The Latest In Garage Door Technology
Overhead garage doors have come a long way since their invention in the early 1920’s. Nearly a century later, you have your garage door choice of single wide, double wide, classic, carriage style, contemporary, wood, steel, aluminum, belt drive, screw drive, chain drive, smart drive – the possibilities seem nearly endless!
So, what are the latest types of technology for garage doors and where do we see the industry going? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular choices in garage door technology today.
Smart Garage Door Opener
Probably the most popular use of smart phone technology is the smart garage door opener. There are many different brands out there that you can install, but the principal remains the same: instead of using a battery-operated garage door opener, or opening your garage door manually, you can use your smartphone! Just download whatever app is related to the brand of smart opener you purchase and you can open and close your garage door, or turn lights on and off with a quick push of the button.
Did you forget to close your garage door when you left the house? Having smart technology means you’ll get an alert any time the door is left open and you won’t need to turn back around and head home to close it.
This type of technology is especially great for when you go out of town, or need to let someone into your garage when you’re not there. Do you like to shop online, but worry about having packages left unsecure outside? A smart garage door means you can schedule a time to open and close your garage door, or allow a delivery person to have access to your garage. You have the ability to control everything right from your phone without needing to rely on anyone else.
Connect Your Home Monitoring System to Your Garage
If you have a home monitoring system, you can connect video cameras and motion-activated systems to your all entry points in your garage. Any time someone tries tampering with your garage door, or windows, you can get an alert on your smartphone letting you know someone is trying to access your home. Having this type of technology can provide you with peace of mind when going out of town, leaving kids at home, or anytime when your home is empty.
Eco-Friendly Garage Doors
You may not think a garage door can be “eco-friendly” but the materials you choose can make a difference in the environmental impact your door has. When thinking about eco-friendly materials for your garage doors, there are some important points you consider.
In the last ten years, a lot more manufacturers are creating garage doors made using recycled materials. The most common material is steel; however, you can also find doors made from recycled wood. You want to make sure you find a supplier that has complied with environmental regulations and follows industry best practices for harvesting wood.
Living in Florida, we know all about how important it is to insulate your home because once June/July hits, it gets HOT outside. A well-insulated home means your AC unit is working less to keep your house cool, which in turn means lower energy costs. When you think about insulating your home, you may forget about your garage, but keeping hot air out is just as important. There are many types of garage doors on the market that are insulated and have energy-efficient windows so you don’t have to sacrifice style for function.
Durability & Longevity
Eco-friendly also means durable. When you live in a climate that is prone to severe weather, like we are in Melbourne, Florida, having a garage door that can withstand tropical storm and hurricane conditions will save you tons of money in the long run. Dents and damage to a garage door most often means it will need to be replaced. If you spend money on a more durable door, the chances of it needing to be replaced, or the timeframe between replacement can vastly differ from purchasing the cheapest door available.
Learn More About Your Options
The accessibility and technology available for garage doors has come a long way. There are so many options available, it can become a bit overwhelming to learn all the types of doors and features available. How do you choose? That’s where All Pro Garage Doors comes in. We are locally owned and operated right here in Melbourne, FL. We know the concerns homeowners in this area face and can help you find the right garage door that fits your home and your budget. Visit our showroom or give us a call at (321) 723-9723.