Some items that you buy for your home don’t require much heavy decision-making. Others are significant investments that should be made wisely, especially when they’re large pieces of machinery. So how do you decide whether or not your home garage should have a car lift?
Every purchasing decision begins with a need. If you’re considering a lift for your home garage, it’s probably because you’re hoping to solve a storage issue that you’ve run into with your vehicles. Helping to maximize storage efficiency is one of the primary reasons why homeowners opt for a lift, as it allows you to store two vehicles vertically and make more room for other storage needs. Another common reason would be if your home only has a single-car garage. If you’ve got two vehicles and need to get them both in there, something like a single post storage lift is exactly the compact solution that you’re looking for.
Once you’ve determined why you need your lift and what purpose you expect it to serve, you’ll need to find out whether or not your garage space will accommodate one. The last thing you want to do is decide on a lift, purchase it, and attempt an installation only to discover that it won’t safely fit inside. Typically, it’s wise to leave at least 11-12 feet of vertical space for clearance. Always bear in mind how your garage door and its motor affects ceiling clearance as well. You also need to make sure that your floor is a concrete slab of adequate thickness depending on the weight of the lift you’re hoping to install.
Many of the most common customer questions pertain to the installation process. Whether or not any modifications to your garage will be necessary depends on a number of factors. For instance, changes may need to be made to the type and configuration of your garage door and motor if your garage is a single-car type and there’s an issue with ceiling clearance. But more often than not, installation is a highly straightforward process that can accommodate a wide range of garages, thanks largely to the variety of lifts available. Everyone’s needs are different, so ask your local lift expert for a personalized assessment!
Is a residential automotive lift the storage solution you’ve been looking for? It’s made a huge difference for car lovers all across Calgary, and it can do the same for you. Lift King has everything you need to get started, so call (403) 283-1020 today. We’d love to help you out!