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Frequently Asked Questions About Garages and Carports
Monday, January 13, 2020
It might seem that a garage is just an empty room where a car is parked, but it’s not that simple. Flammable chemicals and insecticides are often stored in the garage, plus there’s a big tank of gasoline sitting in the middle of the room in a car that emits lethal carbon monoxide when idling, an improperly installed garage door can be deadly to children or pets, and all of it is usually under the same roof as the house.
While the code restrictions for a carport are not as complex, “carport" has a narrow definition for building codes purposes, for which not all carports qualify. Here’s a collection of answers to our most often asked questions abouts garages and carports:
• What are the common problems when a homeowner converts a garage to conditioned living space, such as a family room?
• What are the code requirements for fire separation between an attached garage and the house?
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