It makes little sense that so many vehicles worth thousands of dollars sit in driveways because they’ve been displaced from the garage by cheap clutter.
Should a beautiful $100,000 Mercedes really have to suffer the indignity of being relegated to the perils of theft and bad weather outside, all while some rusty bikes and tattered cardboard boxes of junk stay safe and dry inside your garage?
We think not.
Is a home garage car lift right for you?
There are a few telltale signs that you’d benefit from having a home garage car lift. Virtually all of these signs will be things that cause you or your family some degree of headaches and stress all too frequently. A home garage car lift just might be the answer to your home parking and car storage problems!
Do any of the following five issues rear their ugly head on a regular basis?
1. You lack enough garage parking space
The most obvious sign you’re a perfect candidate for a home garage car lift are persistent issues with parking your vehicles.
Of 1,500 North American respondents to a Garage Living poll conducted in 2017, 20% said they were unable to park in their garage.
Garage clutter is one of the biggest factors that prevents you from using your garage for parking. Garage storage systems like slatwall panels or cabinets will definitely help when it comes to garage organization.
But even with an organized garage, parking can still be an issue for many homeowners. This could be due to having a small garage space or perhaps you have a lot of drivers in your family. Then again, maybe you’re a car lover who’s simply run out of indoor parking space for your growing car collection.
A home garage car lift can solve your home parking problems. It effectively doubles your available garage parking space by allowing you to safely park a vehicle above another vehicle. Utilizing your garage’s vertical space with a car lift can eliminate the arguments between family members over who gets indoor parking privileges.
A home garage car lift will instantly double your parking space.
2. A garage expansion isn’t a feasible option
Expanding your garage might seem like the most logical way to resolve your lack of home garage parking space. Weigh the pros and cons between this option and getting a home garage car lift, however, and the wiser choice is quite clear.
Car lifts for residential garages are a much more cost-effective option than undergoing a major garage expansion. The latter will carry a hefty price tag in comparison to investing in one (or even two) car lifts.
Also consider the other headaches that will accompany a major garage expansion:
the mess that will be made
the length of time you’ll be unable to park in your garage
you won’t be able to use your garage for hobbies or other activities for awhile
you’ll need to secure building permits
Installing a car lift in your garage, on the other hand, involves much less hassle and inconvenience. In most cases, the process can be completed in about half a day.
3. You want to protect your investments
Protecting the significant investment you’ve made in your vehicles only makes sense. And with higher-end vehicles, it makes that much more sense to find ways to park them inside your garage.
As mentioned, there’s simply no good reason to have items with little monetary value taking up your valuable garage parking space when it comes at the expense of indoor vehicle storage.
Parking in your garage with car lift storage keeps your vehicles far more secure than parking in your driveway. They’re also shielded from the elements, which will prolong the life of their bodies and engines.
And if you live in areas that get snow, consider the convenience of not having to deal with scraping snow and ice off your car or truck many times over the course of a winter.
4. You prefer servicing your own vehicles
If you have experience when it comes to auto maintenance, you know that it can be a challenge working on the underside of a vehicle. There’s limited space to work, poor visibility, and having to use a rolling mechanic’s creeper isn’t very comfortable. Using jacks can also pose a safety hazard.
For those who prefer doing their own car maintenance, a home garage car lift is extremely practical. There are three different types of car lifts available to make home car maintenance a lot easier.
Scissor car lifts are the cheapest option and allow you to access most areas that can be serviced on a car or truck. The big drawbacks of scissor lifts are you can’t park underneath them and many models have lower lifting capacities and lifting heights.
2 post car lifts are another option for the home garage mechanic. Hoisted vehicles are supported by arms attached to the two posts. This makes it easy to access a vehicle’s underside, change tires, and do brake work. Most home garage 2 post car lifts don’t leave space for parking another vehicle underneath, however.
4 post car lifts offer the best multi-purpose car lift functionality. Aside from changing tires (because your vehicle is parked on ramps), this type of car lift is well-suited for most home car repairs. And best of all, you can park another vehicle safely underneath a hoisted vehicle, which is a real space saver.
Getting to the underside of vehicles for performing your own maintenance is much easier with a car lift.
