13 Essential Garage Safety Tips You Should Know

Garages are meant to be one of the home’s most functional spaces.

And it’s because garages are so active that they also require diligence and effort in order to keep them as safe as possible.

Things are constantly getting moved in garages, work is getting done inside of them, vehicles are regularly coming and going…the list goes on and on in terms of the safety considerations this busy space requires.

How a garage is designed and put together also brings up other safety considerations that warrants some attention from any homeowner.

13 garage safety tips for a safer home

Take the time to thoroughly assess how safe your garage is for you and your family by going through our list of 13 garage safety tips.

These garage safety tips are even more important to follow if you have children. Take the time to educate your kids on any safety hazards that may exist in your own garage.

See how your garage and how you use it measures up to our list of recommendations.

1. Lock up hazardous materials

All garages contain many different types of hazardous material products that need to be stored responsibly. Fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, pool cleaning supplies, car maintenance fluids, and paints and solvents are just a few examples.

Store any hazardous chemicals and materials in an appropriately safe spot, either up high and out of the reach of your kids and pets or in locked garage cabinets.

A locked shed with adequate venting might also be ideal for certain items, like bags of fertilizer or extra propane tanks. Makes sure to read the storage instructions on each product.

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Keep hazardous materials like car cleaning products and antifreeze containers locked up in the garage.

2. Store power tools safely

An unsupervised child might feel the urge to try out that big, noisy power tool they see mom or dad occasionally using in the garage.

Eliminate any safety concerns by making sure any power tools kept in the garage are properly stored so your kids can’t access them.

Garage storage cabinets with locks are the ideal solution and also help keep your expensive power tools more secure from theft.

For larger power tools that can’t be locked in a cabinet like, say, a stationary band saw or a bigger portable table saw, make sure their safety locking mechanisms work properly.

For an extra level of safety protection, you could also disconnect the stationary tools from their power supply when you’re not using them.

3. Keep sharp tools safely stored

In addition to ensuring safe, secure storage of your power tools, take the same care to make sure any sharp yard tools or hand tools are stored safely.

After a long day of yard work, it’s easy to get a little careless and just lean your tools or a ladder against the garage wall, or just stash them in a corner.

But rakes, shovels, pruners, and many other types of yard tools with sharp edges become garage safety hazards when they aren’t safely put away.

Invest in a proper storage system that allows all of your yard tools to be stored in a safe, organized manner.

A slatwall storage system works best for this purpose and keeps your garage floor clear (and therefore safer) by creating hanging space on your garage walls. Sharp hand tools can be stored in locked or upper garage cabinets.

4. Maintain a safe garage workspace

If you have a garage workshop, you’ll need to pay even more attention to how safe you’re leaving your garage.

In addition to following the aforementioned garage safety tips related to storage of your tools and hazardous materials, clean up your garage work area when you’re finished for the day.

Sweep up any spills, sawdust, and debris on your garage floor to prevent anyone from slipping. And properly dispose of any oily rags that may have been used during your work session.

Always use the appropriate eye, face, mask, and hand safety protection when working. And it’s also smart to keep a first-aid kit close at hand.

5. Inspect your garage doors and opener

Considering a garage door is a home’s largest moving object, it only makes sense to give it some close attention when you’re evaluating how safe your garage is.

Here a few garage safety tips for your garage doors:

  • periodically inspect your garage door springs and cables for excessive wear
  • keep garage door opener remotes out of the reach of children
  • know where the emergency release handle for your doors is and how to use it
  • check that your garage door photo eye sensors are properly aligned, clean, and unobstructed
  • test the auto-reverse safety feature on your garage doors and opener monthly

6. Deal with your garage clutter

Garage clutter doesn’t only make it difficult to find things and prevent you from parking your vehicles in the garage. All that junk also poses several safety hazards.

First, there’s the very real danger of clutter that’s stacked too highly falling over and injuring someone. Even brand new cardboard boxes aren’t the most stable storage container to be stacking and they only deteriorate over time.

Secondly, too much garage clutter (especially boxes, newspaper and magazine bundles, and flammable materials) also makes your garage more of a fire hazard.

Leaving too much clutter on your garage floor is also a tripping hazard.

Get your space straightened up and clutter-free by making use of the numerous helpful garage storage systems available, such as slatwall, storage racks, or a cabinet system.

7. Dispose of old paints and chemicals

If you’ve lived in the same house for awhile, you’re sure to have compiled a collection of empty and half-used paint cans, solvents, cleaners, spray paint cans, and other items that can’t just be thrown in the trash.

And if you’re the hands-on type and like doing your own vehicle maintenance, there are probably a few old car batteries, vehicle parts, and tires lying around your garage.

Taking the time to deal with what may be many years worth of accumulated hazardous materials clutter in your garage will free up valuable space.

Finally taking these old hazardous materials to your local recycling or disposal depot will also remove potential poisoning and fire hazards from your garage.

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8. Use well-anchored storage systems

Proper garage storage systems will help you stay organized, but they need to be up to the task of handling the heavy weight capacities of the items you’re storing.

That means making sure the garage storage systems you use are well-anchored, whether they’re wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted.

