The convenience of automatic garage doors is often taken for granted. Opening and closing with the press of a button, garage doors provide our homes with security and efficient access. A brief history lesson may remind us just how useful this invention has become.
As the car was created and introduced to society there became a need for somewhere to store this new invention. Carriage houses or small barns, held horse drawn carriages so naturally, this became the new home for automobiles. It was only the upper class who could afford to purchase the new mode of transportation. Due to the close quarters, livestock odor quickly seeped into cars and became unacceptable for the wealthy to travel with.
Small parking garages were utilized to avoid this unpleasant smell. Local entrepreneurs made money by charging fifteen to twenty dollars a month to store vehicles. But as automobiles became increasingly popular, single-story parking garages became overcrowded and forced car owners to find a more convenient location.
Back at the carriage houses, barn doors hung from strap hinges would enclose stored cars. At first, a simple sliding door did the trick. Unfortunately, the garage had to be twice the size of the car width so doors were divided into small panels that fold were installed to save space. With a few other designs between, eventually garage doors became even more efficient with the invention sliding overhead doors.
Today, garage door design not only looks more appealing, but is also more safe. Sensors that detect objects in the path of a closing door can save the life of a family member or prevent vehicle damage. As technology has progressed so has garage door operation features. Wireless and keychain remotes, keypads, and even cell phones can now be used to open and close your garage door.