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A Walkthrough to Garages and Garage Doors

Updated on August 19, 2013

Since the time that cars become more and more widespread in many communities, people also have seen the proliferation of garage. Nowadays, it seems that a house will never be complete without the addition of a garage. Moreover, garage now is becoming more than a place where cars should be parked. With the help of garage doors, it can serve as a playroom, storage area, additional living spaces, repair room, and many others.

Evolution of Garage

In the earliest history, cars were usually parked outside of a house. Due to security reasons and decreasing area for free parking spaces, people thought of having garage for their cars. Necessity eventually drove people to build a garage.

Garage is not always been a direct part of a house like what you can see today. In most cases, it was a separate building from the house itself. The decreasing available space caused people to move the garage closer to home and eventually become a part of the house.

Since earlier models of cars are smaller in size, garages are relatively smaller too. For this reason, old garages needed to be expanded or stretched to accommodate larger and newer models of cars. In the United Kingdom, garages are smaller too because of the one-car policy of the state. While in the United States, garages have become part of a status symbol for wealth and prosperity.

Difference of Garage and Carport

Most people might use the term ‘garage’ and ‘carport’ interchangeably, but this should not be the case. There is a big difference between the two. The garage is a close space with overhead doors. The garage is costlier and most likely a permanent structure of the house.

On the other hand, the carport does not have any wall – it is an open space with a roof to cover the car. Carport is usually less expensive and flexible in its use. Since it is easier to install, most car owners will prefer carport if they intend to construct a temporary place for their car.

Importance of Garage Doors

A garage can have a garage door or not. Nevertheless, a garage door is very important for security reasons. The garage door can deter for bad people from breaking in and stealing from the house. Furthermore, garage doors can be the best way to draw boundaries from the outside environment to the inside environment of your home.

There are different types of garage doors. It can be electronically or manually operated. The door can be a single door, double door, chained-door, and other models. The effectiveness of your garage door will greatly depend upon the overhead door company you will hire. For this reason, you should hire experienced and expert company working on your garage door.

These are just some of the basic information that you should know about garage doors and the garage itself. If you plan to have your own garage or you already have one, knowing the information mentioned here will assist you to make a better decision.


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