Installing Fiberglass Garage Doors Installing Fiberglass Garage Doors
When it comes to installing fiberglass garage doors, there are a few key things that you will need to keep in mind. Fiberglass garage doors are extremely common and are great for almost any type of garage. while they are slightly pricey, they are also great because they are easy to maintain, they have a long life span and they go great with many different styles. Where you have a brick, vinyl or wood garage, a fiberglass door with fit right in. If you are interested in installing this type of garage door on your own, here are a few things that you should consider.
Fiberglass Door Make up
While it does sound like fiberglass is the only material, aluminum is also part of the fiberglass garage door. On most of these, the aluminum is what the frame is made up of and then you have smaller sections that consist of fiberglass. Some of the advantages to installing a fiberglass garage door are maintenance, easy installation, lightweight and the ability to withstand the elements really well. There are a couple of downsides though when it comes to fiberglass garage doors. The biggest downside is that fiberglass isn't the best insulator so if you do not just store cars or junk in the garage and actually use it to entertain or even if you have a nicer car, you may want to consider additional insulation. The other downside is that if you buy a lighter colder garage door made from fiberglass it is likely to yellow over time.
Weatherstripping the Door
Weatherstripping is something that you need to keep in mind when installing the door, especially one that is fiberglass to keep out any extra hot or cold air. You will want to contact the actual door company and find out which type of weatherstripping goes best with this particular door. To install it, begin at the bottom and be sure that you work your way up to the hinges.
Separate the Parts
When it comes to installing a garage door, you want to make sure that you are separating the pieces into different sections and then working on one at a time. You will have a whole bunch of different things going on at once and you do not want to get the pieces mixed up. Start out the installation process by breaking it into sections. The door parts need to go in one area and then the brackets and tracks that are attached to the actual garage need to go in another section.
Use the Right Tools
With a fiberglass garage door more than anything else, you need to make sure that you are using the right tools. While it may seem trivial, you have to measure several times before installing. It is important to install the track just right so that when you are trying to attach the actual door to the track, you won't have to go back and redo everything. This can be done the best with a level and a few partners.