Spotlight on Garage Door Material: Steel

Steel is one of the most common garage door materials. It is reasonably priced and benefits from many properties that lend it to outdoor use. These include its durability, low maintenance, and aesthetic appeal. Steel can also be manipulated to suit the style of your home, including mimicking a wood pattern with a special coating or being painted any colour you wish!

Compared with natural wood, steel is significantly lighter, stronger, more practical and easier to maintain. However, when compared with wood, a few things to consider are that steel garage doors require fitted insulation and are vulnerable to dents and corrosion. To maintain and extend the life of your steel garage door, we recommend cleaning it to remove any dirt and grime at least twice a year.

Advantages Of Steel

  • Low maintenance.
  • Extremely durable.
  • Available in various styling options and available in an array of colours, textures and finishes.
  • It is reasonably priced.

Disadvantages Of Steel

  • Prone to becoming dented.
  • It needs additional insulation to retain heat. 
  • It can become prone to rust and corrosion, primarily if scratches and scrapes aren’t dealt with quickly.

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Garage Conversion FAQs

Converting your garage into extra living space can be an excellent, cost-effective way to add to your home without the hassle of losing space somewhere else.

Four Common Questions

Is planning permissions required?
Planning permission is not usually required if all the work is internal and does not involve any extension.

How do I get started?
Once you know if planning permissions are required, consult a building surveyor, architect or structural engineer to help design your conversion plans.

Will a garage conversion add property value?
Typically, yes. Anything that improves your home and creates additional living space will add value. You need to ensure your project is managed and controlled so that the expenditure does not exceed the value-added.

How much will it cost?
The price varies greatly and depends on whether you employ a builder for the work or manage it yourself and use individual tradespeople or do some/all of the work yourself. Pricing could start at around £8,000.

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Best Ways to Keep Your Garage Secure

Your garage can be a very versatile space that that can be used as extra living area or simply used to store lesser used items. Either way, they can contain highly valuable items that require considerable protection. This is especially true if the garage provides entry into your home. So as to keep your valuables or family as safe as possible, here are a few ways to improve garage security.

Home Security systems are a great deterrent for theft, especially when advertised on the exterior of your home. Many systems do not include the garage but this should not be excluded. Motion detectors and also exterior motion-operated lights are an additional way to keep your property safe and less appealing to thieves. You can even have these items connected to your phone to allow notifications of any disturbance.

Windows are another potential weak point into your garage, so you need to ensure they stay closed and locked. You can have these covered so that light still gets through but people will not be able to see inside. You can also invest in window bars for extra protection.

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Garage Floor Upgrade Options

Is your garage floor unsightly? Two ways to upgrade the flooring of your garage from the standard concrete slab, to a more functional and attractive option, are using coatings or coverings. Coating options include paint or epoxy and covering options are usually tiles or mats.

Paint and Epoxy will adhere to the concrete slab and typically used when there is no cracks or repair work needed on the concrete. The main difference between the two are from a chemical and performance standpoint.

-True epoxy (not to be confused as epoxy paint) gives a more durable and long-lasting finish.

-Concrete floor paint can give your garage floor new life and is designed to be durable and resistant to damage from solvents, salts and other caustic materials.

Tiles and mats (specifically designed for garages) are materials that are set on top of the garage floor, can be used when the concrete is cracked/hard to repair and can be moved or removed when necessary.

-The type of floor tiles typically used in garages are interlocking rigid or semi-rigid plastic, rubber or wood composite. These tend to be more durable than vinyl floor tiles that are more commonly used in other living spaces.

-The easier method for covering a garage floor is the roll out mats, typically made from rubber or polyvinyl plastic. There is a variety of these and they are typically easy to clean and resilient.

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How can you warm your garage up?

Garages tend to be much colder in winter than the rest of your home due to insufficient heating and if you use your garage as a workshop this can mean you only make use of your garage in warmer weather conditions but you should consider adding a heating source to your garage if there is not already one. Ideally, if you can extend your home’s main heating source to your garage then this will be a great way to keep your garage warm all year round.

if you cannot supply your garage with the main heating source then there are other things you can do to warm your garage up.

