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The History of Garage Doors in Canada

Garage One - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Can you imagine your home without its garage? Where would you park your car? Or store those quintessential household items? Despite the fact that it’s now considered a staple element of any home, garages and garage doors were only developed in the past 100 years or so. During this time, they’ve experienced a fascinating evolution—one that we’re excited to share with our Toronto area clientele.

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The origins
In the early twentieth century, cars were beginning to replace the horse and buggy as the main mode of transportation. While the initial plans for what would become the modern garage were being drafted, cars were parked in carriage houses alongside their horses. These early designs weren’t perfect; they were still detached from homes and their doors were awkward to handle. There was a long way to go yet in order to develop the modern garage door.

The evolution of the garage
In the 1920’s, the overhead garage and the electric opener were invented, followed by sectional overhead garage doors in the 1930’s. By this point, the vast majority of people had retired their horse and buggy in favour of an automobile and the garage had become a hot commodity.

In the 1940’s, houses started to be designed with garages attached to them, giving people the option to enter their homes through their garage.

As time went on and technology advanced, the quality of available garage doors improved. They became more durable, the mechanics were more sophisticated and more styles were made available.

Modern garages
While most garages were made of wood until the 1970’s, today garage doors in Toronto and other cities are made of stainless steel, aluminum, fibreglass, glass and other materials.

There are many ways in which you can customize your own garage doors, making it easy to find an aesthetic that matches the style of your home.

There are also numerous energy efficient and eco-friendly options, which are beneficial for both your wallet and the environment.

Additionally, technology has taken great leaps forward, allowing you to control your garage doors with an app on your phone. It’s amazing how far we’ve come!

Garage doors in Toronto
If you’re inspired to update your garage doors to something more modern, or they’re simply in need of repairs or maintenance, reach out to our team at Garage One. We’re happy to help with all of your garage door needs. Contact us right away to get started on your home improvement project today.


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