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Installing a garage door is a significant home improvement project that can enhance the security, functionality, and curb appeal of your property. However, it’s natural to have questions and concerns about the process. In this article, we’ll address some frequently asked questions related to garage door installation. From understanding the installation process to the cost and duration of the process, we got you covered. 

How to Install a Garage Door

It’s important to understand that the garage door installation process can be complex and should ideally be carried out by professionals, however here is an overview of the process:

  1. Initial Assessment. Evaluate your garage door’s dimensions, clearance requirements, and determine the appropriate style and material for your door. 
  2. Removing the Old Door. If you have an existing door, it needs to be carefully removed, ensuring that all components are properly disassembled. 
  3. Installation of Tracks and Hardware. Install the vertical and horizontal tracks, ensuring they are level and securely attached. Next, install the hinges, rollers, and other hardware/ 
  4. Door Panel Installation. Install the torsion or extension spring system, which helps in the smooth opening and closing of the garage door. 
  5. Spring System Installation. Install the torsion or extension spring system, which helps in the smooth opening and closing of the garage door.
  6. Testing and Adjustments. Test the door’s operation, make necessary adjustments to ensure smooth movement, and verify that the safety features are functioning correctly. 
A PNG technician installing a garage door near Denver, CO.

Can You Install a New Garage Door on Old Tracks?

In some cases it may be possible to install a new garage door on existing tracks. However, it is important to note that this depends on various factors, including the condition of the new tracks, compatibility with the new door, and the recommendations of the manufacturer.

It is always best to consult with a professional garage door installer who can assess the tracks’ condition and determine whether they are suitable for the new garage door. Installing a new door on old tracks that are damaged or not properly aligned can compromise the door’s functionality and safety. 

Can You Install a Garage Door Opener Yourself?

While some homeowners may have the necessary tools, motivation, and experience to install a garage door opener themselves, we recommend hiring a professional for this task. Garage door openers involve electrical connections, precise alignment, and adjustments to ensure proper functioning and safety.

Professionals like ourselves have the expertise and experience to handle the installation efficiently and minimize potential risks and complications. 

What does it cost to install a garage door?

The cost of garage door installation can vary depending on various factors such as the type of door, material size, additional features, and where you live. For example, the cost of a garage door installation in Denver may differ from other areas.

On average, the cost can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on the garage door type and quality. Contact us for a quote to can an accurate assessment of your specific needs. 

How Long Does It Take to Install a Garage Door?

The duration of the garage door installation project depends on several factors, including the complexity of the installation, the size of the door, the availability of materials, and the installer’s experience. On average, a professional installation can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day.

Custom installations or more complex projects may require additional time. It’s recommended to consult with professionals to get an estimated timeline based on your unique requirements. 

Installing a garage door is a significant investment that can provide numerous benefits to your home. By understanding the installation process, considering the involvement of professionals, estimating the cost, and anticipating the project’s duration, you’ll be far better equipped to make informed decisions.

Remember it’s important to prioritize safety and quality by relying on experienced garage door professionals for the best results. Contact us today for more information about the process. 

About the author

A Colorado native, Paul Galligan founded PNG Garage Doors as an alternative to the big corporations serving the Denver Metro Area. Front Range clients needed a local option — someone who could offer competitive pricing without national overhead, personalized attention on every project, and experience with Colorado’s particular weather conditions.