Say you’re storing your extra set of winter or summer tires on a wall-mounted tire rack, for example. The weight of a 17″ tire with a rim is around 40 lbs. Multiply that times four and you’ll see why safely anchoring your storage system is so important.

For overhead garage storage of large, heavy items, the safety considerations for your overhead storage racks is just as important.

Garage Living use racks with heavy gauge steel construction that can support up to 600 lbs, which we install to adhere to the strictest safety standards.

9. Garage lighting

One of the less obvious garage safety tips you might not have considered is to simply improve your garage lighting.

Relying on one or two incandescent light bulbs or a flickering fluorescent light to illuminate your entire garage is an outdated concept.

There are many modern garage lighting ideas available that can make your garage easier to function within, which makes it safer.

A modern LED light fixture or two, for example, will provide better energy efficiency and more uniform lighting for your garage.

Everything from driving in and out of the garage, working with tools, and finding a specific tool becomes that much easier when you can actually see what you’re doing.

10. Take proper fire safety measures

garage safety tips fire extinguisherHopefully you’ll followed a few of these garage safety tips to remove some fire hazards from your garage.

Even if you are keeping garage fire hazards to a minimum, take some additional proactive fire safety measures. A heat detector alarm or smoke alarm are a wise investment for your garage.

Another great investment is a fire extinguisher for the garage. If you live in a colder climate, make sure to get a model that can be stored in lower temperatures.

Otherwise, keep a standard fire extinguisher just inside your home’s garage access door. Make sure anyone old enough to operate the device is properly trained on how to use it.

11. Limit your garage’s carbon monoxide exposure

Carbon monoxide from vehicle emissions doesn’t pose a health risk in the small amounts that are generated by vehicles being started and parked in garages.

It’s when vehicles are left to run for longer than recommended periods in the garage that safety becomes an issue. That’s why you should think twice about warming up or idling your vehicles indoors for extended periods, even with your garage doors open.

This harmful odorless and colorless gas can also build up if you’re running any gas-powered tools or recreational vehicles in your garage.

If you’re doing maintenance on a lawn mower, grass trimmer, or anything else run by gas, be mindful of not running them for too long in the garage.

And operating any type of barbecue in your garage (possibly to cover yourself from inclement weather) is a huge no-no. Aside from the obvious fire hazards, charcoal grills generate high levels of carbon monoxide.

Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector that’s specifically made for garages.

12. Keep a well-maintained garage floor

Another overlooked area when it comes to garage safety is the garage floor.

A garage floor surface with cracks and missing chunks of cement doesn’t just look terrible, it also presents a major tripping hazard.

You could stub a toe or, even worse, take a serious fall without having an even and unbroken surface to walk on.

If you look around for the best garage floor coating available, you’ll find a polyaspartic garage floor coating is superior to an epoxy coating in several ways.

Polyaspartic floor coatings are more durable and easier to maintain, with a higher resistance to household chemicals and abrasion damage.

You’ll also get better traction, which makes your garage floor safer when it’s wet. It goes without saying that you should attend to spills and pools of water on your garage floor right away.

And since we’re discussing garage safety, it’s worth mentioning that polyaspartic floor coatings also emit a very low level of VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds). Those are the chemicals found in many household products that are slowly released into the air.

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A smooth, well-maintained garage floor makes your garage a safer space.

13. Replace old electrical cords

The last of our garage safety tips involves getting rid of any old, frayed electrical cords that have seen better days.

They’re not just a fire hazard, they’re also a shock hazard.

Be diligent with what type of power cord you’re using with a specific tool or for a particular job. Make sure a cord with the correct gauge is being used for the tool or appliance you’re using.

Avoid overloading your garage outlets with charging devices and extension cords. And if your garage’s electrical wiring and infrastructure is especially old, don’t wait until an accident happens to get them updated.

Make your garage safer and more functional

We hope these garage safety tips are beneficial to you in order to make your garage a safer space.

For creative makeover ideas that make your garage look incredible, more functional, and much safer, book a free in-home design consultation with Garage Living.

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11 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Doing a Garage Remodel

A garage remodel can be a big undertaking, especially if you’re doing a top-to-bottom makeover.

Remodeling a garage isn’t exactly a casual home improvement project for the weekend carpenter, however.

There’s some serious expertise required in order to have your finished garage function safely and efficiently, while also providing an upgrade to its looks.

Don’t make these 11 garage remodel mistakes

Renovating a garage involves many important decisions and actions in order to attain the most successful and satisfying outcome possible.

When it’s time to start your garage remodel, don’t make these 11 common mistakes.

1. Doing a garage remodel yourself

Many homeowners will tackle a garage remodel themselves for any number of reasons, including:

  • budget limitations
  • the challenge of completing the project
  • confidence they have the skills for the job
  • the satisfaction of doing your own renovation

Working with a limited garage remodel budget is a common issue for many homeowners. Unless you really know your way around a toolbox, however, it’s best to wait until you can afford for the project to be done properly by a professional.

Zillow, a U.S. real estate and rental marketplace website, conducted a survey that found nearly 40% of homeowners who had done a DIY project regretted taking it on.

