A garage is an integral part of your property, it adorns the side of your property and its presence perhaps sets your property apart from your immediate neighbours. If it's an eyesore it may diminish the value of your property whilst an independent survey by a leading Building Society has shown that your investment and more can be recouped with the addition of a new garage.
You may only purchase a concrete building once or maybe twice in your lifetime and so our advice is to ignore the marketing ‘spin’ and make your informed choice using the following set of guidelines.
Testimonials: Many of us may already have friends and relatives who have recently purchased such a building. Where did they buy it from? What is the brand of the garage? Did the whole transaction run smoothly? After all, a company's reputation is only as good as its last customer interaction.
Construction: Not all garage companies offer the same level of installation and guarantee. Ensure that the concrete panels are mastic sealed, that an internal cement fillet is provided. One also imagines that if something as a simple a leak was reported the manufacturer would without quibble rectify the fault? Don't hold your breathe, a guarantee rosette maybe brandished but some guarantee statements contain clauses designed to tie the consumer in a noose.
Brand: Many of the components found within concrete buildings are household brand names with service and support to match. Enquire as to the brand of the main door for example, if you don't recognise the name then walk away. Remaining on the subject of garage doors, do ensure that your door is supplied with a rigid steel frame.
Concrete Panels: Take a tape measure, not all concrete panels are alike. Accept nothing less than 2 3/4 inches thick reinforced and vibrated concrete panels. Enquire as to the weight of each panel, heaviest is best we suggest (2cwt per panel) furthermore ensure that your panels are securely bolted in at least at three-points.
Viewing: You shouldn't have to travel far to view a concrete garage display, most of the leading brands have representation generally no more than 20miles apart throughout the UK. Are the display models well kept? Were you offered sound and knowledgeable advice? These are key pointers toward the kind of company you maybe dealing with.
Payment: All manufacturers will request payment prior to delivery. Be wary of those looking for payment at instigation of order. Avoid paying in cash, cheque or debit card. If you have one available use a credit card in order to provide card protection for your purchase.
Background: The author has almost 20yrs retail experience in the concrete garage trade. As well as advising on the most suitable building per application advice is also tendered on groundwork preparation and all aspects of planning and building control. The writer resides in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK and operates from one of the regions largest concrete garage showrooms.