Can I Install My Own Garage Door?

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Can I Install My Own Garage Door?

In recent years, many people have decided to take on their home improvement projects themselves, popularizing the do-it-yourself (DIY) method. While many DIY projects are fun and can save you money, you may want to think twice about installing your new garage door yourself. While it can be done, DIY garage door installation can be dangerous and cost just as much as paying a professional to do the same work.

What You Would Need to Install a Garage Door

Installing a garage door takes a lot of specialty tools that many people don’t have on hand, like:


  • Winding bars
  • Torsion or extension springs
  • Cordless drill
  • A socket or ratchet set
  • Adjustable wrench


Buying all of these tools can be expensive — by the time you buy them for this one-time project, you might as well have hired a professional and saved yourself the extra work.

The Risks of a DIY Install

DIY garage door installation gets expensive, and it’s dangerous. Garage doors can weigh anywhere from 200-400 pounds, so you’ll likely need assistance moving them around. There are many moving parts that you need to install in a specific way. Any errors in this process could, at best, lower the lifespan of your door, and at worst, cause an accident that injures you or anyone else that uses the door.

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Go With a Pro

It may seem like completing your garage door installation the DIY way will save you money, but often, this is not the case. Working with tools you’re unfamiliar with to install heavy machinery can lead to an imperfect installation. An improper installation could put your family, loved ones and property at risk.

If you’re entirely committed to installing the garage door yourself, take your time and ensure you understand every direction before you begin. If you aren’t sure you can do the job correctly or want to save time and money, call a professional and avoid the potential dangers of garage door installation.

Let Us Do the Hard Work For You

With Garage Door Specialists, you know that we’re experienced in professional garage door installation that lasts for years. If you live in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs, we’ll be out to your home in no time to help you feel secure at every entry. Contact us today to request an estimate or set up an appointment.