Should You Build a Detached Garage or Attached Garage?

The layout of your acreage is important because it can be expensive to modify it if you are wanting to make changes at a later date. One of the main features of any home is the garage. It can change the way your home looks entirely in addition to influencing the value of your home. For this reason, many people usually take a lot of time to contemplate the kind of garage they want. For example, you can choose between an attached and detached garage. Both of these options come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. You should understand the pros and cons of each building model so that you can make the best choice for your particular situation. Here is some critical information on these two types of garages that can help you make an informed decision.

Look at your home’s current layout

You cannot build a detached garage if there is not enough room to adequately allow for one on your land. Therefore, the first thing you ought to consider is the size of the lot where you would like to build a detached garage. Keep in mind, the optimal size for a detached garage that would fit two SUVs is 24 by 24 feet. You should opt for an attached garage if you cannot build such a garage this size for two SUVs and still have some space between your home and the garage. The shape of your home also matters. Will the detached garage hinder the front view of your house? Will it make it more difficult for you to see cars approaching or kids playing in the yard? These are the types of questions you want to ask yourself before choosing the type of garage that is best. You don’t want your detached garage to become more of a nuisance than a convenience after all of the work and expense you put forth having it built.

What is its purpose?

Building a detached garage requires a lot of effort, time, and money so it should all be worthwhile. Ask yourself, “Why it is important to have a detached garage?” What is your primary purpose for having a garage? This may sound like a silly question; of course people store their vehicles in their garages, however, some people use theirs for extra storage or as a workshop rather than vehicle storage. Some may use their garage as an office for their home-based business. In this case, a detached garage may be a better option since it would provide a quiet working environment. Conversely, if the type of work you are doing is noisy, then the detached garage may keep your work from interfering with the peace of your home. Sometimes, people convert a garage into additional living quarters. Doing so can be easier if you have a detached garage rather than one attached to your home.

Other things to consider when choosing your garage type:

You should look at the aesthetic aspects of building a detached or attached garage. Which one would make your home look more appealing? You should also look at the cost differences between the two. It is likely that a detached one is more expensive than an attached one mostly because building a detached garage is like building a miniature house. If the cost of the detached garage is beyond your financial means, then your choice is clear.

It is important to note that there are certain things you should do regardless of the type of garage that you choose. Fist, insulate your garage so that you do not have to spend a lot of money on heating or cooling. You should also focus on storage space for various household items like tools and old furniture as you build a garage. Finally, security is critical so make that this part of your home is as secure as possible.

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Read This Before Choosing a Fence for Your Yard

Having a home of your own comes with a lot of responsibilities, one of which is putting up a fence that meets your requirements. There are many choices as far as fences are concerned, and logistics come into play when you are figuring out the best fence for your home. Be it keeping your family pets and personal property well contained, enhancing the privacy of your home, or making a subtle boost to the value of your property, the best fence for you is that which meets your goals.

According to Keith Pickens, owner of “The Fence Guy” in Baltimore, Ohio, a lot of consideration needs to go into making the choice as to the type of fence you want before actually investing in one, for example, between opting for a wooden fence suited for privacy, and a simple picket fence. Generally though, and factoring in the fence size and type, you can have a new fence installed for anywhere from $2,600 to $8,000 on average. This is not pocket change for most Americans, so you ought to make the right decision the first time round. Additionally, the slope of your home also plays a part in dictating the overall cost of any particular fence.

Other recommended tips to consider while fencing your home by top ranked fencing organizations such as Rogers Builders are as follows.

Only opt for a fence that best suits your home

A fence is useful for a couple of reasons, ranging from privacy and keeping pets from running loose, to improving the value of your property. No matter what those reasons are, having a clear picture of them sets you on the right path during the process of choosing the best fence for you. However, it is the wise insight of Pickens that advises you to have your priorities straight, i.e. to put your needs well ahead of your wants rather than having it the other way round. For example, you might want a fence that offers you all the privacy you are looking for, but alternatively, you need a picket fence. Be wary though, the choice of a privacy fences isn’t the best one out there as it affects the resale value of your property should such a time presents itself. Pickens strongly advises against this choice. However, if you are in dire need of privacy, vinyl or wooden fencing techniques come in handy, though Jennifer Penchanec (manager with Chesapeake Custom Builders) discloses that vinyl fencing for privacy purposes isn’t the best due to its widely spaced panels.

The maintenance factor

As long as you have, or plan to have a fence in the foreseeable future, then you can never kick maintenance out the door. In this case, make a choice based on the amount of time you are willing to spare tending and maintaining your fence. Again, according to Pickens, the wooden fencing option is a superb one when it comes down to adding value to your home, but it comes with a lot of demand for maintenance. In the case of aluminum and/or vinyl fencing options, the level of attention and upkeep is less making them a popular choice among many. Nonetheless, repairing them can prove to be quite a taxing task, more than, even, the wooden type of fencing. As a matter of fact, in most cases, people who have used vinyl/aluminum fencing have had to replace the entire fence after damage due to lack of the same exact material they initially chose.

Visit your neighborhood’s HOA

The homeowner’s association has clear guidelines in terms of the right standards of materials you are to use for your fence as well as its height. Make sure you check in with their guidelines before going ahead with your fencing project.

Find a reputable contractor

For many, fencing invites a DIY option, but given the nature of the work to be done and tools required, the best thing is to hire a professional contractor who has a reputation for quality work like Rogers Builders. Always make a point of checking the organization’s licenses and status to avoid being scammed. Additionally, be sure to follow up on the acquisition of the building permits by the respective company. A professional contractor will always offer a map or layout of your property in a bid to mark out the boundary of the property for the best fencing experience.

