Are there “standard” garage door sizes?

So many people go to invest in a new garage door and just think “I’ll get a standard size door for my new space.” The problem with that is many-fold, but the biggest issue? There’s no such thing.

That’s right. The “standard” garage door doesn’t exist.

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There isn’t just one “standard” size for garage doors or 2 sizes for single and double doors. Sure, in an ideal world that would be how it goes, but that’s not the world that we live in. You can’t just walk in somewhere and ask for a “standard” size door because there is not one.

Some people have an idea in their heads of what the standard garage door would look like. Perhaps you’re picturing a white door with no windows, measuring 7 or 8 feet wide. Perhaps you see a tan or gray door that has a few windows and is 16 feet wide to allow for double car access. With so many styles available, everyone could have a different idea of what is “the norm”.

Having multiple sizes is part of offering customization to consumers today. However, it doesn’t have to be a complicated experience.

Because of the desire for so much customization and because each home is unique, there are several styles and colors to choose from today, as well as sizes available in just about every range possible. Don’t feel overwhelmed, though, because we can walk you through the process step by step to ensure that you get what you need.

Some sizes are seen more frequently, so if there is a “standard”, it’d be one of the ranges below.

The most common heights are 7 or 8 feet, while the most common widths are 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16 feet wide.

This is good information to keep in mind when you’re purchasing your 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.

This double garage door is a Moderno Multi Design, 16’ x 7’, in Black color, with Azur windows. It is a perfect choice for a Modern Style.

Considerations for door shopping

Are you building a new garage or just replacing a garage door? That’s going to impact how you choose the size of your door.

For those looking to replace an existing door, certain tools that can help you figure out what space and size door you’ll need. One of the elements will be to measure the space available in your garage to install the tracks to lift the door, which allows the door to open properly. There are different types of tracks and lifts out there, and you’ll have to choose based on your space and other needs.

For those building a new garage, it’s important to first establish what the space is going to be used for, and then you can figure out what kind of door you need.

After all, the width of your doors depends on how you’re going to use the space.

How many cars will you park in your garage?

If you already know what you’re going to be using the garage for, that can help you pick a door size more easily. Are you just parking cars? Maybe you’ll want to have room for an RV or a motorcycle. It all depends on your intentions.

You can choose a door that measures 7-10 feet wide for 1-car storage, but make sure that you leave yourself more room than not. For example, a compact car owner might be fine with a 7-foot door, but an SUV owner might need a 9-foot door for better clearance.

If you’ve got larger vehicles, you’ll want a larger door. Fortunately, we can make doors in all sizes, ranging from 4 feet wide to 20 feet wide.

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

Sometimes, the garage itself will impact the size of the door, but not always. For example, a double garage can have one 9-foot single door like a single garage if that’s all that’s needed. It’s all about giving the homeowners what they need.

As far as common widths, single doors range from 7-12 feet and double doors run from 14-20 feet, generally speaking.

If you’re going to use the garage for two cars, we suggest a 16-foot door to give you plenty of space. You could go with 14 feet, but that’s going to be a tight squeeze unless you have two smaller vehicles. If you have larger vehicles, you could have to do some rearranging and that’s no good.

Plus, you’ll never have to worry about those teen drivers or terrible parkers in your family. We make doors up to 20 feet in width.

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Maybe you’re going to park two cars. That means you’ll need more than just a single 9-foot-wide door. However, you’ll have to decide whether you want one larger door or two single doors.

There are pros and cons to either choice here. For one thing, what if the garage door opener fails for one reason or another? If you’ve got two doors, you’re not stuck. If you have one double door, you could risk getting stuck or having to manually lift the door to get in and out. With two doors, you can still get out and resolve the issue later, so no one is late or misses anything.

Pricing is comparable when it comes to the doors themselves. The cost variation comes in whether you choose to add electric openers. Obviously, you’ll spend more on two garage door openers than you would for one.

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.

This shed requires a smaller garage door. This one is a Grooved design, size 6' x 7', Ice White, Clear windows. But, since garage doors are manufactured to your custom-size you can choose among more than 35 designs and 10 colors.

Maybe you want a smaller door for your shed, just so that you can park your tractor? That’s an option too, with doors available as narrow as 4-6 feet.

LiftMaster garage door openers are a great choice

If you’re installing a new garage door, why not add a premium new garage door opener, too? The larger the door, the heavier it will be to lift manually. When you choose to install an electric opener, you’ll love the results. Just remember to call the specialists to do the installation. It’s not a DIY job.

One of the most popular garage door opener is the LiftMaster 87504-267. This Wi-Fi-enabled garage door opener can be monitored and controlled from a smartphone, anywhere you are. These doors also have safety features in place to protect against theft and break-ins. For example, if the door detects forced opening, it will force itself closed to prevent the intrusion.

Look at the garage door opener models available for your LiftMaster garage door opener.

Your garage door size and style

The doors we design will be cut to the nearest inch to accommodate the space properly. We’ll use premium weatherstripping to fill the remaining gaps and ensure that your door is properly installed and sealed.

And, since each door we make is a custom build, there are never any extra charges for special sizing or other details.

Keep in mind that your door design might not fit your space or vice versa. Two doors can have the same design and be different sizes, but the pattern will translate differently on each door. If the design doesn’t match up with the garage itself, it could look off-center or just look like it doesn’t fit the home.

You can even build and try on all kinds of garage doors with photos of your home in our Design Centre for more inspiration.

Choosing your garage door style

You want a door that looks as good as it works. After all, this door takes up a lot of real estate on the front of your home and you want it to look good. As much as 1/3 of your house could be the garage door—the last thing you want is an eyesore!

You’ll enjoy browsing all of the designs we have, which we’ve separated into 3 main styles: Traditional, Modern, and Carriage House. There are tons of designs and colors in each category, too, ensuring you get the custom door you’ve always wanted.

Garage door models come in so many varieties that it can be hard to keep up. You can discuss this with one of our experts at Car‑Wal Garage Doors. If you know what you want, ask about getting an email with a free quotation.

Your neighborhood probably has tons of different styles and sizes of garage doors, and you’ll want to make sure yours looks the best. Contact us to get the perfect garage door now.

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