How Are Garage Doors Installed03/30/2017 Back To Blog
First thing's first: It's always a whole lot safer to have an expert that is experienced with garage doors to install it. Garages require large springs/cables that need to be under a lot of tension, plenty of places for limbs or fingers to get pinched, and an endless list of dangers that come along with it.
However, knowing how it is installed will help you overall by understanding your garage door better, therefore being able to tend to it better. So with that being said, let's look at how these doors are put in.
Putting the weatherstripping on
One of the most important parts of a garage is also one of the smallest; the weatherstripping. This is the black piece that goes across the bottom of the bottom panel that prevents wind, rain, and any other weather factors or even wildlife from getting into the garage.
Bottom Panel First
Setting the bottom panel in place is the first step. Whoever installs the door will use thin nails to hold the door to the wooden frame around it if need be. After this, you want to put the hinges on top of that bottom panel if you haven't already.
Assembling the Tracks
Tracks will come in various size pieces and could be horizontal, vertical, or curved. The track will be assembled according to the manufacturer's directions
Rollers, Brackets, & Placing the Tracks
Next will be placing the rollers on the bottom panel that has been installed and any jamb or wall mounted brackets that may need to be placed. All of the info on whether or not this needs to be done, as well as how to do it, can be found in the manufacturer's instructions or by contacting them directly. After that is finished, you will want to slide the vertical track down onto the rollers you have installed, and do that for both of the two sides.
The Next panel
Now that the bottom panel has been placed and the rollers are in the tracks, it's time to for the next panel to go on top. The next panel should be lifted into place with some help, the rollers placed into the tracks appropriately, the rollers then secured to the door, and then the hinges from the first panel secured to the panel you just put on. While doing this, a level can be used to make sure all panels are staying perfectly level and are all even.
The Brackets & Track
Next will be to attach the jamb brackets (bracket that attaches track to wall) to the vertical track. These shouldn't be tightened just yet, since you may need to adjust the track a little until everything is perfected. After this has been done on both sides, the horizontal track can be attached using the necessary bolts or screws. A level should also be used to make sure these are perfectly straight, and when they are, the track hanger should be cut to perfect length and used to hang the track on. The hanger should be secured to something solid like a joist, not just through the sheet-rock.
The Final Wrap Up
At this point, the last door section can be put into place, and any temporary screws that are holding anything can be pulled out. After everything is confirmed to be straight and level, all screws and brackets can be tightened down. A torque tube can be placed as well at this point according to the manufacturer's directions. Roll your garage up a few feet slowly, to make sure everything is working correctly.