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Making A Personal Custom Garage Door

If you are looking to design a custom garage door than you probably have realized there is more to it than just slapping something on your current one. While a custom garage door is nowhere near as complicated as doing a kitchen remodel or redoing your bathroom, there are some important things to consider before you get started.

Author: Kenneth D. Tafolla
Date: Jan 13, 2010 - 10:50:56 PM


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If you are looking to design a custom garage door than you probably have realized there is more to it than just slapping something on your current one. While a custom garage door is nowhere near as complicated as doing a kitchen remodel or redoing your bathroom, there are some important things to consider before you get started.

Planning Your Custom Garage Door


The first thing you need to understand before getting started on your custom garage door are the basics of a garage door. While garage door fundamentals are not complicated, understanding these basics is necessary. The first thing is the garage door materials. You may not thing this but insulation and the gauge of the steel on the door is important.

If you spend a lot of time in your garage and live in a colder clime you are going to want something solid that will keep the heat in. Vice versa, if you are looking to keep it cool in the summer a solid insulated door will keep the cool in. The way this is measured is called R-Value. R-Value is the measurement of thermal efficiency of the door. The higher the number, the better insulated the door.

The second value to consider is the steel gauge. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel so if you door is going to have basketballs hitting it you want at least a twenty four gauge steel. This is a very important consideration for your custom built garage.

In addition to considering these options you need to consider the width and height of the door you are putting in. Taking the measurements for this is pretty straight forward. First thing is to measure the door opening width and height. Do this in feet and inches as most doors are measure that way.

This will determine the size of the rough opening for the door. Next up account for side room. This is around three and three quarter inches on each side to account for the vertical track and extension spring. Some systems may require more so make sure how much room you need before purchasing a custom garage door system.

Next thing you need to do is account for the headroom. This is the pace between the top of the door and ceiling. The standard for this is 10 inches, but it can be up to twelve. After you have accounted for this you need to account for the backroom. This is the distance the door will travel on the ceiling. The room needed for this is the door height plus eighteen inches. You may need more room for the installation of an automatic garage door opener, so check the manual to be sure. After getting all of that measured out you are ready to begin getting and setting up your custom garage door.



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