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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

Kitchen Overhead Door Design

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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Stand UP for Veterans brings together resources in Orange County

We were proud to support our military veterans last week at this great event.

by Justin Massey

Entry Systems staff attend the Stand UP for Veterans event.

Justin and Bonnie with Stand UP for Veterans organizer and local realtor John Hacker.

It’s critical communities come together to support those in need. Many in Orange County are struggling to receive basic resources. Far too many of our military veterans face homelessness and other difficult life circumstances including mental illness and unemployment. In fact, 1,388 Veterans are homeless in Orange County and 6,048 veterans are unemployed at any one time. However, there are many great organizations working to improve our veterans’ quality of life.

A great turnout at the Stand UP for Veterans event in Santa Ana.

The Stand UP for Veterans event brought a wide variety of organizations providing resources to those who’ve served.

Bonnie and I were excited to attend the Stand UP for Veterans event last Thursday in Santa Ana. We heard about it through local realtor and veteran John Hacker at the Orange County Association of Realtors (OCAR). John shared with us the opportunity to get involved. Since a key value of our family’s business is community service, we were proud to support this great cause. The goal of this event was to “help United States Veterans who are homeless, displaced, disabled or otherwise in transition become integrated into our community.” Service providers came together to offer resources for mental health, medical, housing, clothing, employment, law and education/training. A beauty and massage school even gave free haircuts and massages!

Each veteran was greeted and paired with a peer mentor who guided them to resources specific to their needs.

They left with a large duffel bag filled with resources. Everything from socks and underwear to a pillow and a handmade blanket woven from plastic bags were included. This innovative blanket (see picture above) not only retains body heat for the winter, but also helps fend off moisture from the ground. We left the event encouraged to see so many people gathered to support those who’ve served and eager to find new ways to partner with veterans organizations in the future.

About Entry Systems: Established in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning. We proudly support our veteran community and offer 10% off our standard repair visit to those who have a valid military ID.

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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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Reclaimed Wood Garage Doors Add a Vintage Charm

Upgrading your home with a vintage reclaimed wood garage door adds more than just beauty, it adds value with a 91.5% return on investment.

by Bonnie Joy Massey

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Image Source: Barns of Sonoma

It was easy falling in love with “rural” living when I moved to Northern California to study at Sonoma State University. I would run past the vineyards, the Christmas tree farm and my neighbors’ horses, cows and chickens. I would breathe in the smell of manure and freshly baked bread from the bakery down the street (obviously an unusual pairing). But one of my favorite sights was the old dilapidated barns. They were beautiful—full of history. They were worn through and through by storms but still standing.

These structures were a far cry from the buildings I grew up with in South Orange County. I was used to strip malls and Cape Cod or Spanish style two-story single family homes. These old barns had character! They had a past—were well used, well loved. They once provided income (or so I dreamed) for hard-working farmers to support their families for generations to come. Since I grew up in our family business Entry Systems, I have a deep appreciation for small, family-run companies. I felt pride and nostalgia looking at those beautiful, historic barns.

Modern trends utilize reclaimed barnwood to beautify the home.

Naturally, as an artist and a supporter of sustainable living, I’m delighted by the vintage reclaimed wood some homeowners are using for their garage doors. They are visually stunning, and I love the fact they are authentic barn doors recycled for the needs of a modern home. Some of these doors used are over 100 years old!

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Boost your curb appeal with the beautiful, rustic charm of a vintage reclaimed barnwood garage door.

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A reclaimed wood garage door is available from Carriage House Door in three colors: Sienna, Umber and Cordovan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our garage door manufacturers Carriage House Door out of Sacramento, California- offers these beautiful doors.

Upgrading your home with a vintage reclaimed wood garage door adds more than just beauty and charm, it adds value. This retrofit project has a great return on investment (ROI). In fact, according to Remodeling Mag’s Cost vs. Value report for last year, upgrading your home with a high-end garage door has a 91.5% ROI. This is one of the highest returns of any single home improvement project. Entry Systems would love to give you a free in-home estimate for a new garage door if you are ready to boost your curb appeal and add value to your home!

About Entry Systems: Established in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Why Harrison Ford Has Me Considering Garage Door Safety

By Bonnie Massey

Harrison Ford / Garage Door Safety
Credit: Movie Stills Database

I grew up on the Star Wars franchise, binge watching all three original episodes with my dad and three brothers when we could. My favorite was always the second one,  The Empire Strikes Back. Honestly, like many children of the eighties, the main reason I loved watching Star Wars was that I thought the rugged Harrison Ford was incredibly handsome.

Years later while working in our family garage door business, I attended the International Door Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. While walking through Caesar’s Palace, who did I see sitting alone, but Harrison Ford? Like an excited schoolgirl, I mustered up my courage to talk to him: “Hello?” He raised his head. I continued, “I just wanted to tell you that I have loved your movies since I was a little girl, and I wanted to thank you for making them.” He looked down shyly, shook my hand and smiled. It was an exciting moment for me to meet this actor I had looked up to for so long.

Now Harrison Ford is making news headlines, not for his acting, but for winning a lawsuit regarding an injury he sustained on a London movie set while filming one of the newest films in the Star Wars franchise: The Force Awakens.

