How to Install a New Garage Door Safely
If you have an older garage door fitted to your home, the chances are that it may start wearing to the point
that it may need replacing. That may not be such a bad thing though since newer doors have many additional extras
not even considered when older models were manufactured.
For instance, many are insulated which not only makes them soundproof but also keeps any warmth inside the
garage. Furthermore, they are far more secure than they used to be, which can be a big advantage for folks who use
the garage for storage as well as somewhere to park the family car at night. More than that, though, garage doors
of today provide the maintenance free beauty you would want for any part of your home.
While wood was once the material of choice for garage doors, steel, fiberglass and other synthetic materials are
now the choice for many homes, allowing for a classic look, tailored to your preferred colors. The tongue and
groove features on newer models keep the wind, rain, and snow out of your garage area. They seal as well or better
than most exterior doors on homes.
New garage doors have to comply with various regulations governing safety, especially if they are fitted with a
remote garage door opener system. The majority will not close if they hit an object as they are closing. This means
that whether it is your child's bike, your car bumper, or your dog, nothing will be crushed. Some even have a
design that will push objects out of the way of panels as they close together. This can prevent crushed fingers
should your little ones wriggle away from you as the door is closing.
If you want natural light in your garage, but you do not want the security problems associated with glass, newer
doors offer plastic windows that look like glass. This means that you can have the style you want without the
security risk. Some companies have even gone so far to protect your valuables that your garage door opener sends a
different code to your garage each time you open it. That means intelligent thieves who have the technology to
steal codes will find it impossible to take yours.
While these new advances in garage door technology are great, they do not facilitate replacement by the average
DIY fanatic. Being the size and weight that they are can not only cause lifting problems but also near impossible
for inexperienced individuals to install by themselves. Should the door fall, it could easily crush the person
handling installation. Moreover, the torsion springs that are used to help the doors open, store and release force,
which can instantly kill a person. Not only should you choose not to replace a garage door by yourself, you should
not complete serious service tasks either. At most, you should occasionally oil the wheels, hinges, and tracks.
Anything more than that should be left to garage door professionals, as your life simply is not worth the risk of a
If despite this warning, you insist on installing the garage door yourself, be sure you have a few extra pairs
of hands around. Assistance with tough jobs can be one of the most important aspects of do it yourself safety. When
you get ready to start installation, be sure to begin with the weather stripping. This will keep the drafts and
moisture out of your garage. If improperly installed, you could experience some real problems in your home. You
will also be required to rent or purchase a spring tensioning tool. Renting or purchasing poor equipment in this
case is just not a good idea. These springs can maim and even kill folks who do not know how to properly use them.
Going cheap on equipment in this arena simply is not a good choice.
At the end of the day, you can replace your garage door by yourself since you probably have the necessary skills
and ability to do the job. Nevertheless, because of the dangers involved, hiring a professional to do it for you is
really a better and safer choice in the end.