how to replace a garage door
If you are a home renovator or a fixer upper DIY type this applies to you. Most people are only likely to replace their garage door once in your homeownership lifetime, so when it comes to buying a new one, it’s definitely worth researching your investment. It is worthwhile spending a little more, after all you won’t need to do it again for a long time.
Here are five top tips you must consider before you start:
1. What kind of door would I like, and will it fit – and can I afford it? There are several different types and it is key to consider your needs before making your decision. For example, do you need to be able to park your car right up to the door and still open and close it? If so, look at sectional doors, which need no clearance when opening and closing. The sectional door simply rolls up vertically into the garage roof space.
2. Doors to be manual or automatic? Do you dream of the sheer luxury of approaching your garage in the pouring rain and the door opening automatically at the touch of your remote control? Whichever type of door you choose, remember - it can be operated manually or automatically. Consider which is right for you – and for your budget. An automatic system is beneficial if you always park your car inside the garage, as you can open the door as you drive up without getting out of your car.
3. Security must be considered. Good security is vital. Your car probably has valuable electrical gadgets fitted, and you may have expensive equipment – hedge trimmers, chain saws and lawn mowers – stored in your garage. This is especially important if there is direct access to your house via your garage, as this is a potential point of entry for intruders. If you have chosen an automatic garage opening and closing system, then remember they also have excellent security benefits. You can add a security code, keypad lock and alarm system to your new door.
4. Style and appearance, what material would you like your new door to be made of? Remember this is important for security purposes as well as aesthetics. Most doors are available in steel. Also consider the color; a garage door can add curb appeal, but an unsympathetic one can detract from the overall look of your home and garden.
5. Safety first, your garage door is going to be the largest moving object in your home, so staying safe is important, particularly if you have children or pets.
Finally be sure to get your new garage door fitted by a garage door professional or regularly checked for quality by a professional. The checks should be carried out in natural daylight and should uncover any potential errors such as distortions, indentations or problems with the mechanism.