Overestimating your skill level with a DIY garage remodel could result in a botched project. By the time you add up the initial cost of the project and what it costs for a professional to fix any mistakes, it might just cost more than if you’d hired a pro in the first place.

2. Failing to have a strategic garage remodel plan

Starting a garage makeover without having a solid, strategic plan can lead to all sorts of headaches. It’s imperative to have a clear, achievable design plan in place, the know-how to execute the plan, and the resources and tools to get the job done properly.

For a home improvement novice, facing obstacles they hadn’t expected to encounter are a given. One also needs to consider the amount of time a complete garage remodel will require.

As with any DIY reno, you can count on the project taking more time (and probably money) than you anticipated. That’s worth considering when it comes to a makeover involving the garage.

Where do you store the garage’s contents while the renovation is being done? Are you willing to put up with the inconvenience of not having use of your garage for a couple of weeks or more?

The pitfalls of taking on such a major home improvement project yourself only highlights the wisdom in hiring a pro for your garage remodel.

A professional garage makeover company like Garage Living has lots of experience when it comes to the complications and logistics involved with any garage remodel. Trusting a pro with your project will be worth the investment.

3. Choosing an inferior garage floor coating

A damaged, drab garage floor has a serious negative impact on a garage’s interior appearance.

When it comes to options for repairing and restoring garage floors, a lot of homeowners opt for a cheap fix like garage floor paint.

While it’s inexpensive and easy to apply yourself, floor paint doesn’t look very good, provides virtually no floor protection, and won’t last long. You can count on the paint chipping and flaking off much sooner than you’d like.

DIY epoxy garage flooring kits cost a little more and might seem like a practical option, but not necessarily. Store-bought epoxy garage floor coatings offer a limited amount of floor protection and don’t always leave you with a perfectly smooth and even floor surface when applied yourself.

Neither of these two garage flooring options remotely compares to what you get with a professionally applied polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™. It’s superior in every way when it comes to durability, looks, color choices, and protection for your garage floor.

Garage Living knows that successful garage transformations start from the ground up. That’s why we’ve invested in state-of-the-art equipment for our flooring applications and only use Floortex™ – the best garage floor coatings on the market.

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A high quality product, the proper equipment, and an expert application process produce the best results for a garage floor coating application.

4. Using a garage remodel to create extra living space

It might seem like a good idea to use a garage remodel to create extra living space in your home. After all, it’s cheaper than building an addition onto your house.

But check any survey listing the features that homebuyers look for most and “garage parking space” is sure to be included in the top 10.

Using your garage for its intended purpose – parking vehicles – has all sorts of benefits. And let’s not overlook the importance of the garage as one of your home’s most valuable storage spaces.

Sacrificing these two critical functions of your garage (or cutting back on your space for these uses) to add an extra room can have long-term consequences. For many homebuyers who want a garage to park their vehicles in, it will be an automatic dealbreaker.

Garages that are converted into living spaces can also be challenging to keep efficiently heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. So think twice before trading in that garage parking space for an extra bedroom or man cave.

5. Buying cheap garage cabinets

Just as with your garage floor coating, you get what you pay for.

Cutting corners with the quality of your garage storage cabinets just to save a few bucks will inevitably catch up to you. Cheap cabinetry will start showing its deficiencies quickly. Functional issues like drawers and doors not closing smoothly and properly will crop up. Doors and cabinetry enclosures will begin to sag and lose their proper form.

Then there’s the rusting problem, of course. Cheaper cabinet systems are commonly constructed from steel and aluminum manufactured overseas that’s inferior to North American-manufactured metals.

Cheap metal will rust a lot faster, which is obviously a major concern with cabinets that are located in an environment like the garage that gets its fair share of moisture.

Unless you’re willing to replace your flimsy and inexpensive cabinets in just a few years, opt for a higher quality garage storage cabinet system.

You’ll find that higher quality cabinets look and function better, give you the ability to customize, and last a lot longer.

6. Not using a reputable garage remodel company

So you’ve decided that a garage remodel is just a little too much to handle yourself and that this is a job best left to an expert.

A reference or glowing review from a family member, neighbor, friend, or co-worker can be invaluable when it comes to finding a reliable contractor.

If that’s not available, researching garage makeover companies online will likely be your primary method of determining who to choose for the job.

Take your time and do plenty of research in order to make the best choice. Check a contractor’s references, Better Business Bureau rating, and crowd-sourced review sites like Yelp, Google, and Facebook.

Visit the showrooms of prospective companies to get a sense of their products and quality of service. Naturally, you’ll want to view the portfolios of a garage makeover professional’s past work and be suitably impressed.

Get several bids and don’t be swayed by the lowest bid unless you’re confident that company will actually do the best work.

Choosing a company with an established history and reliable track record is also advisable.

7. Failing to effectively utilize garage storage space

A poorly planned garage remodel can result in all of your storage systems being installed, but not leave you with a comfortable amount of room to function within the space.

Make the most of your garage’s two most underutilized areas (its walls and overhead space) to minimize this risk.

There’s an ample amount of storage space in these two areas just waiting to be effectively used. Slatwall panels and specialty storage racks such as overhead storage racks will work best.

