Is There Such Thing as A Standard Sized Garage Door?

A lot of people think that garage doors come in standard sizes. While it is true that some sizes are more common than others, the truth is that there is no one standard size.

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Yes, garage doors do not come in one standard size. Garages come in many styles and sizes which is why the size of your door will largely depend on the garage space you have.

Maybe you have an idealized version in your head about what a garage door is. Maybe you think of it as a standard white door that is about 8 by 7 feet with 3 windows. This sounds like a stereotypical garage door, but is it a standard one?

At the end of the day, the white door you consider to be a standard garage door might be the furthest thing from someone else’s idea of a standard door. Someone else might think that a standard door is a beige color with no windows. It will all depend on your perspective.

But now that we’ve explained that there is no such thing as a standard-sized door, you might be thinking that picking a door is an overly complicated process. Of course, it would be a lot easier if there was only one door to choose from. The reality is that all garages are different and will have specific needs depending on how large the door frame and overall space are.

With any home, there will always be a wide variety of design considerations to make, and this should be seen as a good thing. This means that homeowners can choose from different styles and sizes that fit their personality as well as their practical needs.

As was mentioned earlier, some sizes are more common than others. The most common garage door heights are 7 and 8 feet. Common widths include 8, 9, 10, 12, and 14 feet.

These dimensions are some solid metrics to remember when considering purchasing a 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.

Take a look at this gorgeous double garage door. This garage door design is a Moderno Multi, 16’ x 7’, Black, Azur windows.

Important Considerations to Make Before Buying Your New Door

One of the first considerations you to make when choosing a new garage door is whether or not you will be building an entirely new garage, or if you are simply looking to replace the door of an existing garage.

Those interested in buying a new door for their current garage space can get a better idea of what size they’ll need by using any of the tools we offer to help you design your door.

Something that is often overlooked is calculating the space available in your garage to install the tracks to lift the door. These tracks are also called lifts and they are what allow your door to open and close. There are different types of lifts you can choose from, and what you go with will depend on your particular garage setup and the available space you have.

If you are building a new garage, it is important to consider what the garage will be used for.

How Many Vehicles Do You Want to Park in Your Garage? And How Big Are They?

The door size you need will largely depend on your garage’s use. A garage used to park two cars could have several options for garage doors that would be suitable for that space. Perhaps you have a motorcycle you would also like to park in the garage, or maybe even an RV? All of these considerations will need to be taken into account when choosing a garage door that is works for your space.

If you only plan on storing one car in your garage, the door will typically only need to be between 7 and 10 feet wide. 7 feet doesn’t leave you much room to pull into the garage and might feel a little bit more cramped. 8 feet could give you a little more breathing room. Moving up to 9 feet will significantly improve your ability to park and open your car doors with ease.

If you have a pick-up truck or a large SUV you might want to consider at least a 9-foot door, with 10 feet being more ideal. Thankfully, our team can make doors to fit any space with a minimum of 4 feet and a maximum of 20 feet in width.

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

Single door widths vary between 7 and 12’while double garage doors vary from 14 to 20’.

Those looking to park two cars in their garage should go with a 16-foot door. This will give you plenty of room to comfortably fit two average size vehicles without too much difficulty. 14-foot doors can work, but it will be more challenging to park the cars and they will end up being very close together.

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Perhaps you’ve considered getting two single 8-foot doors for each car in your garage. This could be a great option if you’re looking to have a designated spot for each car. The cost is typically the same as a 16-foot double door. The only additional cost is the extra garage opening system that will need to be installed.

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.

Since all our garage doors are customised to your specific size, any of our more 35 designs is available for your sheds or smaller space. This garage door is a Grooved design, 6' x 7', Ice White, Clear windows.

Those interested in building a small shed could install a smaller door that could be anywhere from 4 to 6 feet in width.

What About Adding a Garage Door Opener?

Large and heavy doors need a powerful lift system to support their weight when opening and closing. Calling a garage door specialist who can install a LiftMaster opening system can give you the peace of mind that your garage door opener can support the weight of your door.

LiftMaster has a wide range of options to choose from. One great choice is the LiftMaster 87504-267. This model is Wi-Fi enabled can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world. Another great benefit of LiftMaster door openers is that they offer added protection against burglars. If the opener detects a forced opening of the door, it will push it in the opposite direction to prevent it from opening.

Check out all the garage door openers available from LiftMaster!

Find the Garage Door Design You Like

All of our doors are cut to the nearest inch, ensuring that they will fit your garage door frame with precision. Any additional gaps can be filled by your garage’s weatherstripping, which will ensure a perfect fit. Because all of our garage doors are custom-made, you will never have to worry about being charged extra for the exact dimensions of your garage door frame.

Those who are interested in previewing the wide variety of styles and sizes we have to choose from can check out what their door could be like by using our Design Centre App! It’s free and can help you get a good sense of what garage door will best work for you.

A Garage Door Style That Suits Your House

Aside from having a properly functional door, you’re also going to want an aesthetically pleasing door. After all, a garage door covers one-third of the front of your home. You’re going to want something that you can be proud of.

Luckily, we’ve broken down our 3 different styles into these main types: Traditional, Modern, and Carriage House. All of these styles can be customized to your liking and can be applied to multiple models.

With so many options to choose from, finding the right garage door that will fit your home can be daunting. If you require a garage door specialist that can help you make the best decision, discuss your options with one of our experts at Door Systems Metro Boston. If you already have an idea of what you want, you can request a free quotation by email.

With so many door sizes within any given neighborhood, it is sometimes hard to figure out which size door would fit well with the other homes in the area. If you need any help determining what size door would work best for your home contact us at 1-800-545-3667.

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