9 Useful Tips For Getting Your Spouse On-board For A Garage Renovation

Your garage floor is cracked and crumbling, you’re unable to park your vehicles inside due to excess clutter, and you lack adequate garage storage space. That garage renovation you’ve always wanted couldn’t be more needed.

Unfortunately, your spouse needs convincing. Perhaps their concerns simply require them receiving a little more education about the process and the value it will have. So how do you get your spouse on-board for a garage renovation? Try these nine useful tips:

1. Do your homework about a garage renovation

Your first step will be to do some homework about what’s involved in a garage renovation. You don’t need to have all the answers. Just arm yourself with enough facts and information to adequately support your reasons for wanting a garage makeover and have a general idea of what should be expected with one. Poor preparation when discussing this project with your reluctant spouse will only hinder your case.

Visualize what you want your garage renovation to include. Sketch out how you want your new garage to look and learn a little about the products that might be used to realize this vision. You can learn more about our products on our website and also by visiting a Garage Living showroom.

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2. Explain how a garage renovation will improve your family’s daily lives

Now it’s time to share your findings with your spouse. Explain to them that a garage renovation will make your family’s lives more comfortable and convenient. Use the following examples:

  • Specialty storage racks, a slatwall storage system , and garage cabinetry will eliminate garage clutter and free up floor space
  • Keeping the garage organized improves its functionality and allows your spouse to park their vehicles inside the garage, which provides protection from the elements and keeps them and your vehicles safer
  • Adding a garage door opener makes daily life more convenient, especially with modern features like MyQ® Technology that lets you monitor and control your garage door from anywhere via a smartphone
  • A durable Floortex™ floor coating will completely transform the look of your garage and is very easy to keep clean
  • A stylish new garage door and aluminum capping will boost your home’s curb appeal and improve its energy efficiency

3. Appeal to your partner’s self-interest

Appeal to the self-interest of your partner and incorporate their storage needs into the garage’s design. Are they an exercise or sports buff? Create a section of the garage that they can use as an exercise area. This could include slatwall panels and slatwall accessories for storing their equipment. Here’s an example of a fitness-themed garage:

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A slatwall system is also ideal for storing the belongings of anyone who enjoys gardening or yard work. Create a designated wall for your spouse to store their tools and gardening apparel. Maybe your spouse’s favourite hobby requires a workshop. We can create a great garage workspace using our high quality cabinetry and even add a foldaway workbench.

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4. Have your spouse research how satisfied homeowners are after a garage renovation

Get your spouse Googling and they’ll find an overwhelming number of homeowners who have undergone a garage renovation and are thrilled with the results. They can research review sites like Yelp, home improvement forums, and social media sites that feature information sharing about home-related topics, such as on Houzz.

5. Bring your spouse to our large showroom

Visit our large showroom with your spouse. You can get an up-close look at every single high quality product we offer and view fully outfitted garage displays. Seeing our products in person will give your skeptical spouse a better sense of the value of our garage improvement solutions. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you and your spouse might have about our products and services.

6. Have your spouse look at before and after garage makeover photos

Before and after photos can be very helpful for showing just what kind of transformative effect a makeover can have on a garage. We’re experts at taking cluttered and drab garage spaces and turning them into a part of your home that’s functional, organized, and attractive. Here’s an example:

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Garage Living client’s garage before makeover

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The same garage after the makeover

7. Remind your spouse that a garage renovation adds value to your home

Undergoing a garage renovation now may require spending money, but remind your spouse it’s a sensible investment. Improvements made to your garage, especially the high quality improvements Garage Living can add, do more than just make your family’s lives easier. They’ll also increase the value of your home.

In fact, a garage door replacement has one of the best returns on investment for home renovation projects. If your family should ever decide to move, the improvements made to your garage will definitely not go unnoticed by potential buyers.

8. Choose a reputable garage makeover company

One of your spouse’s concerns may be the quality of work that will go into a garage makeover. Garage Living is a rapidly growing company that has completed many thousands of garage makeovers throughout North America. Our experienced team of designers, installers, and service personnel place the utmost priority in ensuring the work our customers receive meets the high standards Garage Living has set for itself.

9. Learn more about a garage renovation during your free in-home consultation

A garage remodel shouldn’t cause tension between you and your partner. Maintain good communication, be understanding of each other’s concerns and wishes, and arrive at decisions that ensure you’re both satisfied with your garage renovation project. 

By scheduling your free in-home consultation, one of our design experts can assess your garage space and answer all of your garage renovation questions.

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Why These 3 Simple Garage Makeover Tips Will Completely Transform Your Space

Transforming your garage from a drab, cluttered, and poorly functioning space to a bright, clean, and highly functional area of your home is easier than you think. Use these three simple garage makeover tips and your garage will soon be fulfilling the potential it’s always had.

