How to Frame a opening

Rough Opening for Garage Door

The opening size for roll up and garage doors are different than other types ofresidential doors. They close up against the rough opening, any other type fits inside the opening. You must decide what type of jamb material is to be used before determining the rough opening for a garage door.
By the time the jamb is applied the garage door framing size should be the same as the door. If the door is called a 16′ x 7′ then the opening should be that size.
All garage door headers should have double trimmers (cripples) due to their length and amount of weight bearing on them. Adding up the four trimmers and both side jambs plus the width of the door will give you the header length. For a 16′ door the length would be 16′ 9″s. The header height using this method is 1 1/2″s higher than the door, from the concrete floor.

Garage Door Framing Diagram and Finished Door Framing

Garage Door Framing Tips

Install side and head jambs after the wall is in place. Leave side jambs 1/4″ off concrete floor to prevent moisture wicking and rot. If using 1 x material for side and head jambs, reduce header length and height accordingly. Never use treated lumber for door jambs, it will rust the steel and eats holes in aluminum.