This article is supplied by advanced garage door inc.
When embarking on installing your own garage door, it’s vital to discern what kind of garage door you’re trying to install. Not all garage doors are created equal – if your door has a typical torsion-spring system, stop, drop, and call in a professional (see Garage Door Repair). A tension-spring system garage door is held in place by extreme tension, which can be very dangerous if you don’t have the right equipment or don’t fully understand the workings of the mechanisms involved (see how to repair garage door springs?) While installing a garage door is a wholly doable project and many people find great DIY success with it, don’t put yourself and your family at unnecessary risk!
If you happen to have a garage door on hand that is safe for self-installation, we’ve compiled a general guide to assist you with the installation. Note that this guide is in no way, shape, or form a replacement for the instructions that the manufacturer sent along with your garage door. This guide is general in scope and doesn’t make allowances for the specifications that might be involved with your particular model. Always follow the instructions that came with your particular garage door and read them thoroughly before embarking on installation!
With the disclaimers out of the way, let’s begin!
- First, you should attach the weather stripping to the bottom section of your garage door. The weather stripping prevents the door from damaging your garage floor (and vice versa), and also helps keep any climate control measures you have in your garage from escaping. After the weather stripping is attached, use long nails to attach the panel in the doorway by driving them in halfway and at an angle. This will hold the bottom panel in place and allow you to build the rest of the door on top of it. If the top edge of the bottom panel does not have hinges attached, do so now.
- Open up your manufacturer’s instruction manual and put together the vertical, curved, and horizontal tracking that will guide your garage door through its up and down motions.
- Install the rollers and any other brackets needed on the nailed bottom door panel in accordance to the instructions of the manufacturer. Attach a vertical track onto the rollers; repeat with the other side.
- Attach rollers to the second section of door. With a partner, lift the second section and slide it into the vertical track on both sides of the doorway.
- Attach the hinges between the first panel and the second panel. A power drill makes this much easier!
- Install the third section, repeating steps four and five. Be sure to constantly check that the door sections are level and the vertical track is appropriately plumb.
- Fasten the jamb brackets to the tracks and screw them to the framing members. Be sure not to over tighten the lag screws, since you might need to adjust the tracks later.
- Position and fasten the horizontal and curved tracks, and then bolt the pieces together for stability.
- Ensure that the horizontal track is level, and then make cuts to the rear track hanger to the appropriate length. Be sure to mount the hanger to a blocking or joist to ensure stability. Repeat with the other track, and then fit the last door section in place. Remove the nails you used to stabilize any sections (particularly the first section you installed at the beginning).
- Some garage doors get lift assistance from a “torque tube.” If you do not intend to use a door opener, you may install this tube now. If you are planning on installing a door opener, be sure to do this first before placing the tube.
- At this point, try rolling the door up and down to ensure that everything is aligned properly and the door glides easily in the track. Make adjustments as needed and then tighten all the fasteners.
After all of this is done, congratulations on installing your very own garage door! The entire process will likely take you an afternoon should you have all the components and tools necessary on hand and laid out. It’s not a very difficult project to do, but it does require some patience and willingness to tinker with the angles of the tracks and rollers to ensure that everything is aligned correctly.
Enjoy your new garage door!