Steps for Properly Measuring a Garage Door, Part 1

There are several cases where you may need to measure your current garage door for one purpose or another, and knowing how to do so properly is valuable for home and building owners. Whether for a new garage door replacement, an aesthetic upgrade or even certain repair or upkeep needs, there may come a time where measuring the door’s dimensions is necessary.

At Overhead Door Company, we’re proud to offer a huge variety of garage door repair and upkeep services, including assisting clients with any needs that may arise – such as the need to measure their door. While this process is not difficult at all, it does contain a few important variables to be aware of. This two-part blog will go over everything you need to know about measuring your garage door in the proper order.

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Step 1: Width

The first step is to measure door width, which should be done at the widest point available in the door. Begin by measuring from the middle of the left side of the finished opening all the way across to the right side, measuring in feet and inches.

In some cases, wider doors might require you bring in a second person to help you hold a tape-measure, or purchase a digital tape measure. While measuring width, look for any possible issues like jambs that aren’t square.

Step 2: Height

Next up is the height of the door, which again should be measured using the highest possible point on the door. Measuring in feet and inches, you should first ensure the floor is completely level before you begin measuring to avoid any inaccuracies, as well as the finished opening at the top.

As with the width measurement, keep an eye out for any other problems. Uneven floors are one, but others may include concerns with opening diameter.

Step 3: End Openings

Another important measurement area here is the width of the areas beside the door openings on each end of the garage. These areas are vital because there must be adequate space on each side of a given garage area to allow for the installation of the track.

The absolute minimum distance required on each side for vertical tracks will be roughly 3.75 inches, but the requirement is often much larger than this. For double-car garage doors, for instance, the requirement for space on each side of the opening can range up to 10 inches based on the use of a center post.

For more on measuring your garage door for any reason, be it a replacement or any other need, or to learn about any of our garage door services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.