If you’re an avid DIY person, you can tackle a garage door installation yourself. But be careful with a standard torsion spring mechanism. These spring systems can pose a danger, as they are under extreme pressure. Use the following tips for garage door installation in conjunction with your manufacturer’s instructions.
Attaching the Weather Stripping and Hinges
The first thing you should do in your garage door installation is attach the weather stripping. Garage weather stripping prevents heat from escaping and debris and dust from entering your garage. It closes the gap between your garage floor and garage door. Measure the width of the door and lay out nails along the concrete threshold. This technique helps you decide where to install the nails in the weather stripping. Now you should unroll the weather stripping and start nailing it to the bottom edge of the panel of the garage door. If the hinges aren’t already attached to the door, you should attach them to the top edge of the garage door.
Assembling the Tracks
Follow the garage door installation instructions that the manufacturer provided. They should instruct you how to assemble the different pieces of curved, horizontal and vertical tracks. The bottom sections of the tracks should have vinyl seal on them; this helps you to determine which side the sections should be when you assemble them.
Next you will install the rollers and brackets on the door and wall according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Slip the first section of the door into one side and repeat on the other side. You will need someone to help you when installing the rollers into the second section. Lift the section and slide it into place. Allow the rollers to slide into the vertical tracks on both sides of the door.
Fastening the Hinges
Now it’s time to attach the hinges of your first section to the second. A nut driver or power drill can make this job much easier. Using the same technique as before, slide in the third section and secure the top plates of the vertical tracks to the wall. Make sure everything is secure because the garage door will produce considerable force when it moves up and down. Assemble the jamb brackets to your tracks and make sure to fasten them securely to the framing.
You will then install and bolt together the horizontal and curved tracks. Check the level of the horizontal track and cut the hanger of the rear track to the necessary size. Make sure you secure the track hanger to a solid frame such as blocking or a ceiling joist. Install the last horizontal tracks. Roll the door up a few feet to check that all the tracks align. If they do, tighten all the nails and fasteners to complete your garage door installation.
If you completed each step correctly, you should enjoy a sturdy garage door for years. Remember to always follow your garage door installation manual and safety procedures.