Installing garage doors is a long and laborious process. It requires not only a variety of tools, but also sufficient qualifications of specialists, long preparation, the availability of the necessary measurements, and so on. Moreover, the installation of garage doors is once and for all. So, by doing it without extra help, you will get “imaginary” savings. Especially since STI Garage Door provides around-the-clock, cost-effective garage door repair and installation services.
Nevertheless, we do not doubt your masterships, so we are happy to share our experience in installing garage doors and tell you what you need to consider before, during, and after installation to forget about this nuance for a long time.
The preparation process cannot be called the most influential part, but it is mandatory. To not have any problems during installation, after you buy all the necessary materials for the construction, you need to be as scrupulous as possible.
Ensuring That You Considered All Pros and Cons
To achieve professionalism in garage door repair and installation services, you need to be quite skilled and know a lot of details. This can be achieved only by having the necessary experience, knowledge, and tools for this work. If you think that you can save enough money by doing everything yourself, then first you need to weigh the pros and cons of this approach.
First, if you have never done this before, then there is a great possibility that something will go wrong. The garage door mechanism consists of many parts, so it is easy to make a mistake. It is enough to make a mark to cut the material one inch from the right place, and you will have to start all over again.
Moreover, high-precision measurements will also be required to lay guides, hinges, and other structural parts in the right places. Otherwise, even if you finish the installation on your own and everything seems perfect, after a while your garage doors may bend, the track may slide off, and so on.
What conclusion can be drawn from all the above? It’s worth thinking twice, and if you’re unsure of your skill, your best bet is to use our garage door repair and installation services. We offer a truly cost-effective solution and will be happy to come for a preliminary cost estimate, bring the necessary tools and components, and carry out an installation from scratch to the final phase.
Making Necessary Measurements
There are both normal and non-standard garage doors. Accordingly, you need to take into account this nuance and options for solving it before buying the door. It all depends on the size of your garage, wishes for the appearance and design of the garage door, and many other factors.
Let’s consider the standard sizes of garage doors. The height is 7 or 8 feet. There are two main options on the market in these sizes, so you will have a huge choice if this size is appropriate for your garage.
The average width is 8 or 9 feet. Thus, if you have a garage for two or more cars, you will simply need to multiply this number by 2. At the same time, it is not difficult to find custom garage doors, so you can easily cope with this dilemma.
In case you have a non-standard entrance, you will need to decide how you want to fix this problem. If the garage is larger, then it will be quite simple to unravel this using special separators. Otherwise, the only option is to buy a garage door of custom size, since moving the walls is a complicated, time-consuming, and irrelevant process.
Cleaning Installation Area
If you are sure that all the necessary measurements and tools are already available, have chosen a garage door, and want to start the installation, it is worth preparing the area first. Take everything out of the garage, sweep away dust and other debris. After that, prepare a place for installation.
It is very important that nothing interferes with you and your assistants during installation. Because such a process can become not only difficult and time-consuming but also traumatic.
Automatic or Manual Drive?
According to the type of drive, all garage doors can be divided into two camps – automatic and manual. Installing automatic doors is an even more complex process. Since in addition to all the main parts, including guides, rollers, hinge, springs, there will be a lifting device.
This appliance is installed so that by pressing a button or other trigger, the garage doors open automatically. Agree that it is very convenient, but the installation of such a drive requires additional expenses and skills. Moreover, repairs will also cost more, so the choice is yours.
Can You Do The Installation Without Help?
If you want to, then, of course, you can try, but we do not recommend it. First, garage doors weigh quite a lot, so if you drop them, you can get severe injuries and be out of action for an indefinite period. Moreover, you can damage the doors themselves or their structure, after which the installation will no longer be relevant at all. You will have to re-buy materials and stuff.
And it’s basically impossible to install garage doors on your own. You will need at least one or even two assistants to hold the doors in the correct position. Moreover, without knowing certain installation techniques, this process may not go according to plan, even with the help of many people.
What can be said in conclusion? To avoid possible injuries, various kinds of financial losses, and other disadvantages, we still recommend using our professional garage door repair and installation services. The saying “the miser pays twice” works, in this case, more than ever.