Summer is coming. That’s when your mind turns to those outdoor projects you’ve been putting off, like building that shed or small garage you’ve been needing to house your lawn mower and gardening tools. The question is whether you can purchase a shed garage door in a small enough size.
You don’t have to sacrifice a cohesive appearance when installing garage doors for sheds or small garages. Don’t settle for basic white. Here this shed’s black garage door makes it look like it was meant to be an extension of the house! Here is the Moderno 2 beads design, 6’ x 7’ for the shed and 10’ x 8’ for the attached garage, both in Black.
Are you building or remodeling a backyard shed, or are you having one built? If you have the time and want to build it alone or with friends, you can find 15 helpful tips from the people over at House Digest.
You need a small garage door when you build a backyard shed. A standard door won’t work on your small backyard shed. Luckily, there are small garage doors available to fit your small projects.
Standard garage door sizes aren’t always what you need when installing a garage door. Some of the most popular sizes are over 7 feet tall. Luckily, there are many other sizes available.
Garaga can provide custom-sized residential garage doors for your project. Do you need a small 4-foot-wide door that only stands 6 feet tall? Or perhaps you need a large door closer to 20-feet-wide and 12 feet high. Garaga can provide widths within the nearest inch of the measurement you need and heights that you measure in one-inch or three-inch increments.
When you have a narrow shed, finding the right size door can be difficult. Garaga makes doors for small garages or sheds that are only four feet wide.
Every Garaga garage door is custom-made regardless of the size you need. You won’t be charged extra for requesting the dimensions you need. A custom garage door could be exactly what you need if you have a small garden shed or a medium-sized detached garage.
Find out why you should install a small garage door the size and design you want on your shed.
Have you considered an insulated garage door for your small garage or shed?
How often will you be in your shed? Do you use it just for storage, or do you use it for a living area? Will it be your play space or workspace? Perhaps, you plan to use it as a guest bedroom for visiting family and friends.
Regardless of how you plan to use your small shed, you want to beware of extreme temperature changes. If you’re storing items inside, they can be damaged or even ruined if the temperature changes suddenly. If you use your shed as a personal space to spend time within, you might feel cold or hot inside. Humidity within your shed can cause damage to your items or could cause illness if you spend too much time exposed to the moisture.
These six tips for preventing humidity problems in your shed have been provided by SFGATE. Tips for dealing with the humidity inside your shed include something as simple as allowing fresh air inside. You could also consider using a dehumidifier.
Should you heat your shed?
The R-value of your garage door varies depending on if you are heating your shed or not. What’s the R-value? It’s the resistance to heat flow. A higher R-value will indicate better insulation. The thickness of the door and the insulating material used within it determine the R-value. Insulation values differ depending on the design of your garage door.
- A heated shed requires an R-value of at least R-12 for your garage door to be properly insulated. Heated sheds benefit from the three-layer, polyurethane insulated doors.
- An unheated shed doesn’t require the same kind of insulation. A non-insulated or polystyrene (Styrofoam) insulated garage door could be good enough for a shed or small garage without heat.
Overhead garage doors from the Village Collection
The Village Collection garage doors is an American-made collection of garage doors that feature polystyrene insulation if they have any insulation in them. Some Village Collection garage doors are non-insulated. These doors, with their simple embossed patterns, have a rustic vibe, and they work well in non-heated applications.
The Village Collection is available in two styles. Traditional or Carriage House styles are available in 10 different designs, and you can select from nine colors.
Are you looking for something to make your summer toys more accessible within your shed? Perhaps your vacation cottage could use a shed to house your pool supplies. The Village Collection garage doors are non-insulated or insulated with Styrofoam, so they are great for a detached shed or garage that doesn’t need to be heated. Here is the Village Collection I-2 design, Flat base, 5’ x 6’, White, Satin window.
How are Vantage overhead garage doors constructed?
