Understanding Garage Door Sizes and Why There Isn't a Standard

If you are building a new garage, you need to have a new garage door. Most people don't know much about garage doors. They have no idea just how different they can be, so they just decide to get a standard garage door. Of course, this is a problem for a big reason.

"Standard" garage doors don't exist.

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Seriously, there's not really a standard garage door. There are countless different options when it comes to style and size. If you were to call up a garage door manufacturer and try to order a standard door, they would have quite a few questions for you before they could find you the right door.

Many people don't believe this. They feel that a standard door is about 8' by 7'. It's got three windows and it's white. Sure, that might be what you picture in your head, but that doesn't mean it is what other people picture or need. There are different doors for different garages. For example, someone else might imagine a door that's 10' by 8', and that is black without any windows.

There are so many styles and options available today that there is not a standard that is going to work for every garage. It simply doesn't exist.

Even though there aren't any standard options for garage doors today, there are some common sizes. It's important to get familiar with them. It can make it easier when you are choosing your new garage door.

Common sizes will generally be 8', 9', 10', 12', 14', and 16' for the width. For the height, the most common sizes are 7' and 8'.

Keep these in mind for your garage door.

Picture of gorgeous double garage door. This is a Moderno Multi garage door design, 16' x 7', in Black color, with Azur windows.

What do you think of this gorgeous double-door garage door? It is a Moderno Multi design, 16’ x 7’, Black, Azur windows.

Important Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Garage Door

What size door do you need and how are you going to figure it out? If you are going to be getting a door for a garage that already exists, we have tools that can help you figure out what you need. You must know the space available in your garage to install the tracks to lift the door. There are different types of lifts available, so you can find one that will work well for the space you have in your garage.

Those who are building a new garage will need to think about how the garage will be used. This can help you to determine the size door you need. It could also help you determine whether you need any windows or not.

What Kind of Car Will You Park in Your Garage?

When you know how the garage is going to be used, it becomes easier to figure out what size door you will need. If you need to store an RV, the requirements will likely be different from storing just a single car. Are you going to be using it for multiple cars? Motorcycles? What about just as a workspace?

If you are going to store just one car in the garage, the door can generally be between 7' and 10' wide. For most, the wider, the better because it will ensure it's easier to get into and out of the garage. For larger vehicles, larger doors are needed, naturally.

We can make garage doors to your specifications. What do you need for your door? Get in touch and let's talk.

A tool to help you choose the best garage door size depending on the size of the vehicles you own.

Typically, the size of the garage door will depend on the overall size of the garage. However, that's not always the case. Two garages of different sizes might have the same size door, or they might have a different sized door. It will depend on the garage construction and what you want.

The width of a single garage door will generally be from 7' to 12'. A double garage door can be from 14' to 20'.

Those who want to have two cars in their garage should have a door that's 16' wide. This makes it easier to park two cars. Although you could go slightly smaller, the cars will end up very close to one another, which is not as convenient. Going a little wider tends to be better.

The same is true if you have a new driver in the family. Our doors can be up to 20' wide, which can provide a little more space just in case.

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Of course, you then need to think about whether you want to have two doors for your double garage or just one large, wide door. Both will have their advantages and disadvantages. You'll need to think about which one you feel will work best and look great. If you aren't sure, you can always talk with the professionals to see which might be best for your situation.

The cost of the doors themselves tends to be about the same whether it's one 16' door or two 8' doors, for example. However, when you have two doors, you will need to have two door openers. This means that having two doors will be a bit more expensive than having just one wider door.

A picture of a small garage door for a shed. This garage door is a Grooved Design, 6' x 7', Ice White color, with Clear windows.

This is a small garage door for a shed. It is a Grooved design, 6' x 7', Ice White, Clear windows.

Maybe you want to have an outbuilding on your property, such as a shed like the one in the image above. You can get smaller doors for them. You can find doors that are 4', 5', or 6' wide. This could work nicely if you are parking a mower or an ATV, for example.

LiftMaster Could Be a Good Choice for Your Garage Door Opener

When you have large and heavy doors, you need to be sure you have a great garage door opening system. If it's not properly balanced, the door will be difficult to bring up and down on your own. Instead, it's a good idea to talk with the professionals about providing some maintenance and even installing a garage door opener with a remote.

One of the best brands for garage door openers is LiftMaster. Explore the LiftMaster 87504-267. It has a lot of excellent features, including Wi-Fi connectivity. You can control the door from anywhere and even monitor it. This will give you more control over your garage door.

These types of doors can provide some added security, too. It can detect forced openings and will push in the opposite direction, helping to keep out intruders. Of course, this is just one choice. Examine all the garage door openers LiftMaster has to offer.

Garage Door Design

You need to have a high-quality door design. It should be the perfect size to fit the space in your garage. It will have weatherstripping that will help to fill out the gaps around the door and provide you with insulation against the weather. Always make sure you get professional installation, so it's done right and so you don't have any gaps.

You want a great design that works with your garage and that fits the space right. To make sure this happens, be sure to check out the Design Centre. It is free, easy to use, and will provide you with a good visual reference of what you should expect.

The Right Garage Door Aesthetics

While the functionality of your door is a primary concern, you can't forget about the aesthetics either. After all, the garage door takes up quite a bit of the surface area of your property. Curb appeal is important.

Take some time to explore the different designs we have available. To make it easier to find options that could work for you, they are separated into 3 categories: Traditional, Modern, and Carriage House. You are sure to find some options that work well for you.

Of course, with all the options, it can sometimes be hard to know which one to choose. You can discuss with one of our experts them with the experts at Middlesex Door Systems. If you already have an idea of what will work for you, we can provide a free quotation via email.

There are great options just waiting for you. To get the best door for your space, be sure to contact us at 1-800-696-1926 today.

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