If you take advantage of your garage’s wall and overhead space, you’ll find floor clutter is less of an issue (or a non-issue). You’ll also have a lot more freedom to add other garage upgrades, such as a car lift, cabinets, or a garage workshop.

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Safely anchored overhead storage racks take advantage of a garage’s underutilized ceiling space.

8. Ignoring the importance of a solid warranty

Among the many reasons you’ll want to trust your garage remodel to a company that’s well-established is they’ll be more likely to stand behind their work with a solid warranty.

You’d hate to have a problem with one aspect of your garage makeover a few months or a year after it’s been completed and not have the company that did it be able to fix the issue without it costing you any more money.

That’s the peace of mind that a reliable warranty provides and it should be a key factor in your decision when searching for a contractor.

Garage Living proudly stands behind every service we offer and every product we install with written warranties for our clients. Our longevity and size (which is growing every year with new franchises) guarantees that we’ll be around years from now.

9. Not choosing flexible storage systems

One mistake that’s all-too-common with a garage makeover is failing to adequately accommodate for your future storage needs.

Anticipating what you’ll need to store in the garage five years from now can be a tricky thing to gauge. That’s why it’s smart to choose garage storage systems that provide you with some flexibility.

A slatwall storage system, for example, conveniently provides plenty of versatility for storing items on your garage wall. Rearranging items hung on the panels is easy, with an endless number of storage configurations possible. A wide range of hanging accessories also means you’ll be able to find the right accessories for your needs.

Overhead storage racks used in your garage remodel should also give you some storage flexibility. Try to get storage racks that are adjustable. It’s also a good idea to create more storage space than you require right now. Chances are, you’ll need it eventually.

10. Creating safety risks in the garage

Some aspects of a garage remodel can lead to safety risks that a home improvement novice may be oblivious to.

Electrical work will likely be required and perhaps even some plumbing work. Storage systems hung from the ceiling and walls need to be properly anchored when installed.

Installing new garage doors safely requires expertise, not least of which is because they’re the single largest moving object in your home.

Garage doors also open and close about 3-5 times per day, so they need to be correctly installed so they’re up to the task of handling heavy, everyday use.

The garage door’s springs will need to be adjusted in order to allow them to open and close properly, which can be dangerous work.

Buying the right garage door opener and knowing how to install it in the proper location also requires a little know-how. You’ll need to:

  • get a model that’s suited to the weight and size of your doors
  • make adjustments to the opener’s adjustment screws
  • install the safety sensors in the right place
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Minimize safety risks by leaving a garage door installation to a pro.

11. Not paying enough attention to garage aesthetics

As mentioned, some homeowners make the mistake of converting the garage into a living space. But if your garage remodel is done right, it can be turned into a beautiful room in your home that becomes a proper extension of your living space.

Having a garage that’s highly functional should go hand in hand with a garage that also looks nice. In addition to the aesthetic upgrade higher quality products provide, choosing the right colors for your remodel’s cabinets, flooring, and slatwall can tranform any garage into a dynamic home showpiece.

Your garage lighting matters, too. You’d be amazed at what a difference it makes to a garage’s atmosphere and appearance simply by replacing that outdated incandescent bulb fixture with one or more new LED light fixtures.

With so many homeowners nowadays using the garage as the main entryway to their house, the garage access door has essentially become the new front door. It stands to reason, then, that this busy space should have as much attention and care paid to its appearance as the rest of your home.

Trust an expert with your garage remodel

Avoid making these common garage remodel mistakes. Let Garage Living worry about the logistics and requirements to get your garage functioning and looking better than you ever imagined.

Put your upcoming remodel in the hands of the trusted garage professionals by setting your makeover process in motion with a free in-home design consultation.

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15 Garage Security Tips That Will Make Your Home Safer

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Law enforcement statistics show that 1.5 million home burglaries occur in the U.S. each year.

Not surprisingly, the most common entry point for thieves breaking into a house are the front and back doors. In approximately a third of those cases, the doors were actually left unlocked.

A home’s windows and the garage are the next most vulnerable entry point for burglars.

15 garage security tips you need to know

It only takes a few minutes for a thief to break into your home and make off with your personal property. If you have an attached garage, there’s even more reason to re-evaluate how secure it is.

With a little common sense, some vigilance, and a few proactive security measures, you can protect your garage and the rest of your home from break-ins.

Use these 15 garage security tips to help make your home safer and a less attractive target for thieves.

1. Think like a burglar

The first of our garage security tips might sound odd, but give it a try. Take a few minutes to walk around the exterior of your garage and the rest of your home and ask yourself, “How might a burglar get into my house?”

Which areas seem the most vulnerable? How secure is your garage? Looking at your house from the perspective of a burglar could be beneficial and enlightening.

Do this exercise at night, when you can get a better idea of how effective your home’s exterior lighting is.

2. Lock your garage doors

If you have to manually open and close your garage doors, it goes without saying that you should always keep them locked.

Most houses nowadays have automatic garage door openers, which make garage doors far more difficult (but not impossible) for a thief to get past.

If you’re going on vacation, it’s a good idea to use a padlock clamped on one of the door tracks to ensure they stay closed.

