Why A Garage Makeover Increases Your Home Resale Value

Your home resale value will be determined by many different factors. Some factors, like the age of your home, its location, and the selling prices of nearby homes will be out of your control.

You can determine how your house looks when it comes time to sell, however. Smartly chosen home upgrades and improvements play a large role when it comes to figuring out what your home resale value will be. More and more, homeowners are realizing the value that garage makeovers can have when it comes time to put their house on the market.

Garage makeovers provide home resale value benefits later with daily benefits now

While worrying about what your home resale value will be years from now might not top your list of current priorities, it’s worth considering the daily benefits you’ll get from a garage makeover until that time arrives:

  • your garage will look much nicer both inside and outside
  • garage storage space can be put to better use and maximized
  • your garage can stay organized and clutter-free
  • home energy efficiency will be improved

Adding new garage doors increases home resale value

The return on investment estimate varies from year to year, but buying new garage doors is consistently considered to be one of the most sound home improvement investments that impacts home resale value. In 2015, Investopedia estimated garage door replacements yielded an 88.4% return on investment.

With garage doors accounting for as much as a third of a home’s front exterior, it’s no wonder steel, fibreglass, wood, or full view aluminum garage doors have such an impact on curb appeal. High quality garage doors get noticed by your neighbours now and by prospective home buyers later.

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Include garage storage solutions in your makeover

Garage Living offers numerous smart storage and organization solutions that improve any garage space:

We would expect you’d take the garage cabinetry with you when you move, but chances are you’ll love all of these garage storage solutions so much that you’ll want to take all of them! If you don’t for whatever reason (perhaps you’re downsizing or moving into a condo), these smart storage systems will provide value to the home’s next owner and can be factored into the selling price.

A new garage floor coating can impact home resale value

There’s no comparison between a cracked and dull-looking concrete garage floor and one that’s had a Floortex™ floor coating applied. Our polyaspartic floor coatings will last for years and can have an impact on home resale value, depending on how long after the floor coating was applied that you sell your home. At the very least, a Floortex™ floor coating stands out with its decorative flake surface that’s sealed with a durable top coat.

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A garage workspace may be attractive to some buyers

If you’ve created a garage workspace to indulge your woodworking or auto maintenance hobbies, some like-minded potential buyers may find your home more appealing. Our GL NEOS Elite garage cabinets, for example, are ideal for garage spaces that need a higher degree of functionality, such as a home automotive workshop.

Garage insulation improves your energy efficiency and helps home resale value

Our renovation services can help improve the energy efficiency in your garage. A properly insulated garage door and professionally installed wall and ceiling insulation, in addition to weather stripping around door and window frames, helps lower your monthly heating and cooling bills. And years from now when you’re ready to sell, these upgrades can be used in your favour when determining your home resale value.

Schedule your free in-home consultation to find out more from a member of our design team about how garage makeovers help increase your home resale value.

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5 Garage Storage Systems That Will Make Your Life Easier

As the weather warms up, you’ll find that you’re spending more time in the garage working on projects and getting tools for yard maintenance. You may come to the realization that your garage storage systems are in need of improvement.

Upgrade your garage storage systems instead of making your garage bigger

If your current garage storage systems just aren’t giving you the storage space and degree of organization you need, there’s a wiser solution than undergoing a costly renovation to make your garage bigger. We have five garage storage systems that maximize your existing storage space and allow you to maintain a peak level of organization and efficiency in the garage.

1. Overhead garage storage systems

The space above your head in the garage is commonly underutilized. You’ll free up lots of garage floor space by putting this unused space to work with overhead storage racks.  Our heavy-duty overhead storage racks can hold up to 600 lbs, are adjustable to accommodate your changing storage needs, and come in six different sizes.

Store bulky items like patio furniture, storage bins, and your out-of-season vehicle tires in our overhead storage racks that feature a powder coated finish to ensure a long life. Or you can store your tires in one of our other practical garage storage systems – a heavy-duty wall-mounted tire rack.

Woman moving storage bin onto overhead storage rack in garage.

 

2. Specialty storage racks

Our specialty storage racks offer additional garage storage systems that can be used for specific needs. They include:

  • heavy-duty industrial shelving featuring industrial strength steel construction that’s powder coated and built to last
  • firewood racks made with heavy-duty 16-gauge stainless steel that come with a cover to keep your firewood dry
  • rust-resistant grid bike racks constructed from sturdy 14-gauge galvanized steel

3. Slatwall storage

Another storage area in garages that isn’t taken full advantage of are the walls. One of the most effective garage storage systems you can choose is slatwall storage. This system uses durable PVC wall panels that can be installed securely on studs, drywall, and concrete. The panels come in five different colours, are easy to clean, and give your garage a much more finished look.

