Garage Door Trends: Check Out What’s to Come in 2014
What’s more boring than a garage? A sidewalk? At least sidewalks have the colourful squares that kids draw on to play hopscotch. What about a rock? Well, you can find rocks at popular museums, and there are people who collect them. Sure, garage doors are not the most exciting things in the world. However, there’s proof that garage doors do in fact have more to them.
There are more options than ever before when it comes to the installation of garage doors, which means that the task doesn’t have to be a yawn-fest. With the emergence of some new trends, you can now turn garage door installations into an exciting home improvement activity. Sure, it may not be as exciting as putting a pool in the backyard, but it doesn’t have to be as dull as watching the asphalt on your driveway dry out.
So What Trends are Brewing?
Most trendspotters are on the lookout for new fashion, music, and design trends. Few people look out for what the next big thing with garage doors will be. After all, their purpose is more of a functional role, rather than one that’s aesthetic. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are new additions that will make the use of garage doors more convenient, and there are also new options that will make them look better too!
New Garage Gadgets
The use of gadgets has made the garage a more digitized piece of equipment. No longer are they static slabs of wood or steel, but rather, they are now dynamic and better suited to meet the demands of today’s homeowner. Unlike previous years, homeowners have more control over matters of safety and convenience – both of which have been made possible by technology. In fact, the availability of new gadgets will only make things better.
Smartphones as Remote Controls: Although not entirely new, the use of smartphones as remote controls has grown in popularity. There are several apps that allow you to operate your garage door from virtually anywhere. Simply touch a few buttons, and you can open and close your garage when necessary. When unsure whether or not your door is closed, these devices give you peace of mind by enabling you to check from your phone.
Personal Parking Assistant: There’s another innovative tool available that makes garage door operation quite convenient. We’re talking about laser-guided parking assistants. It sounds sophisticated, but the way it works is quite simple. These parking assistants automatically project a laser on your dashboard upon entry. Once the beam hits a predetermined point on your dash, you will know if you have parked in too far. This nifty little device makes it easier for you to park in your garage, and reduces the chances of hitting something.
It’s hard to deny that technology has made garage door installations more effective. But along with these gadgets, there are other trends that will make the garage even more appreciated!
New Garage Designs
In addition to new technology, design has become an increasingly important aspect for garage doors. As you know, fashion and design styles change every few years or so. The same is true for garage doors. The normal panel patterns that were the standard just a few years ago are now being supplanted by new shapes and designs.
Post-Modernism: Today’s interior design most often incorporates post-modernist art – a blend of styles from previous eras with newer design patterns. What does this look like for garage doors? You can expect to see bolded lines, 2-D shape patterns, and windows with rounded corners. The look created by this style is futuristic, and will make your home stand out in your neighbourhood.
Graffiti: Another postmodern and experimental design trend that continues to emerge is the use of graffiti on garage doors. The use of graffiti creates a 3D rendering on a garage door, and gives onlookers the illusion of seeing a landscape or objects that are not really there. Done correctly, the visuals turn your garage into a canvas that commands attention and brings admiration.
Just like technology, clever use of design can make your garage door installations more exciting. Hopefully, you’re starting to see that there is much more to a garage than the usual open and close motion you subject it to. With that said, there’s still another trend that has become popular among homeowners.
New Shopping Experience
Thanks to online stores, you can play with a product (or service) before purchasing, or even touching it. It’s common to find shoppers selecting different options for the things they buy online as well. You can have a similar shopping experience with your garage doors.
Customization: The options that one gets to preselect is of particular interest when it comes to online purchases. Not only can you pick the brand or material of your choice, but you can also choose individual features such as colour, window shapes, and additional hardware. This digital, all-inclusive shopping experience makes it easy to make choices from the comfort of your own couch.
In combination with new technology and designs, this convenient shopping experience makes garage door installations more enjoyable. The interactive menus and displays make your selection less of a burden, and more of a unique experience.
Starting the Project
So do you see your garage in a different perspective? If so, then great! However, you still might wondering where to start and what needs to be done. There are different routes you can take, but it’s wise to accomplish two things first: 1) Know what you want, and 2) Hire the right people.
Know Your Intent
For you to make the wisest choice, you need to establish what it is you want your garage door renovation to accomplish. Do you want more convenience, or a means to make your home look more attractive? Or perhaps you want to accomplish both. Whatever it is, you need to know beforehand so that you spend your money (and time) wisely.
Consult & Hire Technicians
Once you have established your intentions, it’s time to seek the professionals who can make it possible. At this point, you should hire contractors who have experience with garage door installations. The involvement of these professionals will ensure that your installations are accurate, so that your garage door operates efficiently and safely.
Give Your Garage Something to Look Forward To
So the next time you pull up to your driveway and see that boring old garage door, picture it with a design that makes you want to stop and stare. Or the next time you have to lock it by hand, imagine how convenient it would be to do so from your phone. These 21st century home improvement trends are making it more enjoyable to make use of your garage. Whether you are embarking on a renovation or completely new project, hiring a contractor will make garage door installation less of a hassle. In no time, you’ll be the proud owner of a garage door that commands vibrance, rather than one that exudes boredom.
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