Many people think that a garage door is a garage door, and that you simply buy a standard size to fit to your garage when you require a replacement. In fact, garage openings come in a huge variety of sizes and there is no recognised ‘standard size’ per se. However, we do find the size 7’0” x 6’6” tends to be the most common for up & over garage doors. For those who want to purchase a garage door to fit by themselves, or for developers who are planning to build a garage to accommodate one of our garage doors, here’s a quick guide.
Garage Door Sizing
As mentioned before, there is no ‘standard’ garage door size, however if you’re planning to have an up & over garage door (where the door is opened by pulling outwards and lifting up), the cheapest and easiest size to build for is the aforementioned 7’0” x 6’6”. In this size, you can access doors in our Basic and Express ranges, meaning you can get a door fitted in less than 10 days at the best possible price. For double doors, the sizing tends to start from 10’0” x 6’6”, although there are obviously a variety of sizes in between for those who are being more economical with space.
If you’d like to install an automatic garage door, where you open and close it using a remote control (perfect for UK winter weather – you don’t have to get out of your car to open the garage), then you’ll need a power supply to your garage. For homes where the garage is attached to the main property, this is easily implemented or is more likely to be there in the first place. For garage buildings separated from the main house, installing an electrical supply may be more complicated and you should allow our surveyor to liaise with your electrician in order to ensure the best-placed outlets for the garage door motor.
Our Roller garage doors come with automatic opening as standard, and are ideal for homes where you need to maximise the use of space within the garage itself. This is because the door does not stay as a large single sheet when it’s open. Instead, the small sections of the door break away and roll around themselves to create a neat roll above the entranceway. This means that you can use the walls and the ceiling space how you see fit, which is ideal for those who use their garage as storage, or who need to hang items from the ceiling, such as punch bags in home gyms. For those with very limited space, the door roll can be mounted inside, in-between or outside the garage opening, ensuring you can use every inch of room.
Access & Logistics
When building a garage, it’s important to think about the little things which will make the next steps easier. For instance, it’s highly beneficial to have a floor which is completely level in relation to the lintel of the garage doorway. This way, no adjustments will need to be made to ensure the garage door fits into the gap perfectly. Any break or gap will mean your garage is more insecure and less weatherproof than it would be if fitted perfectly. A level floor can help with this.
Ensuring you build enough room for engineers to fit the garage door – i.e. leaving room at either side of the opening on the inside, and ensuring the roof is not too low – can really ease the installation process and ensure future repairs or modifications can be easily implemented.