The History of the Garage Door

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The garage door has a long and interesting history, dating back to the early 20th century. Here's a brief overview of its evolution over time:

  1. Early Days: The first "garage doors" were simply carriage house doors, designed to protect horse-drawn carriages from the elements. They were typically made of wood and swung outwards.

  2. The Advent of the Automobile: As cars became more popular in the early 20th century, people began converting their carriage houses into garages. The first garage doors for cars were similar to carriage house doors, but were designed to swing up instead of out.

  3. The Rise of the Overhead Door: In the 1920s, overhead garage doors began to emerge. These doors were made of steel and had a track system that allowed them to roll up and down, making them more convenient to use.

  4. Automatic Garage Door Openers: In the 1950s, automatic garage door openers were introduced, making it even easier to open and close garage doors. These early openers were operated by a switch on the garage wall or by a remote control.

  5. Modern Advances: In the years since, garage doors have continued to evolve. Today, garage doors are made of a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, and fiberglass, and they can be operated by smartphone apps, keypads, and other advanced technologies.

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