Getting a new garage door is an exciting purchase, especially if you have a front-facing door. Garage doors are a huge surface! Any change to them will have a major impact on the look of your home. If you’ve become immune to the sound of the door opening and closing you’ll notice how quiet it is after your new door is installed. Working with professional installers is a great decision because they have the skills and tools to get the job done expertly and efficiently. There are some things you can do to help make the installation day run smoothly. In this post, we’ll tell you how to prepare for a new garage door installation.
How to Prepare for a New Garage Door Installation
There are a few simple steps you can take to prepare for installation day. Following the recommendations below will allow your technicians to get to work immediately.
- Remove all vehicles from the garage
- Clean the work area
- Choose a location for any wall consoles
- Confirm power is available
- Be sure you’re available
- Keep children and pets away from the work area
1 – Remove all vehicles from the garage
Garage door technicians cannot begin work until the cars are removed from the garage. Technicians need full access to the garage, especially the area under the opener, tracks, and springs. If you have shelving systems, take photos of them and send them to your tech before scheduling your installation. Your tech will let you know if they are in the way of the installation. In addition to removing the vehicles from the garage, you’ll need to leave the area in front of the garage opening clear. The techs will use this area for their service vehicle and as a space for tools and parts.
2 – Clean the work area
Your garage doesn’t have to be completely clean but the areas on the side of the door should also be cleared of any bicycles, tools, boxes, and anything that can get in the way of the installation. Technicians will need access to the entire garage so that they can hang the door, tracks, openers, etc. Removing anything of value is important because the garage will be open while the new door is being installed, it also prevents us from causing any accidental damage.
3 – Choose a location for any wall consoles
Before your technicians arrive, think about where you’ll want to place any wall consoles or keyless entry pads. Wall consoles are usually located next to the entry door to the garage from the interior of the home and keyless entry pads are located just outside the garage door. Remember to consider how high from the ground you want these units placed. If you’re concerned that they will be placed in the wrong location leave a sticky note or use a marker to mark the exact location.
4 – Confirm power is available
Your garage door opener will need a power source. Make sure power is available in the garage.
5 – Be sure you’re available
It’s best to be present when your installation team arrives. The technicians shouldn’t need supervision while they’re working but you should remain accessible by phone or in-person in case any questions arise.
6 – Keep children and pets away from the work area
Children and pets can be curious when strangers enter their home. Keep children and pets safe by not allowing them to enter the garage or driveway, especially unaccompanied. Garage door installation involves lots of heavy, sharp, and potentially dangerous components. We can all help to prevent accidents by limiting access to the work area until the installation is complete.
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If you have any lingering questions about your garage door installation, write them down so that you can ask your installer. Usually, homeowners ask about maintenance, safety inspections, and warranties.
Heritage Garage Door operates in Southern California. We offer a variety of garage door services including door replacement and new door installation. If you’re considering new or replacement doors for your garage, contact our team to schedule an appointment.