Originally Posted by tjeieio
Thanks for the insight. In my case, the main concern I have is to find a way of eliminating the rails and garage door opener. This is because I plan to use the garage as a photo studio. You need all the ceiling room you can get - plus having a garage door opener in the middle of the room blows the illusion of a professional studio. I may ultimately just close off the garage door opening and use a couple of windows and a regular door.
Well, that sheds a whole new light on the matter. I have done similiar situations where owners wanted to maintain the look of the garage, but convert the inside to play rooms or kid's dens. I first replaced the existing overhead door jambs with Azec holding it about 1/4" off the existing concrete, , and then bedding it in a high grade marine polyurethane for maximum defense against water leakage. Then nail stops on the inside side of the door jambs at the depth that you want to set the door into the wall, keeping them 1/2 off the concrete.Then stack the loose door panels, bedding everything with quality sealant, and screwing the edges of each panel to the stops with ss screws. Trim out the outer perimeter with some Azek (pvc trim) , again bedding everything as installed. My only concesssion to the " authenticity" of the garage door from the outside is that I install a "kicker", ripped from Azek at the botttom to help divert water away from joint at the bottom of the door. Now, go inside and frame a wall behind the door to give you whatever look you want at the windows, and finish the wall to match other wall finishes. A professional looking room inside, with the integrity of the exterior architecture.