Garage doors play an essential role in safeguarding everyone’s house. Almost eight out of ten homeowners are installing a garage door on their property to increase the safety and protection of their homes. With so many people investing their hard-earned money into a garage door, you might be getting curious about the basic procedure of a sectional garage door installation.
The most important thing you must know is that installations should be completed by an expert. For accurate information about installation and types of garage doors ensure you consult an industry professional or your local garage door association. There’s no harm for you to learn the process, however, it is not recommended as a DIY project.
There are many varieties and styles of doors available in the market and many considerations that go into the installation of a garage door. The installation process will vary depending on the door design and material choices made and your installation will need to follow local Standards and Compliance. The following points will outline the basic process of a sectional garage door installation.
1. Measuring and purchasing a new door
Before removing your old sectional garage door, you will have to measure the dimensions of the existing door so that you can buy a new one according to the measured dimensions. You must know the length, breadth, and height of the door that you are going to buy so that the new door will fit the size of the garage correctly. You will also have to determine the measurements of the backspace and headspace to allow the door mechanism to work.
Once you have determined the dimensions of the space where you are going to install the new door, it’s time for you to proceed to the next step.
2. Removing the previously attached door
Once you have determined the dimensions, it’s time for you to remove the old door. You will need to use a trolley or an opener to do so. You will first have to disconnect the door from the latches and then proceed to remove the door springs. Once you have removed all the springs, you will then have to carefully remove each of the door panels.
Make sure that you are only removing one panel at a time. Don’t try to remove everything all at once as the door may fall onto the ground, damaging both the old door and potentially the house. Once you have unscrewed the hinges, you can remove the panel on each side and detach it carefully from the tracks.
3. Installing the new door
Once you have completely removed the old garage door, it’s time to install the new door. To do this, you must install the door section-by-section so that it becomes easier. The first section includes attaching the rubber weather stripping to the panels. It will form the base of the panel and will ensure that your garage is well insulated and adequately sealed. Once you attach the weather stripping, you can proceed to install the brackets at the bottom of the panel and on both ends.
Once you have installed the brackets, you will have to attach it firmly to the frame of the door. After this, you can place the rollers into the hinges or brackets so that you can keep the panel safe. Utilizing the levelling tool, you will have to ensure that the door is level accurately. If not appropriately placed, the door might not open as expected and errors could occur. The weather stripping will help to ensure there are no gaps between the floor and the door.
4. Installing the remaining door panels
Once you have new door frame and necessary panels installed, it’s then time for you to fix all the remaining door panels. You will have to set the brackets, hinges, and other door panels in the same way that you have followed in the steps mentioned above.
5. Installing tracks and tightening the rollers
Once you have completed all the procedures mentioned above, the final steps include fitting the springs, tracks, and tightening the rollers to complete the installation procedure. Make sure that you don’t tighten the rollers tightly as the door might not move up and down freely.
If you are looking to install a new sectional garage door, it’s highly recommended you get in touch with a garage door professional. This way you can watch them do it correctly for the first time and learn all the procedures practically.