Installing a New Garage Door08/12/2013 Back To Blog
The installation of a garage door is often better left to the experts. To be assured of safety and quality, make sure to consult a company dedicated to the business. Still, for those who are in the market and interested in buying a garage door or replacing an older one, there may be an interest in knowing when to replace a garage door, and which steps are involved in the installation.
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A new garage door can cost between 500-4000 dollars, depending on the size of the door you wish to buy, which material it is made out of, and the manufacturer. The standard steel door, which is the most common and cheapest type, costs 500-1000 dollars. Factor in approximately 200 dollars for labor, and any take-away costs for disposing of the old garage door, and on average, a person could end up paying about 1000 dollars for a new door and installation. If you are looking to replace a garage door, consider that cost against the repair costs to decide whether it is time to buy a new one.
The first step in replacing a garage door is to remove the old one by unlatching it from the pulleys and taking down the panels one at a time, bottom-up. Then measure the distance between the ground and the ceiling, and the distance from the front of the garage to the back, before setting up the stops on either side of the garage and laying out the bottom section of the new garage door. Now you can attach the first hinges and any weather stripping you need. After the bottom piece is set into its frame, check to see that it is level, and then continue adding the remaining panels according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then carefully install the rollers into the track, making sure they are neither too loose nor too tight, and settle the tracks and springs into position. Finally, lift it halfway to see if everything is level, and when it is, raise it the rest of the way and attach the springs and pulleys.
When the time comes to replace an older door, the homeowner should consider the total costs of repairing versus replacing and hiring a qualified company, or do it themselves. A professional installer can do the work of installing garage doors quickly and easily, but many people are still interested in learning how the process works or in doing it themselves if they have the skill.