BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER
When you are buying a new garage door, it is important to know the type of track that you will need for a simple installation. Getting these measurements wrong can derail a project in an absolute hurry. Follow the simple guide below to insure that the door that you order will fit your application. It is really difficult to make changes to garage door track kits after the fact. Making changes in the field can require different cables, different springs or an entirely new configuration. Save time and money by getting your measurements right the 1st time. If you need help in any way, feel free to call us.
Pull a measurement from the top of the garage door opening to the ceiling or closest obstruction.
If you have an existing garage door you can measure the track radius by pulling a measurement from the top of the vertical track to the top of the radius on the horizontal track. Knowing this measurement will keep you from having to move your existing opener.
The above illustration is not standard lift track, but it works well to show how to measure track radius.
*Low headroom rear torsion can be installed with the Liftmaster model 8500 jackshaft garage door opener. We have done this on several occasions by mounting the motors on the ceiling of the garage versus the typical wall mount.
Provide floor to ceiling measurement. Deduct the opening height, Deduct 16”.
Allowable High Lift is: 32”
*When adding high lift track it is best to install a jackshaft garage door opener. You will need additional door sections if planning to use a trolley opener. If you are adding highlift to an existing garage door you can reach out to us to get a list of parts that you will need.
Roof Pitch Track
For vertical lift track the ceiling must be double the height of the opening plus 12”.
Vertical lift doors should be used only with jackshaft garage door openers.
For more information on garage door track types and for pricing give us a call.