Many homeowners are handy around the house and like to take on home improvement projects themselves to save money. But some projects are best left to the professionals such as Pro Entry Garage Doors, who have the experience and know-how to get the job done right the first time. That’s why we always recommend that homeowners leave the installation of their garage door to our experts.
Type of Door
The first factor to consider is the type of garage door you have or want to install. There are three main types of garage doors: sectional, rolling, and one-piece. Sectional doors are the most common and can be made of wood, steel, or aluminum. They’re also the easiest type of door to install yourself because they’re lighter weight and don’t require special tracks. Rolling doors, which roll up like a window shade, are usually made of steel and can be more difficult to install. One-piece doors, which swing open like a regular door, are also made of steel and can be difficult to install.
The next thing to consider is whether you have the installation instructions. Most garage door manufacturers include detailed instructions on how to install their doors. If you don’t have them, you can probably find them online. But without specific instructions for your door, it will be more difficult to install—and more likely that you’ll make a mistake that will void your warranty.
Tools and Materials Needed
Another thing to think about before taking on this project is whether you have all the tools and materials you need—and whether you know how to use them properly. Installing a garage door requires basic carpentry skills as well as knowledge of electrical wiring since most doors are now operated with a remote opener. You’ll also need access to a drill, screwdriver, level, tape measure, stepladder, hammer, sockets and ratchet set, pry bar, utility knife, and saw horses or sawhorses. As for materials, in addition to the door itself, you’ll need nails or screws (depending on what’s specified in the instructions), and shims, need help completing the project? The national average cost for hiring a professional varies depending on the type of door you’re installing but is typically between $300-$700. Of course, if at any point during the project you feel like you’re in over your head or just don’t have time for it, remember that there’s no shame in calling a professional garage door installer to complete the job for you—especially if it means maintaining your home’s safety and security.
Installing a garage door is not a simple task—but it’s also not an impossible one for determined DIYers. If you have experience with basic carpentry and electrical wiring and feel confident following the manufacturer’s instructions (without making any mistakes), then installing a garage door yourself is something you can do. However, if you’re unsure about your skills or don’t have all the tools and materials needed—or if you simply don’t want to risk damaging your property or voiding your warranty—then hire a professional garage door company to do it for you instead.