Basics of Garage Door Installation
Securing your vehicle would be through having a fully functional garage. And one of its major and frequently used components is the garage door. Whether you are installing a new one or replacing your old garage door, you have to decide primarily how to go about it and what factors should be considered for efficient garage door installation.
Deciding who will do the task
Would you do it yourself or get professional service? Upon deciding, factor in whether you are capable enough to do the task on your own or you would just end up jeopardizing your garage. Alternatively, if you want to get a professional garage door installer, ask for referral from friends and families or your local hardware store.
Knowing the garage door types
Get to know each type and see for yourself which one best fits your space, style and need. Here are general types:
1. Roller – ideal for short or small driveways. This rolls up around a drum above the opening. It is usually operated by a remote control and has an automatic locking mechanism. Aluminum strips are the common manufacture for this type.
2. Up and over – this swings outwards and then up and parallel to the garage ceiling. This would work better in spacious garages due to the wide space requirement of the door operation.
3. Sectional – this works alike the previous type, but with the difference when being opened. This does not need to swing outwards to open. Rather pulling the door upwards is the way it goes.
4. Swing Hung – basically operates much like a normal door. It necessitates to be hinged to the door opening of the garage. This requires wide space too for opening.
When purchasing any type of garage door, you must consider all the aspects that make it up. Give priority to assessing its maintenance requirements and durability. Other important attributes to reflect on include insulation R-value, style, thickness, composition, strength and gauge of track, hardware, security and safety issues, warranty, counterbalance spring mechanism and construction of sections.
Whether you are doing this project yourself or having a professional to accomplish the task, safety is a must. Proper installation and testing if the door is functional are both dangerous task as the garage door is perhaps the largest moving object in your home. There have been reports that improperly installed garage openers and doors resulted to fatal accidents and gravely debilitating injuries.
Remember to never attempt to remove and install a garage door without proper skills, techniques and tools. In case you really are decided to pursue this endeavor single-handedly, be sure to strictly abide by the manufacturer’s instructions. If you go with a professional installer, make sure he is equipped with standard safety gear.