How to Install Wooden Garage Doors
Whenever you have decided that you want wooden garage doors for your home, you will find that installation is not a very easy task. It is important that you know what all is required out of you before you attempt to begin to install one yourself. The more that you know about what will be required, the better decision you can make about whether or not it is something that you should do yourself. A lot of people will opt for a professional to install their wooden garage door. However, if you wish to save some money and have the right tools and help, then a wooden garage door installation is something that you should try to do.
Step 1 – Warning
The first thing that you are going to have to do is to prepare yourself for how heavy this type of door is. This is something that most people prefer to have a professional do because of the extreme weight of these garage doors. A professional is equipped to deal with the heavy weight and can also ensure that the springs are adjusted the way that they should be. If your wooden garage door is not properly installed, you will find that the lifetime of it will be shortened and it could end up becoming quite dangerous.
Step 2 – Seal
If you feel that you are up to the task of installing your wooden garage door, then you will need to begin by getting the underside of your panel sealed with weather stripping. Once you have done this, then get it positioned into the entranceway. Get the nails hammered just partially into your jambs; do so at an angle so that the door is able to stay in position. The hinges will then need to be joined at the top.
Step 3 – Tracks
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully so that you know how to put in the curved, vertical and the horizontal tracks. From there, you are ready to get the brackets and the rollers affixed onto your garage door. Make sure that you get the vertical tracks placed on each of the doorway’s rollers.
Step 4 – Drill
You are now ready to get out your nut driver and get the hinges connected in all 3 of the sections. After the door has been level and the track is completely plumb, you will be able to get the vertical track's upper discs secured onto the wall. Make sure that the jamb brackets are mounted onto the tracks as well as the framing members. You will do this with your lag screws.
Step 5 – Finish Up
Bolt your horizontal and curved tracks together. After you have done this, you will need to get the horizontal track level and trim the hanger to the right length. Make sure your hanger is attached to something sturdy and permanent. Position your door in its correct spot and verify the alignment. Secure the fasteners and make sure that the safety shutoff features are secured.