Your car is like a second child, or a first one if you’re kid free. It pays to look after it. After all, it loyally carries your from A to B, hopefully not breaking down along the way. And what if you reward that loyalty by letting your car stay on the street, like a common thing to be left all alone by itself. So if you want to reward your car and ensure it stays safe, snug and sound from the elements it may be time to consider installing a garage. Or perhaps you’re considering updating your old car port? Either way, let’s have a look at a few tips on how to select a modern garage that will last.
Detached or Attached?
Before you decide what type of garage doors to choose, you need to decide if you are going to install a detached or attached garage. A detached garage is separate from your property and is probably best suited for homes situated on large blocks or in regional or rural areas where there’s lots of land. A detached garage is a good choice if you want some extra room to use on top of storing your wheels. This can be a great option for those looking for a man cave or a rumpus space or something similar. It can also be a cheaper option as building it doesn’t have to take into account the existing structure of the property.
An attached garage, on the other hand, is one that is attached to your dwelling. Again, this may only be available to you if you have the space to attach one. Generally these work best when situated to the side of your property. These can be good because you can have a door that goes from your garage to your space, so you can jump out of the car and just stroll on through to home.
Choose a Door
Now it’s time to choose a door. You’re really spoiled for choice here but a good rule of thumb is to pick a material that will best suit the exterior facade of your place. So you may choose aluminum, fibreglass, solid timber or even laminated steel. Some people even opt for PVC. All these materials can be treated to withstand the elements and to expand their life.
Next you need to choose how it opens. Some prefer the old school, pull up and down by hand models. However if you want to opt for the modern approach then you should probably choose an automated door. These are great because you can open and close them at the push of a button, meaning you never have to get out of your car to get in or out of your garage.
Look For Warranties
If you want a garage that will last, you need to look for warranties when picking your brand. As a rule of thumb look for 15-20 year, or even lifetime warranties. If a manufacturer or installer doesn’t offer a long warranty on your garage then look elsewhere. Installing a garage isn’t cheap so if you want peace of mind if something goes wrong.
It’s Open and Shut
First of all, decide if you’re choosing an attached or detached garage for your home. Next, pick the material for your door and decide if you want an automated opener – we suggest it. Finally, ensure that the manufacturer and installer you’re choosing has a decent length extended warranty, for your peace of mind. Now it’s time to enjoy your new garage.