December 9, 2021

Do’s and don’ts when it comes to installing a garage door

There are definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to installing a garage door. If you are setting up anew garage or replacing an old garage door, here is the right way to go about it:

1. Get all measurements correct

It may seem like common sense but getting your head around these measurements really helps in choosing the right kind of hardware.

With reference to the top-hung sectional doors, width refers to the size of the horizontal track that secures into place at both end. The height should match your garage ceiling height along with maintaining adequate clearance space for other vehicles at ground level. When dealing with taller garages, slightly higher ceilings can be offset by adjusting down on the height measurement to maintain the right clearance space.

It may seem like common sense but getting your head around these measurements really helps in choosing the right kind of hardware.

2. Get your door measurements correct

As simple as this sounds, getting these measurements right is key to ensuring you choose the right-sized garage door for your needs. If you get it wrong and order an oversized door, there are chances of serious damages to your property when it opens so be very careful here. If you have a standard 8 foot ceiling height, this means that the garage door cannot exceed 7 feet 6 inches in height or else it may not function properly. It’s recommended to go for about 1/4 inch less than your ideal size (with allowance made for hardware) since most manufacturers allow some amount of tolerance due to the nature of how they build their doors.

3. Make sure your measurements are accurate

Before you go out getting estimates for the different kinds of garage doors available, take the time to get all these right. A wrong estimate means wrong price quotes and even wrong products so it’s important to do this step well. To avoid any errors, use measuring tapes or yardsticks to get your dimensions correctly.

4. Find out about warranty conditions

For new garage doors, there is usually a warranty period that lasts between 20-25 years while some manufacturers offer other benefits like free replacement or discounts on other models in their line up after a certain number of years (these will be stated by the manufacturer) Be sure to read up on these things before deciding which product to purchase since they can make a big difference over the years.

5. Read the instructions manual thoroughly

Before you go about assembling or setting up your new garage door in Minneapolis, it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions manual very carefully. This will help you avoid making any costly mistakes that may cost you time and money in repairs later on. The best thing to do is take your time here and read through each step slowly to be sure that you understand all of these steps completely before even starting with installation or assembly procedures. Some doors come pre-assembled while most require some amount of self-assembly by the buyer, so make sure everything is clear before moving forward with anything else.

6. Make changes as necessary (if needed)

There can be problems like misaligned hardware or other installation problems that make it necessary for you to change some steps in the instructions manual. Instead of rushing through things and making mistakes, take your time at this stage too. If something doesn’t look right during installation, chances are that there is an issue with how the instructions are being followed so check out if anything seems out of place before moving ahead further.

7. Use good quality parts for assembly

This is only true when you have decided to do all the assembly work yourself without hiring garage door professionals to install these products for you. Using low-quality components will not only affect performance but can result in damage or even injuries if proper care isn’t taken while installing these products so choose very carefully here. Most manufacturers sell their products with a limited warranty but if you go for lower quality components, the manufacturer may not honor this warranty in your case so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

8. Consider safety factors before installation

It is essential to consider safety issues while doing these tasks yourself and if there isn’t any reason to do things alone, it’s best to get a professional company to install your new garage door. This will ensure that nothing goes wrong during the process and could avoid all the risks that come from opening or closing doors manually. Always remember that garage doors have very heavy weights involved so take precautions against injury by getting professionals on board. In many areas, local inspectors also conduct an inspection once these types of projects are completed so check with them about what all is needed to get this completed in your area safely.

9. Use rubber or steel tracks for smooth operation

Steel tracks are the most common option when it comes to garage doors but they do tend to create a lot of noise during operations. Rubber tracks work much better than steel ones for garage door applications and make sure you choose them over any other options available. These are quite popular these days so chances are that there might be pre-drilled holes present here for easy installation (if not, drill your own holes) There will definitely be instructions about how to set up these tracks properly so follow all of these instructions carefully before moving ahead with anything else at this stage.

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