If you’re upgrading, replacing, or renovating a garage door, you might ask yourself this question. Can I perform a DIY garage door installation, or should I hire a professional?

The DIY vs. expert installation debate frequently arises among homeowners across the country. There is no right answer. However, it is imperative that the option you choose maximizes safety and reliability. In the guide below, we’ll help you decide whether garage door installation is a job you should take on personally.

Budgetary Concerns

One of the biggest reasons to opt for a DIY job is to save money. Professional installation will typically cost more, but you could save money if you consider long-term reliability. For instance, improper DIY installation could reduce the garage door’s lifespan, void the product’s warranty, or cause severe injury/damage. DIY installation may seem cheaper in the short run. However, compounding problems could force you to spend hundreds of extra dollars on a job that professionals should handle.

Do I Have the Tools?

Before even considering installing a garage door yourself, you must ensure you have a range of tools and equipment. If you’re missing any of the tools below, your DIY project could turn into a half-completed mess. Here are the tools you’ll need:

  • Socket wrench and bits
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Hammer
  • Electric drill
  • Phillips head drill bit
  • Open-end wrench
  • Safety glasses
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Ladder

Do I Have the Experience?

Some garage door sets are marketed as easy to install. However, for the average homeowner, this is still a harrowing task. The dozens of parts and moving objects could be dangerous if not handled properly. One such part is the torsion spring, which is under significant pressure. Most of the work is simple and can be accomplished with a background in construction or handiwork. But, I would like to point out that minor errors can pile up. For example, the garage door can collapse if you do not securely fasten tracks to the ceiling. Similarly, if you do not mount the opener in the center of the garage door, the door will not be balanced when opening and closing, warping the garage door over time.

Most garage door installations involve simply unscrewing old parts and fastening new ones. Even so, we again emphasize that only experienced handymen and women should install independently.

Time

How long will garage door installation take? That all depends on how experienced the installer is. A garage door company takes on this responsibility daily, meaning that the average 3rd party installer can usually finish the job in less than 2 hours. Remember that a private garage door company rarely charges by the hour, but instead, one flat installation fee. On the other hand, if this is your first time trying to set up a garage door, the project can take significantly longer, sometimes more than 4-5 hours.

Things to Consider With a DIY Garage Door Installation

Garage door installation can be divided into two parts: dismantling the old garage door and setting up the new one. When you purchase a new garage system, it usually comes with an installation manual, but please remember that this doesn’t include instructions on dismantling the previous garage door. This means that the disassembly process can be extremely difficult on your own.

According to most professional installers, removing the old garage door is easy. Installing the new one requires a commitment to accuracy and detail to ensure the garage lasts decades without hassle. The average professionally installed garage door should last about 30 years (with the motor lasting about 10-12 years). On the other hand, we find that DIY garage doors have significantly shorter lifespans, typically running into balancing problems less than 5-10 years down the road.

Weighing Your Options

While DIY garage door installation might seem like an excellent way to shed unneeded costs, we always recommend professional installation. Of course, this might seem like the more expensive option, but when you consider long-term reliability, this is a significant investment. Contacting a local installer is easy; you could have your garage door up and running in less than 24 hours. Professional installation is undoubtedly the way to go if you want to maximize the dollars you put into your garage door. Contact one of our professional CSS Garage Doors installers today.