Garage door installation is a tricky process. One misstep could mean safety risks or damage to the garage system door unit. From the type of door for the garage selected to the manner in which the garage unit door is installed, anything can go wrong. Following the instructions and avoiding the common installer mistakes will ensure that everything goes smoothly. Here are some of the common mistakes when installing a door.
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Installing the garage system’s door alone. Installing the heavy door alone poses a number of safety risks. The springs are one of the most difficult aspects of the garage to handle when completing the install. At least two people should be assisting with the installation of the springs.

Not tightening panels. Loose panels are another safety problem. The hardware for the rails and hangers should be tightened. The hardware for all rails and hangers should be thoroughly inspected after the it is attached. The panels and the hanger hardware should be properly installed.

Using nails and screws. The nails may be able to hold the system’s door pieces in place, but are not nearly as strong as lag screws. The constant pressure from the door is too much for the nails to handle since the doors are opening and closing all the time. The constant pressure from the door will cause the door to shift occasionally and the doors will loosen. The garage system’s door and pieces should be installed using lag screws.

Connecting the garage door opener at the wrong section. The lift motor should always be connected at the center. Connecting the garage door opener off to one side causes the door to twist every time the door is lifted. The door’s lift motor should be connected to the center of the opening. Installing the system door’s lift motor in the center is done to prevent the doors from binding. Center line mounting will also minimize the bending that happens with panels. Check the system’s door installation instructions to verify that the door isn’t supposed to be installed off center. If the instructions say it should mounted in the center, it should be installed that way.

Not plotting the interior of the garage area. The door should never be installed prior to the area being properly plotted. Plotting is done to prevent common mistakes like installing a light fixture or an outlet in the wrong section of the garage area. Intricate wiring and fixture placements must be plotted carefully in accordance with the documented instructions.

Not fixing door when problems initially started. The door should never make noises when it opens or closes. Noises are usually a precursor to additional problems with the garage system. The door should always open and close smoothly to avoid any noise problems. The noisy system door means that parts have either become loose or that the door isn’t properly lubricated. Make sure that the parts are thoroughly lubricated and tightened regularly as a part of routine system door maintenance.

Choosing the garage door for the home. The short driveway may require an overhead door that slides upward instead of opening outward. This prevents the car from becoming exposed to unnecessary traffic. The type of door selected should make sense for the layout of the driveway. Once the car pulls into the garage opening, it should be able to close without striking the rear side of the vehicle. If installing an up and over variety, your garage door shouldn’t strike the rear of the vehicle. An overhead sectional door would offer enough space for the car to pull as close to the door as possible. Consider the clearance needed as the system door shuts.

Not addressing problems with the track system. The counterbalance system should be checked at several different points. As the door raises, the system should be able to remain fully intact as the door is raised. For every foot the door raises, the door should be properly positioned. If the door isn’t connected to the lift motor, the door should never slam. The counterbalance springs and torsion bars should be installed carefully to prevent any type of injury.

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The door should be carefully installed according to the instructions. Selecting the most appropriate door for the layout of the property gives ample clearance and prevents the car from being stranded in the driveway. Using the wrong components like nails instead of screws could present safety risks and lead to damage further on down the line. Loose parts eliminate the chances of unexpected damage to the garage system parts. The garage door system should be properly installed by a professional if there are any concerns that there could be any safety issues. There should always be at least two people working on the a project of this magnitude. If you are planning to get a new garage system, don’t hesitate to work with a specialist to make sure you complete the installation correctly the first time around.

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