How to Prepare for Your Garage Door Installation

A new garage door installation is exciting. However, it requires a bit of preparation on your part. Failing to get the area ready could lead to delays and mean it takes longer for professionals to install new hardware.

Here’s what you need to do to prepare for a new garage door installation:

Prepare Your Garage

Before professionals can install your new door, you’ll need to prepare your garage in advance.

Make sure that you:

  • Clean your garage and remove any clutter from around the door area
  • Park your vehicles outside to create more space inside the garage.
  • Make sure that you keep the area above the door and to the sides free from any panels or wall fittings

Mostly, these items are just common sense. Workers should have enough room to fit the door without bumping into anything. Test the space yourself.

Remove Vehicles And Clutter From Your Driveway

Likewise, you should keep your driveway clear. If vehicles or clutter are in the way, installers will find it difficult to transport and fit your new door. To be safe, bring any materials into your house and park your vehicle on the road nearby. Make sure that installers have room to park their vans on your drive or close to your home.

Remove Your Old Door

Most garage door installers will remove your old door for you. However, you should check first if it’s part of the service. If it’s not, you’ll need to arrange a separate crew to do it for you.

Inform Your Neighbours Of Your Plans

It’s also good practice to inform your neighbours if you’re planning a new garage door installation. While it won’t take longer than a day, it can be mildly disruptive temporarily, particularly if installers park large vans outside your home.

Keep Pets Clear

You should also keep pets out of the way. Garage door installations are potentially hazardous. Hardware can be heavy and sharp, meaning it can cause injuries if it falls on one of your animals.

Tell Family Members To Stay Away

The same applies to children. Make sure you keep them out of the way or arrange for them to stay away from home during installation.

Get A Survey

Lastly, get a survey before installers fit your new door. Professionals should know what extra fittings or tools they should bring for the work.

What you need depends on the type of door you want to install. Electric and roller doors are the most complex and take the longest to fit. You may need extra fittings if you are installing large or double doors.


A garage door installation doesn’t need to be complicated but it does require a little preparation on your part. If you are unsure what you need to do beforehand, contact Garage Door Company Edinburgh for a free quote.

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