People keep their money in banks or in vaults and their jewelry in safety deposit boxes. It’s natural to safeguard valuable possessions somewhere protected with strong doors that can’t be pried open by anyone unauthorized. That’s why people keep their keep cars in the safety of the garage. But what good is a garage without a good door?
What is it?
The garage door is one large door (or several panels) that opens either manually or with the help of an electric motor. It is made up of two parts: the door itself and the garage door openers.
In the Beginning
The first documented existence of garage doors was in 450BC when chariots were stored in a structure protected by gates. Their first appearance in America was in the 20th century. Since then, the popularity has increased and almost all American homes are installed with one. Their usefulness and convenience cannot be overstated.
The Sad Truth
The garage door is, arguably, the most important door in the house, and one that is most seen by people. However, it is possibly the most neglected part of the home. As the famous saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”
However, this door, which we usually take for granted protects our cars from damage and thieves and also, in a way, protects your home with your family in it. That being said and with the stakes so high, homeowners should take time and make sure theirs is efficient and doing what it’s supposed to do.
Tips and Tricks
Taking care of your garage door isn’t a complicated task. You just need to ask yourself a couple of questions every now and then.
1. How old is it?
2. Is there water damage? Are there any cracks?
3. Does the door come back up after closing it?
4. Are there any unusual noise coming from it when you open/close it?
Once you identify the problem, you can now determine the fix – repair or replace.
Hefty costs for replacing your garage door can be avoided if you regularly check their efficiency. You can also avoid accidents and keep your home and your family safe. Here are a few simple tips.
• Before driving away, always make sure that the door has completely closed. Make sure there is no one trying to get in or out while it is closing.
• Install the wall switch out of reach of small children.
• They need to be lubricated properly. Do this at least once or twice a year. While you’re at it, check all the hinges, screws, nuts and bolts.
• Conduct a safety check every 30 days.
• All the members of the family should be briefed on how to use it.
Always remember that prevention is always better (and less expensive) than cure. Keep your garage doors in good working condition and keep your car, your home, and most especially your family safe.
Did You Know?
• The word garage officially became a dictionary word in 1902. It came from the French word garer meaning to shelter.
• The inventor of the overhead door was C.G Johnson. He did it in 1921. 5 years later, he also invented the world’s first automatic garage door.
• The most common colors for it are white, blue, and brown.
• Modern models now have insulation that can save a lot of energy (and hundreds of dollars in electric bills!), especially in summer and winter.
• Real estate agents all agree that a fully functional and beautifully designed garage door can increase the market value of your home.
• The most recent models work even if power is out.