How to Measure for Your New Garage Door

By:   Niki D'Angelo | Published:

Measuring your garage for a new door can be an easy and exciting task with the right tips. The experts at Banko Overhead Doors have installed thousands of doors, so our team understands the process. This quick start guide will walk you through how to perform the process and find your garage door solution.

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Garage Door Measurement Tips and Tricks

Experienced professionals have developed the best tips and tricks for measuring garage door size. Several insights can help you prep for your new door:

  • Measure carefully: It’s vital to measure to the closest fraction of an inch possible to find the right size door. If you’re unsure about your measurement, you can measure from several different locations to make sure you receive the same dimension.
  • Examine the layout: One key trick for a convenient installation process is to examine the areas surrounding your garage door. You should check the door jambs and header to say if there is anything unstable that might need maintenance. Determine whether your garage floor is even because an uneven space will require a custom fit. It’s also relevant to check if there is a nearby electrical outlet for the garage door opener.
  • Search for obstructions: Look for ductwork, pipes, staircases or light fixtures that might make the installation process difficult.

How to Measure for a New Garage Door in 4 Steps

Recording garage door measurements is a vital step in finding a high-quality door that fits your home. Four main steps will help you accurately assess the dimensions of your space.

1. Height and Width

The height of the door is the distance between the top of the opening and the floor, not counting the stop molding. It’s important to note any irregularities and take the measurement from several different places for maximum accuracy. Remember that the rough opening should equal the size of your new garage door.

The width of the door is the distance between each side of the room. It’s also important to note that you’ll need to allow space for attachment of your vertical track accessory and any worn or unlevel areas.

2. Headroom

Headroom is the obstruction-free space that you’ll need above the door for the installation of head tracks and springs. There should be a minimum of 10 inches of space for extension springs and 12 inches of space for torsion springs, measuring from the top of the door opening to the ceiling.

3. Backroom

Backroom measurements reveal the distance from the opening of the door to the back wall of your garage. The minimum measurement should always equal the height of your garage door, with 18 inches of extra space added.

Find Your Banko Overhead Doors Solution Now

With over 30 years of experience, the Banko Overhead Doors team can help you to find the perfect garage door for your business. You can browse our wide selection of five-star garage doors now. You can also schedule a free quote online for your new garage door installation.

Have any other questions? Contact Banko Overhead Doors now!

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