If you have recently build a new garage to your home, you are probably thinking about what type of door you would like to add. There are many different sizes and styles of doors you can choose. Here, at Neighborhood Garage Door, we would like to help you answer any questions you may have.
Before you order your new garage door assembly, you will need to measure the area first. Measuring the space for your new garage door is a fairly simple process as long as you have a few basic tools. Some supplies would include a step ladder to get access to each area, pencil and paper, and of course, a measuring tape.
Basic Steps to Measure Your Garage Door Space
Now that you have your tools, you’re ready to begin the measuring process.
Measure the width first. For this measurement, you will want to measure the area at its widest point. This can be a difficult task if you’re doing it alone. Ask for assistance or you can also use a digital measuring device. Measures from the middle of one side directly across to the other side. Use feet and inches when writing down your measurements.
After measuring the width, you’re ready to move on to the height. Again, use feet and inches in your measurements. Making sure the floor and the top are level, measure the highest point possible. Measure from the floor of the door opening to the top of the opening.
You will also need to know how much room is available between the door opening and the sides of the garage. This is where the tracks to the door will be. You could need as much as 3.75 inches on each side to account for the vertical tracks. If you have a double car garage, there will also need to be a 10-inch post in the center of the garage door opening.
The next step is where the step ladder comes in. You will need to measure the distance from the top of the door opening to the ceiling of the garage itself. This space is commonly called “headroom” and is important because this is where the garage door will roll up onto itself.
For the final step, measure the distance from the garage door opening to the back of the garage. This critical area is where your door will retract when it is open and is commonly known as “the backroom”. For sectional doors, add an additional 15 inches above the door height for a door that is a manual lift, or 18 inches for a door that will retract with the use of a door opener that is electric.
Call Us For Your New Door
Once you have your measurements, call the team at Neighborhood Garage Door. We are happy to help with all your garage door needs and install your new door when you are ready. Give us a call today and we will get started with building your new door.