It feels like a lot about this project is a FINALLY, but that’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about the garage doors!
Like most elements of this build, we went with an option that was budget-friendly and would be low maintenance over time.
These carriage style doors are easy to replicate, and you can add hardware to your existing door if you want that look! Paul and I both agree that the hardware is a great touch on the white door. We had several of you suggest a stained wood door or that look, but we wanted the exterior to stay consistent and bright.
We live in the Midwest where the temperatures fluctuate to the extreme. The garage has heated floors like the house, so we got doors with extra insulation.
If you’re considering a build and have the space, the doors are 10’ wide x 8’ tall. This adds cost, but also makes it easier for larger vehicles. We are using the garage as our shop too so there will be small equipment in and out of it.
Windows are 100% must haves in my opinion. The look of them feels more inviting and they allow natural light into the space. We actually plan to spend a decent amount of time out there!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed choosing a door style, here are a few tips:
- Before you start, decide how much ongoing maintenance you want with a door. That will help you decide what material to look for in a door.
- Get online and start designing your door. We went through Menards and you can design your door along with getting a price on their website or app.
- If the door you want most is out of your budget, decide on other things that you’re comfortable cutting out of your build, or think of how you can design a door with a similar look to the one that you want. I went with a design that had the look and feel of what I would have ultimately picked.
Link to the Menards Design Center for Garage Doors
Specs For The Doors:
Designer Steel Panel – Best
Garage Door Width = More Sizes
Garage Door Height = More Sizes
Assembly Type = Complete Door
WindCode Rating = W0 – Most locations
Panel Design = Short Designer Panel
Color = White
Insulation R-Value = 18.4 R-Value 2″ Thick Intellicore
Door Model = MR2SU
Window Type = Designer – Long
Windows = SQ24
Glass Style = Clear Glass
Glass Type = Insulated
Opener Ready = Yes
Headroom Available = Significant Headroom (33″+)
Track Size – Mount = 2″ Bracket Mount Track
Track Lift = High Lift
Track Radius = Residential High Lift
Amount of High Lift = 15″
Spring = Standard Torsion
Headroom Required = 12″
Lock = Inside Slide Lock
Type of Reinforcement Strut = 2-1/4″ Strut
Standard Struts – number = 0
Standard Reinforcement Struts = 0 Struts
Additional Reinforcement Struts = 1
Hinge and Roller Hardware = Standard Hardware
Decorative Hardware = Yes
Decorative Hardware Collection = Spade
Lift Handles = 1 Set Standard Spade Vertical Lift Handles
Step Plate = 1 Standard Spade Horizontal Step Plate
Decorative Hinges = 4 Spade Strap Hinges
What would I have gone with if budget wasn’t as big of a consideration? Custom doors from this company. Take a look!
Need something even more budget-friendly or you don’t want to replace your existing doors?
I added several options (including magnetic) to our Amazon store. Shop using the link below.
Watch the install videos for more detail
Tell us in the comments! What is your favorite garage door design?