And if your door opener is a little older and doesn’t have smart tech that detects when your garage doors are open or closed, unplugging the automatic opener when you’re away for awhile is another option.

It’s also a good practice to keep your exterior garage service door and interior garage access door always locked.

3. Zip tie your emergency door release

This is one of the cheapest garage security tips we can recommend: zip tie your automatic garage door opener’s emergency release.

All automatic door openers have an emergency release lever that typically has a red cord attached to it. Its main purpose is to allow you to open or close your garage doors when there’s a power outage.

A resourceful burglar, however, could exploit that feature. By pushing in on the top of the garage door and creating just enough of a gap, they could access the cord or lever by fishing for them with a wire hook and then pulling, which would open the door.

Secure the release lever or cord with a zip tie to keep them safe from tampering. If there is a power outage and you need to use the emergency lever, simply cut off the zip tie and replace it when the power comes back on.

4. Don’t leave your garage doors open unnecessarily

How many times have you been working in your yard for a few hours and noticed a neighbor’s garage doors wide open, with no sign of them for long periods of time?

Leaving your garage doors open unnecessarily is an open invitation for anyone to enter your home. And at the very least, you’re allowing anyone passing by on the street to easily view the contents of your garage.

Even if you’re working in your yard, it takes little effort to keep the garage doors closed. And even if you live in a safe neighborhood, take nothing for granted.

Some newer models of garage door openers have smart tech that lets you check on whether your doors are open or closed with a smartphone app. You could also purchase a standalone garage door monitor to keep closer tabs on your doors.

5. Upgrade your outdated garage door opener

garage security tips, door openerIf you’re using an outdated garage door opener, your garage is more vulnerable to a break-in than it would be if you had a more modern automatic door opener model.

You’ve probably heard stories about burglars gaining access to garages using scanners that can easily figure out an older opener’s access code.

Even a neighbor who happened to have the same access code as you could accidentally open your garage doors with the press of their opener remote.

Newer garage door openers use a much more secure “rolling code” technology that generates a new code every time the remote button is pressed.

Modern garage door openers are also far quieter and energy efficient than models of the past.

6. Use a smart garage door opener

Another great feature of some modern garage door openers is that aforementioned smart technology, which lets you monitor and operate your garage doors remotely.

Using a smartphone app, Liftmaster’s innovative MyQ technology can tell you if your garage doors are open or closed. If anyone is trying to break into your garage, you’ll get an alert message on your phone.

This technology is also convenient in cases where you forget to close your garage door after leaving the house. A simple tap on your phone’s screen allows you to open or close the doors, even when you’re miles from home.

7. Cover your garage windows

These garage security tips are all about taking precautionary measures to make any burglar’s job as difficult as possible.

Between the garage door windows, side windows, and the exterior garage service door window, thieves could have any number of ways to get a good look inside your garage.

And they won’t just be looking for tools or other valuables to take –  they’ll also be looking for vehicles to see if anyone is home.

Take that into consideration when choosing new windows for any of these parts of your garage. Covering the windows completely is one option, or you could install window blinds or curtains specifically meant for use in the garage.

If you like getting some sunlight in the garage, you could put translucent film over the garage windows. Windows with a frosted glass design also allow sunlight in, while obscuring the contents inside the garage.

8. Improve your exterior lighting

A house with poor exterior lighting becomes a more appealing target for burglars. Ensuring all entry points into your home are well-lit will go a long way towards keeping your house a lot safer.

Nowadays, motion-activated exterior lighting is the popular choice for homeowners.

Yes, the lighting may occasionally come on when the neighbor’s cat wanders past, but it’s both an effective and cost-effective way to protect your home, not to mention energy efficient.

Make sure the lighting is strategically placed around your garage and home perimeter so a burglar can’t deactivate it. Installing any lighting approximately 10-12 feet above the ground is ideal.

Include an exterior lighting inspection as part of your yearly house maintenance checklist.

9. Ensure your garage doors are in good condition

Old garage doors that are warped, have faded paint, and don’t provide a tight door seal aren’t just detracting from your curb appeal and hurting your home’s energy efficiency.

They’re also a home security liability. Any gaps or openings a run-down garage door might cause make it that much easier for a burglar to break into your garage.

Replace your outdated garage doors with any of the wide selection of modern styles available to update your home’s exterior look and keep your garage more secure.

Steel garage doors, in particular, are a popular choice because of their durability and the numerous custom design options homeowners can choose from.

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Making sure your garage doors are in good condition keeps your home more secure.

10. Upgrade your garage service door and access door

With the quality of your traditional garage doors in mind, don’t forget to pay the same attention to your garage’s other doors.

Your home’s front door and back door are probably sturdy solid core doors that have secure deadbolts. Your garage service door (which opens into the garage from outside) should be just as secure.

The garage’s interior access door that enters into your home should be equally sturdy, with a deadbolt lock. For extra security, you could also install door jamb reinforcement kits to the doors.

Keeps these doors locked, even when you’re home. According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, 28% of house burglaries occur when an occupant is home.

11. Don’t leave valuables in your garage or vehicles

Here’s one of the more common sense garage security tips: simply avoid leaving valuables in the garage or inside your vehicles.

