5 Reasons to Get Your Garage Floor Coating in the Winter

It’s a common misconception that homes located in northern climates are unable to get a new garage floor coating in the winter. This is simply untrue…provided you use the right type of garage floor coating.

Using a polyaspartic floor coating gives you a lot more flexibility in terms of when it can be used. Its year-round usability is just one of several advantages that polyaspartic coatings have over epoxy coatings.

As you’ll discover, there’s no need to wait until the weather warms up in the spring to enjoy the benefits that a new garage floor coating provides.

There are even a couple of advantages to having your damaged floor rejuvenated with a polyaspartic garage floor coating in the winter.

garage floor coating in the winter application

Our professionals adjust the mixtures and materials used during the garage floor coating process to suit specific temperature conditions.

1. Cold temperatures won’t delay your garage floor project

To apply an epoxy garage floor coating, a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C) is required. Urethane garage floor coatings require a minimum temperature of 40° F (4° C) to be applied. That significantly restricts the times of year they can be used on garage floors located in colder climates.

Compare that to the versatility of a polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™. Getting a garage floor coating in the winter isn’t a problem when this high quality product is used for the job. That’s because Floortex™ garage floor coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C).

We can carry out flooring projects during the colder weather by making adjustments, based on the temperature, of the Floortex™ mixture and materials used.

The application versatility of polyaspartic coatings also lets them be used when the temperatures are blazing hot. That means even when the temperature rises as high as 104° F (40° C), a polyaspartic garage floor coating application can be done.

Colder temperatures do affect how long the curing time for the floor top coat takes. It can range anywhere from 8-24 hours before foot traffic can resume and between 24-96 hours before vehicles can use your garage again.

A Garage Living representative will let you know how climate factors will affect the curing time for your particular garage flooring project.

2. A garage floor coating in the winter has the same quality

Getting a polyaspartic garage floor coating in the winter provides you with the same level of flooring surface quality as a floor that’s done when the weather is warmer.

You’ll still get a durable, attractive floor surface that’s easy to maintain and provides the following benefits:

  • a UV stable topcoat that prevents the floor from fading and yellowing over time
  • exceptional impact and abrasion resistance
  • highly resistant to most household chemicals and automotive fluids
  • guaranteed not to blister, flake, or peel
  • ability to customize floor with a range of available colors
  • textured surface provides better traction than epoxy floor coatings

And whether you get your garage floor coating in the winter or any other time of the year, Garage Living still provides the same 10 year limited warranty after every flooring application. And the entire process can still be completed in as little as one day, depending on the weather.

3. Get your new garage floor quicker

Now that you’re educated about the fact that getting a garage floor coating in the winter is indeed possible in colder climates, you can use that information to your advantage.

Because many people wrongly presume they need to wait until the spring or summer to get their floors redone, the lead time to book a garage flooring project is actually shorter in the winter.

Our work crews aren’t quite as overwhelmed with scheduled projects as they are during the warmer months of the year. That means the time between booking your initial design consultation and the flooring project being completed will typically be shorter in the winter than during the spring and summer months.

4. Protect your floors from damaging road salt

Road salt brought in to your garage on your vehicles during the winter leaves ugly white salt stains on the floor. The salt can also take a real toll on your garage floor’s durability over a long period of time.

That’s because melted salt mixed with water from rain and melted snow gets down into the floor’s cracks and then refreezes again when the temperature drops. This puts extra stress on the natural expansion and contraction process that a garage floor experiences with changes in temperature. Over a period of time, the floor will be more likely to crack and existing cracks will only get longer and deeper.

Getting a polyaspartic coating applied before the winter begins provides you with the best protection for your garage floor. But even getting a garage floor coating any time before winter ends can save your floor from the ravages of road salt.

Even with durable protection, garage floors still need to be cleaned occasionally during the winter months. A smooth Floortex™ floor coating makes it even easier to maintain a clean floor during the winter and all throughout the year.

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Year-round garage floor coating applications are possible when you use a polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™.

5. Enjoy a better-looking garage floor

Making the wise decision to get your garage floor coating in the winter and not later on means you’ll get to enjoy a better-looking garage floor that much sooner.

