How to Install a Carriage Garage Door

Double car garage with carriage doors
What You'll Need
Carriage garage door
Hardware kit for carriage garage door
Drill bits
Electric screwdriver
Measuring square
Lag screws
Tape measure

A carriage garage door consists of two doors that are attached to the sides of the garage door opening. The doors swing out from the garage like a normal house door would. A carriage garage door is very ornate and can be found in many older homes, or in newer homes to give that antique look. A carriage door is usually opened and closed manually, as an automatic version will cost a lot of money. Installing a carriage garage door may be one of the easiest types to install and the article below will show you how.

Step 1 - Measure the Garage

To get the right carriage garage door, you need to know the size of the garage opening. Use the tape measure and get the height and the width of the garage opening. Since the carriage garage door is typically installed inside the garage, you need to take the measurements from inside. Purchase the carriage garage door that fits these measurements. If the garage you are installing the doors to is a double or triple garage, the carriage doors will be the same size but there will be more of them. This means installation procedures do not change.

Step 2 - Drill Pilot Holes

drill, bits, and tape measure on a table

Place one hinge at the top of the garage opening, using the measuring square and level to ensure the hinges are centered and level. Make a mark on the wall, using the hinges as a guide. Repeat with the bottom hinge and then place the remaining hinges equally apart. Measure the top of the garage to the floor, the distance from the top of the garage to the first hinge, and the space between each other hinge. Use these measurements to determine proper hinge placement on the door and use the hinges as a guide. Choose a drill bit smaller in diameter than the screw and create pilot holes through the pencil marks you made for the hinges. Repeat the process with the marks you made on the door.

Step 3 - Install the Hinges

Lag screws allow much more weight to be supported than standard screws. Place the first hinge on the garage and fasten it with the lag screws until the hinges are tight. Make sure the hinges are close enough to the edge of the garage door frame so they open easily and successfully. Continue to install all of the hinges to the garage opening, making sure they are all even, centered, and tight.

Step 4 - Install the Carriage Garage Door

With the hinges installed to the opening of the garage, you can install the carriage garage door. You'll need help to move the door and to hold it in place. When the holes in the door line up with the hinges, install the lag screws but do not tighten them until all of the screws are in place.