Just what do you really know about garage doors? Do you even give them any thought at all, over the course of your everyday life?
Here are some fun yet informative garage door facts. They are undoubtedly overlooked most of the time, but these facts might open up your mind to their importance.
55% of homeowners use their garage door as the main entry point into their homes
According to a study by the Chamberlain Group, half of the human population use their garage door more often than their own front door. I makes sense when you park your car in the garage and then walk into the door that directly connects you to your kitchen to bring in your groceries.
Typically, garage doors have a lifespan of approximately 20 years
Although this will depend a lot on how well you maintain your garage door, including by lubricating it properly. Garage maintenance is extremely important, its an element of your house that is used so often.
On average, the typical garage door opens and closes between three and five times a day
These statistics have been referenced by numerous media sources over recent years, and mean that the average garage door opens and closes approximately 1,500 times each year. All the more reason to make sure that your garage door is high quality, is properly installed, and is well maintained. It’s got a lot of work to do.
Garage door torsion springs last, as a rule, between 9 to 10 years
That’s between about 13,500 and 15,000 open and close cycles. Considering that the typical garage door lasts about twice this length of time – it’s especially important to keep an eye on your garage door, and to have it serviced and touched up as and when required.
Several major companies owe their early success in part to garage doors
Ever heard of the stereotypical trope of a driven young start-up beginning in a garage and then going on to conquer the world? Well, that’s not just make-believe. Google, Apple, Amazon, Mattel, Disney, and Harley-Davidson are just a few examples of companies who started off in garages.
We’ve got to assume that well-maintained and smooth-functioning garage doors were essential for their success.
Modern garage doors in regions prone to severe weather events are often reinforced – but this isn’t the case for older models
This is important to keep in mind when it comes to securing your home against severe weather events such as tornadoes and high-level storms. A non-reinforced garage door may well be one of the weakest points in your home when it comes to allowing entry to high-speed winds.
If your garage door fails at the moment of truth, the wind pressure might literally tear the roof off your house.
Better to get your garage door checked if in doubt.