Designing a Custom Garage Door

Step 4. Choose Panel Style

    • Flat Panel Garage Doors – The look of American garage doors from the 1930 – 1960’s. Oftentimes found on contemporary homes.

Flat Panel Garage Doors

  • Raised Panel Garage Doors – The three-dimensional look of American garage doors from the 1960’s through 1970’s.
    • Long panels add to home’s overall appearance by giving depth and distinction to the door.
    • Short Raised panels are often used in Victorian styles with intricately details trims as well as colonial and Tudor homes.

    Raised Panel Garage Doors

  • Simulated Wood Grain Textured Panels Garage Doors

Simulated wood grain textured panels
NOTE: Glued Panels

Glued panels have a tendency to crack over time due to woods’ seasonal expansion and contraction. Therefore, a maximum panel width of 28” is recommended. (Make sure manufacturer does not glue the flat panels. The flat panels should be set so that they float freely within the rail and stile framework, allowing expansion and contraction with minimal interference.)

Choose Layout Options

Just as garage doors come in different types, so do the layouts of the sections that make up a garage door.

Sectional Overhead Door Layouts– A section is a horizontal row of the door and depending on the height of your garage door opening you might need between 4 to 5 sections.

Flat Sections can have an embossed texture or no embossment.

Paneled Sections come wide variety sections depending on their width, single and double doors start at 2 panels per door and go to 8 or more depending on the manufacturer.

Single Garage Door

4 section – 2 panel and 4 panel
Single panel garage door

Double Garage Door

4 section – 4 panel and 8 panel
double panel garage door

Designing your Garage Door

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