Latest Home Trend Uses Garage Doors

April 25, 2016

Garage doors are not just for hiding your cars any longer. A growing trend has designers and architects installing garage doors in other places of a home.

The doors are serving as retractable room dividers that separate kitchens from patios, for example. Also, they’re being used on exterior walls. With a press of a remote-control button, home owners can then open up the home’s interior to the outdoors.

“It’s about bringing the outdoors inside,” Vickie Lents with Entrematic, a garage-door maker in Winston-Salem, N.C., told The Wall Street Journal. They “allow a great deal of natural light to flood inside and they make a room seem bigger.”

The trend is nothing new for beach homes, which for years have been using garage doors to open up homes. But garage-door makers say they’re seeing more demand for garage doors -- other than just for the garage -- across the country. Lents says Entrematic has seen demand for glass garage doors, for example, skyrocket by 75 percent in the past three years.

The garage door “has become a decorative feature in the home that’s very functional as well,” says Sarah Schram, a brand manager of Wayne Dalton garage doors in Lewisville, Texas. Schram says a Colorado family used four glass garage doors to transform a garage made for an RV into a sunroom with a hot tub.

Garage doors are being made more insulated and with low-e glass and frosted panels to help maintain the home’s temperature.

Source: “Garage-Door Styles That Work Indoors,” The Wall Street Journal (March 29, 2016)