Latest Home Trend Uses Garage Doors

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.

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. Vickie Lents with Entrematic, garage-door maker has seen demand for glass garage doors, for example, skyrocket by 75 percent in the past three years.

Garage doors are being made more insulated and with low-e glass and frosted panels to help maintain temperatures.

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