Garage Door Installation Steps for Do-It-Yourselfers

If you're looking to upgrade or modernize your garage door, it is possible to install it on your own. However, performing an installation of any kind should only be done if you have the skill, experience, and/or knowledge. This is to prevent any accidents, safety hazards, or costly mistakes. When in doubt, don't be afraid to follow a guide. 

Materials Needed

Your new garage door should come with instructions and a list of materials. 

However, a common list of tools/materials needed can include:

  • Safety glasses
  • Drill and bits
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Wrench
  • Ladder
  • Pliers

Once you've gathered the above materials and any extra mentioned in your manufacturer's guide, you're ready to go.

Garage Door Installation Steps

The steps below will help your new garage door installation go as easily as possible. 

1. Release the Tension

This step can be dangerous. You need to release the tension from the springs in your old door so you can remove it. This needs to be done carefully while using proper safety gear, like safety glasses. 

2. Remove the Old Door

Once the spring tension is released, pull the emergency handle that allows you to manually raise your garage door to disconnect from the automatic opener. Now you can begin removing the old door. Most garage doors come in panels, so you will want to separately remove each panel, starting at the top of the door. 

3. Install New Panels

Start the installation by putting the hinges on the top of each panel. Once the hinges are attached to all of the panels, put the bottom panel in place. Once the bottom panel is level, you can begin attaching the rest of the panels to one another. Make sure all panels are tightly secured.

4. Install the Track

Next, you need to install the track. The wheels will need to be lined up properly or issues may arise later on. Attach the brackets that come with your door to the wall and bolt the tracks together. Install the springs and spring locking cone and bolt them into place. Always make sure everything is secured properly before moving on. 

5. Finishing Touches

Now all that is left is the tension rod, pulleys, and cable. The tension rod should go into the holes on the brackets. The pulleys will attach to the ends of the tension rod. Next, the cable needs to attach to the pulley. Once attached, make sure there is no slack. Last but not least, you need to tighten the springs. Your manufacturer's guide should give the correct tightness. 

If at any time, you feel overwhelmed or unsafe, do not hesitate to contact a professional. If you've never done this before, it is not an easy task. Your safety is the most important thing.