The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

June 7th, 2017

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Whether your father is a golfer, a gardener or a “gearhead,” the one thing that will warm his heart (and maybe convince him to raise your allowance) is a clean and organized garage.

During the Spring, Christmas decorations, snow shovels and winter gear are often moved over to accommodate gardening tools, the lawn mower, bicycles and other warm weather gear. The winter is also a time when some things get dumped in the garage—just to get them out of the house. This can make the garage a really big mess.

If your dad’s car has been relegated to the driveway because of all of that “stuff,” he would probably appreciate a clean and tidy garage—one that has room for his car.

The best way to clean the garage is step-by-step:

  1. Pull everything out of the garage and evaluate.
  2. Throw out anything that is broken or not worth saving.
  3. Move things back into the house that should be there.
  4. Donate things that are no longer needed, but still usable, e.g. the tricycle that junior has outgrown.

Now it is time to evaluate what is left and figure out the best storage solutions. It is also time to decide on how the garage will be used.

Does dad like to work in the garage? Consider a work bench and cabinet system.  Is he a gardener? There are many options for storing gardening tools.  Does he like to entertain? An epoxy floor coating will make the space more like a room.  Adding an all-weather refrigerator will give the family a place to store extra food and beverages for those family gatherings and parties.

No matter what your dad likes to do – even if it is just finding space to park his car – Garage Store has the answers. Stop by our store or browse our website for ideas that will make your garage the envy of all your neighbors, and give dad the best Father’s Day gift ever!

Add an epoxy floor coating to your patio for a finished look

May 9th, 2017

Decorative Concrete Coating Systems for Exterior Patios, Porches or Sidewalks

 

As summer approaches, most of us look forward to spending time outdoors. Adding an “outdoor room” has become quite popular over the last few years.  Home design shows offer a blueprint for adding functional and beautiful “rooms” to our homes with the addition of gazebos, pergolas, canopies and even awnings.  Home improvement stores feature furniture and accessories that look as though they belong indoors, but are weather resistant.  Some homeowners add heaters and fans to their spaces extending their use through spring, summer, and fall.

A pitted and cracked patio can completely ruin the ambience of any patio space. Garage Store specializes in epoxy floor systems that will not only complete the “look” of the space, but will withstand temperature extremes. These coatings will not fade, peel or crack in the sun, and will withstand our unpredictable Chicago winters.Garage Store exterior coatings are designed to handle harsh, outdoor environments. And, Garage Store can install an exterior concrete coating for less than it would cost to tear out and re-pour new concrete as well as revitalize your existing garage, basement or commercial concrete surface.

Whether you choose a high-end patio “room,” or just want to put a couple of lawn chairs and a patio table on your patio, adding beautiful epoxy patio coating will increase the enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Don’t forget the front porch

Your front entrance provides the “first impression” of your home. Have you looked at your porch and front walkway?  Concrete that is stained, pitted, or cracked will reduce the “curb appeal” of your home, and could affect its resale value.  Garage Store exterior concrete coatings will give your front entrance the classic look that friends and family will enjoy for years.  The bonus is that the coating is impervious to weather. Clean up is as easy as hosing the area down.

Beautify Existing Concrete without the Mess

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Garage Store is your Chicago exterior flooring leader,  servicing Chicago’s northwest suburbs, including Cary, Barrington, Crystal Lake, Palatine, Schaumburg, and Naperville. Contact us today at (847) 428-8862.

Spring is Here (Really, it is!) and your Garage Needs Help

April 14th, 2017

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It is time to put away the snow blower and dig out the lawn mower!

This winter was a little light on snow, which means the snow blower probably did not see much use, and we haven’t had the ice and slush that usually melt into muddy puddles of muddy water.  However, our garages are still plenty dirty and dusty, and probably cluttered with everything we threw out in the garage – just to get it out of our way.

It is time to clean the garage

Christmas decorations, ice skates and sleds must make room for golf clubs, bicycles and garden tools.  And the things we threw out in the garage – just to get it out of our way – must now we dealt with if we are to find space for our summer “stuff” – and maybe even our automobiles.

Once you have surveyed the state of your garage, it might be time to visit Garage Store or visit their website.  They have so many storage options, including cabinet systems, wall systems and overhead storage.  They have work benches that will give you space for work and hobbies.

Their Gladiator® Garage refrigerators and freezers are specifically designed for the temperature fluctuations in a garage. These appliances are perfect for entertaining when you need the extra space, and perfect to keep beverages cold when you are working outside during our Chicago summers.  You can also stock up on sale items that won’t fit in your kitchen fridge.

Want to keep your golf clubs handy and safe?  Or keep soccer balls, basketballs, or any balls out of the way?  Garage Store has specialty storage options that can be customized for whatever hobbies you have or sports you participate in.

