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Preparing the Opening

Posted by Wilford Ordoñez on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

When you’re planning to install a commercial garage door, you want to do it right the first time. That’s why we’ve included a handy list of steps and instructions to make sure you can easily measure twice, cut once and be on your way without a headache. Below you’ll find step by step measurements and explanations that will reduce the chances of mishap and increase your speed, efficiency and accuracy, so make sure to read carefully.

Preparing The Opening

We will start by discussing what you need to do to ensure that your garage door will fit seamlessly into the space prepared for it, and that that space will be able to support the door throughout its operational lifetime. This includes the materials of which the jamb and header must be constructed, some notes on weather stripping, and important facts to keep in mind depending on situation, such as low temperature.

Preparing The Opening

Then we will move on to a discussion of various space requirements to ensure that, once installed, the garage door can move freely, open all the way and will not get stuck. The first of these is headroom requirement, which is the amount of room needed above the door. The second is backroom requirement, as measured from the door to the back of the garage. The last is side room requirement. Depending on your track size and other factors, your room requirements will vary, so pay close attention to them.

Preparing The Opening

Lastly we will end with a breakdown of parts so that you know everything you need before beginning installation. It is a good idea to match up this parts list with the parts you have before beginning the install process. That way, if you need to make an adjustment, you don’t have to halt work to do it. Ready?

Preparing The Opening

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