When it comes to choosing the right garage door, size matters. The dimensions of your garage door play a crucial role in accommodating vehicles, storage needs, and overall functionality. When replacing or adding a garage to your home, it’s essential to do your due diligence as some sizes are more common than others.
In this blog, we’ll talk about average standard garage door sizes and designs to help you better understand your options when it comes to overhead garage doors.
Standard Garage Door Measurements
|Door Design||Common Heights||Common Widths|
|Single Garage Doors||7 or 8 feet||8-10 feet|
|Double Garage Doors||7 or 8 feet||16 feet|
|Oversized/Custom Garage Doors||10, 12, or 14 feet. Or Custom height||10, 12, or 14 feet. Or Custom width|
Single Garage Door Sizes
The most common standard size for a single garage door is 8 feet wide by 7 feet high (8×7). This size is suitable for accommodating most sedans, small trucks, and SUVs. It’s an ideal choice for homeowners with one vehicle and limited space.
However, if you have a larger vehicle or require extra space for storage or other purposes, you can opt for a wider single garage door, such as 9 feet wide by 7 feet high (9×7). This size provides a bit more clearance and flexibility.
Double Garage Door Sizes
For homeowners with two vehicles or those who need additional storage space, a double garage door is the way to go. The most common standard size for a double garage door is 16 feet wide by 7 feet high (16×7). This size comfortably accommodates two cars side by side and provides enough clearance for most vehicles.
If you have larger vehicles or want extra space for maneuvering, you can consider a wider double garage door, such as 18 feet wide by 7 feet high (18×7). This size allows for more room and flexibility when parking two larger vehicles.
Oversized/Custom Garage Door Sizes
Sometimes, standard sizes may not be suitable for specific situations. In such cases, oversized garage doors are the solution. These larger doors are ideal for accommodating specialty vehicles, RVs, boats, or when you need extra clearance for taller vehicles.
Oversized garage doors tend to be 10,12 or 14 feet in both height and width. If you need a larger size to accommodate larger spaces, then you will probably need to request custom door heights and widths.
Determining the Right Size for Your Garage Door
To help choose the ideal garage door size, you should also consider the following factors:
Measure the width and height of your vehicles, including any accessories like roof racks or lift kits. Ensure that the chosen garage door size provides sufficient clearance for your vehicles to enter and exit comfortably.
If you require additional space for storage, workshops, or other purposes, factor in the extra space you need when determining the size of your garage door.
Consider your future needs as well. If you plan to purchase larger vehicles or expand your storage requirements, it’s better to opt for a slightly larger size to accommodate potential changes.
It’s always recommended to consult with garage door professionals who can assess your specific situation, provide expert advice, and help you choose the right size for your garage door. Able-Luebke Overhead Door specialists provide cost-effective services and professional installation of all types of overhead doors.
With their expertise in commercial and residential overhead doors, there are a variety of options available at our disposal, including customizable colors, materials, and styles to match the aesthetic of your home or business.
Contact Able-Luebke Overhead Door and request a quote today!
How To Measure Your Garage Door
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If you’re considering a new or replacement garage door, it may be beneficial to hire a professional to come and measure your garage door. If you rather do it yourself, it’s important to know how to measure your door to ensure you’re looking at the correct options. Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to properly measure your garage door.
- To the nearest inch, measure the “rough opening” of the door’s width and height. This will be the approximate size of your door.
- Measure the “side room” (also known as the space to the left and right of the opening). Generally speaking, vertical track systems need 3.75 inches on each side. Some systems need considerably more room, measuring 5.5 inches.
- The “headroom” is the measurement of the space between the top of the opening and the ceiling. Most openers need an additional 3 inches of space in addition to the 12 inches of headroom required by standard systems.
- Take a measurement from the garage door opening to the back wall of the garage, sometimes known as the “backroom.” You will need additional space, probably more depending on how the opener is installed, equal to the door height + 18 inches.