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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Top 8 Solutions to Garage Problems Homeowners Face

Homeowners demand a lot from their garages. Garages are a frequently trafficked area that provide a key access point to our residences, as well as a valuable space for working and storage. Their exterior also comprises the single-most noticeable aspect of your home’s exterior.

As such, encountering problems with your garage are an inevitability. That can include mechanical issues with garage doors and openers, functionality issues (such as a lack of storage space), and realizing your garage needs an aesthetic update, among many other things. Let’s look at the top eight common garage problems and some solutions to address them.

1. Excess garage clutter

Excess clutter is one of the most common garage problems homeowners contend with. More often than not, clutter accumulates because your garage’s available storage space just isn’t being used to the best of its ability.

Solution: Garage Living has a number of smart storage and organization solutions to free up floor space and help get your garage in order, such as:

  • Garage wall storage: PVC slatwall panels maximize your garage’s storage space by allowing you to hang items on the wall. Over 40 different slatwall accessories provide plenty of flexibility to configure your slatwall storage area just the way you want.
  • Specialty storage racks: our tire racks and overhead storage racks will take care of your heavy duty garage storage needs. We also carry many other varieties of lighter duty rack and shelving options for the garage.
  • Garage cabinetry: our five lines of garage cabinetry systems are ideal for getting your tools and smaller belongings organized. They also add a brilliant modern touch to your garage’s interior aesthetics.

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2. Outdated or damaged garage doors

Garage doors that look outdated, faded, or damaged won’t go unnoticed by neighbours and passersby. They’re also one of the most frequently used doors in the home, so proper functionality is imperative both for convenience and safety reasons.

Solution: Garage door technology has come a long way in the past 10-15 years, meaning there’s no better time to upgrade. You have many more customization options than ever before.

Garage Living’s extensive steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage door collections will have a style and design that speaks to your aesthetic preferences. Also consider that garage doors provide one of the best returns on investment for home renovation projects.

3. A lack of parking space

Storing your vehicle in the garage has its benefits. For example, they’re kept safer inside, along with being protected from the elements. But what are your options if you don’t want to face a costly and disruptive home renovation?

Solution: One convenient way to increase your garage’s available parking space is to add a car lift. Our 4 post car lifts instantly double your garage’s parking space by taking advantage of its unused vertical space.

4. Damaged and unappealing garage flooring

Garage floors endure a lot of wear and tear, which eventually takes a toll on their appearance and structure. Chips, cracks, crumbling, and an unappealing overall look are quite common with older concrete garage floors.

Solution: Fully restore your garage floor by having a polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied. Polyaspartic floor coatings are much better than epoxy coatings, with features that include:

  • excellent durability that guarantees against flaking, peeling, and blistering, along with a high level of abrasion and impact resistance
  • UV stable topcoat that minimizes the likelihood of fading and yellowing over time
  • strong resistance to household chemicals, including oil, gas, salt, and more
  • fast application time (the job can be completed in as little as one day) and the ability to be applied virtually year-round
  • great looks that are very easy to maintain

5. Malfunctioning garage door opener

One of the more common garage problems involves garage doors not closing properly. This is typically due to an issue with your garage door opener, but other factors may be at fault.

Solution: Garage door openers have photo eye sensors that act as a safety measure. The photo eyes have an invisible beam that runs between them. When that beam is broken, your door will go back up. If that happens, check that there’s no obstructions in their path, inspect the lenses to make sure they’re clean, and ensure that they’re properly aligned.

If these solutions don’t work, inspect your garage door tracks to make sure they’re in proper alignment. Also, ensure that the tracks are allowing your garage door rollers to move freely.

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6. Outdated and worn-out garage door opener

Garage door openers have many small moving parts. As a result, they’re prone to mechanical issues, especially after years of heavy use. Eventually, your garage door opener will need replacement. Like garage doors, they need to operate properly for the convenience and safety of your family.

Solution: Our line of LiftMaster garage door openers are reliable, quiet, and energy efficient. They also come with innovative MyQ Technology. This lets you monitor your garage’s security on your smartphone, even when you’re away from home.

 7. Poor garage lighting

How many garages have you been in that only had one or two old 60 watt bulbs as their light source? Your garage might even be one of them! This is one of the common garage problems that is simple and quite affordable to fix.