The garage can become a catch-all space for items you can’t find storage room for elsewhere in your home. Just be mindful not to keep high value items stored among those items or in your parked vehicles.

Even if you’re diligent and keep all of your garage’s doors locked, why take an unnecessary risk?

12. Use a remote opener on a keychain

garage security tips remote openerOne item that also shouldn’t be left in your vehicles is your garage door remote opener. While it may not necessarily be a high value item, it is essentially a key into your home.

Many homeowners still leave their remote openers attached to their car’s sun visor or in their glove compartment.

Eliminate this potential home security risk by using a remote opener that’s attached to a keychain. They’re widely available, cheap, very convenient, and can come with you when you exit your vehicle.

13. Be a good, vigilant neighbor

Being a good neighbor means many things, including keeping an eye open for suspicious activity around your neighbors’ homes.

Maintaining good communication with your neighbors about any security issues in the neighborhood also helps keep the area safer. Chances are, if you have a good relationship with your neighbors and are vigilant when it comes to their homes, they’ll happily return the favor.

Help one another out by having a neighbor pick up your newspapers while you’re on vacation. They could also park one of their vehicles in your driveway while you’re away to make it less obvious no one is home. Do the same for them when they’re away.

14. Lock up your tools

If you’re regularly out in the garage working with tools, it may not be practical or convenient to be lugging them back and forth every time you need them.

One smart option for keeping all of your tools secure in the garage is to use custom garage cabinetry with locks.

Our GL NEOS Elite, GL Hayley, and GL Custom Steel cabinet systems give you the option to add locks to your cabinet drawers and doors.

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Keep your tools safe in the garage by using a cabinet system with locks.

15. Install a garage security system

Studies show that homes with clearly visible security systems in place are far less likely to be targeted by thieves.

An alarm system for your garage makes just as much sense as it does to have an alarm system that monitors the rest of your home.

Security cameras above your garage’s entry points are another effective deterrent for thieves. Affordable, high quality motion-activated video cameras with feeds that can be watched on your smartphone make it easier than ever to monitor suspicious activity around your home’s exterior.

Protect your home with these garage security tips

There’s no worse feeling than coming home and discovering your garage or another part of your home has been broken into.

The number of home break-ins also spikes during the summer months, so there’s no better time to make use of these garage security tips to keep your house better protected.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us for expert help in making your garage more secure, functional, and visually appealing.

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Top 11 Considerations When Choosing the Best Garage Floor Coating

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You have a few options when it comes to revitalizing your garage floor surface.

Some options, such as painting the garage floor or filling cracks and other imperfections with a concrete repair product, end up being short-term fixes.

Before you know it, you’ll have to repeat the repair process all over again because the floor paint has chipped or the cracks have opened up again (or new ones have formed).

These options also don’t leave your garage floor looking very nice or offer much in terms of protection for your floor.

How to find the best garage floor coating

The best solution for redoing the flooring in your garage is to have a proper garage floor coating application done. So what features are important when you’re comparing different flooring products in order to find the best garage floor coating ?

There are several key factors you need to consider in order to make an informed decision. Here are 11 important questions to ask when looking for the best garage floor coating for your home.

1. Does the floor coating have superior looks?

How the garage floor coating looks will likely be at the top of your list of priorities when it comes to deciding on the best garage floor coating for the job.

Unquestionably, a beautiful garage floor surface makes a huge difference in how a garage looks and feels.

DIY epoxy floor coating kits promise great looks and can be enticing because of their low price. As with anything in life, however, you get what you pay for.

Compared to a professionally applied polyaspartic garage floor coating, there’s a noticeable difference between the two. Polyaspartic floor coatings have a higher quality aesthetic and brighter shine than you’ll get with a cheaper epoxy coating.

The standout looks and many other attributes of Floortex™ floor coatings are specifically why they’re the only floor coating used by Garage Living.

2. How many floor coating colors are available?

One reason some garage floor coatings look better than others is because careful consideration was given to how the floor coating’s colors will best complement the rest of a garage’s décor.

The color you choose for a floor coating can have a big affect on your garage’s overall looks.

Everything from the color of a vehicle to the colors of your slatwall panels, cabinetry, and garage doors should be factored into what floor coating color is chosen.

For this reason, look for a garage floor coating that gives you a wide variety of floor coating colors to select from. This ensures you won’t have to compromise on how your garage looks once the flooring project is completed.

3. Is a professional application process used?

Garage floor coating applications require a specific skillset in order to achieve the very best results. That’s why it’s essential to look for a company that has professionals that are properly trained and use the highest quality equipment.

Aside from using a superior quality floor coating product, Garage Living’s floor projects are the best in the industry for a few reasons:

  • all our workers doing floor applications are professionally trained
  • Garage Living has invested in state-of-the-art equipment for our flooring jobs
  • our thorough 5-step application process ensures exceptional results

A DIY flooring job won’t have the same smooth and shiny look a professional floor application will. And you can almost guarantee it won’t last as long, either.

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For the best results, ensure a professional garage floor coating application process is used.

