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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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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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How to Program Your Car to a Liftmaster Garage Door Operator

Entry Systems Tech Talks: Programming Your Car to a Liftmaster Operator

In the second video of our new Tech Talks series, Jonathan, our Manager of Garage Door Operations, explains how to program your car to a Liftmaster operator using your car’s existing garage door opener buttons.

It is important for you to have easy access to your home. One great way to make your life that much more convenient is to program your car directly to your garage door operator! This will allow you another means of access into your garage and allow you to give your current garage door remote to another family member or keep it in a second car. Why not connect the technology you already have in place and make your life a little easier?

If you’ve never programmed your car’s garage door buttons, now is the time. It can be a little confusing the first time, but this video from an Entry Systems professional will allow you to DIY (do it yourself) in just a minute or two.

Here’s an overview:

Many cars these days have HomeLink buttons installed which allow you to easily program your car to open and close your garage door using a Liftmaster operator.

A car’s HomeLink usually has a small symbol of a house and three buttons, and it is most commonly placed on the roof right above the windshield on either driver’s side or in the middle.

It should look something like this:

Make sure you also have a currently programmed garage door remote so you can transfer it over to your car’s HomeLink buttons.

Now follow these simple steps:

1- Decide which car button you want to program. Press that button & make sure the light flashes slow. If the light is solid or flashes fast, hold it down until it starts flashing slow (it could take up to 30 seconds to reset).

2- Take the handheld garage door remote that is already programmed. Hold down that remote’s button at the same time as you hold down your car button until the car button’s light starts flashing fast.

(With some newer cars this is all you have to do! Press your car’s button, and if the garage door opens you are done! If the door doesn’t open, however, continue to the next step.)

3- Find the “learn button” on your garage door operator (that’s the button on the machine which pulls your door open). Push that button down quickly (just once!).

4- Now go back to your car and hold down the button you chose to program. The lights on your motor should blink once.

5- Press your car’s programmed button & your garage door should now open. You’re all done!

It’s really that easy. We’d love to hear any questions you might have, video ideas you’d love to see, or any other general feedback. Make sure to subscribe to our channel and keep up with the content we produce!

As always, if you live in the Orange County, California area we would love to be your go-to garage door service company. Check out our website to learn more about us, give us a call at (949) 495-0835 or stop by our showroom in Laguna Hills!

 

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About the Entry Systems Tech Talks:

We have launched the Tech Talks series on YouTube in order to make it easier for our customers to better understand the function of their garage door. These short videos will answer some of our most frequently asked questions, introduce you to our incredible team and provide you with the opportunity to take matters of home access into your own hands. At Entry Systems, we want to provide more than just great service to our Orange County clients. We also want to provide the opportunity for homeowners to maintain the important functions of their home in a way that is easy to use and customized to their individual needs.

 

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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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Amarr’s Coastal Collection

We are proud to announce that we carry Amarr’s Coastal Collection garage door! It is built with resilient vinyl facing and edges on each section, sealing out the weather elements and preventing dents and rust.  The Coastal Collection is perfect for homes near the beach experiencing wear and tear from the ocean breeze.  Available in classic carriage house and traditional designs, these garage doors provide years of maintenance free performance.  Solid vinyl construction of the Coastal doors prevents denting, rotting, warping, and cracking.

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Call us today at (949)495-0835 to schedule a free estimate or stop by our office to see a hand sample!

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No power? No problem.

Using your front door is a thing of the past– most of us go inside through our garage door. Do you even carry a house key anymore? Most don’t.

Last Thursday night we had a power outage here in Orange County that affected over 120,000 homes and offices. (ABC Local) If you were planning on using your garage door or gate during that 3 hour window, you were either locked in or out. We look to our garage doors and gates for security but when the power goes we become trapped.

Here at Entry Systems we received many calls due to the power outage. Our advice– be prepared before it happens again.  We know the only time you think about your gate and garage door is when it’s broken, but you need to be prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite story is from a power outage that happened about a year ago. I know a woman in her 50’s who fortunately had a neighbor who was able (and willing) to climb up the second story balcony to let himself in through the sliding door! If only her door still worked.

We want you to be able to depend on your garage door or gate, even when the power goes out. That’s why we are currently including the battery backup with any LiftMaster 8360 or 8550 garage door opener that is installed. Gate operators that come with the battery back up are the CSW24V and CSL24V. We’re here to help.

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