5. You want another long-term home vehicle storage option
In colder climates, many homeowners have sports cars, classic cars, or motorcycles that can’t be driven for about half the year. Even though you love your prized ride, it can be frustrating having precious garage parking space taken up by immobile vehicles for much of the year.
Off-site vehicle storage will cost several hundred of dollars per vehicle each year. A 4 post car lift that’s used to store your seasonal vehicles will pay for itself after just a few years.
Having your stored vehicles close at hand is also a lot more convenient if you need to occasionally run them during the winter for maintenance purposes.
Get professional installation of a home garage car lift
If any one of these five signs resonates with you, Garage Living can make your life easier with a professionally installed home garage car lift. Our 4 post car lifts are ALI Certified for safe and reliable operation and very easy to use.
Schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our design consultants to start making your garage more functional with a convenient car lift.
After years of dealing with frustrating garage floor clutter, you’ve finally made the wise decision to invest in a PVC garage slatwall storage system.
Using your garage’s underutilized wall space for hanging storage makes a night-and-day difference when it comes to being able to more comfortably walk, play, and work in the garage.
And most importantly, you can restore the ability to use your garage for its primary function of parking vehicles.
Choosing the best garage slatwall accessories
The beauty of a garage slatwall storage system is its versatility and storage flexibility. There are lots of hook, shelving, bin, bracket, and basket slatwall accessories available which can be configured in an endless number of configurations.
Here’s a list of 17of the handiest garage slatwall accessories available that will make your garage noticeably more functional.
1. Single hook
Single hooks take up very little space and are easy to move around on the garage slatwall panels. They’re ideal for hanging:
small hand tools
lighter tools with long handles (like brooms)
The 1″ single hook comfortably holds individual items. For hanging multiple items, choose the 4″ or 8″ single hook options.
2. Double hook
For more support for your larger tools, double hooks are the right slatwall accessory for the job.
One or more shovels, rakes, and various types of gardening equipment and sporting equipment (like baseball bats and hockey sticks) can be hung on the 4″ and 8″ double hook. You’re sure to find many other uses for this multi-purpose hanging accessory as well.
3. Deep utility hook
This hook is deep enough to accommodate storing any of the following items:
smaller ladders (around 8′ or less)
Consult a Garage Living representative about which garage slatwall accessories are best for horizontal storage of longer ladders.
4. Industrial hook
For more heavy-duty hanging garage storage, use a sturdy industrial hook. Our 26″ industrial hook gets bulky items like lumber, canoes, kayaks, and tires up off your garage floor to free up valuable parking space.
5. Vertical bike hook
Bikes are one of those items in your garage that can really benefit from having a proper home instead of being left on the garage floor or leaned against a wall.
Using a vertical bike hook allows you to easily hang a bike by its front wheel on a slatwall panel.
Hanging bike storage will prolong the life of your bikes, as you won’t need to worry about them falling over or being accidentally damaged by a car.
6. Horizontal bike hook
Whereas a bike stored on a single vertical bike hook hangs perpendicular to the wall, a horizontal bike hook keeps a bike stored parallel to the wall. This is done by hanging the bike frame on two hooks.
This bike hanging solution may be more ideal for smaller garage spaces.
7. Golf rack
For Canada and the northern parts of the U.S., the rapidly approaching warmer weather means it’s time for golf lovers to get out the clubs.
Instead of letting your equipment take up vehicle trunk space, a slatwall-mounted golf rack provides a TaylorMade golf equipment storage solution for the garage (sorry for the bad golf pun).
8. Fishing rod rack
Garage slatwall accessories are all about keeping you more organized. Any avid fisher’s collection of rods, baits, and other fishing accessories can grow quickly, so a proper place to store everything is very useful.
A fishing rod rack helps protect your investment by providing space for two vertically stored rods, which helps them maintain their shape.
For the rest of your fishing gear, mix and match an assortment of hook and basket garage slatwall accessories to keep your equipment well-organized.
9. Ball rack
Basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls can be a real safety hazard when they’re left strewn across your garage floor.
An adjustable ball rack makes secure wall storage space for those round tripping hazards.
10. Deep mesh basket
Another option for storing sports equipment is to use one of the most versatile garage slatwall accessories available – a deep mesh basket. This hanging accessory could also be used for storing:
shoes and boots
small gardening tools and gardening apparel
car cleaning supplies
11. Magnetic tool bar
If you’re using your garage occasionally as a workshop, a magnetic tool bar offers easy access to your small hand tools and keeps them organized.
