The timing for installing a garage door in a new construction home can vary depending on the construction schedule and the builder’s preferences. Generally, the installation of a garage door occurs during specific stages of the construction process. Here are some common scenarios:
- Framing Stage: The framing stage is when the basic structure of the house is constructed. This includes the walls, roof, and openings for doors and windows. In this stage, the opening for the garage door will be framed and prepared for the installation. The exact dimensions and positioning of the garage door opening will be determined according to the size and type of garage door selected for the home.
- Exterior Enclosure: After the framing is complete, the exterior of the home is enclosed with siding, roofing, and any necessary weatherproofing. At this stage, the garage door opening will have the appropriate framing and support in place, and the walls around the garage door area will be finished.
- Before or After Roofing: The garage door installation can happen either before or after the roofing is completed. Some builders prefer to install the garage door before roofing to ensure proper fit and to protect the door and tracks from potential damage during roofing work. Others may choose to install the garage door after the roofing is finished to minimize the risk of any construction debris falling onto the door or tracks.
- Electrical and Opener Installation: If the new construction home will have a garage door opener and electrical components, the wiring and opener installation will typically happen after the garage door is installed. This includes setting up the opener mechanism, safety sensors, and any additional smart features if applicable.
The specific sequence of installing a garage door may vary from one builder to another or based on regional construction practices. Builders often coordinate with garage door installers to ensure the installation aligns with the overall construction schedule.
It’s essential for homeowners to communicate their preferences regarding garage door selection and any specific requirements to the builder early in the construction process. This way, the builder can plan for the proper installation and avoid any delays or issues related to the garage door installation in the new home.