See How Our Floortex™ Garage Floor Coating Process Works

Customers who have chosen to upgrade their garage floors with a Floortex™ floor coating are often curious about how our garage floor coating process works.

Just how does Garage Living manage to transform their old, damaged, and unattractive garage floor into such a sleek, stunning, and durable surface? And how are we able to accomplish this in as little as one day? It’s done with what we call the Garage Living 5 Steps.

Our professional 5 step Floortex™ floor coating application process has been carefully refined and perfected over time. Our special coating process, in conjunction with the specialized floor coating application training our employees undergo and the state-of-the-art equipment we use, results in the spectacular Floortex™ floor coatings that transform our customers’ garages.

What’s involved with our garage floor coating process

Watch our new video to get a better understanding of how Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic garage floor coating process works:

A breakdown of the Garage Living 5 Steps

In case you’re unable to view the video, let’s break down the 5-step garage floor coating process, one step at a time. First, however, here’s a brief explanation of what happens just before step 1 begins:

  • the friendly Garage Living crew arrives on-site at approximately 8:30 a.m.
  • we greet the customer and explain what’s involved with our garage floor coating process
  • after reviewing all details, any questions from the customer are answered
  • the process of transforming your garage floor begins!

Our crews use fully outfitted trucks, which operate as mobile workshops that allow our employees to work very efficiently. Along with the flooring project materials, every tool and piece of equipment the job may require is onboard, which helps resolve any on-site challenges.

Step 1 – We diamond grind the surface

Step 1 of the garage floor coating process is the most important – proper preparation of the concrete surface. After unloading our equipment, the Garage Living crew first evaluates the concrete density of your garage floor. This helps them choose the proper diamond blades that will be used to grind the floor.

Garage Living has invested in state-of-the-art Werkmaster™ diamond grinders and dustless self-contained vacuum systems. This equipment ensures that the floor coating achieves an unbreakable mechanical bond to the substrate.

The entire garage floor surface is ground down, which profiles the substrate and opens the concrete’s pores. Hand grinders are used on the floor edges to make sure every square inch of the floor is prepared properly.

Vertical surfaces like foundation walls, cinder blocks, steps, and wood baseboards can have the coating applied, which adds to the appealing looks Floortex™ floor coatings provide for your garage space.

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Our state-of-the-art equipment prepares the floor surface.

Step 2 – Cracks and chips are repaired

It’s perfectly natural for hairline cracks to occur in concrete pads. We repair them by opening the cracks with a diamond cutting wheel.

The cracks are filled with a polyurea filler or cementitious mortar, which is left to cure for approximately 10-25 minutes (curing time varies depending on the temperature). The excess filler is then ground off to leave a completely smooth floor.

Other imperfections and types of minor damage that will naturally be found on concrete floors also need to be repaired during the garage floor coating process. For example, concrete degradation can occur from road salt, which causes salt pitting.

These other problem areas will have filler applied and then ground off. Once the grinding process is finished and the floor is completely smooth, we thoroughly vacuum the entire floor surface. Now, with all of the remaining dust and debris removed, it’s time for the base coat application.

Step 3 – Pigmented adhesive base coat is applied

The third step of the garage floor coating process involves mixing the two components in the Floortex™ polyaspartic coating. This base coat also has pigment added that matches the pre-blended flakes the customer has chosen. 14 Floortex™ coating colors are available to choose from.

All vertical surfaces have the base coat rolled on and the flakes are heavily applied. The excess flakes are vacuumed up before the rest of the floor surface gets the coating applied.

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The entire garage floor surface is coated with an adhesive base coat before the Floortex™ decorative flakes are applied.

Step 4 – Decorative Floortex™ flakes are broadcast

Crew members roll the coating onto the floor surface while another crew member broadcasts the vinyl flakes. We spread three times the amount of flakes on the floor during this process to ensure 100% coverage.

Now that the entire floor is coated and flaked, 60 minutes is required to let the coating cure. At that point, we remove the excess flake material using a flat metal edge tool to knock down any standing flakes.

Then the entire floor is blown and vacuumed to remove any excess debris. Now the floor is even and smooth, which makes it ready for the final step of the garage floor coating process.

Step 5 – The clear, durable Floortex™ top coat is applied

The clear Floortex™ top coat is applied with a squeegee and then back rolled. This process ensures that the top coat has a thick and even layer, which leaves a consistent finish that’s extremely durable.