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Handy items that will delight most homeowners are the adjustable shelves that hang from the ceiling.  These sturdy accessories can be adjusted to accommodate things like bins and boxes that are only accessed at specific times of the year – like that blowup Santa or the Easter Bunny you bought this year!

So, visit Garage Store – in person or online – to check out what they have that will make your garage functional and beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Annual Great Garage Giveaway

March 14th, 2017

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In 2007, Jim Melchert founded Garage Store to help Chicago area residents reclaim their garages.  Now celebrating the 10th anniversary, and hundreds of satisfied customers, Garage Store is again partnering with The Daily Herald to bring order out of chaos for yet another family.  This is the fourth year that Jim has been participating in this contest to find the ugliest garage and turning it into an inviting, clean, and functional space.

Jim has seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years.  When he started, most people bought garage storage items a la carte. Today, up to 80% of his clients opt for a total makeover.  They understand that not only does an organized garage offer a warm place to park their vehicles, but also reclaims living space. When workbenches, overhead storage units, cabinets and shelves are added to a garage, floor space is reclaimed. Adding a heater and refrigerator can give homeowners a large and beautiful entertaining space. In fact, there are so many storage units and accessories available that the garage can be the most versatile “room” in the house, used for almost any purpose a homeowner can imagine.  An organized and functional garage not only makes the lives of homeowners better, but also adds value to the home.

The Daily Herald and Garage Store are again offering a lucky family the opportunity to realize the full potential of their garages. Entries are being accepted through April 16, 2017.  Homeowners with disorganized (but not garbage-filled) garages are invited to ENTER HERE to win.  Twenty-five semifinalists will be asked to submit a photo of their garage.  Designers from Garage Store will then choose a winner of the $5,000 makeover.  This includes coating the floor, painting the walls, and installing an organization system.  Two runners-up will win an overhead storage rack installed by Garage Store.

Jim Melchert gives an example of the people, who he would like to see enter the Giveaway: “We are looking for people who love their garages like other people love their basements or kitchens.”

For more information about Garage Store, call (847) 428-8862 or visit www.garage-store.com.

2017 Auto Show Flooring Specials

February 16th, 2017

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We have all heard about people who say, “The floor is so clean, you could eat off it.”  While no one really wants to eat off any floor, many companies need floors that will store food and food preparation equipment.  Floors in these facilities must meet local and federal health department inspections.  They need to have surfaces that meet FDA guidelines for food preparation. Having this type of floor is not just good for warehouses, but also for residential applications since, we all know that kids don’t always follow the “five-second” rule when it comes to eating food that has fallen on the floor!

Garage Store has options that can give any residential or commercial space a beautiful, functional and healthy floor system.

Showrooms

Whether you are showcasing automobiles machinery or almost anything, your showroom will be enhanced by a sparkling epoxy floor coating that will make whatever you are showing off stand out.  The advantages of this type of floor coating over concrete cannot be underestimated.  Anyone coming into the showroom will notice how much better the items look on a gleaming floor.

Garages

Garage Store began their company life as a garage accessory company. Their flooring systems, along with their many storage solutions, can turn even the dingiest, dirtiest garage into a place you will want to park your car – or store your stuff, or use as a shop space.  With a few appliances and heater, your garage can become a functional “room,” perfect for entertaining or just “kicking back.” No matter how you want to use your garage, Garage Store has options that will really make it a showstopper.

Basements

If you have ever lived through a flooded basement with soggy carpet, popped tiles or a filthy, cracked concrete floor, you will understand the value of an epoxy floor coating system that can withstand any flood. Once the water is mopped up, the floor will be as good as new, perfect for the children to ride their big wheels, roller skate, or just watch television.  The area can also be used for the kids to bring snacks – even if they don’t always follow the “five-second” rule for food that falls on the floor.

Commercial Spaces

Whether you are responsible for maintaining a shop floor, a high school locker room or any commercial space that has a dusty, cracked or pitted concrete floor, the value of an epoxy floor coating system cannot be overstated. Workers will enjoy working on a clean, non-skid floor, students will appreciate their environment and patrons of commercial spaces will be happy to see an attractive floor.  Maintenance people will be delighted with how easy these floors are to maintain.

Whatever your requirements, our concrete floor coatings will meet and exceed your needs.

Auto Show Specials 

Now is the right time to turn your dusty, dingy floors beautiful during our 2017 Auto Show Special offers. Even if you couldn’t visit our booth, you can still enjoy the savings.

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Garage Store – Not Just for Your Garage

January 20th, 2017

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At Garage Store Illinois, our mission is to help people organize their space with quality products.  We design and install organization solutions and we provide concrete coating systems.

While our name is Garage Store, we go beyond just the garage.  Any area of your home, office or warehouse will benefit from being more organized.  Our epoxy coatings make concrete floors less dusty, healthier and much easier to clean.

