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How to Choose the Best New Garage for Your Home

A new garage can be a great addition to your home, giving you extra storage as well as adding extra value to your property. However there are lots of things to think about when choosing a new garage, here are some of the most important.

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Decide the purpose of your garage

Decide the purpose of your garage

Make sure you have a clear idea of what the purpose of your new garage is. If it is to park your car in overnight, make sure you have plenty room to open the car door and comfortably walk around. Also ensure that any shelving is away from the space the car will occupy in case anything is accidentally knocked off a shelf. If you are using your garage mainly for storage, make sure you look at all the latest ideas for storage. Floor, walls and even the ceiling in a garagecan be used as effective storage areas.

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Think about the type of garage

Think about the type of garage

It is important that your new garage has kerb appeal. You want it to add value to your property, not the opposite. Garages come in a huge range of shapes, styles and materials. Choosing the right one for you will depend on the space you have available and the proximity to your home. Pent roof garages (flat roof) are a good affordable option and are very popular. Apex roof garages (pointed) are also a great choice and come in a range of roof pitch e.g. 12.5 º, 15° or the 25° 

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Size of garage

Size of garage

The size of the garage you choose will be down to the space you have available, the planning regulation rules in your area and your budget. An experienced new garage contractor will be able to advice you on the best option for your purposes. As with most things it is always worth thinking ahead and making sure that it is big enough to accommodate any sudden change of plans you may make further down the line. 

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Attached or detached?

Attached or detached?

Attached garages are a popular choice if there is limited garden space and have the advantage that in some cases they can be accessed quickly and easily from a door inside the house. Larger detached garages look much better set apart, so they do not swamp the property.

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Which type of garage door?

Which type of garage door?

Garage doors are usually visible from the street and so need to look good. They come in 3 main styles:

  • Up and Over: These are generally the cheapest style, are very reliable and come in a huge choice of materials and colours.
  • Roller: These doors open vertically, but rather than going back into the space these doors curl into a roll above the opening. Ideal when there is limited headroom.
  • Side Hinged: These open like traditional double doors (see image above) These are perfect for garages that require regular access when a garage has no other entrance such as a back or side door.
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Exterior finish of garage

Exterior finish of garage

A concrete garage can look very different depending on the type of finish chosen for the walls. Most people will try to match the walls to the exterior of their home, particularly if it is an attached garage. If it is detached the range of finishes available is huge e.g.simple textured wall finish or brick wall finish (in a range of colours).

New Garage

If your are looking for a new concrete or brick garage Garage Roof Scotland can help. They will advise you on the best garage for your property and use their expertise as Lidget Compton agents for over 17 years, to guide you through the process from start to finish.