Garage Door Questions

What size garage door do I need?

When it comes to buying a garage door, the first thing to consider is the size of your door. For many homes, a single-car garage door is 8 to 9 feet wide and 7 to 8 feet high. Double-car garage doors are typically 16 feet wide, with a height of 7 to 8 feet. If your garage is built to accommodate a taller vehicle, such as a heavy-duty truck or recreational vehicle, your garage door could be 10 feet tall or more.

If your garage door is a non-standard size, don’t worry! Royal Garage Door offers garage doors in a variety of sizes, and we also offer garage door collections that accommodate custom sizing.

What is my garage door budget? 

Budget is important for many homeowners considering a new garage door. The cost of a garage door depends on a variety of factors, including material, insulation, style, hardware, number of doors and sizes, and more. When choosing a budget, most homeowners primarily consider the importance of the door’s aesthetic appeal, whether the door needs to be insulated, and how durable the door should be.

What style garage door should I choose?

More than any other feature of your garage door, the choice of style should be based on your personal preference and home style. While some architectural styles tend to pair well with a specific garage door style — like modern architecture with full-view doors, or Victorian architecture with carriage-house doors — the choice is ultimately yours.

View our overviews of traditional raised-panel, carriage-house, and contemporary garage doors, then try a garage door on your home using our Door Imagination System.

What material should I choose for my garage door?

The material you choose for your garage door can be based on a combination of style preferences, maintenance considerations, and durability. Steel garage doors can be a great choice for durability, and our Ultra-Grain finish can provide the beautiful appearance of wood without the upkeep of natural wood.

When a natural look is the most important factor, nothing beats the classic look of a wood garage door. Royal Garage Door offers wood doors in a variety of species, from Redwood to Luan, with styles ranging from raised-panel to modern. If you are seeking a one-of-a-kind curb appeal, choose a fully custom handcrafted garage door that is sure to add your personality to your home’s exterior.

When clean lines and natural light is needed, aluminum and glass can be an excellent choice. Our full-view style doors can modernize your home while also helping to bring the outside in by providing plentiful sunlight — all while giving you just the right degree of privacy with a variety of glass obscurity options.

Should I choose an insulated garage door?

Energy costs are a consideration for every homeowner’s budget, yet many homeowners overlook the impact that an insulated garage door can have on both energy costs and comfort. With the garage being the largest entry to most homes, it is one of the most susceptible to heat loss, which makes it a good opportunity to increase energy efficiency.

Clopay’s Intellicore insulation expands to fill the entire garage door, providing industry-leading R-values (up to 20.4) for consistent comfort in adjacent rooms next to and above the garage. Looking for more information on Intellicore? View our Intellicore page or review the results of a consumer review of a new insulated Clopay garage door.

I do not have standard size door openings. Can Clopay create custom garage doors to fit my needs?

Standard residential door widths are 8′, 9′, 10′, 12′, 14′, 15′, 15’6″, 16′, and 18′. Some models can be custom ordered in 2″ increments (8’2″, 8’4″, 8’6″, etc.). Please call Royal Garage Door for custom garage doors width/model availability. Standard door heights are from 6′ to 8′ in 3″ increments, except for 7’3″. Most residential garage doors are now available in extended heights up to 16″. Check with Royal Garage Door for custom garage doors extended height/model availability.

For commercial garage doors headroom depends on model. Doors can be manufactured in 2” increments from 4’2” to 36’2” in width, and from 4’0” to 26’ High.

What should I do if my garage door opener remote is lost or stollen? 

Most homeowners have a spare garage door remote, which is great in a situation where one goes missing. If you have lost a garage door remote, it’s time to erase the lost remote from the memory of your opener and to reset the code. By erasing the memory and resetting the code, you ensure your lost garage door remote will no longer work. Erasing the memory and resetting the code on your garage door opener will secure your home and let you rest easy knowing that you, your home, and your family are all safe. While you’re waiting for your new garage door remote, you may have to open and close your garage door manually. Be sure to follow all safety precautions. If your garage door and opener are in good shape, opening and closing your door by hand should be easy.

