The history of garage doors06/24/2013 Back To Blog
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We see them every day, we know they are there and we place our faith in them. We use them to protect our valuable garage equipment, our cars and some people live in them while others barely use theirs. Where did it all start? Where did it come from? Who invented the electronic garage door, let’s find out.
The history of the garage door could go as far back as 450bc, of course there were no cars at that time, but gatehouses were used to store chariots and keep them safe from any unwanted saboteurs and thieves. This was also to keep them out of weather conditions which often had a great toll on the maintenance and lifetime of a chariot, much like it does on our cars today.
Garage doors emerged around 1902 in the US and were often found in catalogues, and they were advertised because the need for garage doors at that time seemed odd and many people didn’t buy into it at first. After they became more popular in the US, advancement was soon to follow just like any other product. The first one-piece wooden door found in the US dates back to 1935, and soon after that a man that went by the name of Leno Martin developed the first one-piece overhead door, which made use of rollers and tension springs that allowed the door to move upward.
So, next time when you see the door that keeps your car and your possessions safe, don’t forget where it came from. The complex spring and roller system is just one more invention that made our everyday lives a little easier. These seemingly uninteresting objects have a history so whether you’re stacking your old boxes away of parking your chariot, take a second and thank Leno for his hard work.