Limited Space for Overhead Door? Creative Approaches to Installing an Automatic Opener

In Elk Grove, California, space is tight, especially when it comes to garage doors. When it comes to garage door opener installation, many of our customers don’t think they have the space. Their garages lack the overhead room to allow for an opener in addition to the space required for the garage door to move. At least that’s what they assume. We’re glad they think to bring it up. About 99% of the time, we can usually find a creative solution and install an opener in a tight spot.

Don’t think you have enough headroom to install an overhead door with a functional garage door opener? Think again. You just need to get creative. For the majority of torsion or extension spring door systems, you’ll need at least 4 ¾ inches (121 mm) above the door in order to install an opener the traditional way. An overhead garage door opener will typically require 2 inches (51 mm).

But don’t worry if this space isn’t available. (This is a fairly common problem in Elk Grove, California, where confined real estate options often mean smaller than usual garages.)

Garage Door Opener Alternatives for Limited Overhead Space

What you can do is install an opener on the side of the garage instead of your traditional overhead. This works just as well, but will naturally take up what could otherwise be storage space on the side. You’ll also need to be extra careful when backing out not to swipe it with your car.

Creative Carpentry

Another option is to hire a resourceful carpenter. to lower the header so you have enough space. Most sectional doors require between 18 and 24 inches (46 and 61 cm) to curve along the track.

If you’ve got any questions about installing your overhead garage door with limited space, give us a call. We’d be happy to help with a free consultation.