More than 40 types of slatwall accessories are available for hanging items that can weigh up to 50 lbs. For example, our slatwall-mounted golf rack is perfect for storing your golf equipment. With so many accessories and a limitless number of possible storage configurations, you’ll love the flexibility and storage space that a slatwall system provides.

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4. Garage storage cabinets

As much as slatwall panels can improve your garage’s interior aesthetics and functionality, garage storage cabinets can take these two areas to the next level. The wide varieties of garage cabinet colours and custom options available can be used in conjunction with your slatwall panels to complement your garage’s existing décor or even match the colour of your vehicles.

Garage cabinets can be used for storing items both large and small. Keep your small tools in locked drawers, bottles of car cleaning products in the upper or lower cabinets, and jackets or larger items in the locker-sized cabinets. We also have garage storage cabinets (like our GL Hayley and GL NEOS Elite systems) that can enhance the functionality of a more task-oriented garage space.

5. Car lifts

All of these garage storage systems will provide more room for parking in your garage. If you have a one car garage, however, even a completely cleared garage floor won’t allow you to park two vehicles inside…unless you have a 4 post car lift installed that is.

4 post car lifts also make use of your garage’s underutilized vertical space, allowing you to double your parking space. We have three models available that can hold vehicles weighing up to 9,000 lbs.

Let our garage storage systems make your life easier

To find out how these useful garage storage systems can make your life easier, schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our design experts today.

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Q & A: Find Out Why Jay Loves His One Car Garage Makeover

Toronto resident Jay Kerr, recently had a one car garage makeover by Garage Living that left him quite impressed. This Q & A finds out why Jay needed the one car garage makeover, what he had done, and why he absolutely loves it.

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What made you decide to get this one car garage makeover?

For over a year, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have a clean and organized garage. I was tired of the unfinished look of the garage and the overall lack of organization, which made it difficult to park my car in there. The garage floor needed to be finished. The concrete floor was cracked in a few place and just didn’t look very appealing.

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Jay’s garage prior to the makeover.

Was it difficult keeping your one car garage floor clean?

The garage floor was always dusty and dirty and it wasn’t particularly easy to clean. I would often need to sweep it out, which was a messy job. In the springtime, it was especially messy with the dirt and salt that accumulated over the winter.

Were you aware of the high quality garage floor coatings available?

Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating completely opened my eyes to the fact that a high quality floor coating can add undeniable visual appeal to your garage space, as well as be easy to maintain. I did my homework and learned that polyaspartic garage floor coatings have several advantages over epoxy coatings.

What type of garage organization system were you using?

I had a metal shelving unit from a big box store that was falling apart. That seems to be a common thing with many of their products – they have a very short shelf life, no pun intended. The cheap particle board shelves were warped, sagging, and popping out of place.

Hockey sticks were piled in the corner and I had a few cheap hooks and nails to hang brooms and lighter items. I wanted to get things off the floor and organized onto the wall, something that could support items such as a ladder, garden hose, or a work bench. I’m the type of person that likes to have things neat and organized, but the DIY storage system I had wasn’t working.

Tell us about the slatwall garage storage system you had installed

The grey slatwall panel system is a great storage solution. It was installed along the length of the side walls, which I now realize is underutilized storage space in most garages. Now I have a place for everything. The slatwall system allows me to get nearly everything off the garage floor and onto the wall. That gives me space to park my car. It also makes it much easier to clean the floor because the only thing I have to move out are the garage bins.

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Before – unfinished garage.

After the garage renovation

After – new slatwall panel system and Floortex™ floor coating in Nightfall color.

How about the slatwall accessories you chose?

I’m still figuring out new ways to utilize and arrange the different hooks and shelves that are available. One of my favourite slatwall accessories is the 8″ double hook I use to store my hockey sticks. I also use these hooks to store other items like brooms and shovels. My ladders are now on the wall and the hanging wire bins are perfect for car cleaning products.

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Hanging slatwall accessories for all of your garage belongings.

What type of Floortex™ floor coating was applied in your one car garage makeover?

