There comes a time when the garage door is too old and no amount of repair, regardless how good your repair technicians are, can salvage it. When it gets there, the only option you have available is getting a new garage door. Another instance that may result in the installation of a new garage door is when you decide to remodel the house and opt to find a garage door that fits your new style. Whatever the reason, there are a few important things that you should have ready before installing a new garage door.
A Helping Hand
Assuming that you will be doing the installation by yourself, you will need a helping hand. Garage doors typically weigh anywhere from 100 to 500 pounds. As a result, lifting the door up into position will require quite some effort. The best helping hand is an adult relative or close friend. This is because garage door installations are physical affairs where injury can happen unexpectedly. The last thing you want is someone suing you over an injury sustained at your garage door’s installation.
All Parts for the New Door
Check to ensure that you have all the parts of the new door before taking down the old one. Go through the garage door installation guide that comes with a new door and tick every single part before you start removing the old door. You don’t want to take down the old door only to realize that you don’t have everything necessary to put up a new one. Unless you are thorough about verifying that all pieces to the new door are there, your garage might remain opened and exposed as you wait to get the forgotten piece.
Tools to Help with the Installation
There are two categories of tools that you will need to successfully install a garage door; the professional tools and light additional materials. For the professional tools, you will need a hammer, screw driver, clamp, level, tape measure, pliers, drill, step ladder, hack saw, T-square, tools for working the springs, saw horses, wood saw and a socket wrench kit. For the additional materials you will require oil, rope, a wood block and nails among others.
Enough Overhead Space
The overhead space where the new door will rest when it is opened needs to be sufficient. This is especially important if you are changing from a sliding garage door to an overhead rolling door. The garage door manufacturer will tell you how much space you need overhead.
The last thing on our check list for a successful garage door installation is safety gear. We recommend that you have a first aid kit within reach to help take care of the minor injuries that might occur. You will also need to have other safety equipment like gloves and construction helmets to protect your head.
If all this is too much work for you, the best thing to do is call a garage installation company and they will take care of everything.