Garage Door Installations

So, you have ordered a new garage door and are wondering what to expect. First, congratulations. Your new door will enhance the curb appeal of your home. And, as an added bonus, a new garage door has the second highest ROI of any home improvement project. So, you’ve made a smart decision, now let’s talk about the mechanics of a new garage door installation.

Preparation is key. Your installer should have come to your house to inspect your garage before arriving with a new garage door. The inspection should include double checking all measurements, including the clearances between the garage door and walls and ceilings or rafters. The inspection should also make note internal structures, such as cabinets, electrical wiring or insulation that will complicate the installation process. Finally, the inspection should make sure the work area is clear of boxes, vehicles, and other objects the will impede the installation. The inspector should give you clear guidelines on what to remove, if necessary. We general ask for a clear floor of at least six (6) inches on each side of the door extending back in to the garage about ten (10) feet. Like this:Inside View of a Garage Door with Clear Areas for Installation Marked

Installation Day – WooHoo! The first thing that will happen is the dismantling of your existing garage door. This creates access to the garage to move the new door into the garage and gives plenty of work room around the garage door. All new garage doors come with track, counter balance spring system, and all necessary hardware. Most doors will also include support struts. The exact sequence will vary between installers, but most installers will begin by attaching the vertical track to the door bucks. Then they will stack the door sections and attach the sections to each other with the hinges. Once the sections are stacked, adjustments can be made to the vertical track to make the door close against the trim so water cannot get into the garage. Next, the horizontal tracks will be hung to carry the door into the garage. The horizontal tracks should be hung level to create a neutral balance to the door. Next, the counter balance torsion system will be built and attached to the brackets that join the vertical and horizontal track. The cables will be attached to the bottom of the door and tension applied to the spring. The balance of the door will be tested and adjusted. If appropriate, an automatic garage door opener will be installed or attached to the new door. The garage door opener will be adjusted to use just enough force to open and close the door and make sure the door reverses or stops when an obstruction is met. Finally, the installer will clean up after himself, demonstrate the operations of the door, and deliver the owner’s manual and warranty information to you.

Ongoing Maintenance. Routine maintenance is necessary, as we discussed in this blog post. You can also choose to paint your door. We recommend reading this blog post about painting garage doors.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions at 602-495-1555 to help plan for your new garage door!