When you first discover that your garage roof has a small leak or damp patch it is easy to ignore. Replacing or repairing a garage roof takes time, effort and money. However this may cost you more in the long run as most people now use their garage to store (along with the car) stuff they can’t fit in the house. However a recent article in the paper from Good Housekeeping, ‘Don't keep your clutter in the garage’, pointed out that this is far from ideal. Damp garages can cause wood furniture to swell or contract, make paper in books and photo albums curl and electrical items to end up broken and rusty. So in the end, it may be more cost effective to sort a leaking garage roof sooner, rather than later.
A new garage can be a very useful addition to your home as well as adding extra value to your property. However there are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a new garage: type (apex or pent), size, available space, exterior finish, detached or attached, what it will be used for etc.
If you have recently moved into a new house and have found that your garage is in need of repair or is downright dangerous due to visible asbestos fibres, you might consider a new garage. A new garage is not such a big job for a builder and if there is already a garage on the property, then planning permission will probably not be required as long as it falls under the following Scottish Government Rules on garage planning:
1. Asbestos is dangerous
Asbestos garage roofs were very popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Asbestos was a newly discovered material that was found to be insulating, strong, heat resistant and cheap. As well as garage roofs it was used in a whole host of other things such as flooring tiles, fire blankets, brake pads, artex, roof insulation. If it is in good condition and left alone asbestos isn’t dangerous. However if it is contained in a cement that is degrading or is disturbed by being cut or sanded, fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can then be inhaled and once in the lungs are known to cause serious and even fatal diseases to develop many years later.
There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea to replace your garage roof. The signs that your garage roof is in need of repair are very easy to identify as damage is often visible and wide spread. If you see the following issues with your own garage roof then it is highly advised that an inspection is carried out to determine which areas of the garage require attention.
For some people a garage is just somewhere to store your car, garden equipment and stuff that doesn’t fit in your house. This is a real shame because with a bit of love and attention a garage can be so much more. If your garage is in good condition with a secure, watertight garage roof then it can easily be made to work a bit harder for you this summer.
Paul Mclean has 14 years as an agent for LidgetCompton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service.