Selecting Materials and Construction Methods
Types of materials for garage construction
When it comes to constructing your attached garage, the choice of materials plays a pivotal role in its durability and appearance. Common materials for garage construction include wood, steel, and concrete. Wood offers a classic and customizable look but may require more maintenance. Steel is known for its strength and durability, making it an excellent choice for security-conscious homeowners. Concrete, on the other hand, provides a robust foundation and is highly resistant to fire and pests. Additionally, there are eco-friendly options like recycled materials and sustainable wood choices for those with environmental concerns. The selection of materials should align with your budget, design preferences, and long-term maintenance considerations, ensuring your attached garage stands the test of time while meeting your aesthetic and functional needs.
Sustainable and eco-friendly options
When considering eco-friendly building materials for your attached garage construction, you’re not only making a sustainable choice but also contributing to a healthier environment. Here are some eco-friendly options to consider:
- Recycled Materials: Using recycled building materials like reclaimed wood or recycled steel can significantly reduce the environmental impact of your garage construction. These materials give a second life to resources that would otherwise go to waste.
- Sustainable Wood: Opt for sustainably sourced wood, such as FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) lumber. These woods come from responsibly managed forests, ensuring that trees are replanted to maintain the ecological balance.
- Bamboo: Bamboo is a fast-growing renewable resource that’s incredibly strong and durable. It’s an excellent choice for flooring, cabinetry, or as a structural material in your garage.
- Insulation: Choose eco-friendly insulation options like soy-based foam or recycled denim insulation. These materials offer energy efficiency while reducing the use of harmful chemicals found in traditional insulation.
- Low VOC Paints and Finishes: When painting or finishing your garage, select low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints and finishes. These products emit fewer harmful chemicals into the air, promoting better indoor air quality.
- Solar Panels: Consider installing solar panels on the roof of your attached garage. Solar energy is a renewable and clean power source, which can offset your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint.
Hiring a Contractor
Finding reputable contractors in Connecticut
While it’s easy enough for us to recommend Fine Home Contracting for your project, we also feel that homeowners have the right to a responsible, informed choice in their contractor. Some common services for finding contractors include Angi, Thumbtack, and Houzz, but we recommend searching for local contractors specialized in additions and garages using Google.
It’s important to ensure your contractor is licensed and insured. In the State of Connecticut, contractor licenses can be verified on the state website here.
Getting multiple quotes and comparing
We always recommend getting 3 quotes for your project from several different companies. Viewing these appointments as an interview more than a quote gives you a chance to gauge your contractor’s level of knowledge and skill, the quality of their customer service, and their unique pros and cons. Once you have several quotes in hand, it’s important to compare the pricing and scope of work: Be wary of any companies that heavily underbid other contractors, as it likely means they’re cutting corners.
For more information on selecting a contractor, see our blog on vetting your contractor.