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Garage Door Installation: What Could Go Wrong?

Garage One - Thursday, November 30, 2017

If you’ve never tried it before, you might think that installing a door is one of the simpler projects around the house. When it comes to automatic garage door installation, however, it’s actually one of the more difficult DIY projects people take on. Compared to other projects, the risk of severe accident is high. Similarly, if garage doors aren’t precisely installed, they will have to be serviced more often and may not last as long as they would have otherwise. We at Garage One in Toronto recommend that if you haven’t had extensive experience with doing home projects, you should always trust a professional with your garage door installation. But why is it such a difficult job?

Garage One door installation workers

Planning and plotting

Manual doors are a little simpler than automatic doors in that they tend to be lighter and require no electrical system. Because motors power their movement, automatic doors tend to be heavier and can have fairly complicated mechanical-electrical systems. If you’re not familiar with your current electrical setup in your garage or don’t know what electrical requirements the motor for your new door needs, costly mistakes can be made in both the placement and the safe installation of the door system.

Moving and lifting

It might not seem like it, given how easily the motor lifts them, but automatic garage doors can be very heavy. Even if they come in sections, few individual people can lift them and even fewer can lift them safely. If you do decide to take on the job yourself, be sure to invite some capable friends to help you. The door will have to be lifted and precisely aligned. Any misalignment can cause damage to the door or your garage.

Attaching and testing

Most automatic doors have at least three basic components: the door itself, the motor that moves it, and the cables that connect the two. Ideally, your automatic door should make very little noise and close tightly when in the down position. Measuring the exact distances that all these components need to be from each other requires very precise tools. If there is any problem with the connections between the parts, it can seriously affect the life span of your garage door system.

If you need assistance with your garage door installation in the Greater Toronto Toronto area, contact us today. We at Garage One have all the tools and expertise to make installing your automatic garage door a breeze and save you money and time down the line.

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