Measure the size of your garage doors precisely before ordering


When making a garage you probably already know the size of the garage door that you are going to need. But what if your opening for doors is not standard and you need some special sizes to fit in? Don’t worry, there are a lot of various sizes available so you are most likely to find doors that fit your garage exactly. In case you really can’t find anything suitable for your house, there is always the option to have them custom made.

Some general tips about the sizes of garage doors

The first step you have to do is measure the opening for your door. Try to be as precise as possible. If you are not sure, whether you have measured the opening correctly, or if there are any special circumstances, it would be a good idea to get an expert do it before ordering. If the sizes mismatch when the doors arrive, there might be serious problems with installation and you may even have to return the doors to get them in different size. When comparing your measures to the measures of the doors keep in mind that when there are two numbers denoting sizes, the first one is always width, the second height.

Types of doors can determine the available sizes of garage doors

Garage doors sizesThere are many types of garage doors available and if you are looking for specific type perhaps you may not be able to get them in the size you need. Different types of doors also require different sizes of  garage doors to properly install. For example, overhead doors have different installation procedure and need space also on the ceiling of the garage or on both walls, while classic door don’t need anything except the space to install them at the opening.

These are some general door sizes widely available on the market:

  • Single car door
  • Double car door
  • Golf cart door

The fact that you have to be careful about is that standard sizes of garage doors vary among states and even cities. So be extra careful to get the exact size when measuring your opening and ordering the door.

Another point that may take you by surprise (or not) is that if you have bought garage doors 20 years back, the sizes have changed in the meantime considerably. Why? Because the cars have grown bigger in the meantime. Imagine putting your new SUV in the small garage you had for your family car back in the 80’s or 90’s. We are not trying to suggest that you definitely need bigger door, we are just saying you should check to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

There are many things you have to keep in mind before ordering your new door but as long as you can get your car(s) comfortably in the garage and you have double checked the size of your garage door opening, you will be ok. Check out the rest of the site, there are many useful advices here to help you with specific questions.


Choosing garage doors can be tricky, we offer some friendly advice

Although this website is primarily focused on problems people have with anything related to the size of their garage doors and how to properly measure them, we also try to offer some reasonable advice about other things related to garage doors. We will do more posts about other topics in the future … [Read More...]

Garage door sizes – how to choose the right one

You will find a lot of tips and advice on this website about how to choose the right size of garage doors for your garage. We try to give you some general guidelines and examples of good practice to use. We start from the very beginning, when you are deciding how big your garage doors actually need … [Read More...]

How to measure garage door opening size

How to measure: the size of garage doors vs. the size of opening

Two of the most frequent (and important) questions everyone who is buying garage doors comes across are: how to measure my garage door opening, what size of garage doors do I need based on the size of the opening. We'll take a look at both of them. The most important advice is to measure … [Read More...]

Roller shutter garage doors vs. sectional overhead garage doors

Which garage door to choose, they need to open straight up

Today we will answer a question sent by our visitor Mark. Hi, I need to buy garage doors for my garage and I can't decide which one would do best for me. The door opening is 17 x 7 feet. I want the door to open straight up so I don't need free space in front of the garage. I want the doors in one … [Read More...]

Premium Wordpress Plugin