If you're a DIY junkie then you'll probably want to replace your garage doors by yourself. This is no easy task, but with the proper tools and decent knowledge of their functionality you should be able to pull it off. You'll need basic tools such as a drill, hammer, level, screwdrivers, locking pliers, and of course, a ladder.
There are many different types of garage doors that are installed slightly differently - but in general, most garage doors still undergo the same procedure. The very first thing you will need to do is remove the old doors. To do that you first need to bring the door down and release the spring tension and detach the opener. Remember, this point, your garage door will become extremely heavy. Refer to your manual for proper instructions on how to release the spring. Always keep in mind that springs are very dangerous and the door is extremely heavy once the spring has been released.
Once you've accomplished that, you can now unscrew the sections door and remove them one by one. Be careful as to not hurt yourself and remember that you should remove all hardware before installing your new door, don't try to install your new door on the old tracks. If you have never previously replaced (or seen someone replace) a garage door, I recommend watching a few educational videos to get an idea of what should be done. Then you can refer to your garage door's manual for further instructions. Make sure to go over the whole thing first before starting your project. You need to have a good overall idea of what you're going to do - don't guess act and then undo everything you've done.
Make sure to install an electric opener and eye sensors - those are absolutely necessary, and if you have kids or pets, it's illegal not to have them. It's important not to cheap out on your garage door or else you'll start having minor issues that will soon turn into major problems. I recommend spending slightly more money for a durable brand instead of a cheap door that will get replaced after 6 months.
You're expected to spend the whole day replacing your new doors. Yes, a professional can do it within 3 hours but you will always have the satisfaction of knowing that you were the one that installed the door all by yourself.
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Where space permits, houses usually have garage doors. They last for a long time but due to accidents or regular wear-and-tear, it becomes necessary to have look for a replacement. But before you have your entire door replaced, consider checking first if you can remedy the problem with garage door panels. Garage panels only form a part of your actual door so replacing them will be cheaper.
While garage doors have more of a functional purpose, they are a major part of your house's exteriors so it's important for you to choose garage door panels accordingly. Your best bet still is to go to your original door's manufacturer to look for panels you can use. This way, you are assured that the panels will be compatible with your door. There are a range of styles available to you when it comes to panels so don't worry about finding one you can work with. Some of your options though include flush panels, long raised panels, short raised panels, and painted panels. If you want, you can use this time to add character to your garage door by installing a window panel. Panels are usually available in wood or steel.
You can easily install garage door panels on your own. Turn it into a home improvement project and involve the entire family. Not only will this make the work quicker but you also get to enjoy bonding time with everyone. To get you started on repairing those panels, make sure that your door opener is unplugged. After that, remove the strings to ensure that your door will not spring open while you are working. Close the door afterwards as you would, pulling it all the way down.
To remove old panels, unscrew the panels you want to remove. All panels are attached to the track rollers and each other so if the panel you are removing is not at the top, then you're going to have to remove all panels before it by sliding them up. Slide out the panel you want to remove when all others are cleared to let it through.
In putting back new garage panels, just do the reverse of what you did to remove the panels. Once all panels are in place, slide in the top panel back and attach everything. Open your door and then re-attach the spring. After that, you're done!
However, if none in your family have the skills necessary, please be concerned about your safety first and let the professionals handle installation. A garage door panel is never enough of a reason to get hurt.
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