A new garage floor, especially one with the aesthetic benefits that the decorative flakes used in the Floortex™ application process provide, can have a huge impact on a garage’s overall look.

You’ll have a fresh, durable garage floor surface that’s all ready to take on the heavier foot traffic that comes with the increased usage of your garage when the warmer spring weather arrives.

Garage makeover solutions all year round

Along with taking care of your garage floor coating project, Garage Living’s other garage makeover solutions are also capable of being installed any time of the year. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today.

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Garage History: How Much Do You Know About This Vital Home Space?

How much do you know about the history of the home garage? Garage history doesn’t stretch back that all far – barely 100 years, in fact. Let’s look at where this vital home space began and how garages have evolved over the past century.

“Garage” – derived from the French word “garer” (meaning to protect, shelter, or store)

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Garage history: the early years

Before the garage existed, the main mode of transportation for North Americans was the horse and buggy, which were kept in detached buildings known as carriage houses, gatehouses, and outbuildings. As the 1908 Ford Model T made automobiles more accessible to the masses, a need for a more practical parking solution became apparent.

Early car owners would park their vehicles alongside their horses in the carriage houses. Carports and portable garages were also used. Large parking lots that charged a monthly fee were another method used for car parking until around 1910. At this point, the availability of parking spots was being outstripped by the number of car sales.

Early on in the 20th century’s second decade, architects began creating the rudimentary designs that brought us a little closer to what would become the traditional home garage as we now know it.

There was a still much room for improvement, however, as many of these garages still weren’t attached to homes and had to rely on inconvenient and cumbersome barn-style doors.

The overhead garage door and garage door opener are invented

By 1920, cars had become a must-own item in America, prompting even more demand for a more practical storage space for vehicles. It was at this time that C.G. Johnson came up with the overhead garage door, which replaced swinging garage doors with a more convenient and space-saving solution.

In 1926, Johnson also invented the first electric door opener, which made it easier to open the heavy wood doors of the era.

The home garage evolves

Garage doors would continue to evolve into the 30s with improvements made to their mechanical operations, reliability, design choices, and overall quality. The sectional overhead garage door was also introduced. The inclusion of a garage would increasingly become a make-or-break factor in whether homes up for sale were purchased.

It was around the early 40s that homes were more commonly designed with an attached garage in mind, with an entryway from inside the garage directly to the home also becoming more popular. The size of garages increasingly grew as car sizes got bigger.

Garage history: garage door openers get more high-tech

Although they first appeared in the 20s, electric garage door openers actually took decades to really catch on with North Americans. Improving on its initial radio-controlled design, openers began to use a fixed code pulse system that ensured a more unique signal that was far less likely to accidentally open a neighbor’s garage door (and were more secure).

Better safety features, such as early versions of the eye sensors commonly used on models today, were also implemented into door opener designs in the 70s.

Now we’ve evolved to the point where modern garage door openers use a rolling code technology that constantly changes the door’s access code, giving homeowners a higher degree of security.

Today’s openers are also much quieter, energy-efficient, and tech-friendly, with innovative features like the convenient MyQ Technology, which lets you control your garage door through your smartphone.

Garage history: garage doors improve in quality

It took until the 70s for a garage door material besides wood to become more common. Although wood garage doors deliver a warm, earthy look to a home’s exterior, they do require more maintenance. This brought about the advent of a low-maintenance alternative with steel garage doors. Eventually, fibreglass and full view aluminum doors were made available to consumers.

Just in the past couple of decades, garage door technology has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of quality and customization ability, allowing homeowners more choices and styles than ever before. And wouldn’t you know it, that original carriage house look is now a very popular style favored by homeowners purchasing new garage doors!

Garage flooring evolves

For decades, a garage floor was nothing more than a gray, boring concrete surface. In recent decades, painting your garage floor was one way to add some character to its look. The end result generally didn’t look great and the paint would need to be reapplied too frequently.

Epoxy floor coatings came along and raised the bar in terms of what floor coatings could do for your garage’s look and as a way to protect the concrete floor. Garage flooring technology has now evolved to the point where newer polyaspartic floor coatings like Floortex™ have raised the bar even further.

