With the constant shift of car shapes and sizes as your family grows on top of storage requirements, ensuring you have the perfect, secure garage to hold everything as your needs change is crucial. But not to worry, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of options to help set you on the right path!
Garage Width. – The most common garage layout found on homes is a standard two-car garage. Equipped with a single door, generally 12 to 18 feet wide, that allows for to vehicles of the same or different sizes. An alternative garage layout is a two-car split down the middle with a vertical bean and two smaller doors (starting at 8-feet wide) on either side. This is a sleek aesthetic that is visually pleasing but may bump up costs with the required dual door setup and door openers.
Short vs Tall. – The standard height for garage door is 7 feet tall, which works perfectly for most vehicles. However, if you have a taller truck or a jeep or have an installed roof rack or cargo carrier, you will need to opt for something taller. Raise the hight to 8 or 9 feet to insure proper clearance. A taller ceiling will also allow for overhead storage racks.
Door Material. – Although it’s not the first thing you think of, the door material used can make a big impact. Steel garage door panels are the most popular and start at 1/8-inch think with no insulation and can be as think as 1 1/2 inches think with a piece of foam in between the layers. Additionally, they may be a combination of wood, glass, vinyl or fiberglass.
How do you know if the garage door is Hurricane Rated? – Yes, that’s a thing in Florida. To start, you want to look at the garage door and search for a wind load sticker. This sticker will usually have the manufacturer’s name, model number and design pressures listed.