How to Install a Garage Door

Installing a garage door is an easy project for do-it-yourselfers.

Generally, instructions are not complicated so with a little time and patience, you can install a new garage door in an afternoon. Consulting the manufacturer's installation instructions will guarantee the proper method for your particular door model. Here, however, are some basic steps to get you started.

Seal the underside of panel one with weather stripping and then position it in the entranceway. Partially hammer nails into the jambs on an angle to secure the door in position. Join the hinges to the top of the door.

Put together the vertical, curved and horizontal tracks according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Affix rollers and brackets to the garage door. Place the vertical tracks on each doorway's rollers.

Use a power drill or nut driver to connect the hinges of all three sections. Once the door is level and the track is plumb, secure the vertical tracks' upper discs to the wall.

Mount the jamb brackets to the tracks and framing members with lag screws.

Bolt the curved and horizontal tracks together. Once the horizontal track is level, trim the hanger on the backside to the proper length. Attach the hanger to something permanent and then fasten the track to the hanger. The same steps should be repeated for the second horizontal track.

Position the door in its permanent location and get rid of any interim nails. Verify the door's track alignment. Secure fasteners and make any needed adjustments.

Install the torque tube unless you plan on installing a garage door opener.

Check the door's safety shutoff features, which guarantee the door will reverse itself if something obstructs its path.

Things You Will Need

  • Garage door
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver tip
  • Nut driver
  • Lag screws
  • Torque tube
  • Ladder
  • Manufacturer's installation instructions

Tips

  • Follow manufacturer's installation instructions.
  • Be sure screws always go into sound framing.
  • Use only lag screws for mounting.
  • When installing horizontal tracks rest them atop a ladder if needed.