1. Give your garage a great base with a Floortex™ floor coating

Upgrading your garage floor with an application of Floortex™ floor coating can transform the entire look, feel, and functionality of your garage. After all, the floor is the largest single surface in your garage and it serves as the foundation for the entire space. 

A Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating creates an attractive base and it’s available in 15 colours. That makes it easy to choose a colour that complements the rest of your garage interior. We can have it applied in as little as one day and in just about any temperature setting. You can’t say the same about epoxy floor coatings. Their application involves a much lengthier process that also requires very specific temperature conditions, which can be disruptive to your daily routine.

Here’s some additional benefits of choosing a Floortex™ floor coating:

  • provides excellent resistance to most household chemicals, including oil, gas, and salt, as well as tire rubber
  • hides dirt and dust well and is very easy to maintain
  • has a UV stable topcoat that preserves the floor’s glossy finish
  • textured surface which provides more traction than traditional epoxy coatings
  • provides exceptional abrasion and impact resistance

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2. Get smart garage organization solutions for reducing clutter

Garages should be able to function as a multi-purpose space that serves as a work area and storage area for tools, other belongings, and vehicles. Many garages fail to function to their true potential in these areas due to poor storage and organization systems that fail to keep clutter at a minimum.

One of the garage makeover tips that will solve this problem is to simply choose smart and effective garage organization solutions. We have many to choose from, including:

  • Garage cabinets – choose from our wide variety of storage cabinet lines for the system that works for your needs and budget. All of our garage cabinetry is made from high quality materials that are built to last.
  • Slatwall storage – adding a slatwall panel system to your garage maximizes its storage space, making it one of your best weapons against clutter. Use more than 40 slatwall hanging accessories for plenty of versatility.
  • Specialty storage racks – our heavy duty storage solutions take care of just about anything else in your garage that can’t be hung on your slatwall. We have overhead racks, tire racks, shelving units, and much more.

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3. Boost your curb appeal with a new garage door

Good garage makeover tips should help you improve the functionality and looks of your garage. Adding a new garage door accomplishes both of these things and is one of the most impactful ways to boost your curb appeal. That’s because garage doors can account for as much as one third of a home’s front exterior.

Technological advances have made today’s garage doors much more durable and energy efficient. It’s also easier than ever to choose a style and design that both aligns with your aesthetic preferences and complements your exterior decor. Steel garage doors are our most popular choice for homeowners. They offer great durability, require little maintenance, and come with plenty of design options.

Our wood garage door collection offers plenty of choices for those seeking a warmer, more traditional look for their garage exterior. In contrast, full view aluminum garage doors provide a bolder, more modern appearance with their raw industrial look featuring glass panels. Durable and low-maintenance fibreglass garage doors are another sensible option to consider.

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These garage makeover tips are proven to transform any garage space

These garage makeover tips work wonders for any garage space. We have thousands of garage remodel projects and satisfied customers throughout North America that prove it. To begin your garage transformation, schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our design experts.

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Floortex™: A Garage Floor Coating You Can Have Applied Year-round

Transforming your garage by adding a new garage floor coating might not seem like a home improvement project meant to be undertaken during the cold months of the year. In fact, one type of garage floor coating can be applied on a year-round basis. It’s called a polyaspartic coating.

Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings are the highest quality garage floor coatings available on the market, which is why Garage Living uses them exclusively. Polyaspartic coatings have some major advantages over epoxy coatings, not the least of which is their ability to be applied year-round.

What is a polyaspartic floor coating?

Initially used as an industrial protective coating after being introduced in the early 90s, polyaspartic technology was eventually modified for other uses. Residential floor coating applications was one of them.

A polyaspartic floor coating is water-soluble, so it’s able to penetrate concrete surfaces better than epoxy coatings. A stronger adhesive bond is formed, thereby providing a higher degree of surface protection, such as less likelihood of peeling floors. The water-soluble nature of polyaspartic coatings creates a fluidity that allows the coating to shift easier with concrete. Shifting occurs when temperature fluctuations cause a floor to contract and expand.

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A Floortex™ garage floor coating can be applied year-round

A Floortex™ garage floor coating can be applied virtually any time of the year. The coating’s formulation allows it to be applied within a wide temperature range of between -35° C and 60° C.

Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of a heat wave, Garage Living’s pros can upgrade your garage interior with a Floortex™ floor coating application. This kind of flexibility is one of the many reasons polyaspartic coatings have become such an appealing flooring option to professionals and consumers alike.

An epoxy floor coating can’t be applied during the winter

On the other hand, epoxy garage floor coatings need a minimum temperature of approximately 10-13° C to be applied. Obviously, that becomes quite restrictive in a Canadian climate where approximately half of the year finds temperatures below that range.

Even an unseasonably warm day in that temperature range during the late fall, winter, or early spring won’t make an epoxy coating a viable option. That’s because epoxy coated floors usually require as many as five or six days to cure and dry.

