Detached Garages vs. Attached Garages: Which Are Better?

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Having a garage, whether attached or detached, is one of the benefits of owning a home over an apartment. However, you eventually will need to upgrade your current garage because it’s unrepairable. If your home didn’t have a residential garage when you bought the house, you might choose to build one. 

Whatever the reason that you’re in the market to build a new garage, you’ll need to decide if you want to get an attached or detached garage. Here are a few details that you should know when you’re making your decision.

What is a Detached Garage?

A detached garage doesn’t share a wall with the house, and there are times when they’re more useful than a garage that’s attached. One of the benefits of a detached garage is that you won’t hear the noise of the garage door opening and closing, which is convenient if you’re working on a lot of projects or don’t want to disturb sleeping family members when leaving for your third-shift job.

You might also choose to build a detached garage if your lot or the way that your house is laid out won’t allow for an attached garage. For instance, you wouldn’t want your bedroom to open into an attached garage. You might also choose to have a detached garage added to your lot if you want to have an extra-large garage that you’ll use for things other than storing your vehicles.

What is an Attached Garage?

An attached garage shares a wall with the house. If you have the lot space and the right house layout, you might choose to add an attached garage so that you can directly enter the house from the garage. This is convenient in poor weather.

You might also choose to add an attached garage because it further insulates the house. Plus, if it’s attached to your kitchen wall, you can even store an extra freezer or refrigerator in your garage for quick access to extra food.

Which Type of Garage is Cheaper to Build?

You might assume that a detached garage is cheaper to build because you might associate attached garages with newer homes and detached garages with older homes. In reality, attached garages are the cheapest way to build a garage because you have to pay for one less wall of materials. Detached garages are usually more expensive to construct from the ground up because you have to pay for insulation, siding, framing, and other wall materials.

If choosing between an attached garage and a detached garage, you need to determine which option is in your budget and gives you the benefits you want. When you’re shopping, you’ll need to consider the size of your lot, your house, the cost to build a garage, and your lifestyle to make a choice that will give you optimal benefits with minimal drawbacks.

Whenever you’re ready to have your new garage door attached, contact Ridgeline Overhead Door. We’ll help you select the perfect garage door for your attached or detached garage and install it for you.