The home garage gives birth to some culture-shaking ideas

When contemplating the history of the home garage, one can’t overlook the truly culture-shaking ideas and hugely successful companies and bands that originated inside some of them. The Beatles, The Ramones, Nirvana, The Who, and The Kinks all began in the garage and a whole music genre would come to be known as “garage rock”.

Some of today’s most successful companies also started in garages, including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Amazon, Dyson, Disney Studios, and Harley-Davidson.

 

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Home garages have come a long way over the past century.

Home garages have come a long way

A look back at garage history shows just how much this vital home space has evolved over the past 100 years. We’ve gone from its humble beginnings as a glorified shed to the modern wonders that garage makeover professionals like Garage Living can now design.

A century ago, no one would have believed the kinds of beautiful garage spaces that can be created nowadays. Take, for example, the stunning underground garage pictured above.

If your outdated garage is in need of a modern touch, schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today.

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Garage Storage Advice: 9 Items That Shouldn’t Be Kept in Your Garage

When you’re looking for extra storage space in your home, the garage is one of the more logical choices because of its size.

Unfortunately, not everything is suited to being stored in your garage space. Think twice about where your overflow house storage ends up, otherwise you may be faced with damaged items and potential safety issues.

Fluctuating garage temperatures and moisture levels pose the biggest threat to the safekeeping of certain household items in this area of the home.

Even if you live in a southern climate that doesn’t experience extreme temperature shifts, high humidity levels can make some items stored in the garage vulnerable to damage.

Use this garage storage advice to keep your belongings safe

Unless your garage is reliably climate-controlled, you’ll want to follow the garage storage advice listed here to keep your belongings and home safe.

Going through your garage to separate items that shouldn’t be stored there will give you a great opportunity to declutter, as many of the items on our list are things you can probably part with.

Don’t let the convenience of having space in your garage for storage override the fact that when it comes to some of your belongings, it’s more sensible to store them elsewhere. Ensure the nine items below aren’t being stored within your garage space.

1. A fridge or freezer

If you have a second fridge or chest freezer running in your garage, you might want to consider putting it in a climate-controlled location.

Extreme heat or cold environments can cause these appliances to work overtime to keep their contents at the right temperature. And even with newer energy-efficient appliances, you might notice the extra costs on your hydro bills.

And if the fridge or freezer in your garage is really old, your wallet will definitely feel the effects of running it. It’s estimated that a fridge manufactured before 1990 could cost you between $250-300 a year to operate in your garage. Use this Energy Star calculator to get an estimate on the cost of running your old garage fridge.

That fridge or freezer running in your garage can also add to the moisture levels within the space and contribute to how much condensation your garage has. If your garage lacks proper ventilation, this issue is only compounded.

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2. Old photos, paper, and cardboard

The second thing our garage storage advice recommends you store elsewhere are any paper-based products and items. The changing temperatures and moisture levels that all garages experience are particularly unkind to these items.

Exposure to fluctuating temperatures and moisture will cause your photos to curl, stick together, dry out, and become discolored. They’re better off being digitized or stored in conditions that are cool, dark, and dry, such as in a closet.

Old newspapers, books, magazines, vinyl album jackets, and papers (like old tax returns and bills) will also show the negative effects of being stored in the garage in less time than you’d think. Artwork and important documents should also be stored in your heated living space.

Aside from the fact that all of these paper-based products aren’t going to fare well when stored in the garage, there’s three other important reasons they shouldn’t be stored there:

  • they’re a fire hazard
  • household pests (like mice and insects) enjoy using paper-based products for making nests
  • mold may form on them in certain conditions

3. Propane tanks

Propane tanks are one of the most common items stored in garages that actually have no business being kept there. Barbecue propane tanks and propane tanks used with welding tools are highly combustible and need to be properly stored.

Even if the tank’s valve is shut off, it still poses an ignition and fire hazard that can cause catastrophic damage. Consider that the tank may have a leak you can’t detect.

