Is this your first experience with garage door installation? Whether you recently bought your first home or are ready to upgrade your existing property, take a look at the dos and don'ts of garage door replacement and the installation process.
Do Hire A Professional
A garage door installation is not a job for a novice DIYer. Even though you may have read what seems like hundreds of how-to's or watched the same amount of online video tutorials, most homeowners don't have a contractor's level of knowledge or experience. To properly install a garage door you need the ability to evaluate the existing track, choose the right model to fit the space, and place all of the components (such as springs and cables) correctly.
A do-it-yourself installation is dangerous, according to the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association International (DASMA). The installation itself or an improperly done job could put you, your household members, or anyone who uses the garage door at risk for a serious injury. The electrical lines necessary to use an automatic opener could pose a shock risk, a cable could snap, the heavy door could fall, you could incorrectly install safety features (such as the photos eyes), or you could cause other similar issues.
Not only is a DIY installation a potential hazard, but the end result also may not look professional. Garage doors are more than just functional pieces of a home. These doors add curb appeal. A poorly done installation could negatively affect the overall look of your home, decreasing its aesthetic value.
Don't Skip Other Services
Are you tempted to skip some installation services to lower the price? Some homeowners believe that reusing cables, springs, tracks, or other parts of the existing door could save them money. While like-new parts that are in excellent working conditions don't have to go, worn components can cause problems that interfere with your new door.
Before you ask the installation technician to keep everything other than the door itself as-is, discuss the condition and safety of accessories and other components. You may need to replace more than just the door to create a durable, long-lasting, safe garage system.
Do Prepare for the Installation
Talk to the contractor about the garage door installation process before your service appointment. Ask the pro if you will need to move items from the garage. The contractor can explain how much room they'll need to work and what you will need to remove to create a safe installation environment.
Reach out to a company like Trinity Garage Door, LLC to learn more.