There are different types of garage doors that are available, including steel, aluminum, wood and vinyl. Vinyl garage doors are designed to resist dents and are virtually undentable. Making a garage door can be a challenging project to accomplish on your own. If you choose to build from scratch and not use a pre-fab garage kit, you will need the following materials and tools. There are several steps that need to be followed in order to make the garage door.
Tools and Materials Needed:
Step 1: Purchase Lumber and Vinyl Siding
You will need to purchase, before removal of the old garage door, lumber and vinyl siding for your new garage door. The vinyl siding should match the size of the garage that you have. Since most garages are built a standard size, you should have no problems going to a home building store and finding lumber and vinyl siding that will fit the garage door opening. If your garage is a custom built garage, you will need to call the manufacturer for dimensions or use a tape measure to get the sizes in order to have them custom cut.
Step 2: Build the New Door
Using the existing doors as a guide, arrange the lumber panels that you purchased to form the door. Drill holes into the panels to attach the vinyl siding to them. The vinyl siding will provide an surface that is dent resistant.
Drill 4 holes into the lumber panels and vinyl siding at the top and bottom of each side. Use the screwdriver to set the wood screws into the vinyl onto the wood. The lumber panels can be set aside and attached to the existing rails.
Step 3: Remove the Old Garage Door
Before beginning the installation of a new garage door, you need to take down the existing one. Unhinge the top door from the pulley system, being careful not to snap the tension springs that are holding the doors in place. This will cause injury if it snaps back on you.
If the door is attached to an automatic garage door opener, disconnect the power cord and remove the pulley and chain system the causes the door to lift. You can reattach the automatic garage door opener to the new vinyl door.
Pull the individual panels off exposing the metal frame. These panels can be recycled if wood or steel and should be placed to the side.
Step 4: Fit the Vinyl Panels
Check the rollers and tracks to ensure that they are still in working order. If necessary, remove the old track system and install the umber panels that were built in step 2. You will need to drill holes in order to attach the hinges and brackets necessary to install the new tracks.
Once the tracks have been installed or inspected for use, mount the brackets used as the jam into the framing using the lag screws. Once this has been completed, the panels should be set into the tracks and brought into position. You should check the alignment of the tracks to ensure that they fit snugly and secure. When you set the panel in place, secure the brackets to the track.
Step 5: Install the Torque Tube
The torque tube is a device used to manually lift the garage door. This needs to be installed unless you are going to reinstall the automatic garage door opener in which case you do not need the torque tube as it is incorporated into the opener.
Step 6: Test the Door
When you have completed the installation of the new garage door panels, you should test the operation of the automatic garage door opener and also the manual lift capabilities of your new undentable vinyl garage door. Check to see whether the panels remain intact and the door goes up and down completely, without any obstruction.