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.
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 Outdated or damaged garage doors
Garage doors that look outdated, faded, or damaged won’t go unnoticed by neighbours and passersby.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.
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.