How to measure for a garage door

Say you’re in the market for a new garage door and you want to go to a dealer and talk to him about it. The first thing he will want to know is how big your current door is. But there is more to measuring a garage door than height and width. Here are some of the things you will need to measure:

  • The first thing you should measure is the width of the door.
  • Then measure the width
  • You will then need to measure the amount of space on either side of the door, from the edge of the door to the perpendicular wall, or whatever structure you have there, including pipes, beams etc.
  • Then measure the space between the top of the door and the ceiling.
  • Finally measure the ceiling from the garage door to the back of the garage.

Taking these measurements properly will allow the garage door dealer to make more accurate calculations as to spring installation and track placement, and will help calculate garage door clearance. For some of these measurements, you will want a helper. Not only for safety reasons, but because some of the measurements are difficult to take accurately by one person, especially the ceiling and above door measurements.