If your door or opener are in need of maintenance or repair, you may find that your door is heavy or that it won’t stay open without support. Stay safe and call us at (913) 438-7305!

I hear a lot about r-value. What is it and is it important?

R-value is a measurement of thermal efficiency of a garage door, or how well it insulates. Insulation is an important factor to consider when purchasing a garage door. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your garage, or if you have a room directly above or adjacent to your garage, you will want to purchase a garage door that offers a high R-value. If your garage is not attached to your house, or you are not concerned with insulation, you can purchase a door with a lower R-value or no garage door insulation at all.

I am constructing a new garage; what size should the rough opening for my garage door be?

Depending on the type of construction, the finished opening should be the same size as the door you wish to purchase. The door fits against the opening from the inside. The rough opening should be finished with an exterior perimeter seal or stop molding to seal out rain and wind. Doors mounted to steel jambs are typically ordered 2” wider than the finished opening to allow for side seal application.

Can I paint my Clopay garage door? 

Both Clopay’s steel residential and commercial garage doors can be painted with any high quality exterior latex paint. Do not use an oil-based paint.

Feel free to give Royal Garage Door a call for special information regarding the painting process if you have or are interested in using a Coachman Collection garage door.

Wood garage doors must be painted/stained on all sides prior to installation. Most models are available factory primed. Clopay recommends wood garage doors be re-painted every 1 to 2 years (more frequent refinishing may be required in high moisture areas).

Can I fix my garage door myself?

Clopay garage doors are built to last, but some parts do occasionally wear out or become damaged. If you are reasonably handy and follow the detailed instructions in your installation manual, you can do some repairs yourself. Some of the parts that may require repair include rollers, bottom seal, hinges, lift handles, windows, and window inserts. However, we strongly recommend that replacing springs, door sections, tracks and operators be handled by a garage door professional.

Are replacement sections available for my garage door?

Sometimes. Some older garage doors were manufactured by companies that are no longer in business. There are also types of doors that have been discontinued by current manufacturers. However, sometimes we can still get you replacement sections! Replacement sections for Clopay steel garage doors and Clopay wood garage doors are available, provided we still manufacture the door model you own. If your door was manufactured in the last ten years, we can identify the model by referencing the 15-16 digital serial number located on the interior bottom section of the door.

Please note, exposure to the elements can alter the color of a garage door over time, so the replacement section may not be a perfect match.

Does Royal Garage Door offer reinforced garage doors for high wind areas?

Yes. These garage doors feature added steel reinforcement struts, upgraded springing, and heavy-duty commercial grade track and rollers to meet wind speeds and gusts from 75 mph to 170 mph. Ask us today about our Windcode Garage Doors!

Garage Door Opener Questions

My garage door won’t close and the lights flash.

  • The safety beam sensors are not connected; they are obstructed or they are misaligned.
  • There is a short or broken wire for the safety sensors.
  • The safety sensors are faulty.

The remote control will only close the garage door
The most common reason your remote control will not open the door is a weak or low battery. A low battery can greatly affect the range of your remote control. Replace the battery in your remote control.

How do I program my garage door opener remote?

The following instructions pertain to most remote controls. If you are not successful with these instructions, give us a call!

  1. Locate the Learn button on the garage door opener. Typically the Learn button is located on the same side as the antenna; you may need to remove the light lens. The Learn button may be green, orange, red, purple, or yellow with a small LED next to it.
  2. Press and release the Learn button.
  3. Within 30 seconds, press and hold the desired button on the remote control for three seconds. The LED indicator light will turn off or the garage door opener lights will blink indicating the programming was successful.
  4. Press the button on the remote control again, the garage door opener should activate. If not, repeat steps 3 and 4.