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How to Build Sliding Garage Doors

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Sliding garage doors can mesh well with Craftsman and other traditional building styles and provide a space-saving solution for garages. They’re also typically quite durable and offer a quiet, smooth operation.

This video demonstrates the process of creating a practical sliding garage door solution for narrow spaces. It includes information about the materials needed, customization and installation. Contact Team Garage Door Repair Scottsdale for expert sliding garage door installation. 

The Frame

The frame of a sliding garage door is simple and versatile, making it suitable for steel, wood or fibreglass-reinforced plastic (GRP). This makes it possible to achieve the same design and functionality as a traditional sectional door, but with a much wider range of options available.

You’ll need to clear out the area beside your door opening and mark off a space to accommodate the frame. Note that wall items like furniture or wall mountings can be relocated, but light switches and electrical outlets will need to be disconnected from the switch board before the door can be opened.

Once the face frame has been constructed, it should be fastened to the mating stiles using panel adhesive and wood screws. 

Make sure to cover the vertical margins of the top and bottom boards with side trim pieces, so that they’re not visible when the door is closed. This step is essential because even a slight measurement error can result in the door being difficult to open or close properly.

The Panels

Sliding garage doors are a great solution for converting your garage into an efficient and useful space. They can be opened just wide enough for passing vehicles or can be rolled back to allow for easy access to tools, equipment and storage spaces.

Before attempting to install your new garage door, you should first make sure that the opening is free of any obstructions or barriers that could interfere with the track’s installation. You should also make a note of any electrical wires or other structures that could be damaged by the weight and movement of the door panels.

Once the frame is installed, you can begin installing the actual door panels. Start by applying panel adhesive to the edges of each board in the jig and clamping them together. 

Once the glue is set, use a miter saw to cut the boards to size. Once the slats are in place, you can install the remaining hardware, such as handles and locks.

The Tracks

Sliding garage doors need a set of horizontal tracks, which allow them to move back and forth. These are different than those of traditional carriage-house style door, which swing out and don’t fold back into the garage like a standard overhead door.

During the installation process, it’s essential to make sure that the track is properly installed, and there’s enough headroom for the door. This is particularly important if you’re using a high lift track, as this requires more headroom to function properly.

For the best results, you should install the track a few inches above the floor. This ensures that the door will operate smoothly and won’t bump into anything in the garage. 

Depending on the type of track you’re installing, it might be necessary to install a ceiling support or wall mount kit to help hold the door in place. Some older door systems have a jamb bracket, while newer ones use a front piece of angle to connect the vertical track to the steel jamb.

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The Rollers

Slide-to-the-side garage doors are gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional lift-up canopy or sectional doors. They’re easy to operate manually and offer more headroom in the garage to use for storage or a workspace.

These doors are typically made of wood, which is an excellent insulator and will keep your garage warmer. They’re also quieter and less expensive to operate than a conventional steel door. Some models come with a wall-mounted opener, though they’re usually more costly than their lift-up counterparts.

Sliding garage doors require regular lubrication to ensure proper function. Without it, the wheels may become damaged or break from the roller stem causing the door to shake or jerk when moving. 

Generally, steel rollers with ball bearings are more durable than those without. Nylon rollers are also available; they’re stable, require less lubrication and can absorb vibrations.

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