Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Garage Door Exterior

While the inspector is at the exterior of the home they should check the outside of the garage door for any damage. This would include damage to the panels and to the weatherstripping along the edges of the garage door. Please review the entire procedure below.


International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection


3.10. Doors, Windows & Interior


I. The inspector shall inspect:

E. Garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal

operating controls.


II. The inspector shall describe:



III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:



IV. The inspector is not required to:



Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will observe the exterior of the garage door for any damage.


Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the exterior garage door.



  • Inspector will observe the garage door exterior for damage to panels, weather stripping, and that the garage door is sealed properly to the ground while closed.


Common Defects

  • Garage door that is damaged at jamb, glass pane, handle/locking hardware, panels, or weather stripping. Also, weather stripping that is missing.
  • Needs to be sealed with silicone caulking and painted.
  • Not properly sealed or has panels that are not properly aligned.
  • Has paint that is peeling or garage door is weathered.


Common Mistakes

Not checking the weather stripping and making sure that garage door is sealed to the ground to prevent moisture from intruding into the garage.


Report / Software


  • The exterior of garage doors appeared to be in serviceable condition at the time of the inspection. Inspection of exterior garage doors typically includes examination of door exterior surface condition, weather-stripping condition and jamb condition.


  • N/A


  • The property did not have a garage door.


  • The exterior garage door [word 1]. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
    • -Damaged Glass Pane
    • -Damaged handle or locking hardware. -Damaged Panels
    • -Damaged Weather Stripping
    • -Missing Weather Stripping
    • -Needs to be sealed with silicone caulking and painted.
    • -Not Properly Sealed
    • -Paint (Peeling)
    • -Panels not properly aligned.
    • -Weathered
    • -Damaged at Jamb