Building a Shed? Have a Small Garage? Learn About the Best Garage Doors to Fit

Are you thinking about the next project you’re going to do? Maybe the idea of installing a small garage or shed has passed your mind a time or two. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about switching up the functionality of an existing shed using an overhead garage door. Before you decide on the type of shed garage door you want, you may want to know whether they come in sizes that work for you. Read on and find out all the possibilities on the market.

These garage doors are in the Moderno 2 beads design, 6' x 7' and 10' x 8', Black, window layout: Right-side Harmony.

Black is a color that can work for all sorts of styles. It can make a garage door for small garages or sheds look more appealing than white in some cases. No matter the color of your home garage door, you can replicate it on a shed and get a style that matches. Like the one shown here? Ask about the 6’ x 7’ shed or 10’ x 8’ attached garage Moderno 2 beads design. Try both garage doors in a hue of your choice!

Some will want to hire a professional for a shed. Others may want to handle it on their own or with friends. Consider all the options before deciding. If you have the time and want to build it alone or with friends, check out the 15 tips from House Digest, compiled by a team of garden and home media editors and writers.

Can Sheds Use Garage Doors? Do Shed Garage Doors Come in Small Sizes? Garage Doors Do!

The typical garage door sizes aren’t the only options you have. It might seem that doors that measure 6’6” and 7’0” are the only choices. That isn’t true, there are tons of options that aren’t as common to see.

At ACS Door Services of Omaha, our residential Garaga garage doors are made to meet your needs, whether that’s four-foot-wide, 20-foot wide, or something in the middle. The same applies to the height of garage doors from six to 12 feet, so you have options to choose from. Select custom sizes so there’s less work and cost since the frame won’t need changes.

Choose what works for you from narrow and wider garage doors for sheds and small garages!

You won’t pay more to get the measurements you need with these garage doors. It doesn’t matter if you want a 4’ x 4’ garage door that is used for a chicken coop or a larger 6’ x 4’ garage door to use on your storage shed. Every one is made custom so there’s no need to stress over the cost.

Now that you know, install a small garage door the size and design you want on your shed. Get the details on why a shed or small garage necessitates a garage door.

What About Insulation? Does My Detached Small Garage Door Need It? How About My Shed?

The first thing to think about is how often you’ll use the shed. Every day? Once a week? Only occasionally? Then consider what the purpose will be. Storage? Workspace? An area for respite?

When temperatures get brisk, the inside of the shed will be cold. It can also lead to damage to items stored there. Condensation is common and may make the space more moist than you desire.

There are options to deal with these things. SFGATE offers 6 tips for preventing humidity problems in your shed. Try various options, including fresh outdoor air, caulk, vents, a dehumidifier, calcium chloride buckets, or even a fan in the window.

To Heat or Not to Heat

First up, you need to be aware of the R-value of your garage door. This means how resistant the garage door is to the flow of heat. The thickness and material used in the garage door insulation will determine how well it stores heat or cold air. The higher R-values are better at doing this to keep things comfortable.

  • Heated sheds should have a garage door with an R-12 or higher to get the optimal results.
  • Unheated sheds can go without insulation on garage doors. The other choice is a Styrofoam (polystyrene) insulated garage door.

Option One: Overhead Garage Doors from the Village Collection

The Village Collection garage doors come in two styles, both of which are made in the United States. Try non-insulated garage doors or go with Styrofoam insulation. What makes these unique are the embossed patterns, which add a dose of style.

Think about whether you want a Carriage House or a Traditional garage door. Then you can select from 10 designs and nine pleasing colors.

This garage door is in the Village I-2 Layout design, Flat base, 5' x 6', White, Satin window.

Where do you and the family spend your time when the sun is beating down? If you have a special space, why not have a shed for all the items you use on the water. Add pool supplies, jet skis, and more so they never get lost. One option is the Village Collection I-2 design with a flat base. It measures 5’ x 6’ in white with a satin window. These garage doors can be free of insulation or include polystyrene insulation and work well for sheds and freestanding garages.

Option Two: Overhead Garage Doors from Vantage

When the most important thing is conserving energy, you can’t do better than Vantage garage doors. These have Styrofoam insulation between two walls of steel for three layers of protection for sheds in a two-inch-wide package.

This garage door is in the Standard+ Shaker-Flat CC design, 7' x 7', Iron Ore Walnut, Orion 4 lite windows.

Steel on each side and a finish that looks like wood ensure this garage door has an aesthetic that works with the surroundings. Use the shed to store gardening tools or whatever else you need. The garage door pictured measures 7' x 7' in Iron Ore Walnut and includes Orion 4 lite windows.

Option Three: Models of Garage Doors from Acadia 138

Insulated with polyurethane, the Acadia 138 garage doors hit that sweet spot of R-12 resistance. This version of insulation sticks to the doors and delivers a high amount of resistance compared to other types of garage doors.

This garage door is in the Acadia 138 Classic CC design, 5' x 7', Ice White.

When you consider thickness, insulation made of polyurethane has the best thermal insulation for garage doors of all others. It’s a great option for sheds used on a daily or regular basis. When it’s warm out, keep the small garage door open to enjoy the wind. On chilly days, keep it closed and retain the heat. This is an example of the Acadia 138 in the Classic CC design in a 5' x 7' size and Ice White color.

Contact a garage door specialist to get more information about R-level, insulation, and more. Any experts will be happy to give you information to help you choose the right items for your project.

Options to Warm Up Your Shed

The experts at Shed Windows and More have a total of seven practical and cost-effective ways to heat a shed. This American-operated and owned company offers building materials for outdoor projects. Some of the tips you can use include:

  • Place a wood-burning stove in a shed and get warmth and a great style all in one purchase.
  • Consider portable choices like small radiators and small fan heaters.
  • Select a thermostat or time to remind you to turn off the heat and save some energy.
  • Above all else, make sure your shed is well insulated to keep water and cold air out.

