My current garage door is recessed about 8" into the wall of the garage. This seems to be a pretty standard practice, however, I'm wondering if moving it closer to the outside could cause any potential issues.
Why this came up in the first place is for 2 reasons:
#1. The bottom of my garage door has a larger gap on one side than on the other (see https://i.stack.imgur.com/U1IId.jpg). It appears that there is some room for adjusting the tracks, however, whoever installed the door initially adjusted the track that would need to go down - all the way down and the track that would need to come up - all the way up. I believe my only option at this point is to drill new holes for the brackets, however it's only about a 3/4" difference and I'm afraid the lag bolts will break through to the old holes and won't be secure.
#2. The 2x8 garage door jamb has completely rotted out at the bottom and lets in water and critters. I definitely need to replace it (possibly with PT wood?) and possibly wrap it in some sort of aluminum (what is typically done here?)
The way it is currently framed is 2 2x4's attached perpendicularly to the walls 2x4 stud and a 2x8 attached parallel to the wall stud and perpendicular to the 2 2x4's which forms the outside jamb of the door opening (see diagram & photo below). Is this how it is typically done? What is the correct way?
I can remove the 2 2x4's and "shift" the garage door 3" closer to the outside - installing the garage door track directly into the wall studs (see diagram below). This would be give me a tiny bit more space, I would be able to drill new holes into the wall studs and it would minimize that unsightly corner where the front wall of the garage meets the side wall (a favorite gathering place for spiders, leaves and dirt). Would there be anything wrong with doing it that way? Is there a better or a correct way of framing (or reframing) a garage door opening? Obviously, I would need to adjust the top mounts of the garage door track as well, but that won't be an issue and I'll have full access to do that.
TYIA for any insight!