Garages are a vital inclusion in today’s’ home building designs. This creates the need to know how to do installation, repair and replacement. How easy is it to install a garage door? Well, it is not easy at all. Think about the massive size of a garage and its door. Imagine the effort needed just to move the door from the manufacturer to your home or construction site. You need support! But, the difficulty in doing this installation does not make it impossible to perform the task. Below is a simple step by step installation process.
- Taking measurements
Whether you are replacing an old door or putting up a brand new door, you must have on record measurements of both the outgoing and incoming doors. If there’s no door to replace, ensure you have proper readings of the space to be filled.
This process can only be effective if you capture the measurements rightfully. You must be inch perfect to avoid getting a smaller door than the available garage opening. That will mean going back to the manufacturer’s site to get another door. If this happens, it means more costs and labor spent. That also amounts to time wastage – a route not even you would want to go.
Once you have the right measurements with you, it is time to move everything you need to site. That way, you can start the door installation process with ease. Now, different doors call for different installation processes. Ensure you have useful additional information from the retailer/manufacturer in case the door you’re purchasing has extra prerequisites. This is to avoid surprising yourself during the installation process. You want to start mounting the door with everything you need at your reach.
- Weather proofing
I assume you already have everything you need moved to the site, including the door. The first step is making the door weather proof. You already know how bad the relationship between weather and metals is. Weather proofing ensures you insulate the door to keep it safe from bad interactions with the weather. You do not want your garage door to wear out just a few months or years after installation.
One way to successfully undertake weather proofing is through galvanizing the door. Painting also works effectively. It is up to you to decide which option is the best for you. Weather proofing should come first because it is harder to do it once the door is installed. Imagine painting an already installed door. Successful as it may be, some of the door parts will remain unpainted and that will leave those specific parts exposed.
A few people realize the importance of weather proofing a garage door. There are major financial gains in doing this. Your door won’t tear or wear as fast as it would have without weather proofing. That will save you time and money you’d have used in purchasing and moving another door for replacement.
- Assemble what needs to be assembled
In most cases, a sectional garage door will come dismantled. The reason behind this is to make it easily portable. Once the parts get to you, it is time to bring them together and make your door. Now, it is not easy fixing the whole door while assembled. It is simpler to install the door onto the frame one by one. That way, you also minimize the security threats installing a full door brings about.
You’ll probably have three or four parts of a sectional door to fix. It is important these sections are brought close together to make the fixing process seamless. Picture this! You want to assemble a door only to realize one panel missing. You’re then forced to abandon the others and look for that missing piece. How inconveniencing that can be. You do not want to do that to yourself nor to your garage door expert. To avoid that, ensure every panel is close by and ready for mounting. This is critical in saving time, energy and making the process efficient.
You have a wide opening at the front of the garage to fix your door. Caulking is an important process especially for wooden doors. This is simply filling any gaps at the floor of the garage door. Water and air are some of the things that fasten the wearing and tearing process. You want to prevent this by caulking. The process fixes water & air spaces and reduces chances of wearing, tearing and rusting.
After caulking the bottom opening, you surely want to do that for the rest of the garage opening. Get your caulk and fill the spaces all round your garage. The benefits will never be seen but will always be felt. In what way? your door will last longer and wearing/tearing may come later than would have thanks to caulking.
- Frame setting
The door frame is the connector between the door and the wall. This allows the hinges to move with ease without causing any tension on the walls. The huger the door size the bigger the door frame. That means, more labor will be required to fix bigger doors. In fact, some may call for extra manpower or even additional use of machines to put up the frame. Bigger doors also pose higher safety risks and therefore must be handled with extreme caution.
At this point, you will realize the significance of having your measurements right. Any slight miscalculations will cost you. You do not want to have a door wider than the space provided. As you hoist the frame, it will fit depending on how well you got your measurements. Ensure it fits perfectly. Why is this accuracy vital?
I know you remember your Science well. Solids expand when heated. Therefore, expect your door to behave the same when temperature rises. It is therefore advisable not to fix the frame too tight to the open space. It should fit well but not too tight.
