More than 61 percent of homes are equipped with garages and of that 61 percent, nearly 90 percent have garage door openers. If you’re planning on actually parking your cars inside the garage you may want to make sure that your vehicles can fit into the garage and not hit the back wall or the top of the garage door opening.
Many times, homeowners don’t park their vehicles inside the garage but rather use it as a shop, gym, or storage space. You may also want to consider the energy efficiency as well as the style of the garage door. Garage doors come in different sizes such as a single door, two car or double garage door, and lastly, there is the three car garage configuration.
Standard Garage Door Measurements
Standard garage door dimensions in and around the Austin Texas area are typically going to be either 8, 9, 16 or 18 feet wide and typically either 7 feet or 8 feet tall. Although these are standard garage door sizes, older homes can come in sizes that have uncommon door widths and door heights. Gator Garage Door Repair can help you with your garage door no matter the size of the door or the age of the home.
One car garage doors
Even though there are common garage door sizes they can still vary. Currently, the most common comes in three different variations. Even though most doors’ height is seven feet tall, single garage doors come in eight foot sizes as well. The most common width for a single garage door is 8 feet, which is pretty tight for most of your larger trucks and SUV’s that a lot of us Texans enjoy driving.
If you are building your own home and you have the ability to choose the width of your doe we recommend a width of at least 9 feet wide and 8 feet tall to accommodate those large SUV’s or cars vehicles with luggage racks.
Two car garage doors
Two car garage doors are very common. Most two garage doors measure 16 feet wide and 7 feet tall but they can also be 18 feet wide and 8 feet in height. You can usually fit two smaller vehicles into a garage with a double or two car garage door but trying to fit two cars like large SUV’s or trucks may be difficult. If you ever have an opportunity to pick out your own garage doors for your home I’d recommend an 18 by 8 foot opening if possible to avoid potential issues fitting your vehicles into the garage.
Three car garage doors
Three car garage doors aren’t actually one door that fits three cars, but rather one two car garage door and one single car garage door. Each bay can have three separate areas. Because of the square footage that these doors take up you’ll typcially find this set up in larger homes.
Homes with this setup are in high demand because you can use a portion for a shop or gym and still have room to fit two vehicles.
History of The Garage Door
The word storage translates to the French word «garager» meaning protection. Early garage doors opened in the center of the garage swinging out. In the 20s, sliding doors were huge and heavy that accented homes.
In this era, Johnson introduced both overhead garage doors as well as garage door openers. Garage doors were first made from wood but it was not long-lasting.
In a short time, garage doors were built out of steel and cardboard. During the early 40’s, many home building designers started adding garages to their plans.
Over the last decade, we’ve seen the demand for higher-end and more modern-looking garage door increase greatly. All glass garage doors with different glass options such as frosted or tinted have become very popular and can greatly enhance the look of a home. It appears that this trend will continue going into 2023 along with garage door openers that now come with LED lighting and are quieter than ever. Wooden garage doors will also continue to be in high demand because of the ability to customize the look to match the home using different types of woods, designs and stains. If you’re in the market for a new garage door feel free to book a free estimate on our website or give Gator Garage Door Repair a call at 512-518-5544.