There was a lack of communication between the person operating a hydraulic door and the actor on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The operator unknowingly closed the door while Harrison Ford was underneath it, and the door fell like a “blunt guillotine” millimeters from Ford’s face. The steel door hit him with the weight of a small car and pinned him by the pelvis to the ground as he passed underneath it. Disney was fined over $2.6 million dollars over this incident. The court was told that Ford could have been killed by the heavy door and that the production company was responsible for ensuring a safe workplace. Ford suffered fractures to his fibula and tibula, and he had a dislocated ankle. Ford was airlifted to a hospital in Oxford after the incident and later had surgery on his left leg.

Harrison Ford’s injury has raised much needed public awareness of the potential dangers associated with operating any large moving door, and this relates to garage door safety at home.

While hydraulic doors and garage doors are not exactly the same, they share some important similarities. Both are powerful machines, which provide security and convenience, but both can be dangerous if one is not careful.

It’s critical to be aware and pro-active with your garage door in order to avoid possible injuries, and keep your loved ones and yourself safe.  As the International Door Association website states: The “proper installation, operation, and maintenance and testing [of your garage door] are necessary to provide safe, trouble-free operation. An improperly adjusted garage door or automatic opener can exert deadly force when the door closes. This could lead to serious injury or death from being hit by a closing garage door or from being trapped under the door.”

This is some scary stuff! Our company, Entry Systems strongly suggests regular maintenance of your garage door and operator to ensure safe operation. You can do your own garage door safety check by following some simple steps from IDA’s garage door safety reference guide.

Remember, we are always here for our local Orange County residents, and would love to set up a maintenance plan for you to avoid those stressful emergency calls when something breaks unexpectedly!

About Entry SystemsEstablished in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Orange County Garage Door Specialist — Job Opening

 

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Orange County Garage Door Specialist — Job Opening

Entry Systems, a 5-star Yelp reviewed small business of 40+ years, is looking to hire a full time Orange County garage door specialist. No experience is needed, we will train.

Click Here to Apply: Orange County Garage Door Specialist

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to learn a new trade. This position has an emphasis on sales and requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to use hand tools to fix our customer’s garage door problems. Our company is rapidly growing and there will be opportunities for growth for the right applicant. We will provide a company truck. Basic hand tool experience is required.What does the position look like?

  • A full-time garage door specialist who gives expert advice to customers regarding repairs and sales of new equipment.
  • Play a role in creating an excellent customer service experience every time, building relationships with long-term customers.
  • Provide Full Service Garage Door Repair and Maintenance, including installation of new garage doors, garage door openers and torsion spring replacements.
  • Maintain company truck and inventory on truck.

Requirements:

  • Must have experience with hand and power tools.
  • Our company prides itself in having a reputation for being a long-time professional and honest business in our industry and all of our employees uphold this reputation.
  • Must have clean and professional appearance and be friendly and comfortable interacting onsite with our customers
  • Flexible and reliable team player
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Ability to lift 75 lbs.
  • Minimum 6 years drivers license and clean driving record
  • Ability to use iPad to record job data
  • Experience in the Garage Door Industry is a plus but not required
  • Background check/drug test may be required

Numerous Benefits include:

  • Healthcare
  • Sick pay
  • Paid vacations an holidays.
  • Opportunities for commission, overtime pay, and professional development.

About Entry SystemsEstablished in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Entry Systems Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Entry Systems Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Entry Systems has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. 

“It has been an honor to win this award year after year. Receiving this award, based off of customer feedback, demonstrates that our customers trust us to provide consistent, quality service as a leading family-owned, garage door business in Orange County,” said Bev, owner of Entry Systems.

“Only about 5 percent of the garage door companies in Orange County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Entry Systems to Donate $1 For Every New Facebook Page Like

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Left to Right: Doris Amstutz, Bev Massey

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To show our support, our Orange County small family business will donate $1 to the fight against breast cancer for every new like to our Facebook page through the end of this month (up to $500).

If you haven’t already liked our Facebook page, it simply takes one click for a $1 donation to be made on your behalf. Every dollar raised will go to a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, treatment and support of those fighting breast cancer.

If you’re already a fan of our page, click here and share this post so that your friends and family can like us too. Thank you for thinking of and supporting all those affected by breast cancer. 

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At Entry Systems, this is a cause very close to our heart. Our owner, Bev Massey (pictured above) is an outspoken cancer survivor. “I would not have been able to survive my own experience of cancer without the support and progress of the American Cancer Society and other similar organizations,” explained Bev. Her strength and leadership is inspiring to us, and we want to step alongside her as she passionately advocates to bring support and awareness to this battle that affects so many incredible people.

About Entry Systems: Established in 1972, Entry Systems, a subsidiary of Laguna Niguel Garage Door Service, Inc., is one of the longest running garage door and gate repair companies in South Orange County. As a family owned business with over 40 years experience, the company has been an industry leader providing unrivaled service since its beginning.

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Fight Cancer, Get Free Garage Door Service

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Our family owned garage door business in South OC  is offering an opportunity that will benefit both homeowners and the fight against cancer. Until the end of August, homeowners located in the Orange County service area who donate at least $25 to the American Cancer Society will receive a free garage door inspection and maintenance—a $98 value. This will include a twenty-one point inspection and maintenance of garage door and opener. Any repairs or parts will be available at an additional cost.

To schedule your free service, call our office at +1 (949) 495-0835 or fill out the form below.

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