4. How durable is the floor coating?

That brings us to durability. If you’re looking for the best garage floor coating, the durability of the coating needs to be another major consideration.

You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on having a garage floor coating applied, only to find out a year or two down the road that its durability leaves a lot to be desired.

A polyaspartic floor coating is longer-lasting and more resilient than epoxy floor coatings. For example, a high quality polyaspartic coating like Floortex™ will:

  • maintain its glossy finish longer and won’t yellow over time
  • waterproof your garage floor
  • provide better abrasion and impact resistance
  • resist “hot tire pickup” that leaves permanent markings from hot tires on a floor

Naturally, any garage floor surface still needs to be maintained and cleaned to ensure it enjoys the longest life possible.

5. Is it resistant to household chemicals?

As an extension of a floor coating’s durability, also consider how well the coating you’re choosing stands up to household chemicals.

It’s an inevitability that your garage floor will have some sort of spill occur on it involving any number of household chemicals or automotive fluids.

Fluids like cleaning products, oil, gas, and engine coolant can all damage your floor’s finish, so look for a coating with excellent chemical resistance.

Road salt will damage your garage floor’s finish. That’s one more reason your garage floor coating should deliver the highest degree of chemical resistance possible if you live in a northern climate where salt is used on the roads.

6. How long will the whole process take?

Considering many homeowners use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their house, no one wants to be without the use of their garage for a lengthy amount of time.

Therefore, finding out how long a garage floor coating application will take to complete is another factor worth considering. By “complete” we’re including the total amount of time the whole process will take. That’s from the start of the application process right through to when you can resume using the garage.

This is one more area where polyaspartic floor coatings come out ahead. Epoxy floor coating applications require a much longer time to complete because their curing times are significantly slower. In some cases, that can mean your garage will be unusable for a full week.

Polyaspartic garage floor coating applications can be completed much faster because their top coat cures quite quickly.

Depending on temperature conditions (which affects curing times), a garage floor with a fresh Floortex™ coating can handle foot traffic within 8 hours of the top coat being applied. In as little as 24 hours, the floor can accommodate vehicle traffic.

7. Are there limitations on when the floor coating can be applied?

You might be planning to get a garage floor coating at a certain time of the year without being aware that some floor coatings can only be applied in specific temperature conditions.

Epoxy floor coating applications require a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C). Urethane garage floor coatings need a minimum temperature of 40° F (4° C) to be applied. For homeowners in northern climates, that window of opportunity for having a floor coating application becomes much smaller.

On the other hand, polyaspartic floor coatings can be applied virtually year-round, regardless of where you live. Polyaspartic floor coatings like Floortex™ give you a lot more versatility because they can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C) and as high as 104° F (40° C).

Note that temperature conditions will factor into the amount of time it takes a top coat to cure.

8. Is the garage floor coating easy to maintain?

When any spills occur, you want your floor coating to offer great protection and also make it as easy as possible to clean spills up.

A higher quality floor coating like Floortex™ makes that possible. The perfectly smooth flooring surface and protective top coat makes cleaning up spills very easy.

Cleaning the entire garage floor is simple as well. You just need to give it a sweep, hose the floor off, and then use a squeegee to remove the excess water. Once or twice a year, you can give the floor a more thorough scrubbing using a cleaning product.

The decorative flakes used in polyaspartic floor coatings also do an excellent job of hiding dirt. That helps to preserve the clean look of your garage floor for longer.

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Your garage floor coating should be easy to clean and maintain.

9. How well does the coating seal a garage floor?

The quality of floor coating product being used in an application undoubtedly plays a major factor in how well it protects and seals your garage floor.

The application process and level of preparation being out into a flooring project are just as important. Taking shortcuts with any of these factors will likely result in a finished project that leaves you unsatisfied and needs to be redone sooner than you’d like.

One reason Garage Living believes Floortex™ is the best garage floor coating available is that it provides a level of sealant protection that is second-to-none.

Our through preparation process ensures the coating penetrates deep within your concrete floor to ensure lasting durability. Your floor will have a waterproof seal that minimizes the likelihood of unsightly cracks forming.

Many of our projects even apply the Floortex™ floor coating to your garage’s lower walls. This baseboard-style look creates a nice seamless aesthetic between the garage’s floors and walls. It also adds further protection against water damage to your garage.

10. How environmentally friendly is the garage floor coating?

When deciding on what the best garage floor coating for your needs is, worrying about how your choice may affect the environment probably doesn’t rank highly on your list of concerns. You may not even be aware it is something you should be concerned about.

The fact is, some garage floor coatings emit a higher level of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) than others. VOCs are chemicals that are slowly released into the air and are found in many products around the home.

Look for a polyaspartic floor coating, like Floortex™, that emits the lowest level of VOCs possible. It’s better for the environment and also for your family’s health.

11. Is the floor coating backed by a warranty?

Any product claiming to be the best garage floor coating available should be able to back that up with a strong warranty.

After all, no homeowner wants to discover their new floor coating has started to flake and lose its shine after a short amount of time.

Knowing the company that did your floor coating application stands behind its product and work for many years provides comforting peace of mind.

