Although the current trend in Perth is for double garage doors rather than two single garage doors, there are a range of factors that should also be considered if you are deciding between the two options. There is no one choice that fits all design styles or that will work for everyone. You need to stop to think about which one will be the best option for your home. The following are the most important elements to think about that will help you make your decision so you have the garage that works best for you and your home.
1. The Garage Door Width
It does not matter if you have an attached or detached garage when it comes to making your choice. You have to think about what you will be using the garage for to make sure you have the right doors. Those who are going to park two cars in the garage will need to have a garage that is at least 6m wide and 8m deep. If you are going to have two single garage doors that measure 2.5m x 3 m, you would want to have a garage that is 8m wide at least. If you want larger doors, such as 9’ doors, you would need to have a garage that is even wider. In this case, you would want a door that is 10m wide. Those who want to have an access door on the front of the garage would need one that is wider still.
To help you determine the size, think about the types of vehicles you will be parking in the garage and their size. Not only will you want to measure the size of the vehicles, but also consider the extra space you will need in the garage for storage and the like. When taking measurements, you also need to consider opening the doors of the vehicle. Of course, you also need to consider your budget.
Winner: 1 Double Garage Door (saving slightly more space)
2. Temperature and Humidity
Having two single garage doors in Perth can be a smart option. The weather can be quite hot and humid for most of the year and so air conditioning costs can be a large portion of overall expenses. If you have two single garage doors, it will reduce the amount of hot air that gets into the garage when you open it. For those that might work in their garage, spend any time in there or would just like to stay out of the heat as much as possible – this can be both a cost and comfort-saving option.
Winner: 2 Single Garage Doors (better for temperature control)
If you have a single garage door and it has a malfunction, such as a torsion spring break, it could mean that both of your vehicles are stuck in the garage. Those who have two single doors will still be able to get at least one of the vehicles out of the garage.
Winner: 2 Single Garage Doors (less chance of both cars being stuck inside)
4. Number of Vehicles
Those who have three small vehicles and who want to have all those vehicles parked in the garage might want to consider a larger double door. It would be easier to get them in and out than it would with two single doors.
Winner: 1 Double Garage Door (easier to maneuver multiple vehicles)
5. The Aesthetics
Now that you have had some time to think about the practical aspects of the garage, you can start to think about the appearance of the garage. The “look” that is right will depend on your home and on your tastes. However, most agree that the two single doors have a very good look to them. With all the great options on the market today though, you can find attractive doors in a wide range of styles. A very popular option is the carriage house style doors.
Winner: It depends! Have a look at the garage doors currently on your street.
6. Cost Difference?
As mentioned, you do need to think about your budget as well. Fortunately, you will find that this should not have too much of an effect on whether you choose a double garage door or two single garage doors, as the cost will be very similar. What could add to the overall cost is having a second electric garage door opener for the other door. Still, if that is the look and style you want, it can be a good choice.
Please keep in mind that if you choose just a large-sized single garage door, this does not mean you are going to need a more powerful opener for the garage. You need to make sure it is properly balanced and that it is installed properly. With a good system in place, it reduces the perceived weight of the door.
Winner: 1 Double Door (slight cost saving)
So, based on the above factors it is obviously up to you what option you go for. We hope this guide has been useful for you.