you feel like going DIY or lessening the installation expenses, then check out our tips below.
- Prices vary, a lot!
If it’s your first time working with garage doors, you’ll find that the price range vary drastically. This is mainly because of the material used and whether or not it’s going to be tediously customized to your personal preference. A simple utilizing steel garage door panel construction is commonly priced under $400 while a basic wood panel garage door can go for under $600. As for elaborate custom wood or steel garage doors, prices can go as high as $10,000.
- Choosing a garage door opener system
Garage doors come with different kinds of opening systems. There are a lot of manufacturers offering plenty of choices. Even if you ought to install it on your own, it’s still best to consult an expert as to what kind of door and accompanying opening system you want. This will ensure that you are getting the right kind for the right amount of money.
Here’s something to guide you by: For an 8-foot garage door, consider at least a minimum lift motor size of 1/3 hp. For a much larger, heavier custom doors, follow manufacturer s recommendations.
- Read the instructions carefully
It is very important for you to take all the time you need and internalize the instruction manual in front of you. The last thing you want is to screw up your DIY installation. After all, garage doors can be very scary things if aren’t given the proper attention.
For instance, if you have never had a door opener before, you will need to purchase and install a header and supports. You wouldn’t have a clue about that if you failed to read the instructions.
- Have the right tools
We’re not saying buy all the tools and be the next biggest handyman in your neighborhood. If you don’t have everything, you can always borrow from someone. The important thing is to have the right tools. Otherwise, you’re compromising your safety as well as your family’s and guests’.
Failure to install the supports properly or skipping any connections will lead to some very unfortunate events.
- Use lag screws, not nails
Speaking of tools, nails are a huge no-no when installing garage doors. Trusted Pros explains: “Make sure screws go into a solid frame member. This is because garage doors generate a considerable amount of force when opening and closing, and the weight of the door itself requires adequate support.”
Don’t tighten everything just yet. You may need to make necessary adjustments afterwards.
- Watch an installation video
The great thing about today’s DIY world is it’s easy to get information online. That’s why we highly recommend watching videos for you to pick up a thing or two about installing garage doors. Many manufacturers are more than happy to share their knowledge to other people, especially those who want to learn.
Go to YouTube, WikiHow or even specific garage door websites. You’ll find a wealth of information-packed videos. From here, it would be a lot easier to understand the jargons and make sense of the manual.
- Get extra help
It wouldn’t hurt asking for an extra hand to help you out. Installing a garage door is serious business. It’s huge, heavy and can be potentially risky. Before undertaking the task, have enough, able-bodied people to give you a hand.
No matter how handy you are, it’s still good to know you can count on someone else to hold the other end or to watch your back.
- Test carefully
The mechanism and maintenance of garage doors highly depend on efficient testing. Once you have it installed, it’s essential for you to clear the area and test it out carefully. See if it closes and opens properly, or if it stops awkwardly along the way. Test the emergency manual release, the automatic reversal system and the infrared motion system.
You should also conduct testing once your door’s been used overtime. This is one part of maintenance you shouldn’t skip on.
- Be patient
If this is your first time installing a garage door, patience is your strongest weapon. There’s a lot of thinking, energy and effort exerted that goes on in this task. So you need to be patient enough and make room for mistakes. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and hasten the process.