How to Measure for Your New Commercial Door
How to measure your finished frame
Use the drawing and instructions below to measure your garage door. Take these measurements and call us to purchase the garage door that is right for you.
Step #1 Measure the width and height of the door opening in feet and inches, which will determine the garage door size you need. The rough opening should be the same size as the door.
Step #2 Measure for sideroom - 3-3/4" is required on each side for installation of the vertical track for standard extension springs, standard torsion springs and the EZ-SET® Torsion Spring System; 5-1/2" for EZ-SET Extension Spring System.
Step #3 Measure area labeled "headroom" – distance between the top of the door opening ("jamb header") and the ceiling (or floor joist). 10" is required for the standard extension spring or EZ-SET Extension Spring System, while 12" is required for standard torsion spring and EZ-SET Torsion Spring System. If you have restricted headroom, special hardware is available. Additional headroom is required for installation of an automatic garage door opener. NOTE: If door height extends above the opening, the headroom measurement should be adjusted proportionately.
Step #4 Measure area labeled "backroom" – distance is measured from the garage door opening toward the back wall of the garage. Door height plus 18" is required. Additional back room may be required for installation of an automatic garage door opener.
Additional items to observe:
- Verify electrical outlet for door opener use.
- Note any lights or stairs in the way.
- Verify all jambs are in good condition, header is stable.
- Verify the level of the floor. Was the previous door a custom fit?
- Note any pipes, ductwork, etc. above the door that might obstruct operation of the door.