Would you believe it if I told you that a version of garage doors were used as far back as 400 B.C? Would you like to take the red pill or the blue pill? Okay, enough with the Matrix references. When exactly were modern garage doors invented? Sometime around 1902 or 1900 in general. These were called “float over doors” and were basically overhead garage doors as we know them, today. Most were wooden or steel garage doors. Though, the heavier wooden garage doors opened out in a classic fashion. Interestingly enough, wooden swing-out garage doors are coming back into style. Why? For their durability. And the fact that they are made with treated wood that doesn’t rot or rust.
Enough about the present. When were remote garage door openers invented? Well sometime in the 1930s they had the original idea patented. They weren’t great, though. They weren’t even wireless, at first. The first wireless garage door openers worked through radio signals. These didn’t work well until the 1970s when all the kinks were worked out of them. Before they used coded radio signals, you could easily open two or three garage doors on your street. Why? Because they were all signaled by the same radio waves. They cleared that up, for the most part, in the early 1970s. Though, it is still possible for an older garage door opener to be affected by a strong radio wave, today.
Garage Door Issues Through The Years
Speaking of older garage door openers… The ones produced before 1993 have to be replaced according to the federal government. They pose far too many safety and security hazards to children, pets, adults and even vehicles. Newer tech has allowed for sensors that prevent garage doors from opening or closing if there is a blockage… Or a child playing chicken or trying to limbo with the moving garage door. So yes, these are very important safety measures on the newer garage door openers.
Another huge change is the fact that you can open your garage door with a passcode on your smartphone. This makes it ten times less likely that someone will break into your home through your garage. Which used to be a popular entrance for thieves. All in all, garage doors have come a long way over the years. This is a good thing since we’re not just keeping livestock and chariots in our garages anymore, like they were in 400 B.C.