Attached Garages vs. Detached Garages

Attached garages or detached garages is a long standing dilemma for people looking to buy a home, build a home or those wanting to add an addition. There are quite a few things to consider when deciding which to choose. There are benefits to attached garages just as there are negatives and the same applies to detached garages. The decision rests with you and your specific needs. You will find in the article below benefits and negatives of both detached and attached garages.


Attached garages are connected directly to your home making them easy to get to. Most of the time there is a door leading to the garage from inside your home. This that you will not have to trek through snow, ice or rain (not to mention blistering sun) to get to your vehicle. Detached garages are freestanding buildings which means you have to walk outside to get to them. Depending on the location of the detached garage you could add an enclosure along the path or a cover but these are added expenses.


When attached garages are built they are done so at the same time as the home. This means that the garage will look like part of the house. The exterior material will match as will the shape of the garage. Detached garages are typically added later so they have to be specifically built to ensure that it matches the current look of the home. Detached garages can be built at the same time as the home in which case they would resemble the rest of the home.

Health Issues

One major problem with attached garages is that they could be detrimental to your health. Studies have shown that fumes from inside an attached garage can make their way into the home. This can increase exposure to gas fumes as well as carbon monoxide. Detached garages do not have these issues.


Some home insurance policies may be more inexpensive for detached garages than for attached garages. If an attached garage would catch on fire it could quickly and easily spread to the home while detached garages provide more safety in the event of that happening.


The size of your parcel of land may make the decision very easy for you. Detached garages require more space than attached garages. This is due to the fact that detached garages are away from the home and, as such, use more space. Detached garages, on the other hand, can be placed in odd areas on your property. If you have a narrow space of land then detached garages can be built to fit easier than attached garages.


If you want to avoid having to go outside to get to your vehicle then attached garages are best. If you want a place to have a hobby area, storage or a place to work on a vehicle then detached garages are best. Detached garages can be custom built and placed anywhere on the property. Attached garages can avoid this by having size figured into the design during construction of the house. Assuming you have the space for it.