Whew! 2021 is nearly over, and what a whirlwind. The last 2(ish) years have seen a migration of people from cities to suburbs, from commuting to working from home, and from old fixtures to a slew of renovations. Leading these significant changes are millennials.
We get it. The more time you spend at home, the more comfortable you want it to be. Is connecting your garage door to your Google device really too much to ask? Well, if you’re thinking of upgrading your home’s exterior in 2022, here are some garage door trends to check out.
In 2022, people will want their homes to look more earthy and natural. You may see your neighbors choosing warm tones and darker colors like green, blue, and grey to decorate their exteriors.
For garages, wood and natural-looking styles like paneling and barn-style will take precedent over industrial chic. While you can expect to recover up to 100% of your investment in a new garage door, natural wood may be out of the budget.
Luckily aluminum can be shaped to fit any taste or aesthetic without the price tag. So whether it lifts, rolls, or swings, your garage door can be a stunning focal piece of your home.
Minimalism, Light, and Windows
If you’re like the rest of the world, you’re probably tired of being cooped up in the house. It’s no surprise then that lighting, big open windows, and minimal architecture is on the rise. Natural light, plants, and less clutter simply make us feel more ourselves.
That’s why not only will you see homes with more artificial lighting and bigger windows, garage doors will have them too. Paneling and glass combined for a minimal aesthetic is one of the fastest-growing trends in garage door installation. Not only do you have a stunning focal piece for your house, but your garage has the potential to become another comfortable room in your home.
Homes will continue to be versatile spaces for remote workers in the years to come. But without a suitable garage door opener, that room above your garage is going to be awfully loud. Openers like the LiftMaster 8557 Elite Series® are among the quietest on the market. It’s also versatile because it attaches to the wall instead of the ceiling. A perfect fit for homes with cathedral-style ceilings or lofts that make your garage more than simply a room for your car.
Smart Home Devices
A distinctly millennial trait that has been on the rise in the housing market is internet and smart device use.
If you’re attached to your smart devices, you may be influencing the trend of smart homes. Smart devices and smart homes let you control your lights, heating, AC, and more, all from an app.
Now, your garage door can do it too! Some openers require only the detection of your keycode to open without any additional effort. They can also connect to voice via Siri, Google, or Alexa.
Need to let in the landscaper or a friend? No problem. There’s an app for that!
The only drawback is that these openers can be a little expensive. That’s why we love the Genie ReliaG™ 850 opener model 2028. It might not be Alexa compatible, but it works with your wireless HomeLink® & Car2U® automation systems and is an excellent option for safety and affordability.
Speaking of safety, that brings us to our next 2022 trend in garage doors…
Last, but definitely not least, people are becoming more concerned with the safety and security of their homes.
Combined with smart technology, this means more remote devices you can control from anywhere. However, this trend isn’t entirely new. We’ve seen remote-activated lights, deadbolts, surveillance cameras, and more on the smart list for years. But in 2022, we’ll continue to see a rise in the number of garage doors with remote smartphone capability. Current models already tell you if the garage was left open and include systems that activate and lock manual operation.
Soon, you’ll finally be able to bring in the groceries in one trip! And it all starts with a seamless garage door function.
With the shifts in the housing market due to migrating millennials, 2022 is the perfect year to make upgrades to your home’s exterior. No matter the style of garage door or the smart opener you choose, your friendly neighbors at American Garage Door are here to help. Looking for a gate and garage system that compliments and raises the value of your home? No problem! Contact our Denver location for service, installation, or 24hr emergency garage repair. And have a prosperous and happy New Year!