Propane tanks that aren’t properly stored in your garage could also ignite if they come in contact with a vehicle being parked. Sparks from a grinding tool being used in your garage workshop could also cause a propane tank to ignite.

The chances of a propane tank being stored in the garage are also high because none of us enjoy running out of propane halfway through an outdoor cooking session. That full backup tank many homeowners keep for their barbecue eliminates any chance of a spoiled meal due to the propane being all used up.

Just heed this garage storage advice and make sure your propane tanks are being safely stored somewhere besides the garage. Here’s five key guidelines you should be adhering to:

  • always double check to make sure a tank’s valve is closed when it’s not in use
  • store propane tanks in a secure and ventilated area (like a shed)
  • always keep propane tanks as far away from any potential spark sources as possible
  • ensure propane tanks are stored away from your house
  • store propane tanks on a flat surface

4. Food

It’s strongly advised that canned food and dry packaged foods be kept somewhere besides the garage. Exposure to humidity and both hot and cold temperatures will significantly shorten the shelf life of these items.

High temperatures can cause canned goods to spoil or become rancid. Canned foods that freeze and then thaw out (a process that will occur repeatedly over the course of a winter) will also become inedible over time.

Always keep your food stored in a dry, climate-controlled environment, preferably in a kitchen pantry or cupboard. And if you have so much food that you need to store some of it in the garage, it’s probably time to adjust your shopping list. That money saved from buying in bulk will just be wasted if you end up throwing out too much of what you buy.

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5. Wine

Believe it or not, some homeowners don’t know that it’s a downright terrible idea to store wine in the garage. It tends to be one of those things that someone does just once before realizing the error of their ways.

Like food, wine needs a stable storage environment to maintain its quality and prolong its lifespan. Wine stored in a space with fluctuating temperatures will oxidize due to the contraction and expansion that the conditions cause.

The composition of the wine will be compromised to the point where it won’t even be drinkable. Poor storage conditions will also affect the wine’s color.

Proper, stable humidity levels are also important when it comes to wine storage. And wine also needs to be stored in an environment where there’s minimal vibrations and noise (these can affect its aging process).

The optimal conditions for wine storage are in a dark environment that’s kept at a temperature and humidity level that are consistent. Even if you’re a casual wine collector, it makes sense to invest in proper wine storage solutions like custom wine cabinetry or a wine fridge.

6. Clothing and fabrics

Any sensible garage storage advice will tell you that clothing and anything made from fabric should be stored somewhere besides the garage. Along with outgrown or ill-fitting clothing, you’ll also commonly find these other fabric-based items in garages:

  • linens
  • blankets
  • sleeping bags
  • keepsakes like a wedding dress, prom gown, and first baby outfit
  • seasonal clothing
  • sofa and chair cushions

Once again, the humidity, heat, and cold of a garage environment won’t be kind to your garments. Fumes from engine and power equipment exhausts or improperly stored materials may damage these items. Pests also favor clothing and fabrics as a spot to build homes.

Go through any stored clothing in your garage and get rid of what you can before storing the rest in an area of your home that’s dry and cool. Make sure the area isn’t overly bright, either.

For optimal clothes storage conditions in your home, you can also keep them in vacuum-sealed bags. Acid-free storage containers and cedar wood blocks also help to preserve your stored clothing.

7. Wooden furniture

So you’ve kept that old wooden furniture stored in your garage with the intention of restoring it so it can be used again sometime later. Unfortunately, you may find out the hard way that long-term garage storage of items made from delicate woods isn’t ideal.

Temperature swings and constantly changing humidity levels will wreak havoc on stored furniture, causing the wood fibers to contract and expand. This will eventually cause the wood to split or even break, sometimes beyond the point of repair.

As we’ve recommended in several of our other garage storage advice points, wooden furniture should also be stored in an environment that’s temperature-controlled. This will keep humidity levels stable and slow down the drying-out process of woods.

You’ll protect your furniture further by cleaning it and treating it with wood furniture preservative or polish before storing it. Cover your stored furniture with a drop cloth or old blanket.

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8. Paint and hazardous materials

Any safety-conscious garage storage advice would be incomplete without mentioning paint and hazardous materials storage. Old, half-used paint cans, in particular, are commonly found in garages.

