The first rule for shopping for a garage door is to know its size. Luckily, modern homes are constructed with standard-sized garages. Most ready-made garage doors are designed to be fitted to those sizes.
DIY garage door installation kits are often come with seven feet tall and eight to nine feet wide for the single garage door. The double garage door (Two-car garage door) is built with 16 feet wide measurement. If you are not confident about how to evaluate your needs and requirements then consult with a professional garage door contractor like Dayton Garage Door Pros for this objective. Following tips should be kept in mind for determining how big or small a garage door you need or why you need it to be customized.
- Take the necessary measurements of your garage. There are more requirements than just taking the measurements of the height and width of the opening of the garage. You also need to measure the side rooms and the areas from the edge of the opening to the nearest interior corner of the wall. This type of measurement is required to hold the vertical tracks.
Another important area to measure is from the top edge of the opening to the ceiling of the garage. It is also known as “headroom”, which is used to place a garage door opener. Canopy and flip-up styles garage doors used this space for their operations. A standard garage door opener needs at least 12 inches of space. But you don’t worry because there is a wide variety of openers suitable for shorter headroom.
The backroom measurement is the length starting from the interior side of the garage’s opening to the back wall of the garage. It will help you to measure how much space you have left of the ceiling when a garage door is fully opened. This measurement is very important to take if you have planned to hang bicycles or storage units from the ceiling.
- Check the height of the vehicle. This measurement relates to the mechanism of the garage door, not to the size of a garage door. A canopy-type garage door would not ideal for those who have a tall vehicle or need complete vertical clearance to the drive path. Folding garage doors are not recommended for wide vehicles because you would need to free up the horizontal space.
- Take note of the other items stored in your garage. If you have planned the overhead storage or shelving system then take care of it as they will have to share the overhead space with the tracks and another mechanism of the garage door.
- Evaluate the basic purpose of the garage door. It will help you to decide whether you need added features or not. If you want to use your garage as a workshop for creative activities, it will be appreciated the additional natural light coming inside the garage through glass windows. A small door cut in the garage door is introduced if you want to use the garage door for objectives other than for parking the car.
Customized garage doors are always the better option if the measurement of your garage does not match with ready-to-installed garage doors or if the required design or style is not readily available. The first important step to new garage door installation is to take the right measurement with the help of a professional garage door technician.