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anuvanoob 10-06-2012 07:23 PM

current garage door opening not exactly standard
The current opening of my garage door (there is no door installed) is exactly 16' 7" x 7' 2". I understand 16' x 7' is one of the standard garage door sizes for a two car garage. Will a 16' x 7' garage door fit as is or do I have to make some modifications to the opening's framing before that standard door fits properly (i.e., shorten the width or height of the opening a little)?

Thanks in advance

Missouri Bound 10-06-2012 08:14 PM

Garage doors fit inside the garage and behind the opening, not in the opening. You will have to close both the height and width for a proper fit. Unless you want to order a custom door.....$$$$$$$$:laughing: You may want to check around online to see what is available. It's very possible that some will offer a bit wider and taller door at minimal extra cost. (emphasis on possible):whistling2:

Tham 10-06-2012 08:23 PM

Yeah you need to frame it to finish out at 16x7. A little smaller would still work as the door actually sits behind the opening.


anuvanoob 10-06-2012 08:47 PM

All garage doors sit behind?

Missouri Bound 10-06-2012 08:49 PM

Everyone I have seen.:yes:

Tham 10-06-2012 08:50 PM

overhead doors do, but you don't want to cheat yourself out of as big an opening as you can get.


anuvanoob 10-06-2012 09:26 PM

Okay. I also have a 3/4" height difference between the left and right of the opening in addition to it being 2" max over 7'... how do I address that?

Missouri Bound 10-06-2012 09:28 PM

Well that's up to you. If you close up the opening you can make that adjustment. It's not going to hurt anything but you will probably see it when the door is closed. Are you going to use a wooden door or steel door?

Tham 10-06-2012 09:45 PM

What's level? the top of your opening or the floor? If it's the top bring it all down the same. If the top is out of level than fix it when you close it in. If it's the floor the rubber on the door should handle 3/4".


mae-ling 10-06-2012 10:14 PM

You can get larger rubber bulbs on the bottom for some door manufacturers.

If you don't want to reside and whatever you could fill in the need sides and top, then wrap with metal or have a wider brickmound or something like that.

A latger openingis easier to deal with then an opening that is too small.

anuvanoob 10-07-2012 12:12 AM


Originally Posted by Missouri Bound (Post 1025496)
Are you going to use a wooden door or steel door?


anuvanoob 10-07-2012 12:14 AM


Originally Posted by Tham (Post 1025517)
What's level? the top of your opening or the floor?

The top is level. The ground (concrete) slopes down to the right.

mae-ling 10-07-2012 12:41 AM

Bigger bulb will take care of that.
Also can put in a metal "sill" ramp deal that you would level.

anuvanoob 10-08-2012 08:30 PM

Well, I feel like an idiot. Apparently the extra 7" (which may actually be 6") and 2" (which may actually be 1 1/2") is for the trim (there was never any trim installed). This is a common design in my area/region (Seattle/Washington/Northwest). All I have to do is drill in my 2" x 6"'s and call it a day. Thank the lawd!

Tham 10-08-2012 08:39 PM

Ah cool, I hope your new door is beautiful~!


post a pic if you get a chance i don't understand the "detail" but I'd like to.

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