How to install your garage door: A step by step guide
Many garage door manufacturers offer the full service. They will deliver your garage door and even install and test it for you.This is often the option homeowners tend to go for, given how heavy garage doors usually are. However, if you are an adept DIY fan, you may want to consider installing your own garage door. Not only will you get the satisfaction of having done it on your own, you will also save some pennies in the process.
Installing your garage doors should not be a daunting task. However, you need to be extremely careful. If your old garage door uses a torsion spring, it may be best to call a professional garage door installer to remove it for you. Torsion spring garage doors work under high pressure which makes them extremely dangerous.
Here are the steps to follow when installing your own garage doors
1. Attach the weather stripping
Weather stripping is usually found at the bottom of the garage door. You will have to attach the weather stripping first and then screw cable brackets into the panel to ensure the stripping stays in place. You can then go ahead to fix in that door panel by driving nails into it partway. Most new doors come with holes drilled in by the manufacturer. If yours doesn’t, you can drill them yourself. These holes are used when attaching the hinges. Insert the rollers into the brackets attached to the door.
2. Insert the tracks
For this step, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Assemble the various parts needed for the tracks and insert the rollers into the track. Screw the track into the door frame. You will then need to install the vertical tracks on the first door section. Do so for both sides.
3. Attach the second door panel
Attach hinges to the second panel and set it on top of the first panel. Drive in screws to join the two panels and ensure you have fastened the hinges. A power drill with a screwdriver tip will make this easier for you. Insert the hinge and roller and attach to the second panel. You can then attach the third panel in the same way.
4. Adjust the track
Once all three panels have been attached, you can adjust the track to ensure the door fits without rubbing. Using a ratchet wrench, tighten the lag screws and make sure they go into the sound framing.
5. Connect the vertical sections to the horizontal ones.
For this, you will use the curved corner tracks. You can bolt the pieces together if necessary. Cut the rear track to the length necessary to support the track (check with the horizontal track). Screw the track hanger onto the ceiling and loosely mount the track. Secure the last door section in place and remove any temporary nails.
Once the garage door repair is in place, you can test the tension by opening and closing it. You will also have to check the alignment of the tracks. Make sure all hinges and screws are fastened. Installing your own garage door can be pretty fun. Just ensure you have a helper for some of the above steps.