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What Size Is A Standard Garage Door?

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The selection of garage doors today come with a variety of options to consider, including style, materials, and sizes. These options can become overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start, so we thought we might be able to help.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at standard sizes so you can find the garage door that fits juuuust right.

So, what size is a standard garage door?

What Size Is A Standard Garage Door?

Garage doors come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the many different sizes of garages, however, there are a few sizes some consider standard.

Here are some of the more standard garage door sizes:

Single garage door:

  • 10 x 7 feet
  • 9 x 7 feet
  • 8 x 7 feet

Double garage doors

  • 16 x 7 feet
  • 14 x 7 feet
  • 12 x 7 feet

If you have a larger vehicle, like a recreational vehicle (RV), you may need to look for a larger garage door. These often come in 16 x 8 feet.

How to Measure A Garage Door (Accurately)

To ensure you’re getting the right size garage door, you’ll need to measure your current door to see what will fit in that space. You’ll need to take several measurements to ensure that you get the correct size needed for your new garage door.

Here’s a quick step-by-step overview:

  1. Measure the width of the garage opening
  2. Measure the height of the opening
  3. Measure the space on either side of the opening
  4. Measure the headroom

Measuring your garage accurately will ensure you know exactly what size garage door you need. If you skip this step, there’s a chance you will end up with a garage door that doesn’t fit properly.

Why You Need The Right Size Door

There’s plenty of reasons why you’ll need a garage door that’s the right size dimensions. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when you’re shopping around:

  • Security: If your door is the right size, then your garage is going to be much more secure. No gaps around the edges ensure that no one can try and pry the door open, or use other methods in order to gain access to your garage.
  • Pests: One thing that homeowners don’t think about when picking their garage door is how they keep pests out. When the door fits and shuts snugly, there’s no way pests can make their way inside. This is especially important with the colder weather coming up, as they’ll be looking for any warm place to nest. Ensure that you’re buying the right size door, and they won’t have an entrance to your home.
  • Energy: You’ll also want a good fitting garage door for the colder weather, as it’s easy to lose energy through the cracks around the door if it doesn’t properly fit. This is especially important if you have an attached garage, as you can easily lose heat through it.

What Else To Consider

So you know now what size garage door you need, and whether you need a bespoke door.

What else do you need to know before you order a new door?

  • Door opening: How do you want your garage door to open? There are several different options, including the popular up-and-over model, sectional doors, side hinges, and more. Many of these will depend on how much clearance you have on your driveway and how much headroom you have in the garage.
  • Material: You’ve got lots of options when it comes to the material your garage door is made of. The most common models are made of steel or similar metals, but you have got more options, such as hardwood.
  • Windows: In some garage doors, you have the option to add in windows to the door. This gives you more light in the garage, which is perfect when you’re using it regularly. It’s also great if you want to improve the appearance of the garage door. However, be aware they can be a security risk, as would be burglars would be able to see through them.
  • Color and style: Finally, you’ll need to decide on a color and style for your garage door. These days, you’ll have a huge amount of choice when it comes to your door, so you can find something that will match your home and look amazing.

It’s not as hard as you think to find a garage door that will fit your home. Take the measurements and see whether you’ll need a bespoke door, rather than a readymade one. Any garage door company will be able to give you exactly what you need.

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