Vantage garage doors are built with energy efficiency in mind. The doors are 2” thick, 3-layer style doors. What does 3-layer style mean? There is a layer of polystyrene insulation between two steel walls.
This garage door has a beautiful woodgrain finish, but would you believe it’s actually made from steel on both sides? Can you imagine storing your gardening supplies or summer games inside a shed with this beautiful door on it? Here is the 7’ x 7' Iron Ore Walnut with Orion 4 lite windows.
Have you seen the Acadia 138 garage door models?
The polyurethane-insulated Acadia 138 garage doors offer the thermal resistance of an R-12 insulated door. Polyurethane is a foam injected into these garage doors, and in comparison with polystyrene, polyurethane has two times as much flexion resistance. In layman’s terms, that means the polyurethane provides more insulation than the polystyrene helping to keep your shed at a more comfortable temperature.
When comparing garage doors of equal thicknesses, a polyurethane-insulated door has the best thermal insulation. If you plan to use your shed for a workspace, or a hobby area, you want the best thermal insulated doors available. With these doors, you can choose to open the garage door on a pretty day or keep it closed for added warmth on a cold or rainy day. Here is the Acadia 138 in the Classic CC design, 5' x 7', Ice White.
When selecting the appropriate kind of insulation for your project, contact a garage door specialist. These professionals can explain why the R-level is essential and help you select the proper option for your outdoor build.
Effectively heating a shed
Are you looking for practical and cost-effective ways to heat a shed? Shed Windows and More offers seven tips for heating your shed. Here’s a preview of those tips.
- A well-insulated shed helps to keep the water and cold air at bay.
- Have you ever gone off and left your heat on inside your shed? You might consider adding an energy-efficient thermostat or a timer to your heating system.
- Are you looking for portable heat? Perhaps you should consider a heating source like a small radiator or fan heater.
- Are you looking to add style or a rustic flair? A wood-burning stove adds inviting warmth with a rustic appearance.
For a rustic touch that blends nicely with the natural materials of this shed’s interior, they’ve added a lovely wood-burning stove to the space. The coziness of an old-fashioned wood-burning stove is unmatched. Why not consider adding heat and atmosphere by incorporating a wood-burning stove in your shed? Image from Unsplash.
Should you consider a sectional garage door for your shed? Here are two advantages to that option.
1. Storage, storage, and more storage
Do you have a lot of seasonal decorations that seem to have no place within your home? What do you do with the beach accessories or lake toys that only get used in the summertime? What about your patio furniture or lawn mower?
If you don’t want to turn your world upside down when the seasons change, you might consider having dedicated storage for them. After all, if you only use them once a year, do they need to take up space inside the house that could be used for items you use more often?
With a sectional overhead garage door on your outdoor shed, you can utilize the storage space that your shed provides. Organized belongings are easier to find and more likely to be used. Why not have them all put neatly in one location?
2. A wider door opening provides easier access
Do you have larger items that need to be stored in your outdoor shed? A traditional door on a shed is small and limits your access. A sectional overhead garage door can help you gain better access to your space.
Do you use your shed to store your patio furniture? Your lawn mower? Have you been struggling to get those items in or out of your shed through a traditional door? Adding an overhead garage door is an ideal way to make your task easier, and the added bonus is that you are less likely to scratch your items or your walls when using a garage door.
A garage door opener makes opening your garage door as easy as one click
When you want to install a garage door opener along with your garage door, you want the best model of garage door opener available for your shed.
The LiftMaster 8355W includes myQ technology, allowing you to use your smartphone to monitor your garage door remotely. This garage door opener is a trolley-type design known for being quiet and reliable.
- An overhead central garage door opener shaped like a trolley
A trolley, designed for low headroom, works best with a standard lift garage door. Typically, sheds use the standard lift-style garage door. From a technical perspective, a trolley design is the best option for your shed or small garage.
