Roofing Your Attached or Detached Garage

Every homeowner in the middle of building or renovating will at some point have to make decisions regarding the garage. There are variations and options aplenty: how many cars will it hold? Full garage or carport? Will it serve other purposes? Mostly, though, the big question seems to be: will it be attached to the house? What is equally important is choosing the right roofing material.

There's no right answer here. The trick is to learn which style of garage will best suit your needs. Attached garages and detached garages, even carports and pole barns, they each have their own levels of suitability, and each home will have different needs. Here are just a few things that have to be considered:

  • The size and shape of your lot – The latter can be very important, especially if the location of your garage will affect the area of your yard where recreation takes place.
  • What the garage will be used for – Protection from the elements, storage of tools and boxes, as a workspace … all of these choices suggest different things.
  • The architectural features of your house – Many older houses would look quite unnatural with an attached garage that wasn't built to the same specs, or of the same materials.
  • Roofing needs – will the design allow for a steep slope? Will the garage be flat? Some garages even include a loft area for additional storage. A detached garage needn't necessarily be a close match to the house, but an attached garage would look strange if the roof wasn't similar to the main property.

There are pros and cons to an attached garage, so take a look at each style and decide which is best for you. Then be certain to carefully select roofing materials and style – because your roof is the best defense against the elements. Remember – the climate is going to matter, too – Oklahoma City roofing contractors will have a lot to say about the top you slap on your garage, attached or otherwise.

So take a look at the pros and cons, especially as they relate to the roof you choose:

Pros:

Protection from the elements

Regardless of whether you choose a water-shedding or water-sealing style of roof, an attached garage is as moisture proof as your house, by necessity. Not for your car (because both garage styles have you covered there) but for you. And given the OKC climate – where a year will definitely include hail, snow, ice, rain, and hot, humid sunshine – that could be a really big selling point. If you want to be able to wander into your garage barefoot while it's pouring, this could be the garage for you.

Attachable to home security

If you're storing an expensive car, or really anything of value, it helps that an attached garage is part of your home, and therefore part of your home security system. Detached garages often need a secondary setup, which can be an added expense.

Cons:

Not easily expandable

If your child turns sixteen and gets a car, you might want the option of adding a second or even third bay to a garage to keep their wheels out of the blizzard. With an attached garage, that's significantly more difficult, as you can only expand in one direction.

Financial drain

An attached garage is an energy drain, as it will be – at least a little – heated and cooled along with your house. Good insulation work can minimize this. It's crucial in an attached garage to insulate not only the walls, but also the roof deck, and ceiling, to minimize the energy drain, as heat rises.

Band practice

That's really shorthand for noise. If something noisy is happening, don't you want it farther from the house than your attached garage?