Is a walk-through (pedestrian) garage door worth it?

One garage door craze that’s been all over the Internet is the walk-through garage door, or the “pedestrian” door. It allows you to walk through a smaller portion of your garage just like a regular door, without having to lift your entire garage door. Are you wondering if this type of door is really worth it? There are definitely certain types of building layouts where this could be worthwhile. For example, a common residential situation in which the garage is located in the basement makes it nearly impossible to have a standard access door (36″ X 78″ or 91 X 198 cm) next to the garage door on the side of the house.

Pedestrian doors are common on commercial and industrial garage doors as well, where the energy savings alone of a small access door make it worthwhile. Raising a 16′ x 16′ (4.9 X 4.9 m) industrial garage door regularly can result in much higher heating and cooling costs.
Most pedestrian doors are 32 inches wide by 78 inches high (81 cm X 198 cm), with a little bit of difference between brands. A garage door that has been insulated with polyurethane to ensure that the entire structure will be solid is highly recommended; therefore, the thickness of the garage door should vary between 1 3/8″ and 2″.
So, now let’s move on to the pros and cons of a walk-through garage door for your space.

Why You Should Consider a Walk-Through Garage Door

  • If your garage is located in the basement, you may not have a way to install a regular access door. In this case, it becomes very practical to install a pedestrian door, and even more so if your garage door is a double door that is 16 feet (4.9 meters) wide or more.
  • If you live in an urban area where the side of your home cannot be used as an entrance (perhaps because you live in a town house, or perhaps because there is not enough available space), a pedestrian door can make sense. Even if you have a standard 8-foot or 9-foot wide (2.4 or 2.7 meter) door, it can offer you more safety and privacy.
  • A pedestrian door becomes very practical in the event of a major power outage, should your garage be a place of storage rather than a place to park your car.


Why You May Want to Skip a Pedestrian Garage Door

  • Most building owners and homeowners are concerned about the cost of the pedestrian door, as well as the safety system that must be installed to ensure that the garage door itself remains safe. It is true that to add a walk-through door for a single garage door can almost cost as much for the full garage door system itself.
  • There is a safety concern if the walk-through door is not closed correctly. A remote may be able to activate the entire garage door if it has an electric garage door opener, unless it has a device to prevent a remote from activating the opener.
  • There is a required minimum width of 8 feet (2.4 meters) in order for a walk-through door to be installed. Additionally, there may be restrictions on where or if the door can be placed in a garage door that has embossed rectangular designs.
  • Finally, there is a concern that energy efficiency is lost when you add an additional opening in a garage door. Insulation and weatherproofing won’t be as effective when you have a pedestrian door.


Ready to Get Started?

Contact us at 416-239-7777. We can help you understand if this type of garage door will work for you, and we are always happy to show you the many options. You can visit our showroom, where will can advise you on what type of pedestrian door is right for your home, or send us a request for an online quotation.