The top coat requires 8-24 hours to cure before foot traffic can resume and 24-96 hours before vehicles can use the garage once again. Climate plays a role in the top coat curing time, so your Garage Living design consultant will advise you based on climate factors.

Finally, our crew will clean up the entire site and load up the truck with their equipment and materials.

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Our workers clean up the entire job site thoroughly, leaving behind one thing – your beautiful new Floortex™ coated garage floor!

5 steps to beautiful garage flooring

The Garage Living 5 Steps ensures every garage flooring project is done properly. Every Floortex™ floor coating project comes with a 10 year limited warranty.

You’ll love how much better and cleaner your garage looks after a Floortex™ floor coating application. Floortex™ floor coatings are also easy to maintain and nicely minimize the appearance of dirt and dust on your garage floor.

We hope you have a better understanding about how our garage floor coating process works. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any further questions.

Floortex™ floor coatings can be applied year-round, so schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today!

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5 Ways Great Garage Flooring Improves A Multipurpose Garage Space

For many years, the garage was viewed as a separate space in homes. Parking vehicles and storing yard tools and excess household items that didn’t have a home seemed to be its main purpose.

Any thoughts of aesthetics and style when it came to a garage space ranked low on the list of homeowners’ concerns about their property. This ingrained apathy towards a garage’s looks can perhaps best be exemplified with garage flooring.

For close to a century after the birth of the home garage in the early 1900s, the look of garage flooring was about as boring as could be. “Gray”, “dirty”, and “completely devoid of character” would be three appropriate descriptors that sum up how garage flooring was viewed for most homes.

Over the past 10-15 years, however, that mindset has been changing. An increasing number of homeowners have evolved their thinking when it comes to their garage space and how it looks and is used. They’ve come to realize that:

  • the garage is commonly the largest room in your house and offers a multitude of design possibilities
  • garages account for a substantial percentage of a home’s overall square footage and need to be utilized better to maximize your investment
  • the garage is being used more and more as a multipurpose space that should be considered an extension of your living space

One impactful way to improve your garage’s looks and functionality is to upgrade your garage flooring. Here’s five ways your busy garage space will benefit from having its floor surface revitalized.

1. New garage flooring simply looks much nicer

Just about anything would look better than a drab concrete floor that’s cracked and crumbling. Typical DIY approaches to restoring it can involve a few different approaches. Far more often than not, these fixes fail to produce optimal results, especially when it comes to looks.

Fillers and patches for repairing cracks and missing chunks of your garage flooring leave an uneven, ugly look and generally need to be fixed again just a few years later.

Painting your garage flooring isn’t ideal, as it quickly cracks and peels (especially in a busy multipurpose garage space). DIY garage flooring epoxy kits are another option that might be a marginally better than floor paint. However, they can be messy to work with and don’t produce the satisfying results of higher quality garage flooring options.

A true transformation of your busy garage space starts from the floor up and you won’t find a better-looking garage flooring option than a polyaspartic coating like Floortex™.

The multicolored look of a professional applied polyaspartic floor coating injects character and personality into your garage flooring’s appearance. Your floor’s fresh top coat will also deliver a long-lasting shine that improves the space’s aesthetics.

That’s why adding great garage flooring to such a busy area of your home only makes sense. Improving your surrounding environment enhances your comfort level and makes the space more inviting. There’s a reason appearance-conscious places like stores and car showrooms use this type of higher quality floor coating.

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2. You have more flexibility to shape your garage’s look

With the understanding that great garage flooring has a big impact on the space’s overall look, design flexibility becomes important.

Upgrading your multipurpose garage space can also involve adding a slatwall panel storage system. You’ll want to make sure everything ties together with color schemes that effectively complement each other.

Shaping your garage’s look becomes easier when your garage flooring color choices give you more flexibility. Floortex™ floor coatings come in 14 available colors to help you achieve your design goals.

Choose your floor color to complement your garage’s existing décor or color schemes of newly added upgrades, such as garage cabinetry. You can take the color of vehicles into consideration when choosing a coating color that will work best.

Floor tiles are another smart option when it comes upgrading your garage flooring. These easy-to-install PVC tiles have interlocking teeth and also offer a wide range of options to achieve the look you want. You can create an endless number of designs with the different colors and styles available.

3. Durable garage flooring makes more sense for a multipurpose space

Garages are now the main home access point for the majority of those that own a house. And garages are increasingly being used as multipurpose spaces that house workshops, crafting areas, fitness spaces, and man caves.