In fact, your garage is just the beginning!

Classrooms/Instructional Centers

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When you think about it, classrooms get a lot of abuse.  There are dozens of students coming through on a daily basis.  When you have a room that needs organizing, but also needs to hold up to a lot of wear and tear Gladiator GarageWorks storage solutions may be the perfect option.  This classroom has a combination of Wall Gear Boxes and Modular Gear Drawers with Modular Maple Tops.  This option doesn’t just provide adequate storage; it also provides a heavy-duty workspace.

 

Basement Flooring
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A customer in Plainfield, IL had a massive flood in her basement.  The basement was carpeted and the flood destroyed the carpet and padding.  After having it removed she wanted a flooring solution that would be durable, yet attractive.  Using our Epoxy, Polyurea and Polyaspartic Concrete Coating System, we provided a flooring option that is attractive and easy to clean – a great alternative to bare concrete, tile, carpet or laminate. The best part is it won’t pop up, peel, or have to be removed if the basement floods in the future.

 

Office Area

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Offices (either at home or off-site) are areas that need work spaces and good storage options.  Modular Gear Boxes with a Modular Maple top are a versatile and useful option for this home office that will last a lifetime.

 

Laundry Room

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Ask anyone who does the family’s laundry and they will tell you how important storage and a good workspace are for this usually neglected area.  Gladiator GarageWorks storage systems are versatile and functional, providing not only a place to fold laundry, but sturdy storage solutions that will make a trip to the laundry room a pleasure.

 

Patios/Porches

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Creating a floor that will hold up to the elements – including motor oil, gasoline and winter salt – is what we do and it is a perfect solution for a garage. However, that same flooring system works for any outdoor concrete surface as well. Whether it is a patio, porch or driveway, our exterior coatings are a fantastic solution to cracked or pitted surfaces. The bonus is that our exterior concrete coatings will cost less than tearing out and re-pouring new concrete.

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Look around your house, office, school or warehouse. Are there areas that could use more storage, a better workspace or alternative flooring?   If so, give Garage Store Illinois a call at (847) 428-8862

 

 

Resolve to Take Back Your Garage in 2017

December 19th, 2016

Garage Organization and Storage and Flooring

There are only a few days of 2016 left before we welcome in another new year.  With 2017 just around the corner and everyone making their New Year’s Resolutions it may be time to finally commit to getting that garage in order.

At Garage Store we can handle the job and get your stuff in order, get your area clean and usable, and protect your vehicle from the weather. We have many options. Select the right ones and you may be surprised at how spacious, functional and beautiful it can be.

Flooring

Garage Store is the Chicagoland leader in the floor coating industry.  Our systems provide a high quality, stain-resistant surface that is easy to clean.  The floor coating covers up the porous concrete, making the floor resistant to dirt, bacteria and stains.  Coating your garage floor with our system will provide you superior surface protection that will last a lifetime.

Organization Systems

Get your things organized and out of sight with our wall and floor cabinet solutions.  Based on your space and what you need to store, we can design a system that will work for you.  Our professional installation service and products are unmatched by others on the market and is guaranteed. You are never left with a product that does not meet your standards. Get organized and stay organized with our durable systems.  Our products are designed to withstand the test of time and any harsh environment and temperature extremes.

Overhead Storage

If your garage is on the smaller side, overhead storage may be the best solution.  We have both stationary and adjustable racks that hang from the ceiling, giving you the floor space you need while keeping your things organized and stored away. They stay readily available when you need them.   Our shelves can be adjusted to any height and size.

Garage Accessories

For those who use their garage as a workspace, entertaining space, or for any purpose besides parking your car, we offer a huge selection of accessories that will make anything you do in your garage more functional and enjoyable.

From refrigerators, freezers, lighting solutions, tool storage and more, we have just about anything you can think of or want to make your space great.  Check out our online photo gallery and our catalog for more information and ideas, we provide free estimates and we are certain we can help you make your garage great.

For more ideas, please enjoy our slideshow:

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Three Myths About Garage Floor Coatings

November 14th, 2016

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Professionally coated flooring systems are a great way to keep your home in tip-top shape.  Coating systems in a garage can turn a relatively unused area into another room in your house.

Even though the area is not used as frequently, garage floors tend to get the most benefit from a coating system.  Garage floors usually develop cracks and pitting after a few years due to settling and weather.  The porous nature of concrete harbors dirt, bacteria and encourages enduring stains from fluids and car debris.

These stains make the floor appear dingy and can be very difficult to clean.  A floor coating system protects the floors and makes them easy to clean. Floor coating systems are also low maintenance and require little upkeep.