The truth is, most paint that’s kept in your garage will be virtually useless if it’s been stored there for a long time. Both freezing temperatures and hot temperatures will cause many types of paint to separate and curdle.

Poor storage conditions for leftover paint will affect the consistency and color of it. Old paint cans stored on a garage floor are also vulnerable to rust. If left long enough, the cans might rust right through and cause a major mess. Use your basement for storing old paint cans instead.

Even if you think your old pesticides, solvents, cleaning supplies, and half-empty containers of automotive fluids are okay if they’re stored inside high quality garage cabinetry, think again. If you no longer have any use for these hazardous materials (or your old paint), dispose of them properly at your local hazmat disposal facility.

9. Old electronic equipment

Our last bit of garage storage advice concerns your old electronic equipment. We all love our electronic devices and that can lead to your garage becoming an electronics graveyard over time.

Old TVs, receivers, radios, computer equipment, gaming consoles, appliances…the list goes on and on when it comes to the types of electronics we discard.

Most of it will be obsolete and useless, however. And items that aren’t so old will only last so long in most garage environments. Condensation, humidity, and changing temperatures can damage the circuit boards and solder joints on electronic equipment.

Get more garage storage advice from a trusted garage professional

This garage storage advice will aid you in prolonging the storage life of your belongings and keeping your home safer. Garage Living can also help with a different type of garage storage advice.

Our expertise and wide range of garage improvement solutions can help you make more effective use of your garage’s space. Book your free in-home consultation with us to get the process started.

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7 Solutions to Make Home Garage Parking Easier and Safer

Safe and easy home garage parking can be a daily challenge for many vehicle owners for a number of reasons.

The most obvious reason home garage parking might be difficult is because your garage space is smaller than you’d like. A 1-car garage space combined with you owning a larger vehicle (like an SUV or minivan) can make for a tight parking fit.

Even if you have an average-sized vehicle, other variables such as clutter, poor lighting, and the space’s layout can create home garage parking problems. Examples of the latter might be a support beam or a central vac system with a canister that juts out and impedes on your garage parking space.

And finding enough space to park all of your vehicles indoors can be a problem even if you have a 2-car, 3-car, or even larger garage space. If you’re not taking the time to occasionally declutter your garage, parking problems are inevitable.

Potential problems with home garage parking

Not having enough room for garage parking leads to these potential problems:

  • paint and body damage to vehicles
  • the inconvenience that comes with difficulties entering and exiting vehicles
  • you can’t reap the many benefits of garage parking
  • the stress of trying to park your vehicles inside safely

Home garage parking can be stressful, but there are several ways to fix the problems relevant to your own parking situation. Start by making use of these seven useful tips and implementing a few of the recommendations to make home garage parking easier.

1. Make your garage bigger

When considering ways to make home garage parking easier, one of your first ideas might be to expand the size of your garage. It’s a natural conclusion to make, but a solution that does have some drawbacks.

The recommended minimum size for a 1-car garage is around 12′ wide by 24′ deep (12′ x 24′). That can be expanded to dimensions of approximately 14′ x 22′ and 16′ x 24′ to accommodate larger vehicles and room for storage.

For 2-car garages, the minimum recommended size would be approximately 22′ x 24′. A size of 24′ x 24′ would be considered ideal and provide you with extra flexibility. As always, you should go with with more space than you think you’ll need.

Yes, hiring a garage builder to expand your garage’s size may provide you with more parking space. There are a few reasons, however, why some alternative solutions will soon become more appealing:

  • the high cost of a garage expansion
  • the inconvenience of not having use of your garage for an extended period of time
  • the mess a garage expansion will cause
  • the hassle and expense of obtaining building permits

2. Create more space in your garage

If your garage floor is cluttered and barely leaving you enough space to pull a vehicle inside, it makes more sense to deal with the clutter than to start knocking down any walls.

Many garages don’t fully utilize their wall and vertical space for storage. There are a few effective garage storage and organization solutions that can take advantage of these underused areas.

A slatwall organization system adds PVC slatwall panels with hanging accessories to your walls, which lets you keep your floor clear of clutter.

