Planning for a new garage door can be a little tricky and often confusing. You will need to consider several things when in the process of planning to install a new door. In this article we’ll run through a couple of things you’ll want to know when in the market for a new garage door.
Understanding Size Requirements
A good garage door salesperson or an architect will never get you to try and buy a garage door that does not fit the space properly. Most garages in America use a standard set of sizes. That’s why if you’re not clear about what you want, there is a good chance you may not be happy with the outcome in terms of the car fitting through it or the storage space.
Surprisingly the larger sizes are more common because they can easily accommodate the latest pickup trucks which are larger than they ever were before. Even your standard luxury sedan and SUV may not fit comfortably through a 9×7 garage door.
You will also want to buy a garage door that meets future requirements. So, for instance, if you don’t have an RV today, but you could get one two years from now, then it is worth considering a garage door that can easily accommodate it. Remember that replacing a garage door is expensive, and its an expense you don’t want to bother with a year or even three years later for that matter.
Consider the Garage as a Whole
You don’t only want to think about the size of the garage door. Versatility is one of the best features of any garage, and so it is a great place to store things as it is to park your car.
Take, for instance, that you own a car, and your assumption is that you’ll own just one car for the foreseeable future. But your garage quickly starts filling up with items like a lawn mower, tools, and sporting items. Soon you have to decide if the garage is the best place for your stuff or do you want to take it elsewhere.
If you decide to both store all your items and park the car in the garage, you’ll want to install a new garage door that allows you to accomplish this easily.
You Can Make a Door Smaller but Not Bigger
As a rule of thumb, it is better to get a larger new garage door than what you might need. It is easier to reduce the size than to make it larger. Plus, if you ever end up with a larger vehicle or need to store other large items, the door will allow for it. You may also want to consider installing two single or standard size garage doors instead of one if space permits it. That way you can park your car easily without having the entire garage exposed.