Evolution of the Garage Door:

A Look at the Past, Present, and Future

The history of the garage door could date back to 450 BC when chariots were stored in gatehouses, but in the United States, they arose around the start of the 20th century. As early as 1902, American manufacturers — including Cornell Iron Works — published catalogs featuring a “float over door.” Evidence of an upward-lifting garage door can be found in a catalog in 1906.


One of the earliest known garage doors was a simple, manually operated door made of wood. It was invented by C.G. Johnson in 1921 and was designed to be opened and closed by hand using a rope and pulley system.


As the automobile became more popular, the need for a more convenient way to access the garage grew. In 1926, the first electric garage door opener was invented. This device used a motor to open and close the door, and could be controlled using a switch or remote control.


In the decades that followed, garage doors continued to evolve and improve. The introduction of new materials, such as aluminum and steel, made it possible to create lighter and more durable doors. The development of new technologies, such as sensors and safety features, also made garage doors safer and more convenient to use.


Today, garage doors come in a variety of styles and can be customized to suit the needs of individual homeowners. From traditional paneled doors to modern glass and steel designs, there is a garage door to suit every taste and budget. With the help of advanced technology, garage doors are now more convenient and secure than ever before.


At Precision Garage Door of Austin, we pride ourselves on providing top-notch customer service and expert advice. Whether you’re in need of a new garage door or repair services, we are committed to helping you find the best solution for your needs and budget. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our wide range of options.


Garage Door Resources: