So you’re thinking about a new garage door. Before start looking at new garage doors you’re going to need to measure the size needed for your door. The Neighborhood Garage Repair Door team has some advice to help you get you started.
First Things First
Before you start looking at doors you need to know what dimensions of your garage doorway. Once you know these dimensions you’ll know what doors are available to choose from. To take the measurements you’re going to need:
- Tape measure or digital measuring tool
- Step ladder
- Paper and pencil to write the information down
- Someone to help is nice, but not required
The first measurement to take is the width of the garage door. The inside frame of the door should be lined with 2 x 6’s to form the frame. Measure the widest distance from one side to the other. Record that measurement using feet and inches.
The width of your garage door can be affected by how large of a garage you want, where you live, and building code requirements or limitations. An example of dimensions affected by the area you live in, is areas in a hurricane area are usually limit a double garage to 16 feet wide.
“Standard” width for a single garage is 9 feet, while a double garage is 16 feet. However, the dimensions can run anywhere from 8 feet to 18 feet.
For the height of your door measure it from the tallest point to the finished floor. Measure in feet and inches, and record them.
“Standard” door measurements for height are usually 7 feet. This is enough to accommodate a pickup truck, van or larger SUV. All pre-made doors are 7 feet. If a taller door than 7 feet is needed it will be a custom door.
Measure the sidewalls on both sides of your door. The installation of the tracks will be here. Measure the narrowest area from the side of the garage door to garages inside the wall. At least 3.75 inches is needed on the sides to install tracks.
Measure the garage header. Measure the top of the garage door to the ceiling. This is the area for installation of the torsion springs for most doors. Twelve inches of space is needed for a standard door installation. For carriage style doors you’ll need 15 inches. For installation of a garage door opener add 3 inches to those numbers.
Measure the garage depth, also called the ‘backroom.’ This is the distance from the garage door opening to the back wall. It is important as this is where your garage door will roll up when the door open. The height of your door plus 18” is needed in the backroom for installation of a garage door opener. Only 15” is needed for a manually opened door.
Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team hopes you’ve found this information useful. If you need any help or have questions, give us a call. That’s what we’re here for!