Because our garages are being used more, their surface needs to be durable. The daily rigours that a multipurpose garage space is subjected to demands it, in fact.

Compared to epoxy and polyurethane floor coatings, polyaspartic coatings are better able to accommodate the demands of this high traffic area in your home. Its exceptional adhesive properties form a strong bond with your old concrete floor.

Extreme temperature changes which cause your concrete floor to contract and expand are also less of an issue with a polyaspartic coating, which provides more flexibility.

Floortex™ floor coatings are also highly resistant to impacts and abrasions. That means dropped tools and heavy foot traffic on your garage flooring won’t result in unsightly premature wear and damage.

The coating’s strong resistance to oil, gas, salt, and most household chemicals also helps prolong its life. The resilient top coat is also UV stable, which ensures the garage flooring maintains its color and glossy look. And you’ll get better traction with this type of garage flooring because it has a textured surface.

4. A polyaspartic garage floor coating is easy to maintain

As pristine as a polyaspartic floor coating can look, the garage is still an area that’s going to get dirty. Nobody likes to clean, but wouldn’t it be nice to have garage flooring that makes this as easy as possible?

One of the benefits of a Floortex™ floor coating is that it actually does a great job obscuring the appearance of dirt and dust on its surface. That’s a result of the decorative flakes used during its application process and the textured floor surface it produces. This helps your garage flooring maintain a clean look for longer.

Of course, the dirt may be obscured, but it still needs to be dealt with eventually. Dirt and dust will sweep up easily off the smooth surface and any spills are a breeze to clean up.

A more thorough cleaning also doesn’t require much effort. Simply give your garage floor a good sweep, hose it off, and squeegee out the excess water.

The ease of maintenance with higher quality garage floor coatings also extends to the fact they won’t need to be repaired for years. That durable surface will be intact and problem-free for much longer than what you’ll get from inferior types of floor coatings.

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5. Polyaspartic garage floor coatings are safer and a greener option

Garages are used to store a number of harmful solvents and chemicals, such as gas, cleaning products, paints, and automotive fluids. Naturally, you take great care to store these safely.

But have you ever considered whether or not your garage flooring itself is safe and environmentally friendly? Chances are you’ve never given it a second thought.

One advantage of polyaspartic floor coatings is that they’re a safer and greener option when it comes to these two areas. A polyaspartic coating is ultra low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They’re the slowly releasing organic chemicals that can be harmful in higher quantities.

If you’re using your garage frequently, environmental safety warrants consideration. A polyaspartic coating is your safest option and if it’s safer for you, it’s safer for the environment outside your garage.

Getting great garage flooring can take less than a day

Does new garage flooring like a Floortex™ polyaspartic coating sound like the perfect way to improve your busy garage space? If so, Garage Living is just a free in-home design consultation away!

A member of our design team can further explain the benefits of this great product. That includes the facts that Floortex™ floor coating projects come with a 10 year limited warranty and can take less than a day to complete.

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Why a Garage Floor Replacement May Be Smarter Than a Repair

Knowing when to choose a garage floor replacement over a garage floor repair can be a difficult call for a homeowner.

There are many factors to consider, which can vary widely from one garage to another. Let’s explore some of the issues that cause floor damage and examine why it may be smarter to choose a garage floor replacement instead of repairing your damaged flooring.

A garage environment can demand a lot from your garage floor

Consider how much your garage floor has to endure:

  • the average weight of a vehicle parked on your garage floor is approximately 4,000 lbs
  • regular vehicle traffic
  • everyday foot traffic (especially considering a majority of homeowners use the garage door as their house’s main entryway)
  • garage floors are exposed to materials and liquids that contribute to concrete deterioration
  • temperature shifts put stress on your concrete garage floor, especially in northern climates

Age or a poor flooring installation can lead to a garage floor replacement or repair

A garage floor replacement may be needed simply due to its age. Garage floor surfaces should provide approximately 20-25 years of use. If yours is older than that, it may be time to seriously consider a garage floor replacement.

