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The History of the Garage Door: From Old Barn Doors to Wi-Fi Garage Door Openers

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1912 Historic Garage Door                         Source: 1912bungalow.com

Where Did the Garage Come From?

What is the history of the garage and the overhead garage door? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your garage door, let alone its history. That is, unless something goes wrong and you need to have it serviced. The garage has become a common part of the daily routine for most homeowners that it’s hard to imagine life without it. However, garages didn’t exist just a little over a century ago.

Few innovations in modern history have revolutionized the world like the automobile has. In the early 1900’s, cars replaced old-fashioned horse and carriages and became the most popular means of transportation in the U.S. As cars became more available and affordable for the common citizen, new industries and innovations grew — one being the advent of the modern garage space.

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In the very early days of the automobile, garages as we know them today did not exist.  Suddenly people had to find a practical solution to protect their new expensive vehicles from the elements. For early car owners, a common practice was to store their car in the barn where they had kept the horses that pulled their old carriages. In more urban areas where people didn’t have a barn to store their car, large public garages began to spring up. People paid for a parking space in a covered lot, similar to a modern-day parking garage but with a single-covered level.

Inventions for a New Industry

Automobile ownership continued to expand and owners sought a new solution to store their vehicle closer to home. Some of the first personal garages were little more than crudely fashioned shelters. Most used carriage house style doors that would swing outward. These tended to wear out quickly and required frequent replacement. In 1921, C.G. Johnson invented the first garage door to open overhead. Five years later, he invented the first electric garage door opener! Ever since then, most garage doors have followed some variation of this same design. In the 1940’s following World War II, an economic boom meant an enormous increase in automobiles. This lead to an explosion in the growth of the garage door industry. Today our industry has created even more efficient and technologically advanced designs in both garage doors and garage door openers.

Garage Door Materials

For many decades, wood was the most common choice for garage door construction. However in the 1980’s most companies began to move away from this practice. The first generation of galvanized steel doors were introduced and soon revolutionized the industry. Steel doors had already existed for several years, but there were some major drawbacks to earliest models. This included issues with structural integrity, rust and oil canning. However these new generation of galvanized steel raised-panel doors would address the problems of previous designs. Eventually steel doors would become the most popular material for new garage doors. These durable, lightweight steel doors provided a beautiful, low-maintenance option. Many of these doors surpassed earlier designs in both looks and functionality, and to this day insulated steel doors are still the most popular choice for most homeowners.

Increasing Safety & Features

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Unique Kitchen Garage Door   Source: FlexiForce

The functionality and design of garage doors and openers has come a long way since the humble beginnings of converted barns with carriage house style doors that had to be opened by hand. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, the garage door industry has followed suit. Manufacturers constantly look for ways to provide safer, more efficient options for homeowners. There are now more options than ever for someone who is looking to boost their home’s curb appeal by installing a new garage door. Garage door openers now come with built in Wi-Fi, allowing homeowners to receive security notifications on their smartphone and control their garage doors from anywhere in the world.

If you are in the market for a new garage door, please feel free to contact us at Entry Systems to schedule an estimate with a technician who can help you choose the best option for your garage.

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Nest Smart Thermostat: A Great (& Now Affordable) Holiday Gift

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If you’re looking to purchase a gift this holiday season for a loved one or friend who’s excited by the latest and greatest in smart home technology, you don’t need to look much further than Nest’s smart thermostat.  This thermostat retails at $250. However, currently you can receive up to $125 in rebates in addition to using the beloved Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon (saving you $50 up front). Costing only $75 and offering up to $60 annually in energy bill credits, the Nest Thermostat makes an exceptional (and now affordable) holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Many homeowners may be familiar with LiftMaster, one of the leading manufacturers of garage door products in the United States. The Nest Thermostat is one of a few, smart home products (including the popular Nest Cam) that now integrates with LiftMaster’s MyQ app.  My coworkers at Entry Systems have raved about the MyQ app, which is compatible with all LiftMaster garage door motors. Instead of needing a separate remote only used for your garage door, this MyQ technology connects to a free smartphone app allowing you to open or close your door from anywhere, even if you are miles away. When my brother offered me bicycles in his garage that needed to be removed for the garage sale the next day, I stopped by at his home while he was out to dinner and texted him that I was there. He then used his MyQ app to open the garage door for me! It is also good for those who are forgetful, like me, who always wonder- “Did I leave my garage door open?” This truly is a great tool for peace of mind!

LiftMaster’s MyQ technology has advanced one step further by allowing for integration with the innovative Nest Thermostat. Using the smartphone app, you can easily look at your 10 day history use and control your home’s temperature from anywhere.  The Nest Thermostat is a big step in changing how we look at our energy use. It learns what temperatures you like so it can keep you comfortable and help you save energy. It allows you to build a personalized temperature schedule as its smart technology learns what you like. It automatically saves energy when you leave home so you don’t waste money and energy heating or cooling your home when you are away. Southern California Edison will pay you to use less energy when everyone else is using more– making it a perfect, affordable holiday gift that will not only make the recipient’s life easier, but also save them money.

