If you’re a DIY junkie then you’ll probably want to replace your garage doors by yourself. This is no easy task, but with the proper tools and decent knowledge of their functionality you should be able to pull it off. You’ll need basic tools such as a drill, hammer, level, screwdrivers, locking pliers, and of course, a ladder.
There are many different types of garage doors that are installed slightly differently – but in general, most garage doors still undergo the same procedure. The very first thing you will need to do is remove the old doors. To do that you first need to bring the door down and release the spring tension and detach the opener. Remember, this point, your garage door will become extremely heavy. Refer to your manual for proper instructions on how to release the spring. Always keep in mind that springs are very dangerous and the door is extremely heavy once the spring has been released.
Once you’ve accomplished that, you can now unscrew the sections of the door and remove them one by one. Be careful as to not hurt yourself and remember that you should remove all hardware before installing your new door, don’t try to install your new door on the old tracks. If you have never previously replaced (or seen someone replace) a garage door, I recommend watching a few educational videos to get an idea of what should be done. Then you can refer to your garage door’s manual for further instructions. Make sure to go over the whole thing first before starting your project. You need to have a good overall idea of what you’re going to do – don’t guess act and then undo everything you’ve done.
Make sure to install an electric opener and eye sensors – those are absolutely necessary, and if you have kids or pets, it’s illegal not to have them. It’s important not to cheap out on your garage door or else you’ll start having minor issues that will soon turn into major problems. I recommend spending slightly more money for a durable brand instead of a cheap door that will get replaced after 6 months.
You’re expected to spend the whole day replacing your new doors. Yes, a professional can do it within 3 hours but you will always have the satisfaction of knowing that you were the one that installed the door all by yourself.