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Roll Up Door Installation Guide


Anyone who has above average mechanical skills and is able to follow detailed yet easy to read instructions, should be able to safely install sectional garage doors with extension springs or the "simple set torsion spring system". Standard torsion spring doors should always be installed by a professional. Since we have no way of knowing your skills, we recommend all overhead doors be installed by a professional.


A rolling door is a large heavy object that moves with the help of springs under extreme tension and electric motors. Moving objects, springs under tension and electric motors can cause serious injuries or death. For your safety and the safety of others, follow these instructions.

Important safety notices:

Read the enclosed instructions carefully before attempting installation. If there are any questions about any of the procedures, do not perform the work. Instead, have a qualified door agency do the installation or repairs.

This guide main function is to assist the installer in correctly mounting doors with due regard for safety, operation, and sound construction practices. Reference must be made to construction codes in your area. All Roll up doors direct Doors follow the general instructions contained herein. Additional installation information for the specific door shipped is found with the packing slip and on supplementary drawings. There are also bolt and small sealed parts bags with accessory lists, describing proper application.


Read the installation instructions thoroughly to become familiar with the names of the various components and their relation to each other. It is necessary for the installer to determine the following:

Door Material

Inspect your door for possible damage or shortage of parts. Report any shortages to your door supplier immediately, or transit related damage claims to your freight carrier.

Door Clearances

Check the roll up door opening dimensions and available clearances versus the dimensions listed on the packing slip. Be sure that the dimensions are correct for the opening you are working on, taking special note of the opening width and height. Be sure that the required clearances listed on the Dimension Tables in this manual are available prior to installation.

Check our Clearance page for more information about how much clearance is needed for each one of our roll up door models


The tools recommended for proper installation of each door will vary, but commonly used tools are:

Step 1

Unpacking The Roll Up Door

Roll Up Doors shipped by common carrier arrive at the job site packed in cardboard. Before removing the roll up door from the packaging, inspect the roll up door and packaging for visible signs of damage. If damage is noted, file a freight claim with the freight company immediately. Remove the door from the packaging.


Do not cut tape and plastic wrap that holds the door in a roll until you are directed to do so in step 6B. Roll Up Doors Direct cannot guarantee or accept responsibility for doors that are not installed as directed. Please read and understand all instructions before beginning the installation process.

No guarantee will be given by Roll Up Doors Direct if the roll up door is not erected as instructed. For best operation, follow the instructions step by step. Please review all instructions thoroughly before starting installation.

Step 2

Check the Roll Up Door Wall Opening

Step 3

Position Roll Up Door and Parts

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NOTE: Brackets, tensioner, spring(s) and curtain mounted latch are pre-assembled to the door at the factory. Do not remove.

Step 4

Guides to bracket Installation


Locking tab in guide must fully engage with notch in bracket. Failure to do so may allow the door to fall during installation, which can cause serious injury or death and/or damage to door.

NOTE: For opening heights over 8'-8", clamp bottom of brackets to guides with locking pliers in order to ensure rigidity of top of guide while lifting. Remove pliers after securing brackets to jambs.

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Step 5

Lifting the Roll Up Door assembly

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Two installers are required to lift door assembly into position against jambs. The guides are not designed to support the door weight during a one man installation. Attempting installation with only one installer can result in serious injury and/or damage to door. Do not leave door unattended until it is securely attached to jambs.

Step 6

Guide and Brackets to Jams

Table 1: Wall Fasteners included for jamb attachment of Brackets and Guides.




Drill Size

Brackets and Guides

Concrete or filled block 1/4" x 1-3/4” Powers Wedge-Bolt Powers 01314
Steel-Structural 1/4”-14 x 1” TEKS Screw None
Steel-RollUp Frame 1/4”-14 x 7/8” Stitch TEKS Screw None
Wood 1/4”-10 x 1” Lag Screw None


Door can fall if both brackets are not securely fastened to the jambs. All fasteners attaching brackets to jambs must fit securely into a structural member or surface. If door falls, serious injury or death and/or damage to door can result.

*Note: Welding of guides to the jambs is not recommended

Step 7

Setting Initial Spring Tension


Extreme spring tension can cause serious injury or death. Installation, repairs and adjustments must be made by a trained rolling service door systems technician using proper tools and instructions. The Roll Up Door must be fully opened when making adjustments.

Step 8

Roll Up Door Head Stops

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Step 9

Roll Up Door Stop Clips, Handle(s) and pull rope

Optional: Bottom bar mounted slide locks - See figure 9 for installation.


Installation of door stop clips are required. Failure to properly install clips can cause the door curtain to travel beyond the guides resulting in door damage and or personal injury

Step 10

Check Roll Up Door Operation

Step 11

Adjust Spring Tension

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*Note: Latch slide slot in the guide may require adjusting after door installation due to variances in manufacturing and/or site conditions.

Note: Brackets, tensioner, spring(s) and curtain mounted latch are pre-assembled to the door at the factory. Do not remove.

This video shows how easy it is to fit one of our commercial units, it should be viewed in conjunction with the installation manual.

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