10 Random Facts About Garage Doors

10 Random Facts About Garage Doors

A white house with two garage doors on a clear sunny day

There are many interesting facts about car garages and garage doors, but in this case, we brought it down to 10 facts about garage doors.

1. How many times does a door open and close within a year?

The average garage door opens and closes 3 to 7 times per day, approximately 1000 to 2200 times per year. Many garage doors are used more frequently.

2. What famous companies started in a garage?

Five famous companies that started in the garage are Apple, Amazon, Disney, Google, and Harley-Davidson.

3. How many owned houses and condos have a carport or garage?

According to the American Housing Survey, 80% of houses and condos in the U.S. have a carport or garage.

4. For how long can a garage door last?

Garage doors have a typical life span of about 20 years, or potentially much longer if maintained properly. As long as you keep it well maintained, your door is one of the key things you can do to prolong the life of your garage door. Spring-life depends on usage, but usually last 3-5 years.

5. When were electric garage door openers created?

Electric garage door openers have been around for a long time. The first one appeared in 1926, invented by C.G. Johnson. However, they did not become popular until after World War II when Era Meter Company of Chicago launched one that could be operated with a switch from the garage or a keypad in the driveway.

6. How safe are the garage door openers with “rolling codes”?

Garage door openers with “rolling codes” automatically change the transmit code with every use, making it hard to hack. This technology has been in place since the early 1990s and is used by every major manufacturer.

7. What famous rock bands start in a garage?

We definitely have to bring this up because, certainly, there were garage doors involved! These 3 bands are among the most famous to start their careers in the garage: Nirvana, Metallica, and The Beatles.

8. Can people get hurt doing DIY repairs to a garage door?

Yes, about 20,000 Americans suffer garage door-related injuries every year. The weight of the garage door (it’s the heaviest moving object in your home), springs, cables, and other attached hardware can seriously injure children and adults. Leave the repairs to a professional.

9. How constantly do homeowners use garage doors?

More than half of homeowners (55%) enter their homes through their garage door after parking. Many consider it easier to get out of the car and go inside rather than walk around to the front door.

10. Do you feel embarrassed to leave your garage door open?

You are definitely not by yourself. Around 50% of American homeowners say that the garage is the most disorganized part of their house, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers.


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