Our customer, Brad, was looking to install some shelves and a car life in his garage. He works on bikes at home and needed a space that was comfortable to do that in his own garage.
The best way to achieve this for Brad was to raise the garage door tracks up to give more clearance below. The best garage door opener to go with lifted tracks is a jack shaft opener. We installed the LiftMaster 8500. The jack shaft opener installs on the wall of the garage, not the roof which helps get almost a foot more clearance.
This made room for shelving and higher tracks!
We also swapped out his garage doors with new steel backed insulated doors that came with dual pane glass in the upper panel. The steel backed garage doors are sturdy, lower maintenance, resistant to rust and just generally keep the garage a more comfortable temperature in winter and summer. Plus the windows offer great natural light!
You can see how dual pane does this just in the difference in thickness, which you can see below.
After installed the jack shaft opener, we now had room to actually lift the tracks 33″. This brought the tracks up about as high as possible.
The last step in the high lift conversion was lifting the tracks 33″. This gives the clearance Brian needs, and as you can see in the picture, brings the tracks pretty much as high as they can go.
As you can see, Brad has room now to add his shelving and opens up floor space to work on his bikes.
In this case, the reason for a high lift conversion is for more space, however there are lots of other reasons someone would want this setup in their garage.
A few examples include…
Whatever your reason is for installing a jack shaft opener and raising the tracks, it’s an easy job and can make a world of difference in your garage! Brad is happy to have the space he needs in his home to do what he loves!