Knoxville Garage Door Blog

Catch Up With Improvements the Garage Door Industry Has Been Making Over the Decade

Garage doors are often a neglected part of the home because of the adage, "if it's not broken, don't fix it." While it is true that garage doors are an excellent investment for your home because of their durability and longevity, they still need love every once in a while. One may not think that garage door technology has made significant leaps, but the truth is they have come a long way in a short time, and they aren't just a way to get into the garage; they are an integral part of your home. 

Improved Insulation

Garages are no longer just a place to park your car and store your holiday decorations. More and more people are using their garages for other activities, and if you live somewhere cold, you will want as much insulation as possible. Connected garage doors also lead right into the house, so even if you don't do activities in the garage, you want to ensure that you keep the garage as warm as possible so cold air doesn't get into the house. Many insulation options are available for garage doors now, and the best one generally depends on the material your door is made from. 

Cutting Edge Materials

Gone are the days when your only option was wood. Wood is still a viable option for garage doors, especially if you are going for an aesthetic, but wood can be difficult to care for and extremely heavy. There are many door material options now that suit both your style and technical needs. Steel doors are sleek and durable, aluminum doors are lightweight and rustproof, and fiberglass doors are ultra-lightweight and durable but don't stand up to the cold as well as other options.  

Perhaps even more important than the material is all of the styles that garage doors come in. Not only can you choose a style that best fits your aesthetic, but in many cases, you can add additional hardware to achieve that perfect look. 

Smart Features

One of the coolest ways garage doors have improved over the past decade is with smart home integration. You can now open and close your garage door using only your voice with a smart speaker. You can also control your garage through your smartphone and even see if you left your garage door open from anywhere in the world right from your phone. It can also be paired with the rest of your smart home devices, so when you open or close your garage door, it also does things like change the house's temperature or turn lights on and off. 

Safety and Security

The sensors that prevent a garage door from lowering onto someone have been a requirement since the early nineties, but garage door companies are always looking for ways they can help to keep your family safe. Newer garage doors come with all kinds of security features that keep your family safe from motion-sensing lights to ensure you don't trip over anything in the garage to rolling codes that send a new code to your opener every time you use it. Some newer door openers even have technology that locks the garage if someone tries to open it manually from the outside. 

Time to Think About an Upgrade

Whether there is a new addition to your home that has you thinking about safety or looking to update your curb appeal, there is no better time than now to look into the garage door options available. A new garage door is like a fresh coat of paint and will instantly update the look of your home and make you smile every time you pull into the driveway. In addition, you will love bringing the garage into the 21st century with the rest of your home. 

Whether you'd like to talk about renovating your garage door or you need a little extra nudge to install one, we would love to help! Contact us or call us today at (865) 573-1950 for more information on what we can do for you.