Give Your Garage Door A DIY Makeover

If you’re like most people, you’ll probably have the same garage door for the entire time you live in your house. Essentially, what that means is that the style you originally choose might be the one that you stick with for twenty years or more.

But wait — if you’re someone who likes change, don’t worry! Just because you want to switch things up a little bit, that doesn’t mean you need to go searching for a whole new garage door. Following is a neat DIY project that works to add carriage windows to your garage if you’re looking for a change, ultimately giving the exterior of your house an entirely different look. This is especially good for people who don’t really have anything wrong with their garage doors, but instead just want a change. If you’re having problems with how your garage door is functioning, however, you may need to hire a professional to see what’s wrong with it, repair it, or buy a completely new garage door.

Carriage Windows

Following are the directions for how to get started making your garage door appear to have carriage windows.

First, tape the panels using measuring and painter’s tape, so that the tape forms an X. After that, put two pieces of tape in the center — one horizontally and one vertically. Next, you’ll need to use permanent adhesive vinyl, which you can cut into rectangles on a Silhouette. If you don’t have a Silhouette or another cutting machine, you can also use outdoor paint. However, keep in mind that you really just want something that’ll to have a reflective surface so that it looks like windows. Continue installing all the windows until each one is complete, and after you’ve finished installing them, then you can even add faux brackets to complete the carriage door look.

Installing a Garage Door

If you’re looking to get a completely new garage door, however, you might decide you want to DIY on the install. Here are some directions for how you can install your own door.

To do things most frugally, you’ll need a power screwdriver, nails, screws, brackets and a hammer. After you’ve obtained those tools, it’s a good idea to follow the directions on the manufacturer’s instructions but for reference, you’ll typically need to follow the following steps: Hammer in nails to hold the garage door in place while you’re getting started; attach the hinges; assemble all the tracks according to your door’s specific instructions; install the rollers and brackets; continue with the next set of rollers on the next panel.

After that, garage door installations can really vary. In general though, a common approach is to connect the first panel to the second panel using the hinges and a power screwdriver, as well as continuing this process for the rest of the panels. Next, make sure the door is level by checking the vertical track with a level. After that, you should make sure the lag screws are securely fastened all the way into the framing, but be careful not to over-tighten them because you might need to adjust them later. Next, make sure the tracks are installed and then cut the rear track hanger to the proper length for your garage. Finally, check the alignment of the tracks by pulling the door up at least four feet.

Installing a garage door can be a difficult task that many people end up needing help with. If you don’t know what you’re doing when you’re trying to install a garage door, we typically suggest you call a professional to help you out. However, if all you’re looking for is a little change of scenery, then we suggest you do the carriage window project instead of buying a new garage door because it can end up saving you a lot of time and money.

Written by the staff of G.P. Construction, the leading experts in garage door repair Columbia MO has to offer!