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Can I Install My Own Garage Door?

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Apr 30, 2019 2:07:00 PM


Garage doors have become necessary amenities in our everyday lives, but unfortunately, they don't last forever. When it comes time to replace your garage door, you may be tempted to save money by trying to install the new door yourself. Here’s why this isn’t a good idea—and how hiring a professional will protect you, your family, your time, and your budget. 


The short answer is no.

No, you shouldn’t install your own garage door. In addition to being a major undertaking for a novice, installing your garage door is risky, potentially hazardous for you, your family, and your property.


It isn’t safe.

Installing a garage door on your own can be incredibly dangerous. Garage doors are large, heavy objects that can easily come toppling down on you. Even if you manage to get the door in without mishap, an improperly installed garage door is an accident waiting to happen. Without a professional installation, you’ll just be waiting for the other shoe—or door—to drop.


You’ll waste time and money.

Simple tasks like painting or installing new shutters can easily be managed by an ambitious DIYer. Maneuvering a garage door on your own is a completely different story. You’ll spend plenty of time just trying to figure out the complex mechanisms used to operate the garage door, and in all likelihood, your inexperience will result in a costly mistake. In the end, you’ll spend far more time and money getting a haphazard DIY project finished than having your new door professionally installed.


It requires special tools.

Unlike assembling a new mailbox or repairing window trim, installing a garage door requires some heavy-duty tools. Chances are, you won’t have the necessary equipment to finish your installation and will have to rent or purchase costly tools in order to get the job done—assuming you know how to use them.


Why You Should Have a Pro Install Your Garage Door

Garage door installation is nothing to mess around with. For a job that’s done safely, correctly, and promptly, your best bet is to work with a professional. Garage door technicians are everything you need to get the job done right: experienced, well-equipped, and knowledgeable. These qualifications set them up for success—with the appropriate licensing and insurance for a garage door installation.

Start your life with your new garage door by forming a relationship with a trusted garage door professional. When, eventually, it needs repairs and maintenance, you’ll have a reliable company to call.


If you need professional garage door services in the greater Des Moines area, contact the experts at WD Door. Our garage door technicians can provide the installation, inspection, and repair services you need to get your new door installed and keep it running smoothly for many years to come. Request your quote to get started! 

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