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Old 06-27-2022, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Garage door size - 20' vs 18'?

Other than a little more cost and probably longer order time, is there any disadvantage to a 20' garage door?
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Old 06-27-2022, 02:31 PM   #2
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If you'll be putting 2 vehicles in garage, I wouldn't go any less than 20'. It's not just getting them both inside but opening the doors between them that can become tight.
I wish I had built 2- 12' door openings.
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Old 06-27-2022, 02:38 PM   #3
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I owned a door business for several years and 18' is plenty, the extra weight of a 20' will be hard on your spring, rollers and hinges over the years. I just build a new home and have 3-9' doors and they work out great.
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Old 06-27-2022, 02:44 PM   #4
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I first had 2 doors drawn in, but builder recommended one double door. 18' puts the the vehicles a little close together, so I'd rather have 20' if we're going single door. Single door eliminates the post in between that always seems to attract a vehicle strike eventually.
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Old 06-27-2022, 02:59 PM   #5
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Make sure they use at least two springs on the door, not just the one like most are installing nowdays.

I have a 20’ and love it. If you plan on storing a SXS, truck, or full size SUV, look at height as well.

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Old 06-27-2022, 03:30 PM   #6
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Mine is 18'. It's fine. I park outside.
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Old 06-27-2022, 03:51 PM   #7
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^^^ that was kind of a joke, being that I park outside.

That said, the 18' door is plenty big for us to both park in the garage. The garage is 7' wider then the door. It relies on both of you being able to maneuver your vehicle, though.
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Old 06-27-2022, 04:14 PM   #8
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Yeah, we park outside currently and have an 18' door. With a full size truck and a medium size SUV, there's not a ton of room between the 2 if we did park in the garage with an 18' door. Our new house build is going to have a roomy garage, so I want to spread out a little.

We'll definitely make sure there are 2 springs on the door and that all the other hardware is good stuff. Builder says it's a 6 week wait for a 20' door. But we'll be waiting twice that long for our windows, so not an issue.
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Old 06-27-2022, 04:17 PM   #9
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I would do 2 @ 10'. Doors will operate better and last longer. Much easier to park 2 vehicles that way. Also will not have to worry about garage header sagging. It will make you garage bigger though.
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Old 06-27-2022, 04:34 PM   #10
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Standard when I was building was 16' but I always put in 18'. We have an 18' (and 9', 3 car garage) currently and it is plenty. I always drew the garages wide enough, which to me is the most important thing to having room. Without that, door width doesn't matter. Cost isn't the door only but also the glue lam or power beam used as the header. Not sure of the cost on those these days however. Make sure you go 8' height as well. If using a tire stop in the garage, go 4 ft if possible for the big truck.
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Old 06-27-2022, 05:09 PM   #11
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I would do 2 @ 10'. Doors will operate better and last longer. Much easier to park 2 vehicles that way. Also will not have to worry about garage header sagging. It will make you garage bigger though.
This is what we did in the last two builds. I had concerns of the header also sagging. Good idea mentioned above for the power/engineered beam.

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Old 06-27-2022, 06:40 PM   #12
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I have 2 10' doors. Its great. I had enough space to have 4' between each door.
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:10 PM   #13
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I had a 20 ft door on my last house.. Lambeam and 1/8 x 10 inch plate bolted to it with a 4 by 4 angle for the stone.. it still sagged. I'd do 2 10s or 3 if I had the room ..
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:14 PM   #14
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We went with 18x10 and currently park outside. So Im no help
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:06 PM   #15
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I would the same thing to you as to customers that ask about going with 16' gate instead of some thing smaller. Will any women be driving through it? Then bigger is always better. They still hit the gates but not as bad.
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:57 AM   #16
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If you have room I would agree that two 10 ft doors would be best cost wise. Garage direction and apron/driveway room will also come into play. Side entry garage would demand more driveway in front of it to maneuver into the smaller openings.
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:05 AM   #17
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We are currently building our home, and I am doing two 10x8 doors plus another 9x8. A 20 door will definitely have swag in the middle eventually.


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Old 06-28-2022, 09:10 AM   #18
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I have an 18' door and no issues.
A builder once pointed out the wind pressure issue if the door faces the South West.
Since mine faces East I wish I had done the 20'.
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Old 06-28-2022, 09:12 AM   #19
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We went with a 20 as well. With Bill Morris's help, we added 6 feet to the length of the garage as well to store the mower or ATV with a front side door.
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Old 06-28-2022, 09:45 AM   #20
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I did 2-10's w/ walk door between gives space to get in/out of vehicles.

20' is a BIG opening.
i.e if it is cold outside, being able to only open one side to get in/out
and keep a "comfortable" temp inside or not lose as much heat/cold.
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Old 06-28-2022, 10:52 AM   #21
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On my ship I did 18x12 door. I talked to a door guy who does industrial and he suggested this setup. It is a panel door (not a roll door) and is windstorm and insulated. The cross members on each panel are about 5x5 and it doesn’t say at all. The door is heavy so we went with an industrial Liftmaster opener.
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Old 06-28-2022, 11:49 AM   #22
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i did 18 on my custom home

it fit my tundra and my foxbody mustang no problem w room to spare.. just be sure to go w the taller and not the std height
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Old 06-28-2022, 01:09 PM   #23
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If there is ANY way, I would do individual doors and do 10 wide doors at that. We have (2) 7x9 doors and it can be tight with a full size truck.

Also if you are planning to park a truck of any size, make it 25 deep and no less than 12 wide with an 8 tall door.


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Old 06-28-2022, 01:20 PM   #24
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Other than a little more cost and probably longer order time, is there any disadvantage to a 20' garage door?
Nope we did it, worth every penny.
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