All the newer garage doors are easier to operate and safer. In fact if the garage door is over 20years old, then it should be replaced says Tom from Orca WA. So whether you are planning to replace your garage door because it’s old or because your new car cannot fit through the door, this is not a project for an inexperienced individual. Here are some tips for replacing your garage door.
1. The drive-through height and width
Don’t assume that any new garage door will provide you enough drive through space if your current door is not. So make sure you purchase a bigger door which can provide you sufficient drive through height and width. If you are installing a steel frame which is wider than the already fitted timber frame, this will reduce the drive-through width, so make sure you ask the experts how the new frame will affect the drive-through space.
2. Removing your old garage door
If your current door has a torsion spring, then you should not remove the door yourself. This is because this spring can easily injure any inexperienced person who tries to remove it. Therefore make sure you hire a professional to help you remove your old garage door.
3. Inspect the garage door frame
Once the old door is removed, you can inspect your current frame. If there are signs of rot on your current timber frame, then you should replace the door frame. Remember you don’t want your new door to outlast the frame. If your new door is made of steel, then you should replace your current timber frame with a steel one and if it is a timber door then the frame should be timber also.
4. Study the layout of the new garage door pieces
Before you start installing the new door, make sure you study and understand the instruction diagram. Lay out all the different pieces of the door in a simulation of how they actually be configured when assembled.
5. Spring adjustment
The spring is actually the heart of the door operator, so make sure you read the instructions for adjusting it before trying to adjust it. If it is properly adjusted then the garage door should balance perfectly when opened halfway. It shouldn’t want to open or close when in the halfway position.
6. Installing a remote controlled-operator
Most of the remote-controlled operators come with various handsets which vary in size, shape and style. So make sure you ask a professional to help you choose the best electric operator for your new door. Once the electric operator is fitted and is working perfectly, you can ask the professional installing it to also install an emergency release which will help you in case of power failure. This way you will be able to access your garage even with power failure. Click here for a professional garage door repair service.