DOWN­SIZ­ING

Mak­ing it a stress-free process for emp­tynesters with our guide

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Tur­rell Build­ing Ser­vices has been de­sign­ing and build­ing on the North Shore and in the Hills Dis­trict for over 20 years. Neil Tur­rell

In the prop­erty mar­ket, a garage is held in high re­gard by would-be home­own­ers - al­most as im­por­tant as the size of the gar­den or the qual­ity of the kitchen.

Of course the garage is a multi-tak­ing space, work­ing hard as a place to store stuff, to se­cure valu­able items, and to pro­tect our cars. To achieve all these func­tions well, the most im­por­tant part of the garage is the garage door. It’s this which dic­tates the look of the garage as well as the func­tion­al­ity and safety, as well as hav­ing an im­pact on the over­all look of the house.

If you’re look­ing for a garage door, there’s a wide choice on the mar­ket, ca­ter­ing to dif­fer­ent pur­poses and needs, in­clud­ing:.

Roller garage doors – roller garage doors are an ideal op­tion for garages with space re­stric­tions or houses with short or nar­row driveways.The doors are made of nar­row strips of alu­minium that wrap around a drum po­si­tioned above the open­ing of the door. These garage doors don’t have any over­hang, swing or re­duc­tion in width.

Sec­tional doors – sec­tional garage doors are seg­mented into large sub­di­vi­sions along the breadth of the door. The sec­tions of the door open up­ward into the ceil­ing space of the garage. As the door stays within the frame, the size of the drive­way won’t be af­fected by the garage door.

Up and over garage doors – as the name im­plies, up and over garage doors are those doors that first swing to­wards the drive­way and then move up. Once the door is com­pletely open, it’s aligned to the ceil­ing of the garage. How­ever, these doors need some space for their open­ing and swing­ing, so I would only rec­om­mend these doors for prop­er­ties with long driveways and plenty of room.

Swing hung garage doors – swing hung garage doors are sim­i­lar to the tra­di­tional doors that are hinged to the open­ing of the door. These doors re­quire a lot of space in front of the garage so that the door can be opened eas­ily.

Match­ing your house

In terms of cost, use of tim­ber pushes the price up so for many peo­ple it’s prefer­able to use an alu­minium op­tion which looks like tim­ber - like Deco Wood Fin­ish. It doesn’t warp in rain or weather in sun­shine.

Also with each of the door types listed here, there are dozens of ma­te­rial and colour op­tions to suit ev­ery style, colour and age of home. Even a Fed­er­a­tion bun­ga­low can get a looka­like wooden door to match the house’s wood­work, which is ac­tu­ally metal. This metal op­tion is of­ten re­quired by coun­cils for houses in bush­fire prone ar­eas.

When it comes to se­lect­ing your garage size, choose as large as pos­si­ble as you never know what space you may re­quire for stor­age or a larger ve­hi­cle in five to ten years’ time.

Garage doors in Du­ral

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