A poorly installed garage floor surface might be another reason your garage floor has seen better days. Some home builders cut corners and may not have done the following steps properly:

  • dug the garage floor sub base to the correct depth
  • used the proper concrete mix or used a high quality cement
  • ensured the right compacting ratio was used so the ground/soil settles properly
  • placed the expansion joints in the proper locations
  • graded the garage floor correctly

Recognizing the early warning signs of garage floor damage

Cracks in your garage floor are a telltale early warning sign that a garage floor replacement or repair will eventually be needed. The severity of those cracks will dictate what your course of action should be. The two main types of garage floor cracks are shrinkage cracks and settlement cracks.

Understanding shrinkage cracks on your garage floor

Shrinkage cracks (also known as hairline cracks) occur when poured concrete begins to shrink as it dries and cures. This can cause it to crack and show minor breaks in the floor surface. This type of smaller crack is cosmetically unappealing, but relatively minor and not necessarily an indicator of more serious structural damage.

While shrinkage cracks can be repaired, those repairs can be rather unsightly and are a short-term solution. You’ll have to readdress the problem eventually, especially since the cracks will only grow larger as moisture seeps into them.

The ongoing freezing and thawing cycle causes the concrete floor to expand and contract (expansion joints help relieve some of this stress). Moisture that enters the floor through cracks can cause additional degradation of the flooring, however. Add in deicing road salt that’s recrystallizing inside the cracks and the problem is further compounded.

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BEFORE: The cracked and damaged garage floor of one of our clients prior to its transformation.

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AFTER: A Floortex™ floor coating noticeably upgrades the look of the garage space.

Why settlement cracks occur on a garage floor

Settlement cracks are larger and more serious than shrinkage cracks and have the potential to cause more substantial damage. Settlement cracks occur when the soil beneath the flooring shifts. A poorly installed floor base will increase the likelihood of settlement crack issues. As with shrinkage cracks, water and salt infiltration in settlement cracks will cause more problems over time.

To check whether a crack is a structural problem or not, first determine whether the concrete sections on either side of the crack are at different heights. Then measure the crack’s width. An opening of ⅛” or more could be a problem that you should have inspected sooner rather than later, as your concrete slab may be sinking.

Improper drainage can also cause garage floor damage

Your garage floor may be cracked, crumbling, chipped, uneven, and unattractive for other reasons. Ineffective water drainage can cause cracks and lead to major structural damage underneath your garage and the rest of your house.

Avoid having pooled water sitting on your garage floor (which is also a safety issue). Try to determine why the water is accumulating and from where. Blocked eavestroughs or poorly placed drainage pipes near the garage can sometimes be the culprit. Improper garage floor grading can also cause drainage problems.

Additional factors that can necessitate a garage floor replacement or repair

General wear from tires and foot traffic will also take a toll on a garage floor over an extended period of time. Exposure to leaking vehicle fluids and other household chemicals can also have a cumulative harmful effect on floors.

Pitting (where small holes form on a floor surface) and other surface imperfections may also occur/appear on floors. This can be due to dried salt deposits and fine dirt and sand granules that aren’t swept up often enough acting as an abrasive on the floor. All of the above factors will occur more rapidly if your garage floor surface never had a sealant applied.

Should you go with a garage floor replacement or garage floor repair?

So with all of this information, should you choose a garage floor replacement or go with a floor repair? The latter may be a simpler fix, but it will also prove to be more of a short-term fix, depending on the severity of the problem.

How important are the aesthetics of your garage floor to you? Patching cracks or larger sections of your floor with unsightly repair materials that don’t match your floor’s colour may not be a desirable look for your garage space.

Why Floortex™ is your best garage floor replacement solution

If your garage floors are older or past the minor repair stage, a Floortex™ floor coating is your best garage floor replacement solution. Rhino Linings, manufacturers of Floortex™ coatings, are an industry leader in commercial and residential floor coating products.

Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings are superior to epoxy floor coatings in numerous ways:

  • a Floortex™ floor coating can be applied year-round (epoxy coatings have a relatively limited temperature range they need to be applied at)
  • polyaspartic floor coatings are water-soluble and penetrate concrete surfaces better than epoxy coatings, ensuring a stronger adhesive bond is formed
  • Floortex™ floor coatings provide a higher degree of surface protection to ensure a long life (including abrasion and impact resistance, plus high resistance to most household and automotive chemicals)
  • the textured surface of a Floortex™ floor coating provides more traction than epoxy coatings and helps to obscure dirt

How we apply the Garage Living 5 Step process during your garage floor replacement

Here’s how we use the Garage Living 5 Step application process when carrying out a garage floor replacement with a Floortex™ floor coating:

  1. First we prepare the surface by using a state-of-the-art Werkmaster™ diamond grinder that opens the pores of the concrete and smooths out the surface.
  2. Floor cracks are opened with a diamond cutting wheel, filled with a polyurea joint filler, and then the excess filler is ground down.
  3. A pigmented base coat (which can be chosen from 14 colours) is applied with rollers.
  4. The decorative Floortex™ flakes that correspond to the chosen base coat colour are extensively spread on the floor. After a short curing period, the floor is then scraped with a tool to leave a smooth surface.
  5. A top coat is thoroughly applied with a squeegee and then back rolled to produce a thick, even, and consistent finish.

