Although car garages may be the most cluttered area in a home, it is also one of the hardest working spaces in your house. A residential car garage is a walled and roofed structure for storing one or more vehicles, which may be a part of or attached to a home, or an independent outbuilding. When the garage is connected to a home, there is generally an entry door into the home. Generally, these garages contain space to fit at least one car, although this number may vary depending on the size of the garage. Additionally, garages typically consist of a wide enough door which may be raised and lowered to permit entry and departure of a vehicle, as well as a locking mechanism to secure the vehicle when closed. Usually, this locking mechanism is an electrical component which can be operated using a garage door remote control when the homeowner approaches the home. Car garages do not only secure your vehicle, they may also be utilized for an abundance of features and activities.
Varying by state and area, various zoning and building codes may be imposed regarding the dimensions of a car garage, so it is best advised to be knowledgeable of the building laws. Some car garages have enough space inside, even with a car already parked, to perform numerous activities and store various objects. Many individuals utilize the space in their garage as a workstation, or for storing bicycles, lawn equipment, hand tools and many more. Consequently, car garages generally contain an assortment of clutter.
The majority of car garages are generally 10 feet by 20 feet. This is an appropriate size considering the average length of a midsize sedan is about 15 feet. However, many homeowners have a 20×20 garage, which can adequately fit two vehicles inside effortlessly. Homeowners will be able to exit their vehicles by opening their car door without contacting the interior walls of the garage and have enough space to walk in front of, behind or around the vehicle. Car garages with a length of 24 feet also allow a homeowner to store various objects in the garage, even with cars already parked there.
Even those individuals who do not own a vehicle can utilize a garage space for workshops and other “man-caves”. However, those who own a vehicle can tremendously benefit from having a garage. A car garage not only protects your vehicle from precipitation such as rain, snow or wind that can weaken a car’s exterior clear coat and cause rust, they also keep the vehicle warm. Consequently, fluids and oils are kept in a stable state, ultimately leading to a better performing engine, opposed to a vehicle that was kept outside. Your car will also be protected from scratches, dings and dents from these harsh weather elements such as hail and falling tree branches. Additionally, your car may be damaged even in the summertime as a result of the extreme temperatures and UV rays. Extreme heat can lead to deterioration of a vehicle’s interior and exterior when exposed for a long duration.
Furthermore, a garage can also potentially protect your vehicle from theft or vandalism. Since a vehicle is a huge investment, those tempted to harm or steal your vehicle will be deterred if the vehicle is kept indoors. Also, there are numerous insurance companies who offer discounts for those who store their vehicle inside of a garage. If for any reason a car garage is not an option, consider regularly washing and waxing your vehicle in order to protect it from harsh weather elements.