Pros and Cons of an Attached Garage

December 15, 2017

When returning home after a long trip or a hard day at work, it can be quite frustrating to search for a parking spot. That’s one of the most appealing aspects of having a garage, but they can be used for so much more.

When it comes to garages, there is one big decision to make: attached or detached? An attached garage refers to a garage that is connected to the main house. A detached garage refers to a garage that exists as its own separate building.

These are just a few of the pros and cons of an attached garage:

Pros of an Attached Garage

Easy Accessibility

The best aspect of an attached garage is its accessibility. You don’t need to leave your home to get to it. This is especially convenient during inclement weather. With an attached garage, you can get straight to your home or car safe and dry.

An attached garage is also useful if you need to access it at night. Leaving your house to go to a separate building in the dark can be dangerous, after all. Particularly if you live in a more isolated region where there is not much light.

More Convenience

It also makes transferring items – like groceries – from your car to home much easier. If you have the proper storage, you can even put away your groceries right there in the garage! Plus, if you’re planning to have an attached garage, you can also plan to add a room above the garage for extra storage space or another purpose.

Many households already come with an attached garage. If not, the cost of constructing one is significantly cheaper than constructing something entirely new. Having a significant portion of the foundation already completed means that much less needs to be built. Furthermore, you will not need to purchase a separate security system to keep your belongings safe. It can simply be integrated into those that already exist.

Cons of an Attached Garage

Potential Limitations on Customization

There are a few less than desirable traits for attached garages. Although they may be cheaper than a detached garage, they may have some size restrictions. Your garage will already be partially limited by the size of your home. With at least one wall already built, you might be somewhat constrained to the size of that wall. However, with a custom home, your design can be adjusted to accommodate what is needed for the right attached garage for your needs.

Air Quality

There can also be health issues if you do not properly insulate and ventilate your garage and if you store any potentially hazardous materials inside it. Carbon monoxide gas and oil fumes can infiltrate your home from your garage if you are not careful. In fact, it’s because of this that the American Lung Association recommends that you do not store any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your attached garage or run the car without opening the garage door for ventilation.

Heating and Cooling

Temperature control is another consideration with an attached garage. Although it is a little easier to deal with than a detached garage because it is attached to the house, you will still need to consider how you will control the temperature inside the garage and how you will prevent energy loss. Proper insulation will go a long way in reducing heating and cooling loss through the garage. However, you will need to plan for your garage to benefit from the heating and cooling the rest of your house receives throughout the year or arrange for its own heating and cooling system. If the garage is allowed to become too cold in the winter, the garage door may freeze and any appliances you have placed in the garage may malfunction due to extremely hot or cold temperatures.

Consider your own lifestyle and how you will use your garage. Carefully measuring the options and also exploring the pros and cons of a detached garage will allow you to make the decision that’s right for you!