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

Lastly, it 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!

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 are cheaper, they 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 constrained to the size of that wall.

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.

Consider your own lifestyle and how you will use your garage. Carefully measuring the options will allow you to make the decision that’s right for you!