Scott was working on a major remodeling project on his house which included a new garage door installation.

Due to some local regulations, he was unable to lift his ceiling height over his garage, which left him in a bit of a bind.

As you can see, there is zero clearance for an overhead garage door in the current setup and Scott was unsure of what to do.

After calling around, he wasn’t able to find anybody that could install a garage door for him.

Thankfully, Scott called us and we gave him the good news that we could do the project for him!

We were able to install the garage door and the garage door opener using a technique called a rear torsion spring system.

Rear Torsion Spring System

We used some special brackets, custom length cables and other adjustments to make it work perfectly!

A rear torsion spring system is perfect when there is low head room in a garage. Track sets come in bolted and riveted solutions and suitable for panel overhead doors.

If you aren’t able to install a rear torsion spring system on a low head room garage, you’ll need to install extension springs.

If possible though, we recommend torsion springs, both in this case and in all regular head room garages.

  • Torsion springs last longer and are stronger.
  • Torsion springs give better control while in motion.
  • Extension springs “extend” when moving and torsion springs turn. Extension springs require more parts, which means more opportunities for things to go wrong.
  • Torsion springs will wear less on your opener.
  • When torsion springs break, they don’t fly off like extension springs can. Flying off can damage cars, other property or even a person who is in the garage when it happens.

Installation of Rear Torsion Spring System

In the end, Scott got the door that he wanted installed along with a great LiftMaster garage door opener!