Overhead storage racks also aid you in keeping your floor clear, thereby making home garage parking easier. Less garage floor clutter means less obstacles to worry about when parking.

A garage cabinet system can also be installed to add extra storage room and they’re a great storage solution if your garage can accommodate it. Storage cabinetry may or may not be ideal for your garage if the space is too confined, although keep in mind that our GL Signature cabinet system comes with a shallow depth option for smaller garages.

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A 1-car garage is much easier to park in when it’s well-organized.

3. Use DIY home garage parking aids

Probably the biggest challenge of home garage parking is knowing how far into the garage your vehicle should be pulled. The other main worry is knowing how far over to one side of your garage your vehicle is. Here are some of the DIY parking aids that homeowners have tried:

  • a suspended tennis ball on a string hung from the ceiling (when it touches your windshield, you’re in far enough)
  • attaching a paint brush or broom head to the driver side wall (when your mirror touches the bristles, you’ll know you’re over too far on that side)
  • adding bright reflective tape on your garage walls to line up with a set point on your vehicle
  • using a wood block on your floor as a stopping indicator
  • using old sofa cushions or fastening thick carpeting or foam pads to walls

While it’s true these cheap home garage parking aids can work to varying degrees, there are two reasons they might not provide the satisfaction you’re looking for.

First and foremost, these low-tech parking aids look lousy. Who wants an ugly fuzzy tennis ball hanging from their garage ceiling or old carpeting stuck to their walls? These DIY ideas will only detract from your garage’s aesthetics. That’s not ideal, especially if you’ve invested in a garage makeover that includes a fresh new garage floor coating.

The second reason to think twice about DIY home garage parking aids are they tend to not be reliable. That dangling tennis ball can slip off the string or get knocked out of place. And wood blocks can break or slide if they’re not properly anchored.

4. Use proper home garage parking aids

If DIY parking aids aren’t to your liking, there are quite a few other options available online and in stores. One of the most popular choices are wireless car cameras that can make parking easier. These are known by a variety of names, including parking cameras, backup cameras, reversing cameras, and rearview cameras.

Wireless parking sensors are another option worth considering. A sensor built into a license plate frame communicates with a smartphone app to send audio, visual, and vibration alerts when your vehicle is too close to another object.

Another high-tech home garage parking aid that’s been growing in popularity are laser parking aids. These handy units are mounted in your garage and have an adjustable laser beam that guides you to park safely.

If you’re a Tesla owner, you’ll have access to a number of high-tech parking aids. The Tesla Model S comes with parking sensors, rearview cameras, and an automatic folding side mirrors feature. Some models also have a “Summon” mode that can automatically park the car in your garage for you.

On the more low-tech end of commercially available parking aids are indicators that are put on your garage floor. These come in different types, such as a mat or bump/stopper that indicate when you’re in the right parking spot. The downside of these aids are that they can move if they’re not fastened to your floor.

5. Add better lighting and wall bumpers

One way to make home garage parking less of a headache is to improve the lighting in your garage. Garages commonly have outdated lighting which consists of one or two 60 watt incandescent bulbs that don’t provide much illumination.

It’s amazing how much of difference improved lighting makes in any space. And considering garage parking leaves you with little room for error, upgraded lighting is worth considering.

Our 4 foot LED garage light fixture provides high quality and uniform lighting, which can help make parking a little easier. Its unbreakable lens and durable housing make it ideal for a damp location like a garage. The energy efficient 71 watt light has the same light output as 10-60 watt incandescent bulbs, while using 90% less energy.

Another smart choice to protect your vehicle doors in small garages are wall bumpers, which are mounted on your garage walls or slatwall panels. These PVC bumpers will save your doors from the dings, dents, and scratches that can occur when entering or exiting vehicles in a confined garage space.

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Upgraded garage lighting can make parking easier.

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Wall bumpers protect your vehicle’s doors from damage.

6. Practice parking more or change the way you park

If you’ve recently moved into a new home, you may be having problems parking in your garage because you’re just not familiar enough with the space and how your vehicle fits within it.

