Over the last 10 years or so, the use of garages has developed further than being a place you simply park your car. This evolution seems to be in line with the development of garage door variations now available, as people now often to use this space as extra storage or even something a little more adventurous, like a home gym.
However, parking the family car in the garage still has some significant benefits.
The biggest, & perhaps most obvious benefit is the reduction in car insurance premiums. Whilst in most cases, parking in a locked garage will only provide you with a marginal saving on your insurance premiums, it is overall a lot safer.
This is because….
Leaving your car outside & unprotected makes it an easier target for thieves. Your car is less likely to be broken into if it's hidden away in a locked garage. If you wanted to add some extra security around your home & garage, it's a good idea to install a motion-detecting light fixture above the main garage door.
We've already covered the obvious security benefits of parking a car in a locked garage, but you'll also be protecting your vehicle from the elements. Weather conditions, such as rain, wind, & sunshine, can cause aesthetic damage to the paintwork over time. This will provide you with peace of mind, especially if you view your car as ‘your pride & joy'.
This only really counts in winter, but parking in a garage means you won't have to face scraping ice & snow off your car before work. It isn't pleasant & can mean that you have to leave the warmth of your home earlier to be able to set off to work on time.
There are always downsides to everything, & parking in your garage is no different. By doing so, you're sacrificing space that could be used for a variety of things, including extra storage, a home gym, or even a home workshop.
In some instances, & as technology has developed, some older houses have garages that are too small to park a modern-day car.
The type of garage door plays a significant part in answering this question. Up & over garage doors are often the most popular type in the UK, & will provide easy access for a vehicle. However, you may want to consider installing an electric garage door, which will make the whole idea of parking in your garage more convenient.
Roller garage doors are more popular when it comes to automation, as it requires minimal overhead space, & will allow you to still use the rafter in the garage for easy storage.
If you're looking to start parking in your garage, & you feel that your garage door does not provide the security or convince you desire, please get in touch with our expert team, who will be able to advise you on your specific requirements.