History of the Garage
It’s easy to assume that Garages were invented at the same time as the motor vehicle, but in some ways they actually date back much further. Long before Garages existed, people had a Carriage House which would be where they kept their horses and carts.
Garage Doors, however, probably were invented around the time as the Motor Vehicle, as there was a need to protect the vehicles from the elements, as early Cars were prone to rusting. Garage Doors also gave Cars a warmer place to live, which was a better environment as they started up more easily if they were warm.
Original Garages were very basic, and were more often than not converted barns or sheds or at least designed with a barn or shed in mind. Therefore early Garage Doors were just barn doors.
Over the years, the doors used for garages have changed substantially. They are now stronger and designed for a much better ease-of-use.
Garage Door Styles:
At Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, we offer a full range of Garador Garage Doors Sets and Systems, with a wide variety of types including:
Up and Over Doors. These are a cost-effective style that are the standard type of door for new builds. Available in Timber, Steel or PVC, Up-and-Over Doors come in a variety of designs including wood panelling which can be chosen to suit the style of your home.
Side Hinged Doors. This traditional door style is one that has been in use for a long time, and does require space in the driveway, so that that it can open. The advantage of this is that you need less space for the doors inside the garage, freeing up space for your vehicles and allowing better access to the sides of your garage.
Sectional Doors. These are great if your garage doubles up as a workspace, as they offer excellent insulation which helps to keep the inside warm. They work in an upward action which frees up space in both your driveway and the entrance, making it an ideal option for larger vehicles.
Roller Doors. If you are really tight on space, both inside your garage, as well as in your driveway – or even if you don’t even have a driveway – Roller Doors are the perfect solution, as they roll up to the top of the entryway, without taking up very much ceiling space, which is helpful if you need access to the roof, or if you store things in your garage rafters.
Garage Doors are available in a variety of materials, including Steel, Timber and GRP, as well as in a choice of colours to suit your tastes.