12. Screwdriver holder
Another small tool storage option to consider is a screwdriver holder that can hold five of your most commonly used screwdrivers.
13. Paper towel rack
Whether you’re using your garage as a work area or not, having paper towels close at hand in this space is convenient.
A paper towel rack hung on a slatwall panel keeps a roll of paper towels or shop towels within close reach to clean up dirty hands or garage floor spills.
14. Tilt-out storage bin
We’ve all seen those garages where screws, nuts, nails, and a thousand other tiny hardware parts are tossed into a bunch of plastic or metal containers. Clearly, there’s been no thought given to organization.
Sorting out the contents of these containers would take forever. If this problem exists in your own garage, look for a smarter way to keep all those small pieces organized, going forward.
Clear tilt-out storage bins will keep all your screws, nuts, bolts, washers, and other small hardware pieces organized. When needed, you’ll actually be able to find that right size of screw or washer for any project you’re working on.
15. Garment hook
Several garment hooks attached to your slatwall panels can hold jackets, hats, gloves, rain jackets, or any other item of clothing.
Or maybe your garment hooks will be your preferred way to store bike helmets, towels, or baseball gloves.
Some items in your garage aren’t suited to hanging storage. Garage cabinets are one option for storing such items, as are hanging shelving accessories.
Containers of automotive fluids, cleaning supplies, garden supplies, or perhaps some planters you plan to use soon are perfect for our small or large wire hanging shelves.
Angled shoe shelves can also be used for storing boots or whatever footwear you use when working in the yard. The shelving’s wire construction provides effective ventilation, which allows your soggy footwear to dry out in a timely manner.
If you want those items that are hard to hang to be a little more secure when they’re stored, add hanging baskets to your list of must-have garage slatwall accessories.
Available in mini, medium, and shallow basket size, these hanging accessories are ideal for storing aerosol cans, car cleaning supplies, paint cans, and much more.
Use your chosen garage slatwall accessories to arrange your stored items any way you desire.
Learn more about the best garage slatwall accessories
Which of these garage slatwall accessories make the most sense for your garage’s requirements?
You can learn more about all of these handy slatwall hanging accessories and our other garage makeover solutions by scheduling a free in-home design consultation.
Garage Living is excited to announce our newest franchise location in Denver, Colorado.
Garage Living of Denver joins our ever-growing network of franchisees in the U.S. and Canada specializing in high-end garage makeovers. The franchisees of Garage Living of Denver are Binh Truong and his wife, Tu Kim Le.
The couple initially became interested in Garage Living while attending the Franchise Expo West-Denver in October 2016. Aaron Cash (Garage Living Franchise Systems President) and Steve Wilkins (Vice President of Franchise Development) met the couple at the expo.
They explained to Binh and Tu the incredible opportunity available to them by joining a premium home improvement franchise.
Binh Truong — Owner, Garage Living of Denver.
The call of duty
Binh and Tu were immediately intrigued at the prospect of joining a company catering to the garage organization and storage market, one of the fastest growing home improvement categories. The rapidly growing Denver market also presents lots of opportunities for home improvement companies.
The couple’s plans to explore the business opportunity further would be delayed, however, for a noble reason.
Immediately following the meeting, Binh, who had enlisted in the Colorado National Guard with the support of his family after being drawn to serve his country, was deployed for a year-long tour. Binh’s deployment saw him actively involved in operations fighting ISIS in the Middle East providing satellite communications support.
Planning for the future
The timing of Binh’s deployment was especially challenging, considering Tu was shortly due to give birth to their fourth child. While Binh was overseas, Tu continued raising their four children in Denver and working in her current role as CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of her own franchise business, sporting goods company Reusch USA.
Despite the distance separating them, Tu and Binh also planned their next adventure after his service was completed. The couple reconnected with Wilkins, with the development process including Skype calls from remote locations.
Upon Binh’s return home last September, the development process moved along and Binh and Tu eventually joined the Garage Living family.
Garage Living’s first Veteran franchisee
Binh and Tu see Garage Living of Denver as not just a business opportunity, but an opportunity to support returning Veterans with great jobs. Binh, who takes considerable pride in his military service, plans to hire soldiers formerly under his command and run Garage Living of Denver as a business “owned and operated by Vets”.
