Choosing the Right Door
The first step is to select the right garage door for your house. Not only do garage doors come in many different colors and styles, they can be made from a variety of materials, each with their own pros and cons. Aluminum is popular because it is inexpensive and low-maintenance. It is also lightweight, which reduces wear and tear on your springs and cables.
Steel doors are heavier but sturdier and more expensive. You can also find composite doors, which are made of a steel core covered by fiberglass or vinyl. Some people choose to use wooden doors, although these have mostly fallen out of style because they are extremely high-maintenance.
Selecting the Best Safety Features
Look for garage doors with safety features that will protect you and your family against accidents. Electronically-controlled garage doors should be equipped with a sensor that prevents it from closing when anything is in the path of the door. This sensor should be located no higher than 6 inches from the ground.
Containment cables prevent injuries from cables that break suddenly, and are one of the most popular safety features. Pinch-resistant doors are also becoming more and more popular, with a design that helps prevent fingers from accidentally getting caught in between the sections as the door moves.
Staying Safe during Installation
It is of the utmost importance that you follow proper safety precautions during installation. Keep children and pets out of the way until the door is completely installed. Anyone working on the door should wear gloves and eye protection. Be especially carefully whenever dealing with cables under tension, since these can cause severe injuries if they snap.
Installing Your Door
When the time comes to install your new garage door, it’s a good idea to replace your existing brackets, tracks, and other hardware as well. These parts can rust or break down over time, and it’s easier to replace them now instead of waiting for something to go wrong in the future. This also ensures that your new garage door will operate as smoothly and reliably as possible.
During installation, also be sure you learn how your garage door works. In particular, pay attention to the emergency release feature on electronically controlled doors. This lets you open and close the door manually in the event of a power outage.
Placing your electronic garage door opener in your garage is the final step in the installation process. The location is important, especially if you have children or pets that might accidentally hit the button on their own. Garage door openers should be located at least 5 feet off the ground and remotes should be kept in a safe location in your home or car.
Installing a garage door is no easy task, so it's always better to make sure you've got the assistance of the professionals at IDC Garage Door when you're ready to install a new one.