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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Asphalt And Metal Roofing : Part 2

As promised, we bring to you part 2 of our series on the advantages and disadvantages of asphalt and metal roofing. In Part 2, we focus on metal roofing.

Advantages of Metal Roofing:

Long-lasting and weather-resistant

Metal is exceptionally resistant to weather, and some copper and zinc metal roofs in Europe have been reported to last for over a century. Generally, a metal roof can be expected to last for about 60 years; but if it is well-maintained, it can last for much longer. Many metal roof manufacturers usually give warranties of about 50 years. A metal roof prevents leaks and it is also wind-resistant and fire-proof. There are insurance companies which reduce premiums by up to 30 percent if one installs weather-resistant metal roofing.


Metal is extremely light, and an aluminum roof can weigh just a quarter of the weight of an asphalt roof. Steel is a bit heavier, but it is still lighter when compared to asphalt.


As a roofing material, metal is a very energy-efficient. It reflects heat, making the house remain cooler during summertime. In addition, metal roofs are often made using recyclable material.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing:

Expansion and contraction

A metal roof may expand and contract considerably. This may interfere with its performance in the long run and make it less watertight. However this depends on the way it is installed. Hire a trusted professional like Rogers Builders to do the job and the work will be done properly and guaranteed.

Industrial appearance

Metal has long been used to build agricultural buildings like barns. It can therefore look bit industrial when used for residential houses

Quite costly

The biggest disadvantage of installing metal roof is cost. A metal roof costs, on average, three times more than an asphalt one. Other metals such as stainless steel, zinc and copper cost even much more.

Poor past record

Some time back, roofs made using corrugated metal corroded in less than ten years, particularly in places near the sea. This caused them to be perceived as not being durable. Nowadays however, metal roofs are made using special resins and alloys which means they are very resistant to corrosion, heat and heavy rain.

Some low quality products on the market

While high-grade metal roofs are widely available, there are also some low-quality metal roofs on the market. Building experts caution against using such products, particularly for people living close to the sea.

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Advantages and Disadavantages Of Asphalt And Metal Roofing: Part 1

The roof is one of the most important components of a house. It protects the house from hazards such as thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and winds. A leaky roof could cost a homeowner a pile of money in direct and ancillary repairs.

The choice of the best roofing material is influenced by personal preferences as well as other factors such as cost, function, aesthetics and longevity. It also depends on the perspective of who is being asked. If one is buying a home, they are likely to be more interested in the price and the functionality, not the material. A production builder wants want the roof to first of all be affordable and then to function well and look good. An architect will also want a well-functioning roof-but most importantly it should be aesthetically pleasing.

Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material. An asphalt roof is affordable and easy to install and maintain. Asphalt shingles come in various colors and this makes them easy on the eye.They come with a warranty of about 20 to 30 years depending on the particular product line used. But how long they last may depend on how they are maintained and the geographical location of the house.

Despite the popularity of asphalt, metal roofing has started to become increasingly popular. The key reason for this is due to its longevity. A metal roof can last for up to 50 years, comes in a variety of colors (and therefore looks beautiful) and it requires little maintenance. Architects praise the material for giving a house a crisp, modern look. However these positive attributes come at a high cost, which may discourage a lot of people. Metal roofing generally costs three times as much as asphalt.

If you are a builder, it is important to evaluate the various roofing options for your customers. Below is a brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages of an asphalt roof and a metal roof:

Advantages of Asphalt Roofing:

Proven Track Record

Asphalt shingles have an excellent track record and have been used by builders for about one hundred years. Many home buyers are also comfortable with the material, which helps a lot when discussing roofing with them.


The key selling point of asphalt is its affordability. A normal three-tab shingle will cost between 100 dollars and 200 dollars for an area covering 10 feet square. This makes it ideal for entry-level, low cost housing or production housing.

Easy Installation

Asphalt is the easiest type of roofing to install. A qualified professional can even complete roofing a house in a single day. Some keen DIY (do-it-yourself) enthusiasts have been known to undertake roofing projects, but this is not recommended because of warranty concerns.


Asphalt shingles normally come with warranties of 20 to 30 years, depending on the particular product line. Many have class A fire rating and require little maintenance. There are some brands that adhere to Energy Star requirements, which can make the buyer to be eligible for tax credits.

Easy Repair

In the event that it is damaged, an asphalt roof is quite easy to repair.

Wide Range of Styles

If one is concerned about the cost, asphalt comes in a number of affordable basic designs. There are also pricier and fancy designs that look like slate or wood shakes. Most shingles are made using the three-tab design, but one can also get thicker, costlier laminates that come in a variety of colors and deep shadow lines.

Disadvantages of Asphalt roofing:

Uninspiring Colors

Even though they come in snazzy styles and colors, many builders prefer to use duller, unicolored shingles.

Weight Concerns

Whereas basic shingles are not very heavy, the expensive, textured and laminated varieties can be quite heavy.

Affected by Extreme Weather

Normally, asphalt provides good protection from the elements-but severe weather such as hailstorms may be problematic. There are special shingles that can resist adverse weather, but they cost 50% more than the standard shingles. Furthermore, asphalt roofs that lack enough sunlight are susceptible to algae, moss and mildew-which reduces their lifespan.

Longevity Issues

The warranties on asphalt roofs generally cover a long time, but the shingles need to be maintained well and have a properly-ventilated roof deck.

Recycling Problems

Only a small percentage of the disposed asphalt shingles are recycled. The rest remain as shingle waste, which is an ecological hazard.

Check back next week for Part 2 of our discussion!

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