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Brief History of the Garage Door

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

The word garage comes from the French garer - to shelter or protect. And that was its purpose - to shelter and protect the vehicle.

1921 C.G. Johnson Overhead Door        First Overhead Garage Door   

As the car worked its way into society, so did the need for somewhere to store it. Cars were first kept next to the horses in the carriage house and people who had cars in those days were usually of higher class than most so, having your fancy new car smell like horse manure just would not do!

The first garages were actually a lot like our modern-day parking lots, but on one level. People figured that if they could store more than one horse in a barn, then perhaps they could store more than one car in a similar structure. This system worked well until about 1910, when there became too many cars for the garages to accommodate.

The carriage house had worked well before, if only they could get rid of those smelly horses. And that led to the invention of the garage, as we know it today. They were simple structures and, of course, had a door, because on of the purposes was to protect the car from the elements. It was a double door, attached to the garage with strap hinges that opened outwards. The doors were subjected to heavy wear and tear with the hinges creaking, screw would get bent and eventually fall out being open and closed almost daily. Also, if there were snow on the ground, it would block the doors so they could not be opened until all the snow was shoveled around them. Then came the sliding track doors, a more versatile garage door design but that meant that the garage had to be at least double the width of the door. 

Then a solution to the question of space came with the invention of the overhead door by C.G. Johnson in 1921 the founder of the Overhead Door Corporation. This door could be lifted upwards, folding parallel to the garage ceiling. 

Five years later, in 1926, Mr. Johnson also invented the first electric garage door opener.

    Mini Garage Door

In 1921 C.G. Johnson and his wife toured trade shows and county fairs demonstrating the "Overhead Door" with a miniature garage door mounted on a Ford model T truck. The actual door is above displayed at the corporate office of Overhead Door Corporation. 

For over 90 years, the Overhead Door brand has stood for product quality and expertise, as well as professional service. 

From commercial and industrial overhead doors and access systems to residential garage doors and openers, Overhead Door Company of Waterbury combines quality, dependable products with reliable service to consistently give home and business owners confidence and peace of mind. 


Tags: Carriage House, History Garage Doors, C.G. Johnson

Selling a House?

Posted by Overhead Door Company of Waterbury on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:26 PM



Putting your home on the market?

Staging is a common way to attract potential buyers and create buzz. While many tend to focus on sprucing up the inside of the home, a home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers see.

Helping to create a more inviting space and boosting your home's value can be as easy as changing a few things around your home.

installing new garage door


For three years, the Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine has found that garage door replacements consistently delivers a good return on investment (up to 75 percent on average) when it comes time to sell the home.

While upgrading your garage door may not be the first thing that you think of when staging your home for resale, it might be the most important investment you make.  

double garage door before and after           

With a variety of styles and designs, there's sure to be an Overhead Door residential garage door that matches the look of your home.

Check out our interactive design center and try all the different styles and designs on your home!

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By choosing one of Overhead Door's residential options, you'll see a dramatic improvement to your home's curb appeal and get a leg-up on the competition.  If you are in the process of selling your home or plan to list it in the future and need information on garage doors you can contact Overhead Door Company of Waterbury and they will help you find the door that best enhances the look of your home.

Tags: Remodeling Magazine, Garage Door Replacements, Selling Home, Cost vs. Value