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It’s a no-brainer that parking your vehicles in a garage provides security from intruders and protection from the harsh elements of your surroundings. After all, that’s the main function of any garage found in a residential house. Most garages are even used as a storeroom for extra home clutter and belongings. Truly, a garage is an essential component of your home that provides added value to your property.

Here’s a helpful guide on finding the right materials and garage doors for the foundation of your garage, as well as storage tricks and safety tips to consider.

1. Best materials for your garage

While there are a lot of things to be considered when building a garage, choosing the ideal material is a big must. With today’s technologies, the materials used for the construction of a garage can withstand the harshest weathering for many years. Such materials include steel, wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum.

Steel is a top choice for garages material-wise. Steel is very durable, cost-efficient, and relatively low-maintenance. For security and safety purposes, steel garages also excel on that aspect. In addition, steel doors will add beauty and balance to any home exterior while delivering secure, energy-efficient functionality at the same time. The roof, walls, and garage doors can be painted to match your home and are available with or without insulation.

Though wood is not the most durable compared to other manufactured materials, it’s still the best option for easy customization and affordability. With its natural aesthetic features as the main asset, wooden garages may be factory-stained or painted, or finished on-site.

Aluminum-framed garages are long-lasting and require virtually no maintenance. It is ensured that your door won’t experience problems with rust or corrosion. Moreover, if your home’s architecture has a modern and contemporary look, a full view aluminum garage door is the perfect choice to complement it and add high visual appeal. Even if your home has a more traditional look, an aluminum door will add a lot to its appearance. The high degree of customization with your aluminum garage makes it easier to match and complement the exterior decor of your house. For example, you can coordinate the look of your garage door to match the look of your front door.

Garages that are built with fiberglass doors are lightweight, making them easier on torsion wheels, garage door openers and other garage door parts. If you live in the coastal areas like some provinces in Cebu and Palawan, fiberglass tends to perform better in harsh environments since its non-corrosive nature can lead to longer life

Vinyl is a durable, efficient, and weather- resistant material that works best on your garage. In comparison to some of the other styles of garage doors, vinyl is considered to be a more affordable option. They do not require regular painting to keep them looking their best because the material is composed of the color throughout. Moreover, many vinyl garage doors contain a UV resin that helps protect it from fading in the Philippines.

2. Garage door types to choose from

Owning a sturdy garage wouldn’t be complete without a convenient and easy overhead garage door. We offer a guide to four types of overhead garage doors that will suite your taste: the retractable, the roller, the sectional, and the hinged garage door.

Retractable gearing means the door panel opens on horizontal tracks which go back into the garage, and this type of gear has been designed specifically for use with an electric operator. Compared to other types, retractable garage doors require more room inside the garage. Professionals need to install horizontal tracks on the ceilings of your garage and you need to have an overhanging garage door opener that will lower the height of your garage.

Roller garage doors open vertically with no “kick out” making them ideal for a short driveway. You can also maximize the space in your garage as your vehicle can be placed right up against the door. With the door rolled tightly around the drum located above the door opening, the drive-through height is maximized and overhead space within the garage remains free from obstruction. Though roller garage doors are potentially expensive, they are very durable, secure, and usually require little maintenance once installed. Due to the nature of their steel frame, they can withstand harsh weather conditions.

The sectional garage door offers everything you would want from any door and as new colors, finishes, window options, designs and any size options are offered, you would have to have a very good reason not to choose this door for your home. The vertical rising action of a sectional garage door means that there is no swing-out; consequently, enabling vehicles to be parked right up to the door. Moreover, the sectional garage door is one of the most secure garage doors on the Philippine market today. Why? Probably the most relevant factor is the lack of penetration points when the door is fitted behind the garage opening.

Side hinged doors are traditional and offer great convenience in their operation, a simple handle or lock to open the leading pass door and no lifting involved at all. If you are frequently accessing your garage for example for gym equipment or workshop tools, this type of garage door can be extremely useful because you don’t have to constantly fully open the entire door.

3. Storage ideas for your garage

If your garage has room for everything except a car, don’t worry. Organizing a garage is a project you can do in just one weekend. From garden and carpentry tools to sports gear and trash bins, you’ll know exactly what you have and where it is.

Use hanging rails for sports gear too. Baskets are available for balls you can use hooks for bats. Hooks are also great for hanging bikes out of the way during colder months. When summer rolls around, use a small rack on the floor so you can grab and go.

The traditional workbench is ideal for weekend projects. You can make low cabinets multifunctional by adding a top for use as a workbench. Use versatile pegboard for a custom layout of hand tools, shelves and storage bins. Outline the tools on the pegboard to indicate when something is missing. Use drawers for small tools and cabinets for larger items.

Place your trash and recycling bins within easy reach of the house. Keep a clear path to the outside so you can easily move them to the curb.

4. Garage door safety tips

Garages are great for a whole range of reasons—car parking, storage, home projects—but, for all of those reasons, they can also pose safety and security challenges. Thus, each and every family member must exercise safety precautions in the premises of the garage area to keep everyone and everything safe and secure.

First and foremost, consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature. Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch. Moreover, make sure the garage door opener remote control or control button is out of the reach of your small children.

Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.

In addition, a new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a keychain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home – especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.

5. Low on budget? Consider a prefabricated garage

prefabricated garage is a garage which is manufactured offsite and transported to the location where it will be used, in contrast with a garage which is built on site. There are a number of different styles of prefab garages available, including custom products which can be tailored to specific applications by home owners.

If you feel that installing a site-built garage will bust up your pockets, considering a prefabricated garage wouldn’t hurt to purchase. Prefabricated garages are cheaper than site-built garages, depending on the site and the design of the garage. In the Philippines, an average sized steel garage including its foundation is approximately P840,000 while a typical prefab garage is usually 1/8-1/3 the cost of a site-built garage. That’s around P105,000-P280,000—talk about saving!