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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.

Car Storage

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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LiftMaster Promo: $50k Sweepstakes & Free Remote Light Controls

LiftMaster Promo: 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes- Purchase and install a new Wi-Fi garage door opener from Entry Systems, your local LiftMaster Dealer and enter for a chance to win $50,0000. Plus, get two free remote light controls!

Click here to fill out the quick online form to obtain your FREE products and to enter for your chance to win $50,000! Installation must be completed between 4/17/17 and 6/20/17. Offer valid on the installation of LiftMaster garage door opener models 8550W, 8587W, 8557W, 8360W, 8355W.

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LiftMaster Rebate: Save $30 on your new LiftMaster Garage Door Opener!

This holiday season, save $30 on the purchase and installation of a new garage door opener from Entry Systems, your local LiftMaster dealer.

Click here to fill out the quick online form to submit your LiftMaster rebate. Installation must be completed between 12/16/16 and 1/31/17. Offer valid on the installation of LiftMaster garage door opener models 8550W, 8587W, 8557W, 8360W, 8355W, 8500, 8360, 8355.

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The First Wifi Garage Door Opener – Over $90 in savings!

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The new LiftMaster 8550W is LiftMaster’s first ever garage door opener with Wi-Fi built in! This new feature makes connecting to your smartphone easy and there’s no longer a need to buy any additional hardware.

With the free LiftMaster MyQ App, you’ll be able to open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone and receive notifications if you accidentally leave your garage door open.

From now until September 30, 2015 , you’ll receive a $25 rebate when you connect your 8550W to a MyQ account. You’ll also receive $68 worth of free accessories – a Garage Door & Gate Monitor, which alerts you inside the home if you’ve left your garage door or gate open, and a Remote Light Control, a device that enables you to control an interior light with your smartphone. Both of these offers are redeemable online.

 

The LiftMaster 8550W is powered by a highly efficient DC motor and an ultra-quiet belt drive system, perfect when living spaces are close to the garage. It also comes standard with LiftMaster’s fully integrated Battery Backup system, which permits opening your garage door even when the power is out.

Click Here to redeem your rebate after installation.

 

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Help our OC small business win $25k! Your vote is just two clicks away.

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Voting takes just two clicks: http://bit.ly/1fizFtj.

I’m Bev, the owner of Entry Systems. We’re a family-owned business in Orange County, CA participating in the Wells Fargo Small Business competition. My husband and I started our garage door business out of our home almost 30 years ago. While a lot has changed since then, we continue to strive to positively impact our local community with a commitment to honest service. This $25,000 will allow us to continue to grow our business for the coming generations. We greatly appreciate your support!

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LiftMaster Rebate – Spring 2015

Enjoy over $100 in savings with the installation of your new LiftMaster opener!

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Receive the following FREE accessories with the installation of a LiftMaster 8550 Belt Drive:

  • Internet Gateway: Use your smartphone to monitor & control your garage door, lights, etc. from anywhere in the world!
  • Garage & Gate Monitor: Monitor and close up to four garage doors or gates from any room inside your home.


Click here to view and submit LiftMaster’s online rebate. Installation must be completed by 6/30/15.


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LiftMaster February Rebate

Save over $80 with the installation of a new LiftMaster opener!

 

Take advantage of this month’s savings:

myqappSave $20 on the installation of a LiftMaster 8550 or 8500 and receive a FREE Internet Gateway with the installation of your new opener! Simply print out the rebate below, fill it out, and mail it in with your invoice. Installations must be completed between 2/02/15-2/27/15 and rebates must be postmarked by 03/27/15. The Internet Gateway 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 when  you’re away and set custom alerts.

 


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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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