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Garage Door Installation

Garage door installation and repair involves a straightforward procedure with factors to consider, especially regarding garage door installation process, stiffener alignment, lift motor determination, springs alignment and other factors that involve the garage door's implementation. It is helpful to understand the constituent parts before engaging in the installation process as this ensures a safe and secure garage door once properly installed. This also applies to garage door repair and installation procedures. These procedures apply to Residential Garage doors installation.

In order to effectively install your garage door, you should consider some important elements and procedures. New garage doors are easy to install, especially with the instructions readily accessible and interpreted for people to do so with the least amount of burden. Engineers have constructed the garage doors to uphold the mechanical stability required by the doors in order to be both functional and safe for people who use the garage in the near future. The following guidelines shall allow individuals to ensure effective installation procedures for proper new garage door implementation.

Most new garage doors are built with metal with a gauge of 24 or 25. This is specifically done so in order to optimize the stiffness of the garage door, which is a high security and safety factor. If you are to install the garage door, the first thing you must have is a 14 gauge (or larger) steel stiffener. This will be installed along the top edge of your garage door, especially if you’re using an electric door operator as the lifting mechanism.

Most door kits do not provide this, so make sure you purchase it beforehand, because, without the stiffener, your garage door can jam the system. This may take years to happen, but it is advisable to prevent it from happening altogether.

After knowing the type of material your door is made of, you should consider the lifting motor to use. There are many types in the market: chain driven and screw driven are just a few. For lightweight garage doors, chain driven motors are effective due to the smooth function, especially in easy shortening. Screw driven motors work for heavier garage doors, so make sure you check that out beforehand.

In terms of horsepower, for an 8 ft. garage door, 0.33 HP motor units are ideal, and for 10 to 12 ft. doors, .50 HP motor units are effective. For doors that exceed that length range, check with your manufacturer for the ideal motor model and horsepower requirements.

Make sure that the lift motor is connected to the door at the center, and not on one side. This is due to the fact that the connection can twist the door, binding it and bending the panels altogether. As a result, the door mechanism is bound, which can create mechanism failure for your garage door system. Take note that some lifting motors need to be installed off-center, but make sure you check your manufacturer for the ideal installation location.

As a safety measure, before installing your garage door, make sure to remove any smoke detectors, power outlets, or light fixture present in the ceiling center-line of the garage door. This is to ensure that the devices will not interfere with the door and the lifting process.

Also, to prevent rain from coming under the door when it is down, ensure that the lift motor attachment is placed in a way that the rubber gasket found on the bottom of the garage door presses against the lift motor attachment.

Also, the counterbalance system must be adjusted to allow the door to stabilize each foot it is raised. A disconnection between the lift motor and the door will not be an issue if the counterbalance system is set up appropriately, preventing dangerous and abrupt slamming of the door. If you plan on adjusting the counterbalance springs, make sure you take extra precaution because they can be very dangerous. Also, panel assembly should be so that the tongue and grove edges are positioned just as mentioned by the manual. This prevents any problems to occur, especially that of rain entering in and door binding.

Installing your garage door and installation of garage door opener can be tricky if you get things wrong. Always ensure that your garage door and the lift motor work together, to prevent unnecessary binding that can become dangerous if not attended to immediately. With this in mind, although garage door installation is straightforward, it is important to consider the lift motor and garage door specifications before implementing the complete set up process. Moreover, other factors should be considered to prevent the garage door from jamming, especially when it comes to alignment and positioning of the mechanisms involved. This will prevent security and safety issues for the homeowner.



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