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
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.
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
2. Garage door types to
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
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
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
5. Low on budget?
Consider a prefabricated garage
A 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
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!