- Fix the frame Properly
Once the frame has been hoisted to its place, it is time to ensure it is well fit to withstand daily motions of the garage door. Some frames will require nailing. Others have different requirements. Before you decide to choose the right action to use on your frame, it is important to understand the implications of all the decisions you make.
You may use a hammer and nails to firmly fix the frame on the wall. Some nails may be too strong that they may break the wall or your wooden garage frame. Others may be too weak thus lack the ability to penetrate deeper the wall to hold the frame and brick together. Only experts can advise the right sized nails to do the work.
- Put up the hinges
Your frame is now firmly fixed on the wall. It is time to install the hinges. These are critical parts of a moving door. For those garages that open like normal doors, you should place hinges spaced just like you would for a normal door.
There are different types of garage doors. For instance, the roll up doors that open and closes vertically; those have to be treated differently. Their types of hinges are more sophisticated and must be fixed with care.
When it comes to fixing the hinges for roll up doors, this is done from the garage’s interior. For your simple garage door, hinges will be put between the normal garage door and the walls. Once the hinges have been fixed, you should put the axles through the hinges. This will allow movement of the roll up garage door once the installation is complete.
With the axles and hinges installed, it is now possible to get the track installed. Every garage door comes with a guide on how to perfectly install your new door. Your guide should advice on what to put where when it comes to hinges, tracks, brackets and axles. The brackets should be well fixed to the wall and you must ensure the track perfectly holds the wheels. The movement of the garage door solely depends on how these wheels move while on the track. Proper movement will only be achieved if the tracks and wheels are well attached together.
- Spring attachment
The spring should be attached to the track. The point at which these two parts meet is critical. The meeting point should be well supported. Again, your garage door installation guide will let you know which part to fix where. This is why you need to handle the instruction booklet with care because it handles critical details unique to your particular garage door.
Springs ensure the door opens and closes. But, it is basic science that these springs are likely to go loose with continuous opening and closing. That is why they have to be positioned well and supported firmly. A spring locking cone is always available to offer the firmness a spring needs to sustain high tension. The spring and its support will be attached to the door through the middle top of the door frame. At the center, the pressure is equally spread and this minimizes the tension experienced by the door.
- Pulley installation
Gravity and friction can really affect the longevity of your door. To minimize the effect of these two factors; a pulley can be used. This is also critical in seamless movement as the resistance caused and experienced by the door as it opens and closes can be tragic if not managed.
The pulley should be installed at both sides of the door. Although, your guide should advise the exact points these critical components should be put.
Normally, the operator is the last to be fixed after every other part has been installed. Like an engine is to a car, so is this operator to the garage door. Therefore, the installation must be done carefully since this machine is everything in the automatic movement of the garage door. Once the operator is fixed properly, the installation process will be done.
Potential Hazards During the Installation Process You Must Be Aware of
- Electric hazard
Tread carefully whenever electricity is involved. Live currents will spend less than seconds to end a human or animal life. There are things to be keen about when installing a garage door. You must be aware of all the places where electricity is connected. This awareness will keep you more alert when close to these electrical zones.
It is critical to put off all switches and cut off electrical connections unless it is necessary to have them on. That way, you can be safe even when you become forgetful.
Another preventive measure to staying safe from heavy electric current is having protective gear on. These precautionary measures are key in saving your life. It is important to realize the installation process poses high risks and you must be under protection at all times. The right apron, shoe wear, gloves and helmet if possible.
- Falling weights
Garage door installation involves mounting of heavy objects. There’s likelihood of poor fixing especially if you are not an expert. With time, gravity might act upon these weights and the result will be a fall. Well, it may take years, months, days, minutes or even seconds for this to happen. For that reason, there’s no room for taking chances.
A proper precautionary measure is doing the fixing properly especially for weighty objects that have to be mounted. For instance, think about what would happen when the heavy gigantic door drops down. The force and intensity of the fall will show no mercy to any living thing it comes across on its way down. That is why you need to pull your sensitivity card out. Other than properly fixing the door, ensure at no time you’re found along the path the door uses to travel up and down during the opening and closing processes. That way, you’ll stay out of trouble and minimize chances of accidents.
