Can You Install a Sectional Door on a Shed, Barn or Small Garage?


Small outbuildings can be charming and useful. If you are planning a shed, small garage or small barn, have you thought about the doors you intend to install? While a sectional door (one similar to a garage door) may not seem typical, it can be a fantastic choice.
 
Why? There are a few reasons. Let’s start to explore them by learning a bit more about small outbuildings.

 
 

Preliminary Plans

Not all small buildings can have a sectional garage door due to the minimum size requirements that allow the door to open fully. A shed has to have at least 112 ft2 of floor space, meaning it is eight feet wide by 14 feet deep. You also need adequate headroom for the door to function, and that means 5 inches (127 mm) over the head, plus another 2 more inches (51 mm) if you are using an opener.
 
If you have that space, here are the four main reasons you will want that sectional door on the small outbuilding:

  1. No outward opening doors means you don’t have to shovel enormous amounts of snow out of the way just to get into the shed. Instead, just slide the door open.
  2. No inward opening doors means you don’t have to waste tremendous amounts of floor space just to be able to get in and out. The only space “lost” is space you would have had to allot to the doorway.
  3. Two side by side access doors are typically limited to a maximum width of 6‘ or 72″. This can be too narrow for some common uses for an outbuilding, such as storing snowmobiles, motorbikes and utility vehicles.
  4. A sectional door can mean an electric garage door opener, and this can make life much easier at any time of year. Imagine riding the lawnmower right up and through the door or the snowmobile, and all without shutting it down, getting off and opening the doors, and so on.

 
 

Exploring Options

So, you are convinced that this is the route for you and now you want to know your options. Let’s start with sizes.
 
 

Sizes

They are almost limitless, and most door dimensions require a minimum width of 4 feet (1.2 m) but can actually be as wide as you want to the nearest inch (25 mm). Common door heights are from 6′ 6″ and 7′ 0″ (1.98 and 2.1 m), but there is a lot of flexibility here, too.
 
 

Door Designs

The products available vary widely and you can get anything to match the architectural style of your home. Opt for raised panels, fancier embossed designs and even carriage door styles. You can also coordinate colors, windows and other elements with your main buildings.
 

Windows

 
Can a small door have windows? Why not? They add elegance and a nice style, plus they allow a lot of natural light inside which is beneficial if you don’t have a lot of lighting in the structure.
 
 

Decorative Hardware

You can also add all kinds of decorative hardware to your small outbuilding’s door. Whether you want wrought iron hinges and handles or something a bit less distinct, there are many ways this can be added to your door.
 
 

Need to Know More?

If you have further questions, just contact us anytime at (603) 833‑7135 or (603) 833‑7979. We will go over your needs and send you a detailed, online quotation. You can also stop into the showroom, use our Design Centre, or explore our image gallery to see what others have done with their barns, sheds and small garages.