Solution: Our LED garage lighting fixture provides a bright, uniform light source that uses 30% less energy than similar fluorescent lighting. Once it’s installed, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to make it this much easier to function in your garage.

8. Inadequate workspace

Sometimes there’s just not enough space inside your home to accommodate your woodworking, metalworking, or repairing hobbies. Excess noise and the messiness of these pastimes can also make it challenging to have a workshop inside your home.

Solution: Set up your workshop in the garage. You can first create extra space by using our storage and organization solutions. Then add a handy wall-mounted folding workbench that won’t take up valuable space when it’s not being used. The rugged butcher block workbench can support a weight load of up to 400 lbs.

Garage Living has solutions for all common garage problems

Garage Living specializes in solutions for virtually any of the common garage problems you may be facing. In addition to the services and products already described, we offer additional renovation services that includes garage door repair, insulation installation, garage heating installation, and more.

Book your free consultation with one of our garage improvement experts today to begin the process of fixing the common garage problems you’re dealing with.

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Garage Organization Solutions: Avoid These Common Excuses And Get Organized

It’s easy to put off dealing with garage organization, especially when it’s something you’ve neglected for a long time. Tackling the problem head-on simply feels too daunting and difficult to face. Things don’t have to be this way, however.

Let’s look at the most common excuses homeowners give for avoiding dealing with garage organization. We’ll also explore some organization solutions to help get your garage operating at a functional level once again.

1. I don’t know where to begin with garage organization

The longer you avoid dealing with organizing your messy garage, the worse the situation will become. Dr. Tim Pychyl is a Carleton University researcher who’s spent the last 20 years studying the habit of procrastination. So what’s his expert advice when it comes to dealing with a situation you’ve been avoiding? “Just get started.”

Merely reading this blog post is a small, yet positive first step. Your next step is to equip yourself with the best resource you can have when it comes to combatting garage clutter. Specifically, this means using experts in the field of garage organization and storage.

Garage Living has been transforming garages in need of organization and storage solutions for more then a decade throughout North America. You can be sure that in the more then 5,000 projects we’ve completed over that period, we’ve likely seen garages in worse shape than yours!

2. I don’t have time to deal with garage organization

This is one of the most common reasons given for putting off dealing with a big job like decluttering a garage. And it’s not without validity, as we all lead busy lives. Ask yourself, though – how much time do you lose over a one year period trying to find items in your messy garage?

Taking time now to get your garage in order will pay off large benefits in the future for you and your family. If your free time is truly at a premium, that’s where a company like Garage Living can be of great assistance. Our team of designers, installers, and service personnel will help make the whole process much easier.

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3. My family and I can manage in our messy garage

Frequently, as the level of clutter accumulating in the garage worsens, many of us will just adapt to the situation. This is not a solution. Life delivers more than enough headaches to stress you out, but a messy garage is one headache that’s easily avoidable. The garage organization products and services we provide will improve your garage space.

As a result, you can once again feel the relaxation and sense of pride that comes with functioning in a clean, organized garage. You’ll also be able to use your garage once again as a parking space for your vehicles.

4. I don’t know what garage organization solutions to use

That’s where the experts can provide your best guidance. Solutions such as slatwall storage for hanging items, specialty storage racks, and garage cabinetry will make clutter disappear. Feed your inspiration for getting your garage organized by visiting our unique showroom in Vaughan. All the products we offer are available there for you to see and touch.

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5. My garage doesn’t have enough storage space

We’ll show you opportunities to take advantage of the underused wall and vertical storage space in your garage. Garage Living works with customers owning garages of all shapes and sizes. We know how to maximize your available storage space, even in the smallest garages.

Remember, garage organization isn’t solely about having an abundant amount of storage space. It’s equally critical to use effective organization solutions as well.

Say, for example, you wanted more room in your garage for parking an extra vehicle. To go-to solution for many might be to undergo a costly renovation to expand your garage’s size. A better, more cost-effective alternative is to add a 4 post car lift. You’ll quickly double your garage’s parking space, without the upheaval and mess that comes with making your garage larger.

6. I can’t afford to get my garage organized

How do you know for sure? Garage organization solutions might be more affordable thank you think. The wide range of garage improvement products and services we offer means there’s sure to be something that fits your budget. Moreover, making upgrades to your garage represents a sound financial investment that increases your home’s value.

