Garage Door: Installation, Safety Tips, And Repairs

By Jack | Tips And Tricks

Apr 23

Most of the house these days have a garage and thus a garage door, thanks to the need for a big vehicle and may be an out-house. Garage doors are the big doors used as doors at the entrance of the garage. The garage doors are not just doors, but like any other door of the house add aesthetic value to the entrance of house and garage. It is due to this they must be planned well in advance before being installed. The garage doors need special attention in installing also because they are heavy. Being heavy, the garage doors must be properly installed, so that they are easy to open and close with minimum efforts. The garage doors came in various shapes and sizes and can be made of wide range of materials ranging from wood to steel. In any case the garage door must be so as to ensure the safety of the garage, add to the aesthetic sense of the house, and be easy to handle.

The most commonly used garage door types are single panel garage doors, sectional garage doors and roller doors. Single panel garage doors are carved out of single material in a single section and are attached or fixed with the help of the hinge. It opens like common house doors. The single panel door in this regard offers a disadvantage of requiring large area to open up. The car to be parked in such garages need to parked several feet away from the garage when the garage door is being opened. The sectional garage doors on the other hand are carved of three to eight sections and are fixed overhead. These doors fold overhead when opened and stay there due to action of attached machinery and the spring system.

These offer an advantage over the single panel garage doors of not using the extra space to open up. However, in case the spring used to open and close these doors is not working well, these can be hectic to deal with. The roller garage doors are fitted with rollers and slide like cover windows and door coverings. They are usually carved out of steel, however, in certain cases, they can be made up of window glass even. When being constructed on the window glass the impact factor should be kept in mind. The glass windows are not meant to bear much impact. However, they can add to the aesthetic sense of the house and the garage. gara

So when it comes down to finally installing a garage door, one must keep certain points in mind. Do ensure that you follow these simple rules to get the best of your garage door:

  • Measure the garage door size well: Before installing and ordering for a garage door ensure that you measure the size of the door to be installed well. Consider if you need to install extra grill of hinges for your garage door. In most of the cases, it is better to consult an expert to do the task. Ask an expert to come down and take the measurements himself. In case you hire a professional to do this task, tell him about all your requirements. It is also a good idea to plan the things in advance i.e the kind of garage door you wish to install, the material it will be made of, and whether it be mechanical or electrical. In case you are planning to replace the old garage door and install a new one taking the measurement of the old garage doors usually works. However, if you plan to change the type of the door that will be installed be cautious of the other needs as well.
  • Decide well in advance: while deciding the style and material of your garage door, keep in mind your needs. The market is full of various models. You can either order a one by selecting the quotes and designs or can order one according to your specifications. A garage door with windows over it is a good option to consider. It lets the natural light in and keeps the place naturally lighted up even when the garage doors are closed.
  • Plan whether to keep the doors manual or motorised: these days whether you build your own garage door or order a one for installation, you always have the option to motorise it. It saves both your time and energy. If you are planning to get it installed it is a great idea. However, if you are planning to build your own door, and motorise it, it is important to check in advance the kind of machinery you will need to attach and understand the way it works. Access in advance whether the kind of the motor you purchased will be suitable for your garage door. Once you plan everything and set install the motor for the garage door, ensure that you read the manual well and follow the steps in the installation guide. Once you successfully install the garage door, do not forget to follow the same rule to program the garage motor. Program it according the manual and keep every detail in mind. doors

Most of the garage doors go on working for years without any maintenance or minimum maintenance. However, there can be times when your garage suddenly stops opening and closing. In such cases it is advised to seek and hire experts to find the fault with the system and fix it. If you are not a professional then trying to man-handle the system can be dangerous. It is especially important when you deal with heavy garage systems and heavy garage doors. You must know how to release the tension of the springs and several other things. Sudden release of the spring tension can be hazardous. So why not pay few bucks to the professional without doing more harm and just sit and relax, when someone expert in the field solves the problem for you, and that too in the best possible way?