Installing a garage roller door might seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of time and motivation, almost anyone can do it without having to call a handy man. You just need a few tools, and remember that this is always easier with a friend. Just follow the instructions below to make installing your own garage roller door easy.
Before you do anything, you will need to measure. You want to check the door opening height, the width, the space from the top of the opening to the ceiling, and the backroom, which is just the length of your garage. Check to make sure that the system you intend to install will work with the measurements you have taken in your garage. Also, be sure to write these measurements down in case you want to add a garage door opener.
Test The Door
You also want to test the door before starting installation. If you are just replacing your door because you think it is broken, check the rollers, brackets, and springs to ensure that the problem isn’t a simple repair. After making any repairs, check to see if the door moves okay and is sturdy. If you are still having problems, then now is the time to install the new garage door.
Remove Existing Handle
Since you shouldn’t need this anymore, just loosen the screws on the handle and remove it from your garage door.
Pin The Door
To pin the door, you need to drill some bolts into each side to keep the door from moving.
Tie A Rope Around The Door To Keep It In Place
This will help to keep the garage door in place and you safe while you are working.
Remove The Bob And Bracket
Do this on the side where you want to install the garage door roller.
Remove The Door
Now just remove the door by following the manufacturer’s instructions. This often consists of releasing the door from the pulley system, removing the door panels one-by-one, and removing the tracks from the ceiling.
Install The First Panel
Use a level to install the first panel. Once the first panel is level, use nails to tack it into the door jamb. Do not hammer these nails in all the way. Secure the nails by slightly bending the nails. Then, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble any track pieces that should be attached to this door.
Install Other Panels
For all remaining garage door panels, the steps will be the same. You will place the second panel on top of the first, or continue placing one on top of the other as you go. After ensuring the panel is level, you will use nails to tack these panels in place the same way you did the first panel.
Install Garage Door Opener
This is an optional step. Installing a garage door opener makes life much easier than dealing with a manual garage door daily. To do this, you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Install Your Manual Release Cord
If you installed a garage door opener, then at this point, you will need to install the manual release cord that came in the kit for your garage door opener. This cord will give you manual control in case your motor stops working for some reason or there is a malfunction.
Program The Door Opener
Turn the opener on and program it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Check That The Door Is Working Properly
Now, check to make sure that your door is opening and closing properly, and see if any adjustments need to be made. Also, if you installed a garage door opener, take this time to check the door’s safety reverse. Just place something below the door to obstruct it from closing. When you try to close the garage door, it should stop and reverse back into the open position.
Install The Rollers
The rollers will be installed in the section’s roller supports. Once you have installed these rollers, you will place the rollers on the track that you have assembled. Continue securing the track’s brackets. Make sure that there is minimal friction between the rollers and track, which can happen if they are pressed to tightly together, to avoid any damage to your garage door.
Secure the vertical tracks onto the jambs. Then use the measurements you wrote down earlier and a level to ensure that your tracks are level and correctly positioned. They should face away from the door at 90 degrees.
Now you want to follow your manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you correctly install your springs. This works best if you have someone there to help you. Have your partner lift the door to half length. Check that the tracks are level and parallel before continuing to lift the door to position. Now, you can complete your pulley system by attaching the springs.
If you need to replace your garage door or install a new one, try installing it yourself. Installing new roller garage door takes some time and focus, but it can be done. If you follow the directions above along with the instructions that come with the door, you should have no problems installing the door yourself. Just be sure not to put yourself into any danger and call a professional if there is something you cannot do on your own.