Buying a new garage door for your home is a fast and affordable way to spruce up your home’s exterior. Most garage doors have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, so many homeowners only buy an updated garage door once or twice in their lifetimes.
When selecting a garage door replacement, it’s important to find the ideal blend of performance, style and durability. As you explore your garage door replacement options, finding attractive, modern designs and sturdy materials is important, but it’s also crucial to understand different garage door sizes and which one is the most appropriate for your home.
Most homes have a single or double car garage opening. Depending on your house builder’s intent or design, you may have a larger opening to accommodate larger trucks or recreational vehicles. To ensure your new garage door properly fits your garage’s opening, it’s best to measure your door size before purchasing a replacement door. Properly measure your door by considering the height and width of the garage’s opening, left and right side clearance, headroom space and backroom distance.
Common Single Garage Door Sizes
Throughout many Ohio and Michigan homes, you’ll find either a single-car garage or a garage split into two equally sized pieces with smaller doors installed over the openings. These doors are typically divided with a vertical beam and are only large enough to accommodate one standard sized car or truck, measuring either 10×7 feet, 9×7 feet or 8×7 feet.
If you have a larger than the average vehicle, own a recreational vehicle, require additional storage space or anticipate your garage needs may need to grow over time, then you should consider installing a double garage door size.
Common Double Car Garage Door Sizes for Homes in Michigan and Ohio
Two-car garage doors are significantly larger than one-car garage doors — comfortably fitting up to two cars, trucks or SUVs without extra maneuvering or squeezing. The width of a two-car garage typically measures double the size of a single car door, with openings commonly available in 14, 16 or 18 feet. Similarly to a single car garage, the height of the double car garage measures at about seven or eight feet. Additional double car garage door sizes are often offered by different garage door manufacturers if you need to easily store larger vehicles and other equipment.
While single and double car garage door sizes are the most common types found throughout Michigan and Ohio neighborhoods, you might notice a few alternative door sizes to accommodate a range of different vehicle storage needs, such as RVs, boats, golf carts or four-wheel recreational vehicles. When choosing your garage door replacement options, consider these two custom garage door sizes if you have specialized or evolving needs, so you can avoid having to purchase a new door in the near future.
1. RV Garage Door Sizes
When you prefer the security, peace of mind and overall cost-savings of storing your recreational vehicle at your home, choose a garage door size that can easily accommodate your RV. The major difference between an RV garage door size and double door size is the height of the garage door — while common garage door sizes measure seven or eight feet tall, the opening for an RV needs to be around 12 to 16 feet tall since the RV is elevated. Most standard recreational vehicles can easily fit inside a 16-foot-tall garage.
2. Custom Garage Door Sizes
If you’ve measured your garage door’s opening and it doesn’t quite fit within the standard door measurements, don’t despair — you can work with your local garage door design and installation experts to select a custom sized garage door. Custom garage doors can be specially crafted from high-quality materials to suit the specific size and shape of your garage door opening.
At Quality Overhead Door, we offer beautiful Clopay wood doors that can be customized to fit any sized garage opening to elevate the look and performance of your Ohio or Michigan home.
When You Need Quality Garage Door Solutions, Contact Quality Overhead Door
Whether you’re replacing a single- or double-sized garage door or need help designing and installing a specialty garage door size, trust the experienced and knowledgable experts at Quality Overhead Door to help you find the right solution for your home. We offer the widest selection of quality Clopay garage door products available for homeowners throughout Michigan and Ohio in a variety of materials and sizes to meet your specific daily needs and budget.
Visit our local Toledo, OH, showroom today to check out your garage door installation options or call us today at 419-578-8700 to learn more about our garage door products and common door sizes. To request a free installation quote, fill out our online contact form.