You need a sturdy and functional garage door to protect your cars and also as part of the security system of your home. You may require at times to replace an existing door or install a new one. Use any existing door as a guideline to what you will need in your new door so that it does not have any of its disadvantages if any.
For installation of any garage door, you will need to consider the removal of any old one, the kind of new gate arrangement that you have decided on, the warranty on the installation, and of course the cost. Price of installation carried out by professionals can depend on the size of the door, its mechanisms, and even the location of the installation. If the installation requires introducing garage door openers, the costs can be slightly higher.
Doors can be a single piece or have two leaves that open out on either side. Some garage doors lift on to the ceiling. You can also have doors that are insulated so that your garage less affected by cold weather. They also come in various styles, and you need to select a door that goes with the existing architecture of your home and even adds elegance to its looks.
Most garage doors will come in multiple sections and these have to be all assembled together in a particular sequence. It is important that a lot of care be taken while installing the first section, as the level and alignment of this will influence the correctness of fitting of the other sections. The track and rollers have to be attached to each section, and the procedure repeated till all the sections are in place.
Garage doors will have spring systems that make the opening of the door easier, but these springs are heavy duty and require a lot of care in their installation. This work is where the professional will exercise a lot of care and will have various tools that make it easier to deal with the torsion or resistance of the spring during the installation.
It is important that the installation ensures that the door is properly balanced and the installer will always make slight adjustments to ensure this balance. A well-balanced door will cause less stress on the various guides and other parts that move the doors. It is quite often that doors are operated by motors so that there is very little manual effort required in their operations. You can use remote controls to operate these motors, and this allows you to open and close garage doors, while you are sitting in the comfort of your car. Care must be taken to see that the remote control operates on frequencies that others cannot copy.
It is not necessary that you have doors operated by motors and remote controls and you can also opt to have doors that you need to open and shut manually. This can greatly reduce your cost of the door and its installation. Installation of these doors is relatively simple, but different from normal doors in homes, because of their size and weight. You will need to make sure that you use sturdy and brackets, hinges, and holdfasts that are designed to take the weight of the door leaves. While some doors may operate on hinges, others may depend on springs to provide the necessary force to operate the doors. You can also have garage doors that are roller shutters that cover the opening.
It can always make sense, when you install garage doors that operate with motors and remote controls, to have an override mechanism that allows you to operate the door manually. So, in case, the motors, or the remote is not working, or even if you have no power to operate the door, you can bypass the motors and operate the doors, so that you are able to use your garaged vehicle, otherwise, your daily routine can be upset. Once you have done this, you can then call in a professional to effect any necessary repairs to the garage door.
Ensure that you appoint an experienced and reliable installer. Door manufacturers and sellers may have a panel of such installers and can be a good source to find the right person. Decide on the fees before the work is started so that there are no disputes later. Ask for guarantees for the work, and make sure that you test the opening and closing a number of times before you hand over any payment.