Binh’s background working in car sales and home improvement contracting, in addition to his love of cars, are a perfect fit for Garage Living of Denver’s mission of creating spectacular garage spaces.
Tu’s impressive business acumen will be a major asset in helping Binh and other Veterans with Garage Living of Denver’s day-to-day operations. Previously, Tu has worked as a senior accountant for two Denver-area companies and as an accountant for the city and county of Denver, as well as the Denver International Airport.
“The passion, work ethic, sacrifice, and commitment to success that they both have demonstrated in their careers, military service, and family life make them ideal franchise partners and we are very excited to get started”, says Cash.
Considering the garage has become the main entry and exit point to the home for an increasing number of people, it’s no wonder improved garage spaces have become more coveted.
For this reason, we thought the term “home entryway garage makeovers” seemed rather appropriate.
Stephen, from Oakville, Ontario (located 30 minutes outside of Toronto) and his wife are among the homeowners who saw the benefits of upgrading such a frequently used area of their house.
The couple also wanted to have a more high-class look to complement the stylish aesthetics of their luxury cars.
A look at one client’s home entryway garage makeover
The home entryway garage makeover by Garage Living for Stephen included the following upgrades:
Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating
PVC slatwall panels with hook and bike rack accessories
GL Premium cabinetry with a stainless steel countertop
wall-mounted tire racks and LED garage lighting fixtures
an aluminum wall-mounted hose reel and polyurethane garden hose
Stephen was thrilled with his garage makeover and kindly sat down with us to share his experience working with Garage Living.
Before we get to the interview, take a look at this short time-lapse video that shows the efficient transformation of Stephen’s 3-car garage in just a couple of days over the span of a week:
What did your garage look like before the makeover project started? Was it an older garage or just unfinished?
Our house was rebuilt five years old. It’s a big garage that was drywalled and had a raw concrete floor that had some settling cracks.
What was the impetus to get the garage done? Were you just tired of it and had been thinking about getting it done for a long time?
The cracks in the floor were bothering me and I wanted to get that cleaned up. I have a Mercedes and a Maserati, so every time I drove in there it just didn’t seem like an appropriate home for them.
How long did it take for you to decide you needed to do something about it and start looking around for a company?
We had a list of priorities. We didn’t build the house, we bought it after the gentleman that built it got relocated back to the U.S. There was a lot of work to do on the inside to bring it up to what we wanted. We wanted to get the interior finished first.
Once all that got done, it was time to get the garage taken care of. The garage was on the list, but further down the list. I wanted it to look finished and look like it was a part of the house.
We always drive into the garage and then enter the house about 90% of the time. Every time I drove in, it didn’t feel like a completed part of the project.
How much research did you do beforehand to figure out what to do with the garage and who to talk to?
When I first talked to my wife, I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like. I take the cars to Denny’s Car Wash down the road. One of the car magazines (Autostrada Forum Magazine)there had a Garage Living ad on the back of it, so I noticed that. That was kind of the impetus to get me to start researching it.
Then I phoned a few other companies, including just concrete restoration companies. I had to decide if I was just going to do the floor or do the whole thing and we decided we were going to do the whole thing.
Based on the various companies that I interviewed and got quotes from, Garage Living by far stood out as the most competent. Just the overall value proposition was strong.
So you initially wanted to do the floor, but it sort of grew into this bigger project?
No, I just wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go and if it was worth spending the money on or not. It’s kind of like finishing your basement or putting in a pool – do we do it because it’ll increase the value of the home? Does it not?
We decided that if we ever did sell the house, it would add significant value to the house for anybody with a nice car who also appreciates something like driving into a nice garage. The garage would seem like an integral part of the home.
So you’re looking at it as an investment, too…you’re looking long-term as well.
Yes, we’re looking at it primarily for us to enjoy the garage and then second, I just figured it would make the house a good overall package.
After that, did you go to the website and do your research?
Yes, I looked at a few different websites, including theirs, and called and got Daniel Albo (one of the Garage Living owners).
I had a few companies come out to give me ideas and I didn’t give them any budget. I just wanted to see, with no budget, what would they come up with and what were their ideas and what would they do?