Another factor that may be causing you to feel uncertain when parking is that you’re driving a new vehicle that’s significantly larger than your previous vehicle. Simple practice can help make things easier. Get a family member to act as a parking guide outside the vehicle to help you acclimatize to your surroundings.

You might also consider backing into your garage instead of pulling forward into it, as most drivers do. You may have more things stored on one side of the garage than the other and a simple reverse of what side you exit or enter your vehicle from might help.

Reversing into your garage has a couple of benefits. First, it obviously makes it easier and quicker to leave your garage. Secondly, it’s safer to pull out of your garage driving forward, which might be a consideration if you have small kids or pets.

One of the great benefits of home garage parking is that your vehicles will warm up quicker on cold days. Just remember not to overdo it with the warming up if you’re reverse parking in your garage.

Make sure your garage door is open to let your exhaust fumes escape and limit the warm up to a few minutes. If you’re making this a regular practice, you should also ensure the connecting wall between your garage and heated living area is properly sealed. This includes having weatherstripping and a threshold on the door that accesses your garage from the rest of your home.

7. Add a car lift for more home garage parking space

Any of the above home garage parking tips should be helpful to you, as can our last parking solution. A 4 post car lift can double your garage’s parking space. That can turn a 1-car garage effectively into a 2-car garage or just create a little more space in your larger garage.

The car lift allows a vehicle to be stored above another vehicle that’s parked on the ground. If you have a 2-car garage and are finding it difficult to park two vehicles inside of it, a car lift can allow you to do this and perhaps also create a space for a workshop.

Our 4 post car lifts are safe and easy to use and can store vehicles weighing 8,000 – 9,000 lbs. They can also be used for storing motorcycles and out-of-season items, as well as being useful for doing maintenance on your vehicles.

Conquer your home garage parking problems

There’s no reason to contend with the stress of home garage parking and risk any damage to the body of your vehicles, which leads to expensive repairs. The solutions listed here will help you conquer your home garage parking problems.

Garage Living has extensive experience in transforming garage spaces to make them clutter-free, more visually appealing, and much more functional. Find out what great things we can do with your garage space by scheduling a free in-home consultation with us today.

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Top 7 Major Benefits of Using Home Garage Parking

A Wall Street Journal survey of homeowners revealed that 74% of them believe parking is the most important function of a garage.

So why do so many homeowners ignore the many benefits of home garage parking?

Garage clutter is the biggest reason that vehicles aren’t being parked indoors. A garage that lacks proper storage systems won’t make the most efficient use of its storage space.

Garage clutter can accumulate quickly and before long it will build up to the point where your vehicles will be relegated to using the outdoors as a storage space.

If you start using your garage for its intended purpose (storing vehicles), you’ll quickly wonder why you waited so long to make garage parking an everyday habit. These seven points illustrate the major benefits of using garage parking.

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1. You’ll protect your vehicle investment with garage parking

Parking your vehicles outside when you have a garage simply doesn’t make sense. That’s because a new vehicle is likely the second biggest financial investment you’ll make after a home purchase.

The average cost of a new vehicle in Canada is $38,000 and in the U.S. it’s $35,000.

Protecting your significant investment in your car or truck is just one of many reasons garage parking should be considered essential. You’ll extend the life of your car or truck and get the maximum return on your investment.

2. Garage parking keeps vehicles more secure

It’s a no-brainer that parking your vehicles in a locked garage keeps them more secure. Even with modern auto alarm systems, leaving your car or truck parked in your driveway is an open invitation to a resourceful car thief.

Luxury cars are an obviously desirable targets for thieves. You might be surprised, however, to find that the top ten most-stolen vehicles in America last year doesn’t include any vehicles in the high-end category.

The theft of popular cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry fuels a black market for parts like rims, tires, airbags, and catalytic converters.

Even if your vehicle isn’t stolen outright from your driveway, parking outdoors also makes vehicles a much easier target for vandalism. The contents inside your vehicle are more vulnerable to theft or perhaps you’ll be unlucky enough to have your windows broken or paint job scratched.

