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What is the code minimum ceiling height for a garage?
Monday, November 15, 2021
There is no building code minimum height specification for a garage ceiling. But because a garage nowdays has a motorized overhead garage door, the height of the door combined with the headroom necessary for the track gives you a minimum ceiling height. So a standard 7-foot garage door plus the minimum 14-inches headroom necessary for the track installation means you need a minimum ceiling of 8-foot 2-inches.
But there is some wiggle-room. “A 'low headroom' track configuration is an option with most doors and can reduce the headroom requirement to as little as 8-inches above the door height,” according to Ed Hoeft, of Lester’s Garage Doors, in Gainesville, Florida. “But, in my opinion, this type of installation causes the door to operate poorly and often ends up requiring more service."
If you are working with an existing low ceiling, a shorter garage door is one option to consider. The doors are available in 3-inch height increments, with the exception of 7-foot 3-inches. So you could order a garage door that is the existing ceiling height minus 14-inches and be good.
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Track photo - Ed Hoeft, Lester’s Garage Doors
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