If you’ve decided on a two-car garage, your next consideration will be whether you want one large garage door or two separate ones. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, but it really all comes down to personal preference. Here are the factors you should take into account when making this important decision.

Advantages of Single Garage Doors vs. Double Garage Doors

First off, with two single garage doors, you are able to limit how much cold air enters your garage by closing one door and leaving the other open. In cold Michigan winters, this goes a long way toward saving on energy bills. Second, having two single doors means you can still access one of them if the other isn’t working properly.

With one large double door, it’s possible to squeeze a third car in the garage if you really want to – something you can’t do with two doors. Plus, you only need one remote control for a double door.

Both are aesthetically pleasing in their own ways, Again, this often comes down to personal style preferences.

Cost Differences

Two single doors will cost you about the same as one double door, depending on style. The price difference becomes apparent with the opener you choose. With a two-stall garage and two separate doors, you have to install two separate openers as opposed to one with a double door.

Maintenance Requirements

No matter which type of door you choose, you will have to keep up with regular preventative maintenance so they stay in good working order. You will have to:

  • Lubricate the springs and tighten the screws on all hardware
  • Check for peeling or chipping paint, repainting or refinishing doors when necessary
  • Wipe doors down with a cloth to remove debris
  • Be on the lookout for signs of pest damage

There’s just a bit more maintenance work involved with two single doors, as you have to repeat each step twice.


The style you choose will complement your home no matter what. You just have to consider whether you want windows or any other decorative elements that will enhance your property value. Here at M&M Garage Doors, we install Amarr garage doors that range from traditional to openings with glass to openings in wood.

Contact M&M Garage Doors

We can help you make this decision when you visit us or call us at (586) 610-5434. We have a large collection of garage doors that include both double and single doors. Choose from many collections, such as Vista, Lincoln, Classica and Hillcrest.