A trolley-style electric garage door opener mounts on the ceiling of your building. The opener is aligned in the center of the door, and the motor raises and lowers the door.
- A wall-mounted garage door opener known as a jackshaft
A jackshaft, or wall-mounted garage door opener, could be a good option if you need the ceiling space for storage. The garage door opener secures to the side of the garage door.
A jackshaft garage door opener is best with high-lift garage doors, but it can be used with all types of lifts. That is one difference.
The kind of garage door opener you need somewhat depends on your building size. Don't hesitate to get in touch with a professional to learn more about garage door openers and types of lifts. Their assistance can be beneficial when choosing between the multiple available models.
Accessories from LiftMaster
The addition of a pull chain or lift handles gives you the ability to open and close your garage door manually. Sometimes these additions can make opening the garage door easier from the inside as well as the outside. Not to mention, if your electricity is out, you can still access your belongings when you have these accessories installed.
Installing inside locks helps prevent intruders from entering your shed, allowing you more security.
Do you often feel like it’s a struggle to get your lawn mower or recreational vehicle into the shed or small detached garage? With a wide opening like this garage door, you can easily store those large items and get them when you need them. Here is the Classic MIX design, 8’ x 7’, Charcoal.
Select a garage door that makes your shed look like it was built for your house
You don’t have to settle for a plain white garage door when you are constructing your backyard shed or small garage. Small garage doors, like the garage doors on your attached garage, are available in several colors and designs. So, you have the option to select a design that matches or complements the design of the garage doors on your house.
Customization for your garage door for your shed
Gorgeous windows made from different types of glass and accented with decorative grid inserts built into your garage doors allow natural light to permeate your shed. Using different kinds of glass—like that with textures, lines, or a satin-like surface—is a beautiful way to add personality and interest to a simple backyard shed.
Allow light inside your shed while obscuring the interior view by using our Sandblast glass. The option is great for those who value their privacy while working or have valuables stored inside the building.
- Decorative hardware
Decorative hardware is a beautiful way to make your shed stand out from the crowd. Choosing a unique hardware design emphasizes the beauty of the garage doors you have chosen for your shed and house.
Install decorative hardware on your garage doors yourself. Decorative hinges, door pulls, and door knockers will make your garage door stand out as an extension of your design style.
>Choosing design elements such as windows in the same colors as those on your house is a good way to personalize your garage door shed. The decorative hardware shown here adds another rustic touch to enhance this shed’s appearance. The Eastman E-22 design, 6’ x 7’, Moka Brown door, and Ice White overlays with four vertical lite Panoramic windows add a punch of interest to this lovely home.
It’s time to decide whether to match your small sectional garage door to your house or install a plain white overhead door on your shed.
Custom-made garage doors are the way to go if you need a small size for your detached garage or garden shed. With sizes as small as 4 x 6 available, even the smallest backyard oasis can be made accessible. Why not consider the options available to you?
Match your shed to your house with a customized garage door
Our job is even easier if you already have a Garaga garage door on your house. Unless you plan to change your home’s garage door, we can simply duplicate the design and color for the garage door we install on your shed.
With over 35 designs and ten colors available, the selection of residential garage doors available to you allows you to customize your garage door for your shed. A-1 Overhead Door Systems classified our garage door designs into the three most popular house styles:
- Timeless. If you are longing for a hint of classic design, look for our Traditional style.
- For the truly modern design style, the clean lines of our Contemporary style are just the ticket.
- If you long for days of old, our Carriage House style will likely appeal to you.
If you aren’t quite sure which design is right for you, our Design Centre allows you to experiment with designs and colors. Once you find the look you like, request a free quote via email!
Discuss the technical aspects of choosing a garage door for your shed with one of our garage door experts.
To discuss garage door sizes and garage door opener selection, contact A-1 Overhead Door Systems. We can use our knowledge to help you choose the right garage door for your project.
Call 978-342-3344 to discuss your options today!
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