Many people are still spending more time at home after the events of the past few years which means that DIY projects are still very common. You may be thinking about building new furniture, refinishing older pieces, or just moving some furniture around to create a new sense of peace. No matter what, though, a DIY job has the potential to throw some curveballs at you.
When it comes to garage door installation, that’s certainly true! Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes that happen during DIY garage door installation so you know how to better avoid them.
Consider the Whole Space
Homeowners don’t end up installing garage doors very often. In fact, if you’re doing a DIY garage door installation project in your own home, it’s likely the first time you’ve ever done it. As a result, you may not have an understanding of the full picture here. It’s important that you understand how your garage is shaped and how the garage door plays into that. You’ll need your garage door opener to be in the exact center of the garage door, so if there’s a light or anything else in the way, that could make that tricky. You may end up needing to rewire something entirely.
If you choose to off-center your garage door opener, it may impact the function of your door. At that point, it turns into an issue of getting the proper alignment, which isn’t easy. Any error in your alignment and you run the risk of the garage door twisting whenever it opens or closes, causing damage to the entire unit. A professional can ensure that your door is properly aligned.
Using Nails to Install Tracks
In some cases, we’ve seen DIYers trying to save money by using nails instead of screws to install their garage door tracks. Incorrect use of garage door hardware can cause further damages, requiring a pro to come in at that point, or even injury.
Why Go Pro?
At the end of the day, sometimes saving money is just that—but sometimes cost-cutting leads to inferior work being done that will either require fixing later or could even potentially cause harm. Garage door installation isn’t simple nor easy so it’s often best to bring a professional in and have them do it for you. If you do choose to go DIY, make sure you’re engaging with reliable, informative sources that can walk you through the steps accurately and completely, with every safety step in mind.
Let First Choice Garage Doors Find The Right Door For You
Since 2004, First Choice Garage Doors has been providing quality service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We offer services like garage door installation and replacement, as well as maintenance and repair. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of garage doors and their accessories. Here at First Choice Garage Doors, we work with top manufacturers in the industry, including Amar Entrematic, Clopay, Wayne Dalton, and Artisan.