Common Garage Door Installation Mistakes

The installation of a garage door is a delicate task that requires careful attention and expertise. While it might be tempting to make it a DIY project, certain common mistakes can compromise the operation, aesthetics, and safety of the door. Here are some frequently made errors to avoid during your installation.

Incorrect Measurements

The first step in any garage door installation is measuring the door opening and ensuring the new door fits perfectly. Unfortunately, incorrect measurements are a common pitfall. 

This can result in a garage door that doesn't seal correctly, leading to problems with weatherproofing, security, and energy efficiency. Always double-check measurements, considering aspects like headroom and side-room.

Misaligned Tracks

The tracks of your garage door need to be perfectly aligned to ensure smooth operation. Misaligned tracks can cause the door to move unevenly or become jammed. Use a level to make sure tracks are straight and evenly spaced before installing the door. Also, check that brackets are tightened properly, as loose brackets can lead to misalignment.

Neglecting the Torsion Springs

Torsion springs play a vital role in the raising and lowering of the garage door, though improper handling or installation can lead to severe injuries. Further, using the wrong size or type of spring can overburden the garage door opener or cause the door to fall abruptly. 

Always consult the door's manual for specific spring specifications and consider hiring a professional for this part of the installation due to its inherent risks.

Inadequate Reinforcement of the Door Opener

The garage door opener should be adequately reinforced to avoid sagging or breaking under the weight of the door. Failing to properly install the opener or its brackets can lead to a damaged opener or, worse, a garage door that falls off its tracks. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing and reinforcing the opener in all situations.

Improperly Adjusted Sensitivity

The sensitivity of the garage door opener determines how much resistance is necessary for the door to stop or reverse direction. If it's set too high, the door might not close fully; if it's too low, the door might not stop when obstructed, posing a safety risk. 

It's crucial to adjust the sensitivity according to the door's weight and the manufacturer's instructions.

Bypassing the Manual

One of the most common mistakes in any installation process is ignoring the manual. Each garage door and opener comes with specific instructions regarding their installation. Ignoring these guidelines can lead to operational issues and void the product's warranty.

Not Hiring a Professional

Deciding to install a garage door without professional assistance can lead to these various issues.

A professional installer brings expertise, experience, and specialized tools to the job. They are well-versed in the intricate mechanics of different garage doors, the potential risks during installation, and the specific ways to avoid common mistakes.

To learn more about garage door installation, contact a professional near you.