Let us help with your garage floor replacement

A Floortex™ floor coating will provide your garage with a sleek and attractive surface for years to come. A durable Floortex™ floor coating is also backed by our written guarantee against flaking, peeling, blistering, or losing its shine.

Get started on your garage floor replacement and upgrade solution by scheduling your free in-home consultation with us today.

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Garage Floor Maintenance Tips for a Long Floor Coating Life

Dirt, leaks, stains, and debris on your garage floor cause it to deteriorate over an extended period of time. These messes also contribute to a visually unappealing environment that can be less safe. Additionally, dirt, mud, and messy liquids can get tracked into your house.

That’s why garage floor maintenance is a task you should be doing a minimum of twice a year and ideally more than that (especially during the winter in areas with road salt). You can also give your garage floor a cleaning on an as-needed basis, depending on how heavily your garage is used. Needless to say, garages being used as workshops should have their floors cleaned fairly regularly.

Garage floor maintenance tips that extend your floor’s life and keep your space clean

These garage floor maintenance tips are meant for floors with a polyaspartic coating, such as a Floortex™ floor coating. Many of the tips can also be applied to garage floors of all types. By performing regular garage floor maintenance, you’ll keep your floors clean and tidy, which will help extend their life.

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Make garage floor maintenance easier by removing clutter

Before sweeping the garage out, clear as much clutter from your garage floor as possible. This will obviously make the garage floor maintenance quite a bit easier, as well as allowing you to give the floor a thorough cleaning. To avoid accumulating garage floor clutter altogether, you might consider a slatwall storage system or specialty storage racks.

Cover your electrical outlets and drywall

Because you’ll be using a hose during the garage floor maintenance, it’s wise to protect your drywall and any lower electrical outlets with taped up plastic sheeting. Cover any additional items staying in the garage that you’d rather not risk getting wet.

Clean up any leaks or spills

Before sweeping, attend to any leaks or spills on your garage floor. A Floortex™ coating is extremely resilient and less porous than a standard concrete garage floor, so it resists most chemicals found in households. That includes liquids leaking from vehicles like oil, gas, coolants, and other fluids.

Leaving leaks from hazardous liquids and spills on your polyaspartic garage floor for a prolonged period may cause staining and dull the floor’s shine, however. They’re also a safety hazard, so take care of any leaks or grease on the garage floor as soon as possible.

Standing liquids can be cleaned up by using sawdust, kitty litter, or a dedicated absorbent material product. Keep in mind that they made need to sit for several hours. To treat stains on a Floortex™ floor, we recommend using Scotts Outdoor Cleaner and a soft bristle brush if necessary. If you’re unsure about whether or not your Floortex™ coated floor is suited to a different cleaner or degreaser you already own, consult a Garage Living professional first.

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A Floortex™ floor coating is chemical and abrasion resistant and spills can be easily wiped up.

Sweep your garage floor

The next garage floor maintenance step is to sweep the floor with a good push broom. The smooth surface a Floortex™ floor coating provides makes this step even easier. Be sure to open all windows and doors leading to the outdoors during this step. This will improve the garage’s airflow and aid in removing airborne dust and dirt particles.

If your garage floor is particularly dirty and the sweeping is kicking up an excessive amount of dust, use a dust mask. A shop vacuum can also be used for cleaning hard-to-access areas.

The importance of garage floor maintenance when it comes to road salt

For those living in colder climates where road salt is used, regular garage floor maintenance is even more important during the winter months. Deicing salt used on roads that attaches itself to vehicles, in addition to salt used on driveways and walkways during the winter, can leave quite a mess on your garage floor.

Those white salt stains on your floor are caused by the melted snow containing the deicing salt recrystallizing, which is a process known as subflorescence. Older concrete floors that lack a high quality coating are especially vulnerable to further damage because the melted snow seeps into the floor’s pores and the deicer will refreeze when temperatures lower. This process, known as spalling, commonly causes the concrete to crack.

