Staying Safe Around Garage Doors

When one of my children was playing with our garage doors a few years ago, we heard a piercing scream that we will never forget. She had gotten her fingers pinched in the side of the door, and we knew that we had to help her--and fast. Because of our quick actions and first aid, we were able to take care of the problem. After we returned home, I started thinking about ways to keep our kids safe around garage doors. This blog contains loads of helpful information about maintaining your garage doors, looking after your curious children, and preventing serious injury.

Three Unique Garage Door Styles For A Modern, Minimalist Home Design


If your home's exterior has a sleek, modern, minimalist look, then it only makes sense to choose a garage door that coordinates with this look. Here's a look at three types of garage doors that would be ideal for this type of home.


The idea of a garage door made entirely of glass may sound a little strange at first, but modern technology has taken care of the concern that such a door may break or let others see into the garage. Textured glass lets the light in and out, but blurs the view into your garage, so would-be-thieves cannot see what you have inside. A special coating, similar to that used on windshields, keeps the glass from shattering. In some all-glass garage doors, several different textures or shades of glass are used to create a more interesting design. The doors are constructed from several hinged panels, so they can fold as they are lifted up and opened.

Wood-Like Vinyl

Sure, you could go with a real wood door, but the maintenance wooden doors require makes them unpopular these days. Vinyl doors made to look like wood, however, are becoming increasingly popular. For a modern, minimalist home design, you would likely want to look for one that appears to be constructed of stacked wood panels. The vinyl is easy to keep clean -- just spray it off with a hose -- and it won't dent or crack easily.

Shiny Steel

Standard aluminum garage doors are usually painted or colored, which makes them look a bit out of place with more modern, minimalist designs. However, you can now find shiny steel garage doors that look right at home if your home's exterior includes a lot of other metal work. Steel doors often hinge open to the sides rather than rolling up overhead. This allows them to have a more solid look. They can be comprised of just two solid steel panels (one for each side) rather than numerous panels on joints. Keep in mind that in order for folding doors to work, you need to have enough space in front of your garage. Folding doors are also not ideal in snowy areas, as accumulated snow may prevent them from opening.

Make sure the garage door you choose speaks to the style of the rest of your home. With wood-like vinyl, glass, or shiny steel, you can create a contemporary and edgy look the neighbors are sure to envy. Go to a company such as Kaufman Overhead Door for additional information.


27 October 2015