Garage Door Installation – Why You Should Not Do It Yourself

For DIY enthusiasts, replacing your garage door may seem like any other task at first glance. Though you may assume you are simply assembling the right hardware, there is more to a safe garage door installation than fastening a couple of nuts and bolts. There are many reasons garage door installation is not a do it yourself job. Why is this task best done by a professional?

Garage Door Installation is Not a Solo Gig

New garage door system components are quite heavy, with some parts weighing 100 to 300 pounds or more. They are too large to handle alone and too much for a typical husband and wife team. Multiple people are necessary to achieve the precision required for a safe and lasting garage door installation.

You Need More than a Hammer and Nails

Garage door kits frequently arrive without system hardware, leaving homeowners scrambling to source the right equipment for a safe installation. Also, even the most seasoned DIY pros fail to possess necessary specialty tools, such as a counterbalance spring system, which professional garage door installers know is essential for lifting heavy garage doors into position.  

Components Must be Precisely Positioned for Proper Function

Proper installation requires the perfect alignment of each garage door component. The tracks that the garage door rollers move in must be perfectly level, with the placement of the garage door opener, hinges, brackets, axle supports, and other integral hardware precisely measured and installed. If any part of the system is even slightly out of alignment, the garage door can bind, getting stuck in the track or failing to fully open or close.

Spring and Cable Assembly Can Be Dangerous

Improperly fastened, heavy moving garage door parts can cause severe damage or injury if the door malfunctions due to installation issues. Garage door springs are particularly dangerous and can quickly unwind and launch, causing serious harm. Your springs are best installed by a professional. Our garage door technicians can install your springs precisely as dictated in manufacturer instructions, properly securing them with a locking cone to prevent them from coming loose.

It’s Easy to Overlook Key Details

Our highly trained team understands that finishing details ensure a safe, lasting garage door installation. We follow manufacturer guidelines closely, installing essential safety equipment, tightening springs to spec, and carefully affixing climate seal and trim for weather tightness. We will also remove and dispose of your old door, helping you avoid unwelcome operational or cost-related surprises commonly associated with DIY garage door installations.

Avoid do it yourself garage door installation disasters at your Richmond, Oakland, Lafayette, Vallejo, Hercules, Orinda, or Pittsburg property. Save time and money, preserving your warranty and ensuring safety with help from local garage door installation professionals at GDI Garage Doors.

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