1. Insulate walls and door – this is the most cost-effective way to warm your garage up.

2. Electric heating – the easiest way to warm your garage up is to use electric heating. A convector heater will heat everything in close proximity whilst an oil-filled radiator will maintain a lower but more widespread heat. Electric heating generally is quite expensive so you will need to factor this in and only use it when required.

3. Weatherstrips – even just a slight drought can make your garage feel considerably cooler, so either replace or add new weatherstrips.

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Garage conversion ideas

Garages absolutely do not need to be used just for there original purpose of storing cars and in recent years we are seeing more and more garage conversion ideas. Whether you want to convert your garage in to another room as part of your home or you want a new garage built for the sole purpose of having an extra room.

We have come up with a list of great ideas for your garage conversion.

1. Integrate your garage so that its part of your homes main living space. You can use it as a living space or even a kitchen extension.

2. Home office – you can easily turn a garage into a large home office space with lots of storage

3. Gym – you could convert your garage into an indoor gym

4. Think about adding levels to your garage – you could raise the height and add a new floor giving you optimal extra space

5. Can’t go up? Go out. Think about converting to a double extension to maximise space and value to your home.

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What does your garage door colour say about you?

The colour of your garage door can really change the aesthetic of your home so it can be a difficult decision to make. Whether you have chosen to go for a vibrant red or a slick black garage door colour the choice you have picked can say a lot about your personality. We have compiled a shortlist of the more popular colour choices and what each colour could represent your personality.

Grey – grey is a colour that can easily blend into the background. Its also associated with having a strong business minded personality.

White – white Is one of the most popular colour choices for garage doors and can signify that you are a clean and tidy character who likes the simple things in life.

Black – black garage doors are modern and elegant just like their owners. Black garage doors are easier to keep clean so could signify that you are forward-thinking.

Red – a red garage door tends to mean you are outgoing, impulsive and confident.

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Does a garage add value to your home?

With many homes having limited parking space and households owning more cars, garages are in higher demand than ever before. Recent research found a garage can add as much as 10-20 per cent to the price of a typical home. Research released last year from Admiral Loans reveals that a garage conversion could add an average of £45,000 onto the value of your home.

Aside from the face that you could sell your home for a substantial amount more if you have a garage, if you were to sell some buyers will immediately rule out making an offer for your home if it does not have adequate secure parking.

Having a garage built on the side of your home will always be a positive move. Aside from the added value it will add to your home, it offers you extra storage and space whilst keeping your car and items secure and protected.

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Safety Features of Garage Doors

Garage doors are large and heavy, which means their use needs to be regulated or they might be unsafe, especially for pets and young children. It’s essential that you make sure the garage door you choose is suitable for your environment and can be used safely by the people who are accessing your garage, and those living in your home.

Here are some of the safety features you should consider:

  • Lightweight doors. Choose a lightweight material such as fibreglass or aluminium if you’re concerned about opening the door and injuring yourself.
  • Alarms. Garages can be a target for burglars, so keeping them secure with features like alarms is very important.
  • Automatic stopping. If you have an electric door or an electric garage door opener, choose an option that offers automatic stopping. This will help to prevent serious injury occurring.

It’s also important you follow all safety instructions and have your door maintained regularly, to keep it working safely.

What Makes a Good Garage Conversion?

A garage conversion is a way of making use of space that would otherwise be lost, so you can extend the footprint of your home. A successful garage conversion is one that will give you more usable space and enhance your way of life, bringing you all the benefits of a bigger, better family home. You will be able to enjoy more freedom in the way you live your daily life.

A good garage conversion should make you feel more at home, but it should also be efficient. It’s important that it doesn’t push up your energy bills, or become inconveniently cold in the winter. A good garage conversion will use quality building materials to make it better insulated, so that it is efficient and cost effective as part of your home. If you are thinking of having your garage space converted, make a list, think about what you want from it, and get the professionals in to help.