What to give your garage door a makeover? A raised panel garage door styles are popular looks that adds sophistication to your door. Learn more about them and how to install one.

Choosing a garage door styles for your home may seem like a simple task, but with so many garage door styles, colors, and features out there, it’s usually a more difficult choice than you’d think. Add to that a desire to put up your door by yourself, and you’ve got quite the choice to make.

In this article, we will give you information about the most popular type of garage door styles on the market, the features, and benefits of choosing this style, and explain how to install the door without professional help.

Raised Panel Garage Door Styles

The most common type of garage door styles available today is the raised panel door. These doors come in a variety of styles. They come in almost any color you can think of to match your home’s siding and style. Raised panel doors are also available with windows in the upper panel to add style and sophistication to your garage.

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Raised panel garage door styles have many benefits that have brought them to the forefront of the garage door world over the years. For instance, these doors can be made from a wide variety of materials including wood, fiberglass, aluminum or steel. They are also easy to insulate to keep your garage comfortable throughout the year.

Raised panel door styles give you design flexibility. You can buy a raised panel garage door that looks just like another garage door style when it’s down but has the ease of use of the raised panel style when opening. You can also customize a raised panel door to your taste with the various patterns and colors available to you.

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Another benefit to a raised panel garage door styles is the ease of finding hardware to fit it. With other garage door styles, you may need to head to a garage door specialty dealer to find the correct opening mechanisms or to replace a piece of equipment but raised panel garage door equipment can be found almost anywhere. 

Using the standard garage door option has its benefits, but is it easy to install without professional help? Let’s look at the steps involved to get a better idea of whether or not this is a simple DIY or a project that will have you looking through the yellow pages for the professionals.

How to Install a Raised Panel Garage Door

If you are replacing an existing garage door and garage door opener system, be sure to remove the old door and disconnect the opener before beginning the process of installing the new door.

Step 1: Install Reinforcing Bar

If you are installing a garage door on a two stall garage where there is a single door for both stalls, you will need to begin by placing a reinforcing bar in the center of the top panel to keep the door from bowing in the center. To do this, you will drill holes in the center of the door, and then secure the bar with screws. 

If you are working with a single stall garage door, a reinforcing bar is not necessary, because the width of the door is not large enough to allow for bowing.


Step 2: Attach Hinges

The next step is to attach hinges to the top of each panel. If you are working with a one-stall garage door, this will be your first step. Quite often your new garage door will come with pilot holes that have been pre-drilled by the manufacturer, so there is no guesswork on hinge placement.

In this same step, you will want to install your axle supports to the bottom of the bottom panel and the top of the top panel. Once that is complete, you can move on to the next step in the process.


Step 3: Place and Level Panels

Now it’s time to begin installing the door panels. You will want to start with the bottom panel. Place it in the door opening hinge side up, and level the panel so that you know the rest of the door panels will remain level as you build up.

To keep the panel in place while you attach the next panel, drive a nail into the wall adjacent to the panel, and bend the nail slightly to hold the panel in place. Once your panel is held in place properly, you can attach the next panel by placing the groove of the upper panel into the ridge of the lower and level again.

After every panel addition, make sure to re-level your door. You will need a level door to install an opener and have no problems down the road. You will also need to make sure that each panel is attached properly to the next by double-checking hinge placement.

Once you have installed the final panel, you should notice that it is about one inch higher than the door opening. This is a good thing to help seal out the weather and to start the door on an upward motion without incident. You can now screw on all of your hinges to the panel above them, leveling again as you go.

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Step 4: Install the Track

Once your hinges are all attached to the top and bottom of the panels, you should have a few side hinges left that are waiting for their purpose. These hinges will host the wheeled axels of the door panels. Attach the wheel axles to these hinges and the top and bottom axle supports. 

Once your axles are in place, you can begin installing brackets to your track pieces. To install the brackets properly and in the correct places, you will want to consult the instructions that came with your door. Every door is different depending on size, material, and several other factors. 

Once you have installed the brackets, you can place them on the wall and begin to ensure that your wheels are where they need to be within the track. Before you attach the bottom bracket to the wall, but after you determine the wheels are lying correctly, you will need to attach the door cable to the axle support on the bottom panel.


Step 5: Track Spring Installation

The spring assembly on a garage door is one of the most important pieces, so make sure you consult your instruction manual on this step as well. You will want to make sure you are placing the assembly in the correct location, so there are no hiccups when you go to open your door for the first time. 

Once your assembly is put together on the curved part of the track according to your instructions, place the curved portion of the track piece on the top of the vertical track you installed in the last step. Make sure the other end is attached to a ceiling bracket. 

Note: If you are replacing an old garage door, you can use the same ceiling brackets as you’ve had. If this is a brand new door, you will want to consult your instructions to ensure you are placing the ceiling brackets correctly before you install the curved spring assembly and track piece.


Step 6: Secure Upper and Lower Tracks

Once you have all of your track pieces in place, you will want to secure the upper curved part of the track to the lower portion that you installed with the door panels. Attach the two tracks, but do not tighten down your bolts until you can tell they are lined up perfectly and that the door fits appropriately. 

You will likely have to drill a hole in the vertical track, using the pre drilled holes in the horizontal track as a guide, to bolt the tracks together. Ensure that you use the correct size bolt for the job so as not to stop the door on its way up.


Step 7: Install Garage Door Opening System

The next step is to install your garage door opening system. Whether you choose a manual or automatic garage door opener, this step is important to ensure the door opens and closes properly. Your instruction manual will give you specific instructions based on your door size and style. 

For automatic door openers, read the instructions carefully and do not attach them to power until you are finished with the installation. Safety is the number one priority in any DIY project, and your garage door is no exception.


Final Thoughts

Raised panel garage door styles are great for almost anyone in any home. These doors allow you to customize the look of your garage to fit your home’s style. With options for wood, aluminum, steel, or the ever-popular fiberglass, you will be sure to get exactly what you’re looking for with a raised panel door. 

Luckily, the installation process for this type of door is just as easy as choosing it in the first place. The installation will typically take you no more than an afternoon and is easy to do by yourself or with the help of one or two trusted friends. No need to call the professionals or pay extra for help. 

It’s easy to see why raised panel garage doors are so popular in homes throughout the country.

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