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A Guide to Automatic Garage Door Installation

01/03/2014 Back To Blog

With an automatic garage door, you will find it much more convenient to use your garage. It will be a much more secure place as well. There are various factors to consider when you are investing in such a door and installation is among the main ones. Find out everything you need to know about it here.A Guide to Automatic Garage Door Installation

Door Size and Weight

You have to keep in mind that even the doors for single-car garages are big and heavy. This is the case irrespective of the material which they are made from. It is true that the models made from metal are lighter than their wood counterparts, but this does not mean that they can be easily lifted up and connected to the other garage door parts by one person. The risk of injury is quite high as well. For these reasons, the door has to be handled by at least two people. It is best if they are experienced.

Garage Door Opener Installation

When it comes to the opener unit, you have to know that there are DIY and professional door operators. The former are designed for DIY installation while the latter are designed to be installed by professionals.

The major difference between the two is that the professional-grade models have a single-piece rail which is installed directly without requiring assembly first. This results in faster installation. More importantly, the rail will work more reliably and have a longer useful life. The DIY models, on the other hand, have a rail consisting of several pieces so that they can be transported in a regular car and not in a truck.


For DIY installation, you will require around 10 different tools including an electric drill, socket wrench and several screwdrivers of different sizes. The job takes between half a day to a day depending on the opener and the experience of the installer.


Overall, professional automatic garage door installation may be the better option. For this, you can contact our experts in Moraga.


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