Welcome to another exciting blog post by Door Systems of Alaska, where we aim to make your home safer and more stylish one door at a time!
Today, we focus on a topic that homeowners often find daunting: installing a garage door.
But fear not. Whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or you just know which end of the hammer to hold, we’ve got you covered.
Preliminary Steps: What You Need to Know Before You Start
First things first—measurements! Before you purchase a garage door in Anchorage, you need to know the size you’ll require. Measure the width, height, and space on either side of the door opening. Don’t forget the headroom – the distance between the top of the door opening and the ceiling.
Gather all the necessary tools beforehand. Typically, you will need:
- Tape measure
- Wrench set
- And, of course, safety gear!
The Garage Door Kit
Most garage doors come in a kit with tracks, springs, and panels. Once you have your garage door kit, it’s like a giant Lego set for adults. Ensure all parts are included in the package to avoid running back to the store mid-installation.
Installation: A Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1: Read the Manual
Start by reading the installation manual. It seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people skip this crucial step.
Step 2: Install the Brackets and Tracks
Locate the brackets that will go on the bottom corners of the first panel. Attach them per the manual, then slide the rollers into the brackets. Attach the track to the vertical wall on either side of the opening, ensuring it is level.
Step 3: Assemble the Panels
Lay the first panel at the opening and align it properly. Attach hinges to the top edge of this panel and place rollers in the brackets on the side.
Step 4: Install the First Panel
Lift the panel into the doorway, placing the rollers on both sides’ tracks. You should consider an extra pair of hands for this step.
Step 5: Attach the Remaining Panels
Follow the same procedure for the remaining panels, attaching each to the one below it. Make sure they are secure and properly aligned.
Step 6: Install the Horizontal Tracks
Once the vertical tracks are in place, you can attach the horizontal tracks. These will typically be in two or more parts, assembled in place. Make sure they are level and aligned correctly.
Step 7: Install the Springs and Cables
Caution: This step can be dangerous if not done correctly. The springs are under a lot of tension and should be handled carefully. Follow the manual instructions closely, or consider hiring a professional for this part of the installation.
Step 8: Test
Once everything is installed, it’s time for a test run. Open and close the door a few times manually to ensure everything works as it should. If you’re installing an automatic garage door opener, now’s the time to set it up and test it out.
- Always use the right tools for the job.
- Never try to install the springs yourself unless you are experienced.
- Consider hiring professionals if you’re not confident installing the door safely and correctly.
Installing a garage door is certainly a weekend project, but it’s entirely doable with a bit of patience, some elbow grease, and this handy guide.
You can always trust Door Systems of Alaska to bring you the latest, most accurate information about all your door needs.
Remember, if you have doubts or something seems overly complicated, it’s always better to consult a professional. Happy installing!