According to a study conducted by Dr. Stephanie Ortigue of Syracuse University, feelings of love can be experienced in as little as 0.2 seconds after establishing visual contact. Normally, we associate the phrase “love at first sight” with people, but the same can be true for things, especially homes. That’s why so many people use that phrase” to describe their feelings upon seeing their home for the first time.
Homeowners in Long Grove, Illinois take great pride in their homes, so much so that the median home price is 287% higher than the national average. The average number of people in a Long Grove household is also 28% higher than the national average, which means larger extended families. It also means that garages are utilized more often, and in more creative ways.
The Evolution of the Modern Garage
Garages were invented shortly after the invention of the automobile in 1910. In the beginning, garages were nothing more than small detached sheds located in the owner’s backyard. Modern attached garages that protected people, as well as cars, from the weather became popular in the 1930’s. By 1945, they were included in the majority of architectural blueprints for new homes.
The size of garages grew over the years in direct proportion to the increasing size of cars. As families grew, manufacturers began producing cars large enough to accommodate them. In the 1970s, two-car households became common. Today, the garage is often the largest and most prominent feature in the front of homes, especially those built after the 1970s.
Garages were originally designed to protect expensive vehicles from thieves, vandals, and the ravages of weather. Rust from rain and snow and faded paint and upholstery caused by the blazing sun were among the reasons that home builders decided that every suburban home should have one. The residents of Long Grove experience just about every kind of weather there is, with temperatures ranging from -9°F in February to 102°F in August.
In addition to protecting cars, garages now have a number of other uses, including providing extra living space for people. Garages serve as storage units for items they don’t use on a daily basis. Those who enjoy do-it-yourself projects often transform their garages into home improvement workshops. Others transform them into extra rooms for visiting relatives or guests. As working from home becomes an option for an increasing number of people, a portion of many garages have been converted into home offices.
Many a successful quest for fame and fortune have begun in a garage, but most people consider their garages a place to get away from things they have to do and do things they want to do. Since people are spending more time there in a variety of ways, they’re making their garages extensions of their homes. That means making them as safe, warm, and attractive as possible.
Safety and Warmth
The automated garage door opener was a great invention that expanded protection from the weather to the humans that drive. Today’s garage door openers come with smart phone apps that allow you to open and close it from anywhere. However, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 30,000 injuries are caused every year by garage doors. Unfortunately, children suffer many of those injuries.
Performing regular inspections and maintenance of your garage door is the best way to avoid increasing those statistics. Spring tension, guides, and fixings should be checked every three months for fraying, excessive wear or corrosion. The remote control system should be tested monthly by placing a block of wood on the ground beneath where the door would close. If the system is working property, it should reverse within seconds after coming in contact with the wood.
Some common indicators of a problem include slow movement or unusual sounds. Slow movement often indicates a potentially dangerous problem with the torsion spring. A squeaking or scraping sound might be a sign of mis-alignment, which could result in damage to the track as well as floors and ceilings. Any of these problems should be addressed promptly and repairs made as soon as possible.
Since more people are spending more time in their garages, along with their other smart home gadgets, they want smart doors, too. In terms of a garage door, smart means well-fitting and well-insulated. A smart garage door can help maintain a comfortable temperature during the most extreme weather without causing energy costs to soar.
In today’s economy, the potential rate of return on an investment in a home improvement is an important consideration. Of the latest trends in home improvement, two of the top five were door replacements. Replacing a worn, unattractive, or malfunctioning garage door is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. Statistics show in 2013, homeowners were able to recoup 73% of the cost, which rose to 97% in 2014, and to 102% in 2015, resulting in a profit.
In terms of both design and materials, garage doors have come a long way. For the first time, people who have chosen their front doors and windows with care to look attractive and inviting are able to do the same with their garage doors. Once strictly utilitarian, they now come in a wide variety of materials, designs, styles and colors.
Materials include combinations of steel, fiberglass, and wood. Creative types even able to transform their garage doors into artistic canvases. Whatever your home improvement budget, you can transform your garage in a way that expresses your personal priorities as well as your unique sense of style.
Professional Services in Long Grove, IL
Whether you need repairs, want to remodel your garage, or design and build a new one, the experienced professionals at Woodfield Garage Doors can help. We are dedicated to helping our customers maintain safety while improving the energy-efficiency and appearance of their homes.
Our licensed technicians provide affordable high-quality service to Long Grove residents within the 60047 and 60060 zip code areas. That includes convenient same-day service for calls received before 3:00 p.m. For a quote, you can give us a call at 847-871-9519. You can also provide your contact information on our website and one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will contact you as soon as possible.
Even if you don’t believe in love at first sight, there’s no denying the power of first impressions. Your home’s exterior presents a lasting impression to the community as a whole. Installing an attractive, energy-efficient garage door can make a huge difference in that impression The results might even inspire your neighbors to do the same, increasing the beauty of the whole neighborhood along with property values.