The Pros and Cons of an Interior Garage Door
Garage doors are often only considered to be a part of the garage itself. However, there are many benefits to having a garage door inside your home as well.
Using garage doors for the interior of homes has become a new trend for garage doors. It has been utilized by retailers and restaurants for years, but has now recently made its way to residential homes. They are often used as room dividers and gates to open the interior to the exterior. It is not for everyone though.
There are pros and cons to having an interior door you need to know about before you decide whether this trend and home feature would be beneficial to you.
- The biggest pro about having an interior home garage door is that natural light can be utilized with all glass interior garage doors. This can be the perfect solution for those who want to watch the sunset, sunrise, a thunderstorm, or even a snow storm.
- Essentially, an interior garage door becomes a temporary disappearing wall. It can be opened quickly to gain access to your outside entertainment area and allow easy flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Like having your office space lead out to the backyard for when you work from home and have to watch the kids.
- Location, Location, Location. Deciding where to have your interior garage door can have benefits as well. The most common one is the kitchen. This area can lead directly to your outdoor entertainment space as well as having a clear path to your grill for summer grill outs.
- Having a garage door on the inside of your home adds value! It is a feature most common in modern homes and increases value as well as curb appeal.
- They aren’t energy efficient. This is one of the main problems with this modern design. It can be a problem when the temperature changes, whether hot or cold. If fresh air is something that you enjoy, and you don’t use your air conditioner often in the summer months, then this might not be much of a concern. However, if you enjoy hot weather and cold weather, but separate from each other, then an interior garage door is probably not for you. To help in the winter months, it is recommended to have an insulated door.
- Having a nontraditional opening inside your home can add expense to an existing home. It is more economic if you are building a home from scratch where you can plan for this feature initially. It also might be of interest to consider size, a smaller size for a smaller space might be better expense wise. For an existing home it can be tricky to make sure the door clears when it opens and the extra space for when it is open. When requesting an interior door, make sure to bring these concerns up to your contractor.
- Depending on your level of comfort and the location of your home, privacy might be an issue with an all-window interior garage door. It becomes difficult to cover them with window coverings, being so expansive in a space.
It is a big decision to make when considering an interior garage door. Make sure to consider all factors before making this purchase, like how often you would use it and if it is going to be beneficial to you all year round. Nevertheless, it is an amazing feature for entertaining and to impress your guests as well as be a great space to relax and watch the sunset.
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