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Wayne Dalton is a leading provider of household, commercial, and industrial garage doors that offers a wide array of materials, shapes, and colors that’ll suit almost any application nicely. Once you’ve chosen the perfect door for your project, you can take a few steps to make the installation process smoother.

Prepare for Installation

Inspect the garage to make sure it’s ready for the installation of the new door and components like tracks, trim, and springs. Remove anything that may get in the way of the installers and their equipment, like storage crates or tools. Clean the area and ensure plenty of flat space for working and easy access to an outlet to operate power tools and other equipment.

Before ordering the door, many measurements are required to ensure that it’ll fit and operate in your space. Measurements include the height and width of the opening, plus headroom and side room.

Installation Guidelines

Installing a garage door requires significant skill and adherence to safety guidelines throughout the process. For a new door to operate safely and efficiently, installers must follow the manufacturer’s instructions very closely. Installation instructions often include a combination of general instructions and specific product sheets that provide unique information for your new door.

While installed and once active, the springs and cables are under extreme tension as they assist in lifting heavy garage doors. Installing, repairing, and maintaining spring components takes skill and care. Overhead Garage Door’s pros can handle the exacting steps that must be followed to ensure safe and efficient garage door operation.

Installation Steps

The installation process involves many steps, comprising a set of general directions and specific product sheets. The basic steps for installing a new door include preparation, leveling, section installation, track installation, adding and adjusting the torsion spring, and setting vertical lift and high lift. Instructions and product details should be affixed to the wall in a visible location for reference during maintenance and repairs.

Step 1

Check the door and other component boxes to ensure everything is in order. Carefully read the general installation instructions and product sheets for your model. Make sure the installation area is clear and ready.

Step 2

Organize the door’s bottom, lock, and top sections after removing the protective wrapping and packaging.

Step 3

Consult the Specific Product Sheet for details on mounting the bottom brackets, rollers, hinges, and other components.

Step 4

Temporarily set up the left and right vertical tracks using a couple of lag screws on each side, ensuring the bottoms are level and using shims if needed. Follow the specifications for where to install for proper clearance and installation.

Step 5

Attach the hinges to the rest of the door sections, following the specifications for your track size, which may be two or three inches wide.

Step 6

Mount the top brackets according to the Specific Product Sheet.

Step 7

Refer to the Specific Product Sheet for installing the top section, horizontal tracks, and springs. Sometimes the top section is installed after the horizontal components. The heavy sections should have blocks under them if the floor hasn’t been poured.

Step 8

Temporarily mount the curved and horizontal tracks using cables or chains to keep them suspended.

Step 9

Check the torsion spring assemblies to see if one, two, or four are required for the door. Heavier doors require more spring power and usually more springs.

Step 10

Mount the spring brackets and springs on the left and right sides, as well as the spring shaft.

Step 11

Mount the spring pads flush with the jambs, noting that springs will become up to five inches longer after they’re wound.

Step 12

Route cables from the bottom to the top through the vertical tracks, attaching them to the drums on each side. Use locking pliers to rotate the drum and shaft so each side is taut.

Step 13

Check the Specific Product Sheet for details on mounting the lock.

Step 14

Mount the top section of the door if it hasn’t been installed. Check to ensure that the struts are attached to the sections if required. It’s time to set the springs, so apply locking pliers to the track above the door to prevent it from moving.

Step 15

Wind the screws using the proper winding rods for the winding cones. Wind in an upward motion and apply the specified number of turns.

Step 16

Remove the locking pliers and confirm the door is balanced correctly and doesn’t rise unevenly or feel heavy. Repeat step 15, adjusting a quarter wind at a time.

Step 17

Permanently attach the vertical tracks and oil the track rollers.

Step 18

Mount the permanent hangers for the horizontal tracks, leveling to spec since sagging horizontal tracks can cause slow or unsafe operation.

After Installation

Confirm that the door operates smoothly and that all safety features are operational. Make sure all the remotes are programmed and ready to go. Keep the owner’s manual in a safe place and display any placards with essential information in a visible location. Oil the springs and make sure everything is clean and tightly attached.

Consult a Trusted Pro

Overhead Garage Door is there to provide all the materials and expertise needed to help you select and install a new garage door, including one from Wayne Dalton. We can improve your home’s appearance, safety, and security, whether it’s new construction, an existing home needing upgrading, or a classic home being restored.

After installation, we are available for 24-hour emergency service and same-day repairs. Overhead Garage Door can also handle regular maintenance and repairs. Time, environmental factors, frequent use, and accidents can lead to maintenance and emergency repairs.

With over 35 years of experience, the Overhead Garage Door team is prepared to handle any garage door job. We can assist with maintenance and check issues like noisy door openers or irregular opening/closing before they cause emergency breakdowns. We can handle door and component repairs and replacement, sensor calibration, and replace broken or lost remotes.

If you’re considering installing a new garage door, contact our Overhead Garage Door team to take the next step in deciding which door option will be the perfect fit for your home. You can reach us at 888-459-3720 or use our secure online form to get started.