Transform your garage floors in as little as one day

More flexibility when it comes to application temperatures isn’t the only advantage Floortex™ floor coatings have over epoxy coatings. Polyaspartic coatings also cure considerably faster than epoxy coatings. That means we can transform your garage floor with a Floortex™ floor coating in as little as one day.

Why be without the use of your garage for up to a week if you use an epoxy floor coating? A new Floortex™ coated garage floor can be used for foot traffic within eight hours after the top coat has cured. Vehicle traffic can resume just 24 hours later, which results in less disruption to your family’s daily routine.

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Even more reasons Floortex™ is your best garage floor coating choice

Store-bought DIY epoxy flooring products simply don’t deliver the kind of long-lasting quality that comes with a polyaspartic floor coating. Consider the numerous additional Floortex™ floor coating benefits:

  • textured surface which provides more traction than traditional epoxy coatings
  • higher heat tolerance than epoxy coatings that resists “hot tire pickup” (where hot tires can leave permanent markings on a floor)
  • excellent abrasion and impact resistance that increases durability
  • high chemical resistance to oil, gas, salt, and household chemicals
  • UV stable topcoat that makes floor less prone to yellowing and fading over time
  • guaranteed against flaking, peeling, and blistering
  • can be customized to match your garage decor (choose from 12 colours)

Enjoy better garage floor winter protection

Snow, ice, and road salt will make a mess of any garage floor during the wintertime. A Floortex™ floor coating is your best line of defense in protecting it. Floortex™ provides a superior level of resistance to the road salt your vehicle will bring into your garage. The garage floor coating’s topcoat also delivers excellent moisture protection. And maintaining your floor couldn’t be easier. A few strokes with a squeegee will quickly take care of the melted snow and ice that builds up on your Floortex™ coated garage floor.

Improve your home’s value and upgrade your garage’s looks with your best flooring option – Floortex™ floor coating. You don’t have to wait until the weather warms up to have your garage floor makeover done. Get started now by booking your free consultation with one of our design experts.

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The Underground Garage Makeover

Creating high-end garage spaces is one of Garage Living’s specialties, as a recent project for one of their clients in southern Ontario demonstrates. The project involved the unique challenge of performing a  makeover in a garage located below a traditional above ground garage. By adding custom-fit garage cabinets, a polyaspartic floor coating, and several other intriguing design concepts, the full aesthetic and functional potential of this garage space becomes fully realized.

Black matte GL Custom Steel cabinetry, a Floortex™ floor coating (Charcoal), and a 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.

Black matte GL Custom Steel cabinetry, a Floortex™ floor coating (Charcoal), and a 2016 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.

A new garage floor coating for beauty and durability

The garage floor was transformed with a polyaspartic floor coating, which provides a sleek and durable surface that’s very easy to maintain. Sealed with a top coat that won’t lose its lustre or peel and blister over time, the new garage floor is highly resistant to chemicals, and environmentally friendly. The charcoal colour chosen involves a blend of silver, black, and white decorative flakes, resulting in a beautiful surface that also hides dust and dirt well.

Why baseboard in the garage makes sense

The polyaspartic floor coating is extremely resilient and designed to withstand the types of abrasions and impacts that can take a toll on lesser quality garage surfaces, such as some epoxy-coated floors. The baseboard coating used enhances the garage’s aesthetics by creating a seamless finish between the floors and walls. Another benefit of adding baseboard in the garage is that by sealing the joints between the floors and the walls, your garage is better protected from outside entry by water, insects, and rodents.

Steel storage cabinets improve your garage’s aesthetics and functionality

The GL Custom Steel line of custom-fit garage cabinets provides ample and efficient storage space for tools and supplies. This helps keep the garage organized and functional. These cabinets are constructed with 18 gauge steel for a higher level of durability and longevity, while also delivering a stylish touch to the garage space. For the cabinet system’s countertops, stainless steel was chosen by the client (galvanized steel and maple butcher block options are also available).

GL Custom Steel cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop and diamond plate backsplash.

GL Custom Steel cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop and diamond plate backsplash.

A black matte cabinet finish for a modern look

The powder coated black matte finish for the cabinets has become a popular choice for consumers nowadays, who are attracted to its subdued, more inviting look. The black matte finish was the most popular colour for Apple’s recently launched iPhone 7 and it’s also become a highly coveted finish with luxury vehicles.

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iPhone 7 with a matte black finish.

The aluminum polished diamond plate backsplash used on the cabinets and parts of the garage walls instills an extra measure of flair to the overall design, along with adding protection benefits. LED valance lighting is also incorporated into the cabinet system’s design.

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Large storage lockers hide bulky items and keep the garage looking neat and tidy.