A wood-burning stove that is warming a shed and adding a cozy ambiance.

What about an old-school stove that burns wood for your shed? It gives you great heat and a comfortable environment. Check out the materials and how they fit well with the interior. Image from Unsplash.

What to Expect from Sheds with Sectional Garage Doors

1. Better level of space to store belongings

What kind of items are in your home that you seldom use? Think about summer yard items, decorations for holidays, and other things. It can be stressful to find them and get them where they need to be when the time comes. Storing them somewhere easy to access can save space in the home while keeping things handy.

Adding a sectional overhead garage door for a shed is a great way to add storage space to the garage and keep things in order. All those extra items will be in one place and easy to pull out and put back in.

2. Expanded door opening for moving things around

Even if it’s small, a sectional overhead garage door on a shed offers an expanded opening compared to a traditional door. This means you can get to all your belongings and move them with ease. Getting out large items is simple and you won’t run the risk of damaging any part of the shed. It’s super useful when you need to move items fast!

Is a Garage Door Opener Needed for a Shed Garage Door?

Have you thought about the benefits of a garage door opener when you add a new garage door? It might be convenient, but you need to think about what model of garage door opener works best for a shed?

Browse the different features of this garage door opener model LiftMaster 8355W.

This trolley-type garage door opener is sleek and modern with a great aesthetic. When you want a quiet and dependable option, consider the LiftMaster 8355W. Check out the myQ technology, which lets you check on the garage door using a smartphone or tablet. What a great feature!

  • Consider an overhead central or trolley garage door opener

    When it comes down to technical ability, the best choice is a trolley. It’s made for low headroom and is the top choice for a standard lift garage door – which is what you’ll use for a shed garage door.

    Powered by electricity, the garage door mounted on the ceiling at the center of the garage. It operates to lift the door up or down using a motor.

  • Check out wall-mounted or jackshaft garage door openers

    On the flip side, maybe you hate maintenance and like to store things up high. In that case, a jackshaft garage door opener sits on the wall near the door. Plus, it’s used on any door lift. It’s especially useful with high-lift garage doors.

Everyone will have different requirements for a garage door opener for a shed based on the building and its size, so what’s good for one person might not be great for the next. When you need more information about things like types of lift, please contact a professional. This ensures you have the advice you need to choose the best model for your shed.

What About Extra LiftMaster Products?

For those who like a manual operating garage door on the shed, there’s nothing better than a pull chains or lift handles to streamline the process. Another option is putting in inside locks to secure and protect the shed or small garage.

This garage door is in the Classic MIX design, 8' x 7', Charcoal.

Check out the size of this garage door! It could fit a big lawnmower, recreational vehicle, or tractor. Move things in and out with ease through the extra-wide opening. Take a look at this garage door in the 8’ x 7’ Classic MIX design in a charcoal hue.

Complement, Match, or Otherwise Make Your Home Part of the Design

Now that you know how many small garage doors exist for sheds– consider other options. These garage doors come in dozens of colors and designs. There’s no reason to go with plain white unless you want it. Consider a garage door design that complements or matches your home to make them look like they were created to work with each other.

Customize Your Shed Garage Door to Match Your Daydreams!

  • Windows

    Add some gorgeous windows to the shed garage door to bring in light. You can choose from a variety of different types of glass to make your dreams from true. Go with glass that has a satin surface, lines, textures, and more. Another option is installing decorative grid inserts on the outside. Make your shed look amazing and stand out from others.

    Consider Sandblast which lets you have privacy while light can shine in. Neighbors can’t see in to determine what you’re storing but you can enjoy the sunlight on your face as you work or play.

  • Decorative hardware

    Placing decorative hardware is another option to spruce things up a little on a shed. Choose a style that fits your vision and current garage door design. The best part is that for many items like door knockers and hinges you can install decorative hardware all on your own.

These garage doors are in Eastman E-22 design, 6' x 7', Dark Sand doors and Desert Sand overlays, Arch Overlay with Panoramic 4 vertical lite windows.

Personalizing the garage door shed is just as easy as the attached garage on your home. In these photos, the same design is used on both to make them match. Check out the rustic feel through the use of the same color and design. The hardware is decorative and adds an extra layer of charm. This comes in a 6’ x 7’ Eastman E-22 design with Ice White overlays and a Moka Brown door along with four vertical lite Panoramic windows.

Go Simple, Complementary, or Another Direction with a Shed Overhead Garage Door

Since you now realize that small garage doors come in all sorts of styles, that you can have them made custom for your shed or small garage size, and that a professional can install them, there are a few options to be aware of.

Totally Updated Garage Doors for Sheds and Homes

For people who already have a garage door by Garaga, you have options. It’s simple to use that color and design on a shed to keep the home and storage space complementary.

ACS Door Services of Omaha provides a huge variety of residential garage doors in over 10 colors and more than 35 designs. To make it even easier, they’re all categorized into the 3 most popular house styles:

  • Try Traditional style for a shed garage door that will never go out of style. Totally timeless, these have simple and classic details.
  • Consider Contemporary style for cleaner lines and a match with modern buildings.
  • Give Carriage House style a whirl for a style from the past that is sure to look exceptional.

Prefer to look at your options? Check out our Design Centre and flip through different colors and styles based on your home. Try out features like windows and then request a free quote via email!

Reach out to garage door professionals for all your questions!

When it comes to questions about sizes of garage doors and garage door opener selection, contact ACS Door Services of Omaha. We’ll provide answers and help you choose the best items to meet your specific needs.

Call us today at 402-333-8988!

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