There are a bunch of floor coating colors to choose from and I chose the Nightfall color. The new Floortex™ floor coating is a huge improvement compared to my old concrete garage floor and I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come. I had the work done in November and it was convenient that the colder weather wasn’t an obstacle to having the Floortex™ floor coating applied.

How much easier is it to clean your garage floor now?

The floor is much, much easier to clean now. I can sweep out the dirt and hose it down to keep everything looking new. Garage Living also has a great squeegee that I can use to make the cleaning process quick and efficient. The Nightfall’s dark grey colour also hides the dirt well in between cleanings.

Did your one car garage makeover include anything else?

Yes, one of the biggest improvements was simply upgrading to an LED garage light. I’m sure many homeowners just live with a single light bulb in the garage, as I was doing. It’s a simple upgrade but it makes such a huge difference. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.

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A new LED garage light makes a huge difference.

Did your one car garage makeover have any challenges to deal with?

I had a few issues with one wall. We renovated the house eight years ago and the contractor left an electrical conduit and a wood post on what used to be the outside of the house, now the inside wall of the garage. I was concerned about the Garage Living installers being able to remove everything but it was gone within an hour. I also had some concerns about the natural gas line on the inside wall. They put the slatwall behind it and everything looked neat and tidy when they were done.

Any challenges with the garage floor?

The front corner of the garage was unfinished and there was a gap between the concrete floor and the drywall. There was also a cinder block in the corner that jutted out a bit. Garage Living suggested two options. They could fill the gap in the floor with cement and finish the drywall in the corner. That would take longer and add more to the cost than I anticipated. A cheaper and easier solution was to box in the awkward corner and seal it with the Floortex™ coating, which is the solution I chose.

The outside wall of the garage had a cinder block foundation that was two blocks high. Garage Living applied their Floortex™ floor coating up and over the cinder block for a finished look that also seals the floor and acts like a baseboard. Now when I hose out the garage to remove the dirt and salt from the winter, I don’t have to worry about the water damaging the drywall.

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A problematic corner with a cinder block jutting out and gap between the garage floor and wall.

one car garage makeover corner after

The problem is solved by boxing in the corner and adding Floortex™ coating.

How long did the one car garage makeover take?

The flooring took a full day to clean and prepare. By the end of the day, the floor coating was done and had to dry overnight. I couldn’t walk on it for a day. After that, my car and garbage bins were back in the garage. The slatwall and new light was installed in less than a day after that. Everything was completed on time and to my complete satisfaction.  

How easy was Garage Living to work with?

Everybody was courteous and happy to answer any questions I had throughout the entire process. I especially appreciated the advice and options that were presented to me in regards to the issues with the garage wall and corner. That’s what great customer service is all about.

How satisfied were you and your wife with the garage makeover?

I was extremely happy with the end result. Everything looked brand new and finished and I look forward to keeping the garage much more organized now. My wife was amazed when she saw the final results.

What are your neighbours’ impressions of your one car garage makeover?

Many neighbours have come by to look at the end result and everyone has been more than impressed. I think most people aren’t used to seeing a clutter-free garage with a finished floor and a car parked inside. One neighbour even said that my garage looked nicer than some of the rooms in his house!

So you find yourself parking your car in the garage more now?

I park my car in the garage all the time now. We have a large maple tree that shades our driveway and the birds love sit on the branches and bomb our cars. My car stays cleaner now and I love that I never have to brush the snow off in the winter. I also have the peace of mind knowing that my car is protected and secure. Our other car was left unlocked in the driveway one night and somebody broke in.

Are you planning on using Garage Living for future garage upgrades?

Yes. My next upgrade will be a better garage door and garage door opener. I’m a tech geek and I love that today’s garage door openers have modern features that allow you to control the door from anywhere with a smartphone. I sometimes forget to close the garage door and would like something that does this automatically or that alerts me when it is left open for a long period of time.

Find out more about garage makeovers with your free in-home consultation

Jay loves what his one car garage makeover has done to improve his garage space. His is just one among the thousands of transformative garage makeovers that Garage Living has done throughout North America, for garages of all sizes. Some of them can be viewed here. Schedule your free in-home consultation today with one of our design consultants to discuss your own garage makeover.

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Planning A DIY Garage Makeover? Here’s 5 Reasons That’s A Bad Idea

After years of neglect, you’ve finally decided to give your garage a much-needed DIY makeover.