For every flooring project, Garage Living confidently provides a minimum 10-year limited warranty. This assures our customers that their garage floors are guaranteed not to flake, peel, or blister. Consult your local Garage Living location for more details.

Get the best garage floor coating available

When weighing the pros and cons of different floor coating products, we think you’ll find that Floortex™ coatings are the best garage floor coating you can choose.

Getting your garage floor transformation started is as simple as scheduling your free in-home design consultation with us.

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35 Surprising Home Garage Stats You Might Not Know

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The garage is one of the hardest working spaces in your house. But how much do you really know about garages and how they’re actually used by homeowners?

We compiled a wide variety of surprising home garage stats and facts that give some revealing insight into our garages and how we use one of the home’s most important spaces.

35 surprising home garage stats and facts

55% of Americans spend 1-2 hours each week in the garage doing hobbies and other activities. (Impulse Research survey)

A 2-car garage in an average sized home comprises approximately 13-15% of the home’s overall square footage.

Only 11% of homeowners say they’re satisfied with their garage and wouldn’t want to improve it. (Wall Street Journal survey)

When purchasing a home, 80% of buyers factor in the garage when making their decision. (Impulse Research survey)

Five famous companies that started in the garage: Apple, Amazon, Disney, Google, and Harley-Davidson.

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A home organization study done by Moen (North America’s top faucet brand) found that the garage was the most cluttered space in homes. Another survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers found that 50% of homeowners named the garage as the most disorganized area of their house.

“Removing junk” ranked as the top answer from those asked how they could enjoy their garage more. (Wall Street Journal survey)

More than 50% of homeowners plan on reorganizing their garage within the next two years. (Peachtree Consulting survey)

The average garage door opens and closes 3-5 times each day (approximately 1,500 times per year).

The American Housing survey shows that 80% of owned houses and condos in the U.S. have a carport or garage. A Health Canada study found that more than half of Canada’s single-family homes have an attached garage.

52% of homeowners want to have a garage their neighbors envy. (Thompson’s Company study)

Of 1,500 North American respondents to a Garage Living poll, 20% said they were unable to park in their garage. A Sparefoot survey of 1,000 Americans found that 47% of them admitted to encountering problems with being able to park in their garage. And another UCLA study of 32 Los Angeles-area families found that 75% of them didn’t use their garages for parking.

Disorganization (not lack of space) causes 80% of household clutter. (Soap and Detergent Association study)

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25% of people with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all. A third can only park one car, largely due to garage clutter. (U.S. Dept. of Energy study)

Running a fridge or freezer in your garage that was manufactured before 1990 can add $250-300 a year to your hydro bill.

A Wall Street Journal survey of 900 homeowners found that only 70% of their garage space allows for parking.

74% of homeowners polled named “parking” as the most important function of their garage. (Wall Street Journal survey)

82% of the 500 realtors surveyed said that a garage that’s disorganized has a negative impact on the first impression of anyone looking at potential homes. (Braun Research survey)

The word “garage” is derived from the French word “garer” (meaning to protect, shelter, or store).

Here’s one of the home garage stats more than a few of you might relate to: 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open. (Impulse Research survey)

25% of the 900 homeowners surveyed by the Wall Street Journal use their garage for vehicle maintenance.

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55% of homeowners use the garage as their house’s main entryway. (Chamberlain Group study)

90% of realtors believe anyone buying a home wants their garage to provide more functionality than just parking vehicles. (Braun Research survey)

2-car garages were the most common garage size among 1,500 North American respondents to a 2017 Garage Living poll. 18% had a 1-car garage, 61% had a 2-car garage, and 22% owned a 3-car garage.

As much as one third of a house’s front exterior can be taken up by its garage doors.

While this next one might not necessarily fall under the category of “home garage stats or facts”, it’s still pretty surprising: our vehicles sit parked 95% of the time.

Three quarters of homeowners believe having a garage was “extremely or very important”, according to a survey by American real estate investment firm Crescent Communities.

A survey of realtors reveals that garages ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics. (Braun Research survey)

About 9% of Americans rent storage space, even though 65% of those homeowners have a garage. (Self Storage Association stat)

The first electric garage door opener was invented in 1926.

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When it comes to home improvement projects, a new garage door delivers one of the best returns on investment. Typically, 80-90% of your costs for a new garage door are recouped.

Of the 500 realtors surveyed, 79% of them agreed that garages deserved as much attention as any other space in the home when it comes to organization. 88% believe that maintaining an organized garage reflects an owner’s pride in their home. (Braun Research survey)

A 2-car garage was one of the top 10 assets valued by 12,000 Canadian homebuyers surveyed by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

Modern garage door openers use as much as 75% less power in standby mode than older garage door openers.

A survey of 1,000 Australians found that just under half of them had problems parking in their garages because they were too disorganized. (Australia Institute study)

What do these home garage stats reveal about your garage?

These 35 home garage stats and facts can help to give you a different perspective about how you use your own garage, compared to other homeowners.

Are you among the 89% of garage owners who would like to improve their garage spaces? Would you rather not be among the group of homeowners who avoid opening their garage doors when the neighbors are around?

A Garage Living professional can help to get your garage looking and functioning its very best. Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to start the transformation process of your garage space.

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