There are many do-it-yourself products that claim to make the process as easy, durable and high-quality as having it done professionally.  We have tested and disproved many floor coating myths. Here are a few examples:

 

MYTH #1 – Floor Coating Systems are just “fancy” paint.

Generally speaking, epoxy is paint. In fact, the definition of paint is “a colored substance that is spread over a surface and dries to leave a thin decorative or protective coating.” The difference is that while epoxy may be classified as paint, not all paint is epoxy..

Epoxy is defined  as “very tough, very adhesive, and resistant to chemicals….used to make protective coatings and glues.”

The level of protection this coating provides far exceeds the paint purchased at a hardware store.

 

MYTH #2 – All garage floor coatings are the same.

All coating materials are not created equally.  Jim Melchert, founder of Garage-Store.com, explains, “epoxy, polyurea and polyaspartic are various coating systems that use various polymer resins and curing agents that are all packaged separately, but then are mixed, just prior to use. However, when mixed and cured, the coating system becomes a solid polymer system that offers characteristics such as superior adhesion, hardness, UV stability and chemical resistance. These characteristics are dependent on the type of resins, curing agents, solvents and fillers used. The quality, cost, and durability of the coating system is related to the purpose. Be sure to consult a certified installer and review product specifications to ensure the correct product is used for your purpose.”

 

MYTH #3 – A quick sweep and clean of the floor and it’s ready to be coated.

If you want your flooring to bond and make sure it seals and coats properly just a quick clean is not enough.  If the floor is not prepped correctly, it will not result in a beautifully coated floor.

The concrete must be resurfaced with a diamond grinder or short blaster to remove imperfections in the surface as well as debris.  The cracks/pits are then repaired.  After the prep work is done the coating can be completed.

As you can see, a applying a coating system is so much more than just painting on some epoxy and calling it a day.  Services provided by a professional usually go beyond what the typical DIY kit can provide.  So, if you want it done right and you want a beautiful garage floor call a professional.  Check out our Flooring Page to see how quickly and conveniently we can transform any floor – inside or out.

Garage Storage Can Make Your Halloween Even More Fun

October 14th, 2016

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Halloween is almost here!  If you are a homeowner in the Chicago area, you probably have at least a few spooky decorations to put around your house. Some of you have more than a few.  Whether it is a large scary spider crawling up the front of your house, a wicked witch flying over your roof, some ghostly apparitions in your trees or a giant blow-up pumpkin, you probably enjoy scaring the kiddies that come knocking at your door for treats.  And soon after the trick or treaters have scurried away with their candy, it is time to think about those Christmas decorations.

Is it any wonder that folks seem to accumulate so much “stuff” that they often find it difficult to park their vehicles in their garages after all of the holiday décor has been stored away for another year?

The good news is that even those with the most ambitiously adorned lawns and houses will find a place for the cars and the décor if the garage is organized correctly.

Garage Store has so many organizational options available that almost any garage can be outfitted to accommodate whatever treasures homeowners wish to store, including their automobiles!

Installing overhead storage may be the easiest and smartest way to store those once-a-year items.  There are adjustable shelves in all sizes that can be easily raised and lowered for convenient access.  Because most garages are high enough to accommodate these shelves, there will be plenty of floor space for any size vehicle.  Stationary shelving can also be used to good advantage – again, keeping the floor open for cars and even SUV’s.

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In fact, Garage Store has so many storage options and configurations available; you might just be tempted to add yet another spider to that web over your front porch!

See the Gallery for even more ideas.

Could it Be September – Already?

September 19th, 2016

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After a long, hot summer, the crisp mornings and cooler evenings are very welcome.  But the days are still warm and riding a bicycle is especially inviting on an autumn day. However, make no mistake, the signs are all there – winter is not far off.  It will soon be time to find somewhere to store that bike.

After a summer of using the garage as a dumping ground for bicycles, outdoor sports equipment, toys, gardening equipment, and tools, the garage can get cluttered. Parking in the driveway instead of the garage may not be a big deal until you are chipping ice and digging the family car out after the first Northern Illinois snow or ice storm. At that point, parking in a protected garage might suddenly become a priority.

For many homeowners with a growing family, the “stuff” that needs to be stored seems to grow exponentially.  It may seem impossible to find places for all of the accumulated items that are important during one season, but useless in the next.

Garage Store Illinois has the answer.  The technicians at Garage Store will evaluate your belongings and suggest storage options that are as unique as you and your family. They have so many specialty products that they can find a solution for almost every storage need. So call Garage Store at to organize your garage to store whatever needs to be stored. You are sure to find what you need — whether you need a place to store golf clubs, hang bicycles or even install a lift to store dad’s Corvette convertible until next spring.

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Call Garage Store before winter and you will be able enjoy a few minutes of extra sleep,  as you ignore the snow brush and simply drive out of your dry garage.