Dispense with the excuses that hold you back from getting your garage organized. They do nothing more than leave you with a perpetually messy garage, as well as burden you with guilt and embarrassment over its appearance.

Schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts today. They can create 3D computer diagrams to help you envision a garage space for your home that’s more useful, inviting, and orderly.

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How To Utilize Your Underused Garage Overhead Storage Space

Do you ever wonder why so many of your neighbours have garages that they seemingly never use for parking their vehicles? This is likely due to them lacking effective storage solutions, such as a garage overhead storage system.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy shed some light on the oddity of garages not being used for vehicle parking. They estimate that 25% of homeowners with 2-car garages can’t park their vehicles inside them because of excess clutter. Furthermore, only 32% of them are able to fit one vehicle inside because of clutter.

With the colder weather approaching, you’re probably making plans to store a number of things you’ve used over the spring and summer. Where can you store them so that your garage remains functional and is able to accommodate parked vehicles? You only need to look upwards to discover garage overhead storage space just waiting to be used!

Four great benefits of adding a garage overhead storage system

Garage overhead storage brings many benefits to your home. Here are four reasons to consider this type of storage for your garage:

  1. You’ll free up plenty of garage floor space. Bulkier items can take up valuable space on the floor, consequently making it harder to function in the garage. Utilizing the underused space in your garage’s upper areas will get them out of the way.
  2. Better organization. As a result of adopting this storage solution, you’ll be able to stay organized and minimize clutter. When you need to find particular items, you’ll spend less time searching for them.
  3. Protecting your investment in your vehicle. Any vehicle represents a sizable financial investment on your part. If your cluttered garage isn’t allowing you to park inside of it, your vehicles are far more susceptible to theft and damage while parked outside in your driveway.
  4. The convenience of having your vehicles stored indoors. Having your vehicles protected from the elements is something you’ll definitely appreciate during the year’s frigid months. No longer will you have to scrape snow and ice from your vehicles when they’re parked at home. Overhead garage storage can help make this possible.

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What items are well-suited for overhead garage storage?

A wide range of items in your garage are well-suited for overhead storage, including:

  • off-season motorized lawn equipment, such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, and chainsaws
  • car roof racks
  • patio furniture
  • storage bins and containers
  • tires (if you don’t desire a tire rack)
  • sporting and camping equipment
  • lawn care and snow removal equipment

A heavy-duty storage solution for your bulkier items

Garage Living’s overhead storage racks are a great heavy-duty storage solution for your garage’s bulkier and weightier items. Items not currently being used because of the time of year are also ideal for garage overhead storage. Suspended from the rafter or ceiling joists, these storage racks utilize your garage’s underused vertical space. Their features include:

  • heavy gauge steel construction which lets racks hold up to 600 lbs of weight
  • adjustable height of up to 45 inches for increased versatility
  • 6 sizes available (2×8, 3×6, 3×8, 4×4, 4×6, and 4×8 feet)
  • a powder coated paint finish to ensure longevity

Store your tires properly with heavy-duty tire racks

Because of the difficulty of driving during the winter, there’s a good chance you own two sets of tires for your vehicles. If you own multiple vehicles, that can add up to a decent portion of your garage floor space that off-season tires may be occupying. Use dedicated tire racks instead and you’ll quickly reclaim that valuable garage floor space!

Heavy-duty tire racks from Garage Living are wall-mounted, therefore you’ll save space. Your tires will be organized and you’ll have more room to function in your garage. Our tire racks come in three colours: granite, silver, and tan.

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Other helpful storage solutions for the garage

Overhead garage storage is a real space-saver. There are also a number of other storage solutions you can use in your garage to help maximize your storage space:

  • Garage cabinets really expand your storage options for tools and other belongings. Available in custom-fitted and modular and free standing designs, garage cabinets also bring great aesthetics to your space.
  • Garage wall storage uses slatwall panels and accessories to make use of your garage’s wall space for hanging items. Configure the accessories any way you want to hang a wide array of your belongings of all shapes and sizes.
  • Additional specialty storage racks are available at Garage Living. Ask us about our industrial strength shelving units, firewood racks, golf racks, and more.

There’s no reason to let garage clutter restrict you from using your garage for one of its main functions – parking your vehicles. You can visit our unique showroom to view Garage Living’s overhead storage systems up close. Book your free consultation with one of our design experts, who’s looking forward to discussing your garage storage goals with you.

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