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  • Writer's pictureLuke Hughes

What Size Should My Roll Up Doors Be?

Choosing the right roll up or overhead door size for your shop or garage is more than just an aesthetic decision; it's about maximizing functionality and accommodating your specific needs. Whether you're outfitting a spacious shop or designing a compact garage, understanding standard door sizes and their applications can help you make the best choice.

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Standard Overhead Door Sizes for Shops

For most workshops and larger storage spaces, a standard overhead door size starts at 12 feet wide by 14 feet high. This size is typically sufficient to accommodate nearly any vehicle legally allowed on the road, including large commercial trucks like dump trucks and semis. The 14-foot height is crucial as it provides enough clearance for taller vehicles.

When You Might Need a Larger Door

There are situations where you might need to consider a bigger overhead door. This is particularly true if you're dealing with farm equipment or oversized machinery that wouldn't normally fit through a standard 14-foot high door. In these cases, custom sizing may be necessary to ensure easy access and functionality of your shop.

40'x60' shop with 2 overhead roll up doors

Choosing Door Sizes for Garages

When it comes to residential garages, the requirements can differ significantly from those of a shop. For a standard single-car garage, a door size of 10 feet wide by 10 feet tall often works well. This size provides ample space for everyday vehicles, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, without being too tight for comfortable access.

If you're planning a two-car garage, you'll want to consider wider options to facilitate easier movement and access to both parking spaces. Typically, a door width of 18 or 20 feet is advisable for 2 car garages, ensuring that you can open both vehicle doors comfortably inside the garage.

Why Stick to Two-Foot Increments?

When selecting your door size, it's practical to stick to two-foot increments for both the height and width. This standard sizing coincides with how door panels are manufactured and sold. For instance, if you require an 11-foot wide door, a 12-foot panel would need to be purchased and then cut down, which means you're paying for extra material that isn't used. Sticking to these increments helps avoid unnecessary costs and simplifies the installation process.

Choosing the right overhead door size for your shop or garage is crucial for ensuring efficient use of your space and easy access to your vehicles and equipment. Remember, the right door size not only adds to the functionality but also enhances the overall value of your property.

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