Dried salt deposits on your floor are unsightly and messy. They also have an abrasive nature that can dull the lustre on your garage floor if ignored. That’s why you should be regularly sweeping your polyaspartic coated garage floor during the winter to eliminate as much of the salt tracked inside as possible. Once the weather warms up, you can perform more detailed garage floor maintenance using a hose.

Wash your garage floor

With as much loose dust and floor debris as possible now removed from the garage, you’re ready for the final cleaning step. Scotts Outdoor Cleaner is also ideal for this garage floor maintenance step. It’s a gentle, environmentally friendly cleanser that’s biodegradable and phosphate-free, so it won’t harm plants or grass when rinsed away. Follow these steps:

  • mix the cleaner with water in a bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • apply the mixed solution to the garage floor and use Garage Living’s 30″ double blade foam squeegee or a broom to ensure the entire floor is covered
  • let the solution set for a few minutes
  • rinse your garage floor with a hose
  • use a squeegee to remove all excess water

Treat your Floortex™ garage floor right with regular maintenance

Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings have many advantages over epoxy floor coatings. To name just a few, they have a textured surface that provides better traction (and makes dirt and dust less visible), can be applied any time of the year, have a faster application process, and provide a higher degree of surface protection than epoxy coatings.

Even with all of these great benefits, occasional garage floor maintenance is required to ensure you get the maximum amount of life out of your garage floors and have them looking their best.

Experience the difference a Floortex™ floor coating makes

For those intrigued by what Floortex™ offers, be rest assured that a high quality floor coating can make a big difference when it comes to ease of garage floor maintenance. A polyaspartic garage floor coating also provides a more updated, polished look in comparison to concrete.

You can choose from 14 Floortex™ colours to achieve the garage floor look that appeals most to your tastes. Get started on your garage floor transformation by scheduling your free in-home consultation today. 

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Q & A: Find out Why Jay Loves His One Car Garage Makeover

Toronto resident Jay Kerr, recently had a one car garage makeover by Garage Living that left him quite impressed. This Q & A finds out why Jay needed the one car garage makeover, what he had done, and why he absolutely loves it.

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What made you decide to get this one car garage makeover?

For over a year, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have a clean and organized garage. I was tired of the unfinished look of the garage and the overall lack of organization, which made it difficult to park my car in there. The garage floor needed to be finished. The concrete floor was cracked in a few place and just didn’t look very appealing.

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Jay’s garage prior to the makeover.

Was it difficult keeping your one car garage floor clean?

The garage floor was always dusty and dirty and it wasn’t particularly easy to clean. I would often need to sweep it out, which was a messy job. In the springtime, it was especially messy with the dirt and salt that accumulated over the winter.

Were you aware of the high quality garage floor coatings available?

Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating completely opened my eyes to the fact that a high quality floor coating can add undeniable visual appeal to your garage space, as well as be easy to maintain. I did my homework and learned that polyaspartic garage floor coatings have several advantages over epoxy coatings.

What type of garage organization system were you using?

I had a metal shelving unit from a big box store that was falling apart. That seems to be a common thing with many of their products – they have a very short shelf life, no pun intended. The cheap particle board shelves were warped, sagging, and popping out of place.

Hockey sticks were piled in the corner and I had a few cheap hooks and nails to hang brooms and lighter items. I wanted to get things off the floor and organized onto the wall, something that could support items such as a ladder, garden hose, or a work bench. I’m the type of person that likes to have things neat and organized, but the DIY storage system I had wasn’t working.

Tell us about the slatwall garage storage system you had installed

The grey slatwall panel system is a great storage solution. It was installed along the length of the side walls, which I now realize is underutilized storage space in most garages. Now I have a place for everything. The slatwall system allows me to get nearly everything off the garage floor and onto the wall. That gives me space to park my car. It also makes it much easier to clean the floor because the only thing I have to move out are the garage bins.

Before photo of garage

Before – unfinished garage.

After the garage renovation

After – new slatwall panel system and Floortex™ floor coating in Nightfall color.

How about the slatwall accessories you chose?

I’m still figuring out new ways to utilize and arrange the different hooks and shelves that are available. One of my favourite slatwall accessories is the 8″ double hook I use to store my hockey sticks. I also use these hooks to store other items like brooms and shovels. My ladders are now on the wall and the hanging wire bins are perfect for car cleaning products.

