When it comes to garage door installation so many home owners basically do not have an idea what they are working with. Most of the time, you come in and find a garage door has already been installed. For those who take their time when looking to do the installation on their own accord, the choices that most homeowners make are based on aesthetics, instead of functionality. There is nothing wrong with that, because by the end of the day, you need to get something that you fancy. However, as you are making these choices, it is also important for you to try and ensure that you choose a door that will be beautiful and functional at the same time. Bearing that in mind, perhaps getting in touch with a professional as you go about this will also be a good idea.
It is easier for you to replace an existing garage door than to install a new one. The reason for this is because when you are replacing the one you have for a new one, you will already know what the old one was like. You will have come to understand the challenges that you have with it, perhaps depending on the changes in the weather and so forth. Just so you know, most of the doors will respond differently as the weather or the seasons turn, so you have to take this into consideration. Therefore this gives you an idea on what to expect for your new door, or what you do not want to experience with the new one, having learned from its predecessor.
In a general sense, as you are about to make this choice you need to think in terms of the cost of installation, the cost of the materials that will be used in this process, the cost of removing the door that you have preinstalled, the type of gate you are looking for, and perhaps things like the warranty. With this into focus, installing a new door can cost you anything from as low as $200. It all depends on what you choose to work with.
Work with professionals
Even if you are the handy type around the home, it is always a good idea to leave garage door installation to the professionals, of course unless you work with one of the best installation companies around – for which you will still need to call in some help either way. The point here is that once you call in an expert, you can exchange ideas based on your experience with previous doors, and together you can agree on something that will meet your needs, while at the same time offering you the convenience you want.
One of the best things about choosing an expert to help with installation is the warranty that you get on the gate parts used for the installation. In most cases, they will come with new equipment, tools and parts, which offer you a better deal in the long run.
In the course of garage door installation one of the most important parts that is normally the focus of attention is the spring. When you decide to do the installation on your own, you can rest assured that something standardized like a torsion spring system will give you a difficult time to install on your own. On the other hand however, extended spring systems are really easy for DIY homeowners.
In as much as you might be able to do this on your own, the following are some simple reasons why you would need to call in a professional:
- They come with the necessary expertise
- Having an expert on hand saves you on valuable time
- You can ask them to customize the appearance of the door to suit your aesthetic needs
- Warranty on the parts used will save you a lot in the near future
Types of Garage Doors
The next thing that you are supposed to think about here is the type of door that you want to buy. Once again, getting the input of an expert here will not only save you on unnecessary costs, but will also help you get a door that will stay put for as long as you need it to.
As you are choosing the different types of doors that you can install in your garage, you need to think about maintenance and durability. You want a door that will stand the test of time, a door that once installed, you will not have to keep calling in an expert from time to time to check it and make sure it is working okay. A good door does not require lots of maintenance, but it still has to be checked every once in a while.
Some factors that you have to take into consideration as you make this purchase decision include the gauge and strength of the tracks, the insulation R-value, the style you want, how thick you need the door, its security and safety concerns, counterbalance spring mechanism, hardware used to build the door, and most importantly how the sections are constructed.
It is no secret that poorly installed doors have in the recent past caused fatal accidents, or grave injuries. Considering that this is the largest ever moving door that you have installed in your home, it is important for you to take special safety considerations to make this door worth your while.
In as much as this can be dangerous, the door must be tested after installation. As long as you are not a professional, do not make the mistake of removing or installing a garage door without the necessary tools and equipment.
Once the new door is installed, be sure to warn everyone in the house not to walk under a moving door, or to stand near one. This particularly goes for the kids. Take time to show everyone how the new door works, and any challenges that they might experience, and what to do when these challenges occur. If you have installed an automatic door, it is sheer common sense to keep the remote control out of reach of kids.