The overall process with Garage Living was by far much more professional. They were more knowledgeable and what Daniel said made a whole lot more sense. With everybody else, I think they were trying to sell it within a certain budget, even though there was no given budget.
Garage Living came up with an excellent design and the way they were treating the garage floor seemed like a much better process. They wanted to come out beyond the garage doors and down the lip. One of the other companies was only coming to the interior of the garage door, which doesn’t look right to me.
This luxurious space nicely complements the client’s Maserati and Mercedes.
When you were doing your research and looking at quotes, how did Garage Living’s website compare to others you looked at?
The website left you with a very professional impression. There are some nice pictures on there of the products and I just thought it was user-friendly. The website was kind of a “landing spot” and the biggest thing was more the process of the quotation.
That included them being out here, the way they showed the materials, talked about what was going to be done, took the measurements, and got back to us very quickly with regard to initial concepts and designs. It was very professionally managed.
In your online review, you said that the overall design Garage Living came up with was no comparison to the other companies.
I thought that the quality of the materials was far better and the overall design was good. It was more the quality of the materials that were going into it, Garage Living’s professionalism, and the context of how Daniel presented the pitch for the project and how he explained the materials. Then we went out to the showroom before making the final decision.
How much of the showroom experience helped you make a decision?
For someone who needs that to make a decision, the showroom is definitely impressive. The decision was made prior to the showroom, basically, just from the content on the website and from the overall impression from interacting with Garage Living, versus the other companies we had quote on the project.
So going into the showroom was more just to look at things like the finishing details and accessories?
We were deciding between the baseline cabinets versus the intermediate or midrange cabinets. We wanted to see them, to decide if it was worth the additional money to go with the midrange, as opposed to the baseline cabinets.
The showroom was nice just to see the tangible quality of the cabinets and the scope of what Garage Living deals with. It just gave you that final touch of confidence in the context of dealing with Daniel and with the company, period.
How did you figure out whether to go with a baseline or a more premium cabinet model?
It was just the quality of them and the look. When we looked at what the difference was between the two as far as the scope of the project was concerned, we decided to go with the midline cabinets (GL Premium).
Was how you were going to use the cabinetry, like as a possible work area, a factor at all?
No, it’s more aesthetic. The drawers are still empty in a lot of cases. It doesn’t get used that way, it’s more just for the overall look whenever we drive in.
So basically looks, minimal storage, and to keep it tidy?
Now you have all this garage storage you never had before. How was it managing the garage storage before?
Before, everything was all over the place. There were just metal shelves from Costco being used with everything stacked on them. It was one of those things where when you move in, the garage is the last thing to get organized and cleaned up.
There was a lot of stuff that needed to be purged and gotten rid of. We used the garage to park cars in, but it by no means made you feel good when you drove in.
Your garage makeover also included a couple of tire racks, which I assume is for your winter tires?
That was also one of the reasons I went to the showroom, was just to see what the tire racks like. I called around to get quotes on storing our winter tires. I always just stored them stacked on the garage floor and also on a Canadian Tire wall rack.
We wondered if they were really worth the money to store tires on or should we just store them at the garage where we get them changed over? When I called around, I found that basically, the racks will pay for themselves within a couple of years, in comparison to having the tires stored at the garage itself.
Was price a deciding factor in your decision to choose Garage Living?
Garage Living wasn’t the cheapest quote, but I just felt the overall value proposition was better. I felt the project was going to get done properly and in a timely fashion.
It sounds like compared to the other companies, you just had more confidence in Daniel and Garage Living.
Yes. Any questions I asked they were able to answer – and not in a, for lack of a better word, a BS way.
Daniel didn’t come across like a sales guy just pushing something. Garage Living came across like they cared about the install, cared about the quality of the materials, and were very knowledgeable and very professional.
Some of the other companies just seemed like they wanted to get in and out with the quickest solution possible and were just trying to push something on you. All one guy did was undermine and knock other companies. To me, he lost before he even started. He just didn’t have a professional presentation, either.
Was there anything about the other companies that impressed you or made you consider going with them?
No. I was shopping for the best project overall and something I thought was fairly priced for the quality of the workmanship, materials, etcetera.
Your Google review mentioned that you were impressed with the scheduling and overall professionalism of Garage Living. Did that surprise you?