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Hanging slatwall accessories for all of your garage belongings.

What type of Floortex™ floor coating was applied in your one car garage makeover?

There are a bunch of floor coating colors to choose from and I chose the Nightfall color. The new Floortex™ floor coating is a huge improvement compared to my old concrete garage floor and I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come. I had the work done in November and it was convenient that the colder weather wasn’t an obstacle to having the Floortex™ floor coating applied.

How much easier is it to clean your garage floor now?

The floor is much, much easier to clean now. I can sweep out the dirt and hose it down to keep everything looking new. Garage Living also has a great squeegee that I can use to make the cleaning process quick and efficient. The Nightfall’s dark grey colour also hides the dirt well in between cleanings.

Did your one car garage makeover include anything else?

Yes, one of the biggest improvements was simply upgrading to an LED garage light. I’m sure many homeowners just live with a single light bulb in the garage, as I was doing. It’s a simple upgrade but it makes such a huge difference. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.

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A new LED garage light makes a huge difference.

Did your one car garage makeover have any challenges to deal with?

I had a few issues with one wall. We renovated the house eight years ago and the contractor left an electrical conduit and a wood post on what used to be the outside of the house, now the inside wall of the garage. I was concerned about the Garage Living installers being able to remove everything but it was gone within an hour. I also had some concerns about the natural gas line on the inside wall. They put the slatwall behind it and everything looked neat and tidy when they were done.

Any challenges with the garage floor?

The front corner of the garage was unfinished and there was a gap between the concrete floor and the drywall. There was also a cinder block in the corner that jutted out a bit. Garage Living suggested two options. They could fill the gap in the floor with cement and finish the drywall in the corner. That would take longer and add more to the cost than I anticipated. A cheaper and easier solution was to box in the awkward corner and seal it with the Floortex™ coating, which is the solution I chose.

The outside wall of the garage had a cinder block foundation that was two blocks high. Garage Living applied their Floortex™ floor coating up and over the cinder block for a finished look that also seals the floor and acts like a baseboard. Now when I hose out the garage to remove the dirt and salt from the winter, I don’t have to worry about the water damaging the drywall.

one car garage makeover corner before

A problematic corner with a cinder block jutting out and gap between the garage floor and wall.

one car garage makeover corner after

The problem is solved by boxing in the corner and adding Floortex™ coating.

How long did the one car garage makeover take?

The flooring took a full day to clean and prepare. By the end of the day, the floor coating was done and had to dry overnight. I couldn’t walk on it for a day. After that, my car and garbage bins were back in the garage. The slatwall and new light was installed in less than a day after that. Everything was completed on time and to my complete satisfaction.  

How easy was Garage Living to work with?

Everybody was courteous and happy to answer any questions I had throughout the entire process. I especially appreciated the advice and options that were presented to me in regards to the issues with the garage wall and corner. That’s what great customer service is all about.

How satisfied were you and your wife with the garage makeover?

I was extremely happy with the end result. Everything looked brand new and finished and I look forward to keeping the garage much more organized now. My wife was amazed when she saw the final results.

What are your neighbours’ impressions of your one car garage makeover?

Many neighbours have come by to look at the end result and everyone has been more than impressed. I think most people aren’t used to seeing a clutter-free garage with a finished floor and a car parked inside. One neighbour even said that my garage looked nicer than some of the rooms in his house!

So you find yourself parking your car in the garage more now?

I park my car in the garage all the time now. We have a large maple tree that shades our driveway and the birds love sit on the branches and bomb our cars. My car stays cleaner now and I love that I never have to brush the snow off in the winter. I also have the peace of mind knowing that my car is protected and secure. Our other car was left unlocked in the driveway one night and somebody broke in.

Are you planning on using Garage Living for future garage upgrades?

Yes. My next upgrade will be a better garage door and garage door opener. I’m a tech geek and I love that today’s garage door openers have modern features that allow you to control the door from anywhere with a smartphone. I sometimes forget to close the garage door and would like something that does this automatically or that alerts me when it is left open for a long period of time.

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Jay loves what his one car garage makeover has done to improve his garage space. His is just one among the thousands of transformative garage makeovers that Garage Living has done throughout North America, for garages of all sizes. Some of them can be viewed here. Schedule your free in-home consultation today with one of our design consultants to discuss your own garage makeover.

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