Installing garage doors is usually a simple DIY task as you simply follow the instructions, however, there are always obstacles that can occur, even for professional fitters. When I recently installed my garage door, I encountered a few problems myself.
Below are the 5 biggest obstacles while installing a garage door and how you can overcome them.
Not installing a metal stiffener in the top of the door panel.
If you are installing a garage door that is operated by electrics, then you need to install a stiffener. This helps to carry the weight of the door. Not all garage door kits supply the stiffener as kits are not sold specifically for electric doors. The kit I purchased did not include one. Failure to do so will result in the eventual bending of the top of the door and this will eventually jam the hydronic system. This happened to a good friend of mine. So do make sure to install a stiffener.
Not knowing where to attach the lift motor
Many problems with the garage door can occur because of misplacement of the lift motor. Ideally this should be placed in the centre and over the garage door. This will prevent twisting of the mechanisms that lift the door and the eventual bending of the garage door.
Not having all of the parts you need
Do not under any circumstances start to remove your old garage door until you have all the necessary parts at hand to install your new door. You should have in your kit; panel sections, rollers and hinges etc., so check before you begin. I’ve been caught out on this and it delays the whole process as well as being hugely inconvenient.
Not fitting even tracks
If you do not align your tracks evenly, then the door will not lift properly and will bend over time. Take your time to level the tracks. If need be, get someone to help you. I’ve had this problem in the past and have had to completely reinstall new tracks which are costly.
Placing the door panels correctly
When you assemble the door panels, be sure that the tongue and groove matches up. If they don’t then there will be slight gaps were rain can get in and the door will eventually warp. This has happened to me after installation but I quickly realigned them before any savage was done. So do be sure to check that there are no gaps.
The most important thing to remember when installing a garage door is to read the instruction manual. You also need to make sure that you have all tools and equipment to hand before you begin. Good luck and hopefully these hints and tips will save you both time and money.