All of these elements involved in Garage Living’s makeover of this underground garage create a modern-looking space. The darker colour scheme works beautifully, creating a soothing environment that perfectly complements the high-end taste and chosen colour of the client’s luxury sports car. The experts at Garage Living can achieve similar transformative results with your very own garage space, so book your free consultation with one of our designers today.

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8 Important Things To Look For When Choosing A Garage Floor Coating

If it’s time to redo your aged and crumbling garage floor, there are a number of garage floor coating brands to choose from. Not every garage floor coating is created equal, however. Will your choice of coating deliver the looks and durability that meets your needs? When choosing a garage floor coating, you need to look at a number of important different factors to determine whether or not it’s the best choice for you.

1. How will the garage floor coating look?

Sure, any new garage floor coating should improve the look of your garage’s old floor surface. There are definitely varying degrees as to just how much better each one will look and perform once the job’s been finished, though. Applying a floor coating yourself that was bought from a home improvement retailer simply won’t look as impressive as a polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™ that’s been applied by a professional company like Garage Living.

2. Does the manufacturer have a good reputation?

Just how much do you know about the manufacturer of your garage floor coating? Are they a reputable company that makes a high quality product, such as Floortex™ manufacturer Rhino Linings? Before investing money in a floor coating, be sure you’re buying a product from a reliable manufacturer with a good track record.

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3. How durable will your garage floor coating be?

If you’re going to the time and expense of adding a floor coating to your garage floor, you certainly want it to be durable and last for years. The average weight of a vehicle is a little under 4,000 pounds. Can your floor coating stand up to the rigorous demands that will be placed on it and remain intact, while retaining its finish?

4. What level of maintenance will your coated garage floor require?

No one enjoys cleaning, so ease of maintenance should be an important factor to consider when choosing a floor coating. If chemicals and other liquids are spilled on your garage floor, how easy will they be to clean up and can they affect the floor’s finish? Also, how visible will dust and dirt be on the floor?

5. When it comes to a warranty, what can you expect?

Warranties deliver peace of mind, ensuring you of a specific length of time of satisfaction with a product purchase. Just how strong is the warranty your garage floor coating comes with? If problems arise, how comfortable are you that the floor coating manufacturer or installer will rectify the issues and stand behind their product and services?

6. What kind of application turnaround time can you expect?

Having a new coating applied to your garage floors can be disruptive to your busy life, so you’ll no doubt appreciate a quick application process. How soon can you expect everything to return to normal and be able to start using your garage again? One distinct advantage Floortex™ floor coating has is that it builds up thickness much faster during our 5-step application process than other floor epoxies. This significantly reduces the overall time needed to complete your flooring project.

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7. How will your floor coating complement your garage’s decor?

If you’re having your garage floors transformed with a new coating, it’s possible you’ve decided to also upgrade other areas of your garage with cabinetry, wall storage, or a new garage door. Even if this isn’t the case, you’ll want to ensure that your new garage floor coating complements the style and colour scheme of the rest of your garage. How easy will that be to accomplish with the options and design flexibility that your floor coating provides?

8. Is the floor coating safe and environmentally friendly?

You and your family will be spending a lot of time in the garage in the years to come. How safe are the chemicals in your garage floor coating? You should expect that your floor coating of choice is free of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which are chemicals found in household products that are slowly released into the air.

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Only Floortex™ meets and exceeds the high standards you should expect for all 8 of these floor coating essentials

When you compare the individual benefits of various garage floor coatings, only one brand stands out above the rest – Floortex™. Using the above eight questions, here’s how Floortex™ provides every one of your garage floor coating requirements:

  1. Your garage floor will stand out with the sleek and clean look that Floortex™ floor coating delivers, adding a thoroughly modern touch to your space.
  2. Floortex™ is manufactured by Rhino Linings, a worldwide leader in high performance polymers and protective coating products for industrial and residential applications.
  3. Enjoy a superior level of durability with a Floortex™ floor coating, which won’t fade, yellow, blister, or peel over time like some other floor coating products will. It’s also highly resistant against a wide range of chemicals.
  4. The textured appearance of a floor coated with Floortex™ doesn’t just look great, it also makes dust and dirt less visible. That means less maintenance for you. Cleaning up spills is a breeze, too.
  5. You’ll get a written warranty from Garage Living when your floor is done, ensuring you of 100% satisfaction with our products and installation services.
  6. It can take as little as one day for us to finish our application process of a Floortex™ coating. After the final top coat has cured, foot traffic in your garage can resume in eight hours and vehicle traffic can resume 24 hours later.
  7. There are 11 floor coating colours to choose from, which will complement any colour scheme your garage interior might have.
  8. Floortex™ floor coating is an environmentally friendly product, with zero VOCs.

Make the best choice for your garage by choosing a Floortex™ garage floor coating. To further discuss how Floortex™ floor coating can enrich your garage’s space, schedule your free consultation with a member of our design team.

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