When deciding which type of garage to buy there can appear to be a minefield of options. From different materials, to finishes and roof designs, each one can add multiple different features to your garage making the decision you make even more important.
To make the decision a little bit easier, concrete garage specialists Dencroft Garages have put together a checklist of things to take into account when looking for a new garage.
Firstly, you must think about the size. Should it be a brand new garage you will only be governed by the amount of space you want to take up in your garden. You can go for a standard size and shape, but you can create bespoke designs which feature L shaped or extremely long garages. You must also have a base for the garage to withstand the weight and add additional strength. This is required to be larger than the garage size, so please take that into account when deciding on the size. Obviously if you are governed by the original garage size, ensuring the base is level and can withstand the new garage is also important.
After deciding what kind of size you might need, material is another key choice for multiple reasons including strength, the ability to withstand weather and the total cost for manufacture and build. Concrete and brick are popular material choices, with concrete costing more to manufacture but taking less time to build because of the panels.
If cost is a big worry, then remember to include manufacturing and the build and labour time into your budget. Just because it might be £1000 cheaper to manufacture a brick garage, the build time could be a day or more, incurring large labour costs compared to a concrete garage which would take less than a day.
Many families will already know what they require their garage for, which can range from storing large items like cars and bikes to housing external appliances such as a fridge freezer. However there are also better features available, such as a roof, with the options of additional space available. The apex roof for example allows you to store large items within the middle of the garage, whilst also providing a suspended floor where you can store overhead.
Your choice of roof can also have other implications for drainage and style. Guttering could be added to collect water that runs off the roof and could be used in the garden at a later date. This is something that could save money in the long run.
A final point to consider is additional features. You can have complementary fascias or even secondary access doors should you require them, depending on your use for the garage. An access door is a popular choice for many homeowners across the country as it means you can gain access to other parts of the garage at different times. Also if you use the garage to park a car every day, it may be worth considering an automatic door.
These are just a few points to consider when buying a garage. By thinking these through you can make sure you achieve the garage you desire, that will meet these requirements and that you will not incur any additional costs.
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