Yes, it can feel rewarding when you’ve completed a home improvement project yourself, but beware. Although you may consider yourself the handy type, doing a DIY garage makeover is a bad idea for a number of reasons. And if you’re all thumbs when it comes to using tools, tackling a DIY garage makeover is a downright terrible idea. Here’s five reasons why.

1. A DIY garage makeover requires expertise

Even if you’re confident that your skills will enable you to successfully complete a DIY garage makeover, it’s highly likely you’ll find yourself out of your depth. Browsing online home improvement forums and watching instructional YouTube videos will only get you so far.

They’re simply no substitute for the vast amount of experience a garage makeover specialist like Garage Living has. We’ve completed thousands of garage makeover projects throughout North America since 2005. During that time, we’ve encountered just about any potential problem one could face when doing a garage makeover. We also know how to make sure all aspects of your garage project are safely installed.

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2. You’ll miss out on great garage storage and organization solutions

Part of Garage Living’s expertise includes knowing which high quality products to carry and use in our projects. Your DIY garage makeover experience would probably involve using products purchased from a big box store. They won’t have the same level of quality as our products, in terms of construction materials, craftsmanship, and longevity. That puts you at a disadvantage before you’ve even attempted installing anything for your DIY garage makeover.

Our garage professionals can also suggest storage and organization ideas you’re probably not even aware of. For example:

3. Floors from a DIY garage makeover won’t look as good as our Floortex™ floor coating

A damaged garage floor that needs to be redone is commonly an instigating factor in deciding do a garage makeover. Applying a store-bought epoxy floor coating during your DIY garage makeover won’t produce the same impressive results that our Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating can. The application process also needs to be done perfectly, otherwise the floor will need to be redone far sooner than you’d like. This is why garage floor coating application experience matters.

Here are some advantages that a Floortex™ garage floor coating has over epoxy coatings:

  • it can be applied in as little as one day and be ready for normal use by the following day (an epoxy coating can take up to five or six days to cure and dry)
  • the UV stable topcoat helps the floor maintain its glossy sheen longer than epoxy coatings
  • it penetrates concrete surfaces better than epoxy coatings, giving the floor a higher level of surface protection
  • there’s more design flexibility to complement your garage decor (choose from 15 floor coating colours)
  • it can be applied virtually year-round (epoxy coatings need a minimum application temperature of about 10-13° C)

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4. Installing your own garage door and opener can be dangerous

One of the best examples to illustrate the perils involved in a DIY garage makeover is the installation of a new garage door and opener. There’s little room for error when it comes to installing a new garage door and opener for a few reasons:

  • the garage door needs to fit the doorframe perfectly to ensure proper operation and optimum energy efficiency by eliminating gaps
  • a garage door system has lots of moving parts that need to perfectly interact with each other
  • the garage door springs will need to be adjusted to account for the different weight of your new door (adjusting these springs without having prior experience can potentially cause serious injury)
  • your garage door opener needs to be able to handle the weight of the door, otherwise its motor will be overtaxed and have a short life
  • your garage door is one of the most frequently used doors in your home and needs to be able to handle a heavy workload safely and efficiently

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5. Your garage cabinets and specialty storage racks need to maximize space and be safely hung

Adding garage cabinets and specialty storage racks and shelving to your garage will be a huge help when it comes to keeping the garage organized. You’ll find that we have a very appealing selection of products in these categories, in addition to the ability to customize your garage cabinet system for maximum looks and functionality.

But where’s the best place to put them so that your garage storage space is maximized? What about existing wall obstructions that present an additional challenge during installation? And most importantly, how can the racks be hung safely? Our overhead storage racks can hold up to 600 lbs., so knowing which part of the wall or ceiling to safely attach them to is of the utmost importance.

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Cancel your DIY garage makeover and choose a garage makeover expert instead

Instead of attempting a DIY garage makeover, schedule a free in-home design consultation with Garage Living. One of our design consultants can discuss your makeover plans and ideas with you. Choosing a garage makeover expert like Garage Living ensures your project will be done properly and with high quality, long-lasting products.

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9 Reasons Why A Full View Aluminum Garage Door Turns Heads

There are plenty of great choices in Garage Living’s extensive collection of garage doors. Our high quality steel, fibreglass, and wood garage doors are all worth considering when the time to replace your garage door arrives.

If you’re really looking to add that extra degree of flourish to your home’s exterior appearance, nothing beats a full view aluminum garage door, however. Here’s nine reasons a full view aluminum garage door should be at or near the top of your list of garage door replacement choices.

1. A full view aluminum garage door has a unique look and boosts curb appeal

Aluminum might not sound like the type of garage door material that can create a striking look capable of turning the heads of passersby. In fact, when the raw industrial appearance of the aluminum garage door frame is combined with the clean and stylish look of glass panels, you get a very unique-looking garage door.

Remember that up to one third of your home’s front exterior can be taken up by your garage doors. You’ll really accentuate that important home space by choosing full view aluminum garage doors. They’ll immediately set your home apart aesthetically from the houses of your neighbours and nicely boost your curb appeal and home value.

2. Complement your home’s contemporary look with a full view aluminum garage door

If your home’s architecture has a modern and contemporary look, a full view aluminum garage door is the perfect choice to complement it and add high visual appeal. Even if your home has a more traditional look, an aluminum door will add a lot to its appearance.

The high degree of customization features with aluminum garage doors make it easier to match and complement the exterior decor of your house. For example, you can coordinate the look of your garage door to match the look of your front door.

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3. There are many aluminum garage door frame options to choose from

The aluminum frame of your garage door presents many design options to choose from. There are numerous glazing options available. You can also have the aluminum on your garage door powder coated in just about any colour of your choosing. Powder coating gives the surface it’s applied to a much more resilient finish than traditional paint coatings.

4. Customize your aluminum garage door with lots of window and glass panel options

One of the big selling points with aluminum garage doors are the wide array of options when it comes to adding window and glass panels. You can choose panels and windows that let less or more light into your garage.

You can also decide where you’d like the panels and windows to be located on the garage door (horizontally, vertically, a combination of both, or other unconventional layouts). Here are other examples of the available custom features you can add:

  • tempered glass panels for extra durability
  • insulated glass panels for improved energy efficiency
  • acrylic and solid aluminum panels
  • clear glass for more light transfer to garage interior
  • tinted, frosted, and translucent glass panels that allow light to enter the garage, yet still maintain your privacy
  • decorative window and panel designs with textures

5. Enjoy the benefits of natural lighting while working in the garage

If you spend a lot of time working out or just working in the garage, you might enjoy having natural light illuminating your space. However, you may be reluctant to keep your garage door open due to bad weather or concerns of privacy and the high noise levels your work creates. Your garage may also lack any windows.

With a full view aluminum garage door, you can enjoy the benefits of natural light in your garage, even when the door is closed. Add larger clear glass windows for maximum light penetration. You can also improve the lighting in your garage by upgrading to one of our high quality LED garage lighting fixtures.

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6. Add garage door insulation to improve energy efficiency

Adding insulation to any garage door will have a positive effect on the energy efficiency of your home. It’s strongly recommended for aluminum garage doors because aluminum has higher conductive properties than steel. Having panels and windows on an aluminum garage door can also make it more difficult to keep cold and heat in and out of your garage. As such, look at the aforementioned insulated glass panel option.

It’s also worth noting that insulation improves the strength of any garage door. One of the admitted drawbacks of aluminum doors is that the lighter nature of aluminum does make it prone to denting. You’ll want the kinds to find an area other than your driveway for playing ball hockey.

7. A full view aluminum garage door is lightweight

The lightweight nature of an aluminum garage door does require a little more care to be taken around it, but there are also benefits to this. A lighter garage door puts less strain on the door system’s torsion springs and your electric garage door opener. Another plus is that it’s easier to manually open a lighter garage door if the power should go out.

8. Aluminum garage doors are long-lasting and require virtually no maintenance

The full view aluminum garage door frame is made from resilient anodized aluminum. This, combined with the powder coated finish, will ensure your door doesn’t experience problems with rust or corrosion. For homeowners living in coastal areas, that’s something to consider. Along with the long-lasting durability an aluminum garage door provides, you’ll also enjoy the fact that they require virtually no maintenance.

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9. An aluminum garage door is more environmentally friendly

For those that are a little more conscious of the environmental footprint they create, consider that the aluminum contained in an aluminum garage door can be fully recycled when the door’s lifespan has ended.

Learn more about full view aluminum garage doors by visiting our showroom

You can learn more about what a head-turning full view aluminum garage door adds to your home by visiting a Garage Living showroom.

One of our design consultants can also visit your home to discuss your garage door options and suggest ways to enhance your garage’s interior and exterior even further, such as by adding aluminum capping to your garage door’s frame. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with one of our representatives today.

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