How to Measure for a New Garage Door
When you are selecting a new garage door, it is a natural reaction to immediately start thinking about how you want it to look. Do you want solid garage doors, or would you like to have windows at the top? Would steel, metal, or wood garage doors look best with your home? Do you want the top of your new garage doors to be straight or have an arch? Are you thinking about ordering specialty garage doors to perfectly match your home?
While these are all important details that will need to be addressed at some point in the process, the very first step in ordering new garage doors is to measure your space. Each garage door is unique, so you need to get an accurate idea of what will really work in your home.
Fortunately, measuring for a new garage door is quick and easy. Just follow these basic steps:
- Measure the width of the garage door opening at its widest point. This opening should be framed with 2” x 6” wood, and you want to get an accurate measurement of the distance between the left and right sides. It can be difficult to get this measurement on your own with a tape measurer, so it is best to get assistance from another person or use a digital tap measurer.
- Measure the height of the garage door opening at its tallest point. You want to take this measurement from the floor to the top of the finished garage door opening. Additionally, you also want to check that this floor is level, as this could impact your finished product.
- Measure the space between the garage door opening and the ends of the garage. To be able to properly install a vertical track for a new garage door, you need to have at least 3.75” available on each side of the garage door opening.
- Measure the space between the garage door opening and the ceiling. This measurement is important because it ensures that you have enough space for the tracks, so the garage door can roll up properly. Just be sure you have a ladder on hand for this part!
- Measure the space from the garage door opening to the back of the garage. This area is known as the backroom. Typically, if you will be implementing an electric garage door opener, you should have the door height plus 18 inches.
If you are in need of professional assistance from a garage door repair technician, be sure to contact the team at ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems!