Shopping for a garage door can start to feel intimidating once you encounter the many options available. One option that can make shoppers freeze in their tracks is size. What size garage door do you need? Many garage door shoppers have no idea. But there’s good news: It’s not complicated to find out. Here are a few tips on making sure you get the right-size garage door for your home.
Cookson Garage Doors Can Help You Find the Right Fit
At Cookson Garage Doors, we exist to help you with all your overhead door needs. That includes providing expert guidance as you measure your door and consider your options for a garage door replacement. We are proud of our roots in the Phoenix area and proud of our history of serving homeowners throughout Arizona.
Standard Residential Measurements
Garages have remained about the same size since the proliferation of the automobile more than a century ago. That’s good news, too, because your home most likely has a standard-size garage door. For single-car garages, the standard sizes are 8 feet by 7 feet, 9 x 7 and 10 x 7. For double garages, the standard sizes are 12 feet by 7 feet, 14 x 7 and 16 x 7. As you can tell, 7 feet is the standard height for all garages.
A seven-foot-high garage door will easily fit standard trucks, SUVs and traditional cars. A garage footprint is typically a square, perhaps 20 feet by 20 feet, leaving plenty of depth for any standard vehicle. The recommended space between vehicles in a garage is 3 feet.
What about three-car garages? Well, most three-car garages are arranged as a double-car and a single-car garage, or as three single car garages. You’ll rarely, if ever, encounter a garage door that’s meant to fit three cars — unless it’s a commercial garage door.
Sizing for Commercial Garages
If you run a business that uses big trucks, or if you keep an RV or other large vehicle at home, you’ll need something that goes beyond the standard residential garage door sizes. Many commercial garage doors will run in the range of about 32 feet wide by 24 feet tall.
If you’re installing a garage or building a new facility, consider how many trucks or other vehicles you’ll need to fit inside, measuring by the largest, then leaving space between each one. That will inform your decision about how big to go with a commercial garage door. Have an RV at your home? Recreational vehicles typically require a garage door that is at least 16 feet wide by 8 feet high.
How to Measure
This is the easy part. Just grab a tape measure and stretch it across the threshold of your garage to find the width of the door, and then measure the height to ensure that it’s the standard 7 feet. There’s no trick to measuring a garage door, as there is when measuring a television — television measurements are taken diagonally. If you have any questions about the measurement, contact us at Cookson Garage Doors.