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Old 07-10-2006, 12:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone make a 4 foot wide garage door? I want to bring my motorcycle in from the side of my garage so I dont have to back out a car or truck to get in/out of the garage.

Thanks, Joe
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Old 07-10-2006, 12:49 PM   #2
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I am planning on installing a 7 wide by 7 high steel roll-up door on the side of my 30x50 pole barn so that I can pull in my John Deere tractor inside without pulling out my motor home and car hauler trailer.

I would suggest that you special order and install a 48 steel mandoor. You can get one in 6 8, 7, or 8 height. http://www.doormartusa.com/doormart/...&idcategory=66
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:09 PM   #3
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A sheet type roll up door like used in mini storage units, available in nearly any width and height.

Contact the various garage door makers, they might be willing to custom make a narrow door for you also.

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Old 07-10-2006, 01:27 PM   #4
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A sheet type roll up door like used in mini storage units, available in nearly any width and height.

Contact the various garage door makers, they might be willing to custom make a narrow door for you also.

Charles

Just call a garage door manufacturer they can make you a door pretty much any size you want. You will likely pay for the next size up and they will just cut it doen the size you want.

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Old 07-10-2006, 02:16 PM   #5
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Does anyone make a 4 foot wide garage door? I want to bring my motorcycle in from the side of my garage so I dont have to back out a car or truck to get in/out of the garage.

Thanks, Joe
I wish I had made my "man door" 48" wide. (only 36" now)
If it was 48" wide, I could roll my engine stand (with engine(s) attached) in and out without having to "jockey" the darn thing all over the place.

48" hinged doors, pre-hung with casing, are readily available at most building supply stores. (and cheaper than "roll-ups")
One of these days ....
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Old 07-10-2006, 06:53 PM   #6
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I don't think I've ever seen a 4' wide overhead door. I just looked through our overhead door catalogs at work and the the narrowest that I see is 8'. Unless you want to go through the excercise of building your own overhead door, I think Digger Dave is on the right track.

How about a pair of 3'-0" wide hinged doors? They have a few positives going in their favor:
1. They're usually a stock item (more so than a single 4'-0" door).
2. They're likely less expensive than the other options listed.
3. They allow more flexibilty for use. You know as soon as you put in a 4' door, you're going to want to take something 4'-0 1/2" wide through it.
4. A 3'-0" door weighs less than a 4'-0" door. That puts a lot less wear and tear on the hinges and frame.
5. More likely to find a pair that matches the other doors on your house.

Two disadvantages:
1. You lose 2'-0" of wall space compared to the 4'-0" door.
2. You need a longer (potentially deeper) strucutral header when you cut in the opening.

Just a couple of thoughts. Let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 07-10-2006, 07:30 PM   #7
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They can make you an overhead door any size you need. They don't list them in catalogs but they can do it. We put them on alot of upper end golf homes for the golf carts.

I'm not sure I'd like to have the threshold that comes with most double entry doors, nor or they very secure in my opinion. Plus you can't motorize them.

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Old 07-10-2006, 08:30 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone, allot of good ideas were given I had not thought of.

This is a great site!
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Old 07-12-2006, 05:40 AM   #9
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I saw some of the steel roll up doors cheap on ebay the other day. They may still be there.

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Old 07-14-2006, 06:49 AM   #10
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A 4' door is easily made from a larger unit. Ask you local garage door guys if they have any scratch and dent doors they want to get rid of cheap and you can cut it down to size and recap one of the ends.

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Yup, my Bud did one from a salvage door, made it 5 ft wide. Easy.
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:26 PM   #12
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Just call a garage door manufacturer they can make you a door pretty much any size you want. You will likely pay for the next size up and they will just cut it doen the size you want.

Jimmy
Thanks for the idea. I have been doing some calling this week and that is the best option.

440.00 from a local Anderson dealer. Two inch thick and insulated.

Home Depot wanted 687.00 for a clopay custom order.

I also checked on the roll up and it was 312.00 and not insulated.

A double man door was going to be 410.00

I appreciate everyones help.

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Old 07-23-2006, 09:11 AM   #13
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I ordered a double door with a removeable astricle(spl?)(divider).

99% of the time it's used as a standard door like in the picture saving the heat in the winter. If I want to roll something big inside it only takes a few seconds to convert it to wide open.
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:03 AM   #14
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i agree with tommy. i built a house in '87 and put in a 5'-0" double door (two 2'-6" leaves) in the walkout basement. i stored a garden tractor in there and it was great. the threshold was a small nuisance, but it never actually bothered me or slowed anything down. mine didn't have an astragal so that wasn't an issue. the one leaf had locks, more or less deadbolts, that went up into the jamb and down into the threshold that you could get to when the other leaf was open.

i loved it.
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:45 AM   #15
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Does anyone make a 4 foot wide garage door? I want to bring my motorcycle in from the side of my garage so I dont have to back out a car or truck to get in/out of the garage.

Thanks, Joe
You know, in Florida it seems like every house built on a golf course has a separate narrow garage door for the golf cart. I don't know exactly how wide they are. Just another thought for where to look for ideas.
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Old 07-24-2006, 04:03 PM   #16
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After a couple of phone calls it appears the double entry door would be around 450.00.

I like the idea of it due to having a door to open and shut quickly as oppossed to the overhead door.

I was told they would not warrant leakage so that was a little disturbing.

It looks like the overhead is the best solution still.

The 4 foot man door would be a problem opening in.

Any other ideas anyone?

Thanks, Joe
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