If you’re interested in learning more about how the Nest Thermostat works, check out this video:

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Save over $100 this holiday season!

Use your smartphone to monitor & control your garage door, Christmas lights, & more this season with a FREE MyQ Bundle!

LiftMaster is offering a really great rebate this holiday season! Save $20 on the installation of the LiftMaster 8550 or 8500 and receive a FREE Internet Gateway! Also receive a FREE  Remote Light Control with the installation of the 8550 (a $30 value)! Simply print out the rebate below, fill it out, and mail it in with your invoice. Installations must be completed by 12/12/2014 and rebates must be postmarked by 12/26/2014!

Call us at 949-495-0835 for more information and to schedule an installation!

Click here to download and print the LiftMaster rebate.

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LiftMaster September Rebate

LiftMaster is offering a great rebate for the month of September! Save $10 on the installation of the LiftMaster 8550! Also save $20 on the Internet Gateway (828LM) with the installation of the LiftMaster 8550 or 8500! Simply print out the rebate below, fill it out, and mail it in with your invoice. Installations must be completed by 9/30/2014 and rebates must be postmarked by 10/31/2014!

Questions? Call us at 949-495-0835!

 

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50% OFF MyQ Bundle – This Month Only!

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MyQ Bundle ($110 value)

50% OFF MyQ Bundle lets you use your smartphone to control your garage door opener from anywhere in the world! Can’t remember if you closed the garage door? Smartphone integration lets you monitor your garage door and set custom alerts. This month only- save $55 on the MyQ Bundle after $20 mail-in rebate! While supplies last! (Compatible with 1999 or newer LiftMaster/Chamberlain models.)

 

Visit our Design Center and mention Promo Code: MYQWEB to redeem this offer!

26941 Cabot Road, Suite 122
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

AUTOMATE YOUR HOME!
Save 10% OFF on additional accessories to control light switches, lamps, Christmas lights, hair straighteners, etc.– virtually anything that you can plug into a standard outlet!

Offer valid September 1-30, 2014 while supplies last. Please call ahead to insure availability- 949-495-0835.

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10% off MyQ accessories!

10% off MyQ Accessories that let you monitor and control your garage door with your smartphone!

MyQ provides peace of mind while you’re away with customizable alerts. Aside from controlling garage doors, MyQ can be used to control lamps and light switches throughout your home. MyQ can be added to all major brand garage door openers. (Accessories required is based on existing equipment.) Claim the offer now on Facebook!

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Our best deal in 40 years!

We are excited to announce that we are able to beat our deal from August making this the best one in 40 years! We love the 8550 because aside from being one of LiftMaster’s quietest, most reliable operators, it comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor/belt and is loaded with the latest technology. Forgot to close the garage? The Timer-to-Close wall console can be set to close 1-99 minutes after being left open. Can’t find the house key during a power outage? The battery back up can operate for 1-2 days without power! Need to let in the repairman but can’t get away from the office? You can control your garage door from your smartphone, anywhere in the world. You can also set up alerts to be notified when your garage door is operated while you’re away. Peace of Mind. Reliability. Safety.

LiftMaster 8550 – Fully Loaded (SAVE $270!)

Operator includes: 2 Remotes, Keyless Entry Keypad, Battery Back Up, Timer-to-Close Wall Console, Internet Gateway (smartphone integration).
Only $460 installed!
 
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Fill out the form below and our office will contact you to set up an installation!
 

 

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Save over $200 with the LiftMaster 8550 Complete Package!

Over the past forty years, Entry Systems has had the privilege of servicing garage doors and gates in South Orange County. You can bet that technology has changed quite a bit. Today we are pleased to announce the best deal we have ever offered- more than $200 in savings towards the LiftMaster 8550 Complete Package, which highlights LiftMaster’s new smartphone technology:

FREE 2nd Remote. FREE Keyless Entry. FREE Internet Gateway.

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To have the newest technology tomorrow, call us today: (949) 495-0835

Click here to learn more about the LiftMaster 8550 garage door opener.

Offer expires September 27, 2013

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LiftMaster’s New MyQ Technology

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We’re thrilled to start selling LiftMaster’s new MyQ technology. It’s so innovative and user friendly we believe within a couple years it will be found in most homes. Our new Liftmaster models 8500, 8550 and 8360 include MYQ technology and these features can be used by simply a buying the Internet Gateway modem and plugging it into your internet router.

 

Locate the serial number on the modem and login to myLiftMaster.com to set it up. Following these simple steps will give you the ability to open, close, and monitor your garage door from your smartphone or computer, anywhere in the world.

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For a one-time fee, LiftMaster’s 823LM Light Switches can also be installed throughout your home to allow you to control your lights throughout your house by smart device or computer. Cox charges $30/mo for a similar service so we are excited to now offer to our customers a comparable service at a fraction of the cost.

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Come visit us at our Design Center to get your MyQ Bundle  for only $110 and monitor your garage door with your smartphone today!

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