Custom Garage Door Installation
Installing custom garage doors can be a daunting task, at first. Many hardware stores across the country offer to install your new purchased garage door, and while they do mention the costs of the repair itself, it rarely includes the hiked-up labor charges in the first cost estimate.
Your friends and family may have recommended that you hire a professional repairman to do the job, but with this guide, we'll teach you how to do it yourself. Fortunately, installing a new garage door isn't daunting at all, and as long as you stick to this battle plan, you could have your new custom garage doors up in as long as it takes to read this entire document six times.
1.) First, you need to make sure that you secure your weatherstripping of choice to the bottom of the first panel of the garage door.
2.) Affix the first panel at the bottom of the doorway, and gently nail each jamb to either side of the doorway, just to fix it in place.
3.) Attach hinges to the top edges of the door if you haven't already done so, and make sure they are secure. (Tug on them a few times).
4.) Turn to your manufacturer's specific directions to assemble the pieces of the horizontal, curved, and vertical tracks.
5.) Install the rollers on the second section of the door. Lift the section up, set and slip it's rollers into the vertical tracks that you just installed on the doorway. (You may need help from a second person)
6.) Fasten the hinges tightly between the first and second sections.
7.) Repeat the procedure for the third section. Check the door for the level and the vertical track, also, for plumb. Secure the top plates of the vertical tracks to he wall. Make sure lag screws are totally secure.
8.) Attach jamb brackets carefully to each track and fasten each of them to the framing members.
9.) Install and bolt the curved and horizontal tracks. TIP: Use a ladder to rest the horizontal track on top of a ladder to make the job just a bit easier, if you want.
10.) Make sure everything is leveled out before moving on. Cut the rear track hanger to the necessary length. Secure track hanger to a solid piece of framing (preferably a ceiling joist or blocking). Loosely mount on hanger, and repeat with the opposite side. (Skip to step 13 if you don't have a torque tube to install)
11.) Slip the last door section into place, and remove temporary nails from jambs and other areas.
12.) If you have a torque tube, use the manufacturer's directions to install your custom garage doors. Double-check the alignment and level of each track, and roll the door up about four to five feet to make sure all of the sections are properly aligned, as well. If everything looks stable, continue on with the installation of the torque tube.
13.) You're done! Congratulations on your DIY installation!