:: Free article content
Authors: Maximum article exposure. Publishers: Reprintable article content.
Featured Articles
Recently Added Articles
Most Viewed Articles
Article Comments
Advanced Article Search
Submit Article
Check Article Status
Author TOS
RSS Article Feeds
Terms of Service

How to Measure for a Garage Door
Home Home Home Improvement
By: Justin White Email Article
Word Count: 582 Digg it | it | Google it | StumbleUpon it


If youíre replacing your current garage door or building your dream home from the ground up, youíll need to have accurate measurements of the space in which youíll be installing the new doors. Before you choose what materials and style youíd prefer, knowing the amount of space you have to work with will help you make the right design decisions.

Standard Garage Door Sizes
The most common garage door widths are 8í, 9í, 16í, and 18í. The most common heights are 7í and 8í. While most residential garage doors will fall into one of these categories, custom size garage doors are available. Therefore, you should take accurate measurements of your garage so that the perfect sizing can be ordered or fabricated for your home. Itís great if you have existing garage doors; simply take the measurements of your current doors in addition to the headroom and depth of your garage. For new doors, follow this guide for measuring the space.

Start with the Width
Take the measurement of the width of your garage opening. This is from inside jamb to inside jamb.

  • Use feet and inches for the clearest and simplest account of the size.
  • Use a 25í tape measure to make sure that you get an accurate measurement without having to stop along the way, make marks, and continue.
Move Onto the Height
Take the measurement of the height of your garage opening. This is from the floor to the bottom on the header.
  • Measure from the floor up to header in three spots; left, center, right.
  • Take note of any irregularities, which would indicate a slope in the floor.
Check the Headroom and Sides
The headroom of your garage is the area between the top of the opening and the ceiling. Itís important to get this measurement because it will be necessary to determine the proper track configuration and spring system. Depending on available space, high lift track might be an option to allow for car lifts. If there is not a lot of space, low headroom track might be required. All of these factors influence the type of spring system used, whether it be standard extension spring or a standard torsion spring. The side room is the space along the width of your garage between the opening and the walls. This is important to assure room for the track, as well as a side mount opener if you choose this style.
  • Take note of any obstructions, like a light fixture.
  • On each side of the doors or opening, measure the width from the opening to the walls.
Measure the Depth/Backroom
Taking the measurement of the depth or backroom of your garage may require the most coordination. Itís the distance from the opening to the furthest point at the rear of your garage.
  • Itís measured along the ceiling.
  • Itís important for installing the horizontal track of the door.
  • Itís important to assure enough space for a traditional garage door opener.
  • The opener will take up more length into your garage than the tracks.


Justin White is the VP of Marketing for Mid-Atlantic Door Group, Inc. The company opened in 1973 and now consists of (3) official Overhead Doorô Distributors and (7) warehouse locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. After spending time in the field with fellow mechanics, Justin found his niche in marketing, along with a specialty in residential garage door sales, installation, and service.

Article Source:

This article has been viewed 637 times.

Rate Article
Rating: 0 / 5 stars - 0 vote(s).

Article Comments
There are no comments for this article.

Leave A Reply
 Your Name
 Your Email Address [will not be published]
 Your Website [optional]
 What is seven + five? [tell us you're human]
Notify me of followup comments via email

Related Articles

Copyright © 2020 by All rights reserved.

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Submit Article | Editorial