Yes, it actually did. Coming from the trades and having done countless renovations and construction-related projects, finding good tradespeople is one of the biggest challenges. It’s difficult to find people that show up on time and people who, if they’re not going to be there on time, will at least call.
It’s more you’re wasting your time waiting around for people that don’t show up and then you call them and all you hear are excuses. Daniel set the tone for that and every person that we interacted with at Garage Living after Daniel followed through and exceeded expectations.
They were here on the very day they said they’d be here and we had booked months in advance. It took exactly a week, which is what Daniel said it would take. And from start to finish, the workers were really polite, respectful, and very professional. They did everything they said they were going to do and beyond.
There’s always a lot of stress involved for anyone who’s dealt with the trades. That wasn’t an issue with your project?
Nothing. It was zero stress. It was a pleasure dealing with people that take pride in what they do, as opposed to it just being piece work and wanting to get in and out as quickly as possible. They moved plugs around…even if it was six inches, they moved it. Garage Living did a very, very good job overall. If I did move, I would call them immediately to do my next garage.
Did you have to make any compromises with what you initially thought the garage would look like and what you had in mind?
We actually spent more than what we were originally planning on spending and are very happy that we did so. We didn’t really have a budget in mind. When you start any project, you kind of have a hunch as to what you think it’s going to cost or how much you think you’re willing to spend, and with this one it was similar.
GL Premium cabinets with silver doors and gray trim configured with tall storage lockers, overhead cabinets, and a stainless steel countertop.
So it wasn’t a big surprise with what the project cost?
What, if anything, could Garage Living have done differently if you had to do this all over again?
I don’t think there’s one thing that they could have done differently to improve the experience.
As I said, the overall experience exceeded expectations and the design was excellent. Even for the photo shoot, they were very respectful of the property and thankful that we allowed them to do it. We were more than happy to have them spend the day and do the photo shoot and the time-lapse video.
If the makeover process hadn’t been such a flawless experience, we would have paid the invoice and that’d be the end of it. But we were happy to have them showcase such a good job and proud that the finished product came out the way it did.
Do you show it off to friends or visitors that come over?
Yes, in fact, I was speaking at a conference the other day and I was showing a few of our customers the pictures of the garage and they were like, “Wow!”.
One of them has a Porsche 911, so we were talking about garages and I said, “Oh, I got a new home for my Maserati”. They asked if I minded telling them how much it was and I told them and they said, “Oh, that’s really reasonable for something like that. I thought it would be more”. They were actually surprised, based on the pictures. In fact, I gave her Daniel’s contact information.
So overall, you’d say your life’s better having the garage completed and you feel better about pulling into the garage now?
Yes, it bugs me right now that the floor is dirty and needs to be cleaned, but you don’t want to be getting the hose out and making a skating rink in there, so we kind of brush it off. But as soon as the weather turns good, I’ll get the hose out and squeegee it and clean it up.
In the past with your concrete floor, would you just sweep it out in the spring? Do you find this garage floor easier to maintain?
I would shovel the snow out before, whereas now it’s much easier to maintain and keep clean. It looks good, it looks finished whenever you drive in. A week or so ago it was one of those mild, slushy days. When I came home, I got the squeegee down that Garage Living left us at the end of the project and squeegeed the floor, which helped to clean it up.
Was there anything else you wanted to add?
I would say if anybody’s considering doing anything with their garage, regardless of how big or small, that I would call Garage Living. Have them come out to give you some ideas as to what they can do. I think regardless of whether it’s just the floor or a full project like we did, it’ll get done right.
Regardless of how much they’re wanting to spend, the money they spend with Garage Living is a good investment because it gets done properly. I think of it more now as an extension of the home, as opposed to just a garage that’s connected to the house where you park your cars in a space that just didn’t seem like a fitting home for the cars.
So your home’s main entryway space is just nicer now.
I would say 90% of the time we drive into the garage and come into the home through the garage, so it’s an extension of that finished space now.
It feels much better and it’s much tidier. Everything’s got a place with the way Garage Living designed it and the way things are organized. And it’s got that flexibility so if your slatwall storage needs change, you can go back to the showroom and get some ideas as to what other kinds of hooks and accessories you can get.
