Lifestyle Garage Screen

Have you heard all the buzz about the Lifestyle Garage Screen but not exactly sure what it is?

These days, more and more homeowners are turning to their garages to find additional space in their existing homes. Then again the garage is usually the biggest room in the house. The Lifestyle garage screen system allows homeowners to do just that! The Lifestyle is a fully retractable, spring loaded system that works in conjunction with your existing garage door. Going from garage to an airy, pest–free space is a snap and takes just seconds. When you are done enjoying the great outdoors, simply retract the Lifestyle and put your garage door down as usual. It’s that easy!

There’s nothing better than being able to let fresh air in, while keeping the bugs out while you work on your car, catch the latest game on TV, or let your kids and pets burn off some steam in your garage living space! Typically your garage is the largest “room” in your house and in this day and age, it’s used for so many more things other than parking your car.

Lifestyle Garage Screen

Still have questions about the Lifestyle Garage Screen?

1. Does the Lifestyle garage screen replace my existing garage door?
No. You will still use your garage door as you normally would. The Lifestyle garage screen system works in conjunction with your existing garage door allowing you to quickly switch between your garage door and your Lifestyle garage screen system. When in use, the Lifestyle garage screen exchanges positions with your garage door.

2. Does the Lifestyle Garage Screen interfere with the operation of my primary garage door?
No. The Lifestyle Garage Screen system retracts to store under your existing garage door. The  Lifestyle Garage Screen has no effect on the operation of your primary garage door.

3. Does the garage screen system work with wind loaded doors?
Yes, the Lifestyle system works with all wind loaded and hurricane reinforced doors. However, if your garage door is reinforced with 6″ C-channels, you should discuss the changes necessary with your installer.

4. Can you add a locking mechanism to the retractable door?
Yes, the retractable door can be fitted with a locking mechanism at an additional cost. Locking mechanisms are optional.

5. Can different types of screen material be used?
Yes, the Lifestyle Garage Screen  system can use practically any type of screen material. The standard screens are charcoal fiberglass mesh or PVC coated polyester Super Screen in white or black.

6. What is the  Lifestyle Garage Screen’s frame material made of?
The frame of Lifestyle Garage Screen is made of high quality extruded aluminum.

7. I have storage over my garage doors now. Can the Lifestyle garage screen and my garage door go down so I can access it

Yes, you will want to open your garage door, roll your Lifestyle garage screen down until it touches the floor, leaving it “kicked back” from the jamb. Then simply disconnect your garage door from the opener with the safety disconnect cord and gently roll the garage door down until it rests on the Lifestyle frame.

8. How much clearance will I lose from my existing garage door opening height when the Lifestyle is installed?
Typically, you will not lose more than 1.75″ of clearance.

9. Will the LifestyleScreen work on a low headroom garage door (double horizontal track system)? 
The Lifestyle screen will not work on low headroom applications. Low headroom garage doors are typically found in basement garages. They are typically identified by two tracks on the horizontal. Overhead Door Company of Olmsted County can verify this for you.

10. How much does the Lifestyle garage screen system cost?

Contact The Screen Machine at 619-435-5213 or fill out the form to the right for a quote.

Garage Man Cave

What man doesn’t love a man cave? A man cave can be a spare bedroom, media room, den, basement, or my personal favorite the Garage Man Cave. Every man needs his own space in the house, why not the garage? Nothing says grown man like an impeccable hangout where you can park all your toys and handle your business. This is less expensive than building a new addition onto your house and will take a lot less time, so it’s a great option for extra space.

Turn your dusty old Garage into something cool.

The Plan

The first decision you need to make with your garage man cave is how extensive you want your conversion to be. If this space is going to be used all day and night as a living quarters (are you in the dog house?), and you live in an area with weather that gets very cold or hot, you have a lot more things to do to convert the space (i.e. heating, air conditioning, insulation throughout). However, if you are doing something simpler, such as an area for manly socializing, you can get by with less work.

When creating a garage man cave, you can get by with very minimal if that’s okay with you. Or if you prefer to make it look like a room inside a home, that’s always an option it just requires a lot more work. If you plan on using any electronics or pool table, insulation and HVAC are a must to protect your toys from extreme temperatures and humidity.

The Garage Door

One thing keeping the garage from achieving its full garage man cave potential is the inability to keep the door open while keeping out the pests, especially after nightfall. A garage screen from Tiger Wire can help you transform you garage’s space simply, practically, and affordably. The Lifestyle garage door screen is a fully retractable garage screen door that works with your existing garage door. The screen’s counterbalance system makes it effortless to open and close the screen without need for an electric opener. It also provides a tight fit when open, occupying the same position as your garage door.

Now you can go from garage to a cool, bright, pest-free space in seconds. When you’re done enjoying the great outdoors, simply retract your Lifestyle garage screen system and close your garage door as usual. No more pests get in…just the free flowing fresh air that comes from the great out of doors.

The Walls

A detached garage man cave will need more consideration to insulation because they don’t get the heat or AC from an attached home. If your garage is unfinished, you can simply put up the insulation between the wall studs and close up the insulation by installing drywall. Paint the drywall with your color of choice. If your garage is already finished with drywall, that will just make this one less step to do.

The Floors

Most garages are on a concrete slab, so this should be a much easier process. If you want insulated floors, as concrete can get quite cold, then you will need to put insulation down, and install floor boards. If you have floorboards, you can install carpet. If you are keeping the floors concrete, you can lay down large rugs or find carpet remnant pieces for your floor.

The Furniture

You can either bring in furniture from your home to the garage man cave, or shop for new items, but you must have something for all the guys to sit on. Not to mention you have to have food and drinks to offer so you need at least a bar sized fridge.

The Man Caveness

A garage man cave isn’t a man cave without the right accoutrements. Make it your own. You might enjoy having the garage as a garage in some areas, with tools hanging on the walls or camping gear in the corner. Or you can trick the whole place out like a dive bar. Remember to make it comfortable, so there’s a place to relax between shuffleboard games. If you’re still into beer pong, you probably don’t care if you’re sitting on some stacked up milk crates, but if you’ve graduated to billiards and a home theater it’s time to invest in something softer.


The garage is the quintessential man cave.

What do you think about turning your garage into a garage man cave?