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Old 07-01-2006, 05:57 AM   #1
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Question Follow the roof line door tracks?

Hi,

I'm building a garage with 10' high walls and a 4/12 pitched gable roof. I am planning to add a car lift in the one stall so I need the garage door to go all the way up and out of the way. I heard of something called "follow the roof line track". Anyone know how much this costs and where to get it?

I'll be using a 9X7 insulated steel door if that matters.


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Old 07-01-2006, 06:45 AM   #2
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Default Re: Follow the roof line door tracks?

Bob, I don't know how you would do that. The horizonal board, the one that goes side to side would be in the way. I can't think of what this board is called, but it's the one you would connect your ceiling to. They're probably 2' apart.
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Old 07-01-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
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Hi,

I'm building a garage with 10' high walls and a 4/12 pitched gable roof. I am planning to add a car lift in the one stall so I need the garage door to go all the way up and out of the way. I heard of something called "follow the roof line track". Anyone know how much this costs and where to get it?

I'll be using a 9X7 insulated steel door if that matters.


Thanks,

Bob

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Old 07-01-2006, 02:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: Follow the roof line door tracks?

I did exactly what you are trying to do. I just bought 2 12' door track sections, cut to fit, and ran it within 6" of the ceiling. Then used the existing horz. track and cut out the radius so it was no longer a 90 degree angle and matched the angle of the roof. In my case it was a 3/12 pitch on the inside of a 6/12 roof.

I had to buy longer cables since I raised the spring up another 2'. You can buy a 12' "extension spring" cable from any hardware store for the longer cable you need. Just cut it to length and crimp an alum. stop on the end of the cable. I have enough tension in my spring with an extra wind that lifts the door without new springs. I really should get a high lift drum for this though. At the top of the door travel, the spring tension gets really light.

I haven't hooked up my 3/4 hp. opener yet to see how it handles the load at the top of travel. I will add another section to the top of the door for the opener.
The vertical track is one piece all the way up. Each hinge as you move up the door extends out more than the one below. So my track has a slight tilt inward, and does not catch on the header.

Good luck, it can be done. But as mentioned before, alot of time and work. Price it out done professionally. In my case, my door guy said it couldn't be done. I've got about $50 in parts for mine.

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Here's a friend of mine's garage with the "follow the roof line" door tracks.
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Old 07-02-2006, 06:14 AM   #6
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Default Re: Follow the roof line door tracks?

Thanks guys.

I learned that Lowes can order the high lift track set up from Clopay for $127.00. I guess for that price, it includes all the parts such as springs, cables, etc.

I'll keep my fingers crossed this works out. I guess if it doesn't, I'll have to go with carriage doors.


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