As we organized things, we found a spot for the hoses on the wall. They’re not normally there in the summertime, but in the wintertime, they’re just spare hoses that we use for various things on the property. Everything’s got its place.
When you live in a snow-covered area, regular garage winter maintenance is necessary to help keep your garage space clean.
Ignoring garage winter maintenance leads to your space being a slushy, watery mess that can be a safety hazard. Road salt residue left on your floor also damages the flooring and is unsightly, which detracts from your garage’s interior look.
Garage floor clutter and disorganization isn’t ideal at any time of the year. During the winter time, it’s especially inconvenient. After all, who wants to be searching through a disorganized pile of things for that specific snow shovel in frigid temperatures?
Garage winter maintenance also means ensuring your garage’s energy efficiency is functioning at its most optimal level. Here are three garage winter maintenance tips to make those last few weeks until spring arrives (and next winter) a little easier.
Protect your garage floor from the damage done during winter time by investing in a durable polyaspartic floor coating.
1. Protect and maintain your garage floor
If you reside in a climate that gets extreme temperature shifts, the process of a garage floor contracting and expanding in accordance with the temperature changes is normal. Expansion joints help facilitate this process.
That process is put under more strain, however, when melted snow enters cracks in the garage floor and then refreezes when the temperature drops. Deicing road salt that recrystallizes inside the cracks only adds to the problem. Existing cracks will get deeper and longer and new cracks will eventually form.
Using the proper type of garage floor coating is your best defense against the ravages of winter on your flooring surface. Investing in a high quality polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™ provides the best protection against water and salt damage. Floortex™ floor coatings can be also be applied any time of the year.
This durable floor coating looks great and has a textured surface that offers better traction than epoxy coatings. That’s a useful feature for your garage floor surface to have when the mercury drops.
And garage winter maintenance with a polyaspartic floor is easy, too. A squeegee quickly removes any standing water. When the floor is dry, you can give it a fast sweep to remove dirt and salt particles. Pick a milder winter day to give your floor a more thorough cleaning.
2. Make garage winter maintenance easier with a clutter-free floor
There’s no more important time of the year to park your vehicles in the garage than during the winter. They’ll warm up faster. You’ll also save yourself from the discomfort (and extra time spent) clearing ice and snow off your vehicles when the weather is unpleasant.
A clutter-free garage floor makes garage winter maintenance significantly easier. In addition to making the aforementioned floor cleaning easier, you’ll also simply be able to function much better in an organized garage space.
An organized garage using the right storage systems removes clutter from your garage floor to make room for parking and maybe a bulky snow blower. You’ll also have easier access to your handheld snow removal tools. Using these storage systems will minimize the effort you’ll need to put into your garage winter maintenance routine:
garage cabinetry provides storage space for tools and winter-related items like bags of deicing salt and sand
slatwall storage keeps your snow removal tools off the garage floor and well-organized
tire racks, heavy-duty overhead racks, and other specialty storage racks provide storage space off your floor for bulky and seasonal items
Keep your bulky second set of vehicle tires from cluttering up your garage floor by using a sturdy tire rack.
3. Check your garage’s energy efficiency
Another part of your garage winter maintenance should include checking to make sure your garage is being energy efficient.
Has it been ages since you upgraded your garage’s insulation? Are you detecting drafts in the garage or perhaps in your heated living space with a door that connects to the garage? Here are a few improvements you can make:
upgrade your garage’s ceiling and wall insulation (or add some if you neither)
invest in more energy efficient garage windows or upgrade your garage access door
ensure weatherstripping and door thresholds aren’t peeling away or letting drafts in
Your garage door also warrants attention to help with garage energy efficiency. In terms of garage door materials, steel is a better natural insulator than wood or aluminum (especially a thicker lower gauge steel).
Modern garage doors offer much better insulating features than their predecessors. This helps improve energy efficiency, makes the doors stronger and less likely to dent, and provides sound insulation as well.
Any upgrades you make to your garage to help with energy efficiency during the winter will also deliver benefits throughout the rest of the year, including a lower hydro bill.
Garage winter maintenance tips that make spring cleaning easier
Investing time in some garage winter maintenance during the year’s coldest months will make your garage spring cleaning all that much easier.
To get expert help to outfit your garage for the winter and year-round, you’re only a link click away from getting the ball rolling. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with Garage Living here.