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5 Steps to your Dream Eco-Friendly Garage

Building a garage extension onto your home is the perfect way to add value to your property if you’re considering selling in the next 6 months to a year. By adding an eco-friendly garage extension, you’ll attract buyers looking to save money and purchase an energy efficient property. By building a ‘green’ garage extension, you could actually improve your home’s overall energy rating for your EPC, which means your house will become instantly more attractive to anyone shopping around for property with ‘green’ credentials. Of course, you might not want to move right away, so you could take the time to enjoy the extra storage space a garage extension affords you, whether you need somewhere to store stock for your business or just a space to stash the kids’ overflow of toys! Whatever your reasons for constructing a garage extension, here are 5 simple steps to building your dream eco-friendly garage.

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Use Sustainable Materials

One of the best choices for material when building a ‘green’ garage is concrete. Companies such as LM Concrete Garages use concrete for this very reason. You might not think it to look at this grey material, but it offers many benefits to the environment that should never be underestimated!

The light grey colour of concrete helps to reflect light, reducing the urban ‘heat island effect’, which means it will contribute towards keeping your neighbourhood cool and energy efficient, whilst also reducing your home energy bills.

Using special insulated concrete to construct your garage walls will also assist with heat retention in the winter, ensuring your garage stays cool in the summer months, and you could start to notice savings on your energy bills straightaway!

Consider Life After the Garage

Think about the materials you’re using and what will happen to them in the future. Concrete is a great choice for constructing your new garage as it’s recyclable and can be used in a variety of applications in the future, so you’ll be doing your bit for the environment for years to come!

Add an Insulated Door

greengarage2It’s all very well to build a garage that is friendly to the environment, but if you finish off your project with a plain, standard garage door then you’re missing out! By adding an insulated door to your eco-friendly garage extension, you’re helping to keep the cold air out and warm air in, reducing your energy bills along with your carbon footprint.

Most insulated doors are constructed with a steel outer frame sandwiching a layer of insulation, and have a weatherproof seal at the bottom for added protection against the elements.

Eco-friendly Finishing Touches

Make sure you add green credentials to every aspect of your new project – this means ensuring that interior doors leading from the garage to the house are well insulated and will stop heat escaping.

A UPVC door is a great environmentally friendly choice! Also ensure that you use energy saving lighting in your garage to reduce your impact on the environment – all of these little factors add up to save you money and lower your energy bills, whilst making your house more energy efficient.

Kit it Out Green-Style

If you’re going to be using your garage as an office space or playroom for the kids, make sure you think about the environment every step of the way. Use furniture and other accessories made from sustainable or reclaimed materials, and if you’re laying wooden flooring, ensure it is from a sustainable resource.

Follow these 5 simple steps and you’ll soon have a garage that is not only environmentally friendly, but one that looks super-stylish too, adding value and a unique look to your home!

James Richings is the author of this article

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