Standard Garage Door Sizes and Considerations

Standard Garage Door Sizes and Considerations

Written by spectrumohd

December 28, 2023

If you are building a new house, or remodeling your current one, and looking to improve upon or build a garage, the size of your garage and garage door is an important choice. Yet, what are the standard garage door sizes and considerations for those sizes you may ask? Your standard residential garage doors come in 2 sizes, 8 foot by 7 foot and 16 foot by 7 foot. In certain areas, your building codes or HOA requirements may dictate what you can use, both in size and type. Yet there are other factors too when choosing which size to use.

What factors go into choosing a garage door size?

Garage Dimensions

Measure the width and height of your garage opening accurately. The size of your door should match these dimensions as closely as possible. Ensure your measurements are precise to avoid costly adjustments later.

Vehicle Size

Consider the size of the vehicles you plan to park in your garage. Measure the width and height of your largest vehicle, including any side mirrors or roof racks. The door should be wide and tall enough to accommodate these vehicles comfortably.

Clearance Space

Check for any obstructions within your garage, such as pipes, light fixtures, or shelving units, which might limit the available space for a garage door. Make sure there’s enough clearance for the door to operate smoothly.

Double or Single Door

Decide whether you need a single or double garage door. Single doors are typically 8 to 10 feet wide and suitable for one-car garages, while double doors range from 12 to 18 feet wide and are designed for two-car garages. Choose the option that aligns with your needs.

Garage Use

Consider how you plan to use your garage. If it’s primarily for vehicle storage, make sure the door can accommodate your vehicles. If you’ll use the space for other purposes like a workshop or storage, ensure the door size allows for these activities without restrictions.


Garage doors contribute significantly to your home’s curb appeal. Consider the visual balance and symmetry of the door with the rest of your house. The size should complement the architectural style and proportions of your home.

Local Regulations

Check with your local building codes and regulations. Some areas have specific requirements regarding garage door sizes, especially in terms of safety and fire code compliance.

Door Type

The type of garage door you choose can affect size options. Different styles, such as sectional, roll-up, or swing-out doors, may have varying size constraints. Ensure your chosen door type aligns with your size requirements.

Future Needs

Think about your future needs. If you plan to buy larger vehicles or convert your garage for additional uses, it’s wise to choose a slightly larger door to accommodate potential changes.


Larger doors tend to cost more due to the increased materials and installation complexity. Consider your budget when determining the size of your garage door.

Option: Converting Two Garage Doors into one

Converting two separate garage doors into one is a practical option for homeowners looking to create a more spacious and versatile garage. This transformation not only offers a larger opening for easy access but also eliminates the central pillar or post that typically separates two single doors. This absence of a divider enhances the overall aesthetic appeal and functionality of the garage, making it easier to park larger vehicles, install a single wide door for convenience, or even create a seamless space for home projects, workshops, or additional storage. It’s a smart choice for those seeking a more unified and open garage design that accommodates their evolving needs and preferences. Spectrum Overhead offers two-to-one conversion services, just contact us for a in-house quote.

Whichever garage door size you need, from standard to custom, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC in Houston will help you choose and install the right garage door for your situation. Spectrum Overhead Door LLC has been installing garage doors in Houston and the Houston metro area since 2006 and has been awarded for excellence in customer service by both Angie’s List and Best Pic Reports.

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