- Spring associated risks
The action of a garage door closing and opening is hugely linked to spring movement. With time, gravity and friction; these springs tend to lose their stability. Well, it may even happen within minutes of installation. perhaps if you forget to install the spring support. What may this mean?
Well, the door might open involuntary and that may be hazardous in case a person is moving below the door. To avert such dangers, ensure the spring is firmly fixed and supported well. That way, no amount of friction will loosen your springs to a point of causing accidents.
- Young ones riding the garage door
This should be a concern. As long as you have children, you must be worried. For that reason, you must ensure you have eyes fixed on the kids. These innocent little ones are fond of riding doors. They will unknowingly go hang on the risky garage door without awareness of the potential hazards. If the door is loose, it may land on them and that may be the end of them.
Other than falling doors, there’s risk of their fingers sticking on the door spaces. This may be painful too. protect your children by keeping them away from these sites.
Advantages of Installing the Garage Door by Yourself
- Less costs
It is a major financial gain doing the installation yourself. Since you are the one behind the wheels, you have the power to shop around and settle for a cheaper for better material. Besides, you will do the work and so that will save you the labor charges. Whichever angle you look at it, there are two ways to perceive this. You are either paying yourself, which is a gain; or, not paying someone else, which is a cut of cost. Both are beneficial to you.
- Faster delivery
Most developers are notorious for purposely delaying projects to make more money out of it. If I’m paid per day, I’m certain I’ll make more money if I stay longer. With this in mind, the person you hire may deliberately delay the installation process just to make more money out of it. Contrary to that, by doing it yourself; you will go as fast as possible to save yourself time and energy. Within no time, you’d be through and on to the next personal project. Time is money, therefore, the lesser the time spent on installing your door the more money you save and this means you stay richer.
- Boosted self esteem
Who wouldn’t feel better of themselves for completing a project by themselves? The success comes with contentment and a feeling of greatness. That is why you need to do this by yourself. A happy life comes in knowing you achieved a thing or two and kept doing so. A garage door installation can be a project on your to do list. By the time you accomplish the goal, you’d be a happy accomplished individual.
An individual with a boosted self-esteem grows in confidence. Besides, they tend to accomplish more goals going forward since they already have a taste of what it feels like to win. The more the accomplishments the more the opportunities to achieve more. Therefore, you should install a garage door by yourself and strive to complete the task by yourself.
Perhaps by the time you’re starting the installation process you would have no idea of how it is done. Well, you should not despair. The good news is that you’ll be an expert by the time you’re finishing the installation process. All you need to do is have an open mind and be willing to learn as much as possible. Going step by step, you’ll realize how possible it is to accomplish some of these complicated tasks. It will open up your mind and make you believe it is possible to accomplish anything only if you decide to.
In the end, it will be a lesson added to a skill set. Going forward, you can count yourself among those who can expertly install garage doors. It is rare to find individuals with these technical skills and that is why you should count yourself as lucky going forward.
- Mental and physical exercise
Imagine the tussle of hoisting things, carrying panels around and all that. The process is physically intensive and demands a lot mentally and physically. As you engage yourself during the installation process, you work out in the process and keep your brain sharp. Some of the benefits of sharpness is better conversations and you become a better person in general.
Challenges you May Face in Garage Door Installation
Movement of parts and other tools may cause unpleasant grinding noise. Unless you have ear protection, you will have to persevere the irritating noise from start to the end of the process. Sometimes the noise may be too much to sustain. Do not hesitate to get yourself a pair of ear muffs. You’d rather be safe than harm your ear drums for life.
Imagine getting your measurements wrong. It will cost you. You’ll have to deal with adjustments which may cost you money and/or waste your time. if there are gaps, find solutions and fill them. Do not give up on your mission as that is the likely immediate response many individuals get. Fight the urge to despair or give up.
There are different types of garage doors to install. While there’s a general way of doing things, your door should be accompanied with a guide to help you with the details for your particular door. That is the surest way to get your installation right. As you install your door, ensure you observe caution. Your safety and that of your loved ones matter a lot. You do not want to lose any of your family while trying to fix your garage door. Keep children as far as possible from the site. That is the only way to keep them safe.