However you’re hit by vehicle theft or vandalism, the after-effects won’t be pleasant because:

  • you’ll need to deal with the headache of an insurance claim
  • it’s deeply unsettling to have one’s property stolen or violated
  • you’ll face the temporary inconvenience of not having a vehicle

Some insurance providers might actually take garage parking into consideration when setting your auto insurance premiums. Allstate, for example, recommends it as one of their insurance premium cost-cutting tips.

3. Garage parking protects your vehicles from the elements

Modern cars and trucks may be highly engineered to provide many years of use while withstanding everything Mother Nature can toss their way, but they do have a shelf life.

Even vehicles lucky enough to have dedicated owners who lovingly wash, wax, and rust-proof them like clockwork will begin to show the toll that the elements can take on vehicles.

Rain, snow, and ice will speed up the rusting process. Road salt is also notoriously bad for the bodies of vehicles. Even dew or a light frost on your car or truck will take likely take a cumulative toll over the course of many years.

And homes in warmer climates are also vulnerable to the drawbacks of parking in driveways. Extreme heat makes it very uncomfortable to enter a vehicle that’s been parked in the sun. Scorching temperatures can also cause engine hoses and seals to dry out and crack faster.

Hail, which can cause major damage, is another weather-related consideration. Regardless of where you live, UV exposure also causes vehicle paint jobs and interior colors to fade prematurely.

Acidic bird droppings, damage from tree sap, and exposure to airborne elements like dust, dirt, and pollen will also take their toll on vehicles. The harmful effects of weather-related factors alone should be enough to make garage parking a necessity!

4. It’s more convenient to use home garage parking

Your driveway may be only just beyond your garage doors, but that small amount of distance can be an inconvenience in certain situations.

Garage parking allows you to store your vehicle just a few feet from garage’s interior access door to your home. That can be a huge benefit when you have lots of groceries to bring in. The closer proximity also makes it easier to load items into your vehicle when required.

Even a short walk to a car parked in the driveway when it’s pouring rain can result in a soggy wardrobe if you can’t find an umbrella. That’s why bad weather becomes a non-issue when you need to enter or exit a vehicle that’s parked in a garage.

Homeowners in colder climates will especially appreciate the huge advantage of garage parking when the snow comes. Your covered vehicles won’t need mounds of snow cleaned off them and ice scraped off their windows. They’ll also warm up quicker.

These benefits will save you small amounts of time individually, but add up to many hours that will be collectively saved over the long term.

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5. Home garage parking can keep you safer

The convenience that comes with using your home’s garage parking also factors into another one of its benefits – it can keep you safer.

A locked garage that you enter from the interior door of your home provides a safer environment than your driveway when it comes to accessing your vehicle.

And when you arrive home and pull into your garage, anyone looking to do you harm will be more reluctant to take that riskier step of entering your home to do so. They might have fewer reservations if you’re parking in the driveway.

Some garage door openers (like LiftMaster models with MyQ Technology) also let you keep tabs on whether your garage door has been opened while you’re away, for extra peace of mind. Other home security features let you turn on interior and exterior lights shortly before arriving home for added safety.

6. Parking in the garage preserves your curb appeal

Homeowners invest lots of time and money into improving curb appeal by upgrading their home and property’s appearance.

Parking vehicles in your driveway can detract from your home’s curb appeal. In fact, some might even view it as a form of clutter.

Certainly, an empty driveway compared to a driveway with one or more vehicles parked in it projects a cleaner, less cluttered look for a house.

After all, there’s a reason the vast majority of real estate listing photos don’t include parked vehicles in the property’s driveway.

7. Your vehicles are only driven 5% of the time

Most vehicle owners would probably be surprised at how little their vehicles are actually being used.

According to transportation experts, vehicles are typically only being driven 5% of the time. That means vehicles are sitting parked 95% of the time!

For almost any item you own that’s used such a relatively small amount, it would make sense to keep it stored out of sight. A vehicle shouldn’t be any different.

If parking indoors seems like a farfetched reality due to your garage clutter, there are solutions available. Garage Living’s storage racking, slatwall, and cabinetry will help you make room for garage parking in your home once again.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to start taking advantage of the benefits that come with garage parking for your vehicles.

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