5 Steps to an Organized Garage [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 13th, 2017

It’s October, time to put away the pool toys, lawnmower and propane tank and time to pull out the snow blower, shovels, and salt bin.

Throughout the summer, the garage tends to become the dumping ground for a variety of items, causing a cluttered, disorganized area.  Often it becomes so messy that your car no longer fits in its place.

With the leaves piling up outside and snow just around the corner, it’s time to clear the clutter, get organized, and get that car in the garage.

 

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Step One – Sort and Purge

Go through each item in your garage, create piles to donate, trash and keep. Categorize the items based on the season you use them.

Step Two – Group Items to Keep

Organize the items you plan to keep into categories, small items that can fit into bins, large items that need shelves and even larger items that need floor space.  Determine which items fit together, i.e. sports equipment in a bin, summer tools on a shelf, and large power equipment on the floor.

Step Three – Call Garage Store Illinois

Call us for a free estimate to help you figure out how to organize and store the items you are keeping.  We can customize storage options that will work for each season.  Our overhead storage shelves can help free up floor space for large items.  We can also create a shelving area for boxes and bins.

Step Four – Schedule your Garage Makeover

Our team can come and get the shelves, wall units and storage cabinets assembled and set up in your garage.  We can create a space that works specifically for you and your family’s needs.  We carry a variety of shelves, bins, and overhead storage options that will get all your stuff put away neatly and so you can find it and access it easily.

Step Four – Put the Car Away

Once everything has its place and is in its place it’s time to pull in the car.  Now that your items are all organized you can put things away without creating more clutter and you can easily find other items you might need.

Step Five – Enjoy

Relax and enjoy your new space and no longer worry about the clutter in the garage.  Easily put away your Halloween décor this year and effortlessly find your Christmas décor. You no longer need to worry about cleaning the garage.

 

Keep Your Vehicles Safe and Warm this Winter

September 13th, 2017

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When you open your door and see your breath for the first time, you know that summer is really over.  The crisp mornings and cool evenings may be a welcome relief after a long, hot summer, but we all know what comes after autumn…

For many of us, by the end of summer our garages can look like a toy/sports equipment warehouse.  With bicycles, sports paraphernalia, gardening equipment and outdoor toys, it is likely that the family autos have been relegated to the driveway.  And while that may be fine when the weather is warm, it may be another story when we are chipping ice off the windshield or digging the car out after the first big snow.

But what to do with all that stuff?

b ball caddyGarage Store Illinois has the answer.  Their technicians can 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.

Here are just a few examples from our catalog:

A Project Caddy gives you a combination of shelving, hooks and a storage gag.  Perfect for the handyman in the family.

The Ball Caddy holds many different ball sizes.  Elastic bands allow access the balls while keeping them safely corralled.b project caddy

What could be better for the golfer in the house than a golf club caddy that not only holds the golf bag, but also balls and shoes.

The 30” and 48” shelves are perfect for cleaning supplies, auto fluids and many other small to medium sized bags and bottles.

Wire shoe racks are the perfect solution for keeping muddy shoes off the floor and out of the house until needed.

The deep 24” shelf provides easy access to small items that once cluttered the garage floor.

b mesh basketThe 24” mesh basket can handle all of those odd-sized articles, including small balls and other items that might otherwise fall off a shelf.

The 24” wire basket gives easy access to automotive supplies and other difficult to hang objects.

These and many other storage options are available at Garage Store, where a trained technician can help you design a garage that is perfect for your family, and help organize your garage so your car stays snow and ice free during the long winter ahead.

Call Garage Store for all your storage needs (847) 428-8862.

Skip the Slips with Garage Store’s Stair Repair

August 15th, 2017

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Whether you are planning to sell your home soon or just want to have one of the most attractive homes in your neighborhood, curb appeal is important.  Picking just the right shade of blue, red, green (or other color) for the front door often starts the process. For many, adding the right plants and having a well-manicured lawn completes it.

But what about your front porch?

Most houses today are built with the same boring grey cement porch and steps.  Over time the cement may become pitted, cracked and stained.  Adding a Welcome mat does little to enhance the look of the dreary porch.

While tearing out and rebuilding an ugly porch is expensive, messy and disruptive, revitalizing an existing porch with a commercial grade UV-stable concrete coating installed by Garage Store may be the perfect solution.  These outdoor coatings are designed to handle harsh winters, hot summers and pounding rain.

These coatings resist fading and come in an almost infinite array of colors – designed to coordinate with your siding, your door and even the plants in your yard.

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But why stop at the front porch?

Continuing the coating down the sidewalk or on your patio will add even more of a “punch” of color and beauty to your property.  The concrete coatings are not only beautiful, but can repair cracks and pits, providing a surface that is safe and comfortable to walk on. The coatings also reduce the risk of slip and falls, which will make your homeowner insurance agent happy.

Call Garage Store today at (847) 428-8862 to hear how you can enhance the curb appeal of your home – economically and without the disruption of tearing out your existing concrete.

Don’t Wait for a Flood to Consider a Polymer Floor Coating

July 13th, 2017

 

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When Laura bought her home in Plainfield, Illinois, she was happy to have a finished basement.  It gave her teenage son the perfect place to hang out.  However, after only a couple of months, her sump pump failed during a rainstorm.  While the water did not reach the walls, the carpet was soaked, and had to be removed. She decided not to replace the carpet, but to call Garage Store and have a polymer floor installed. Two years later, after another water issue, she could not be happier with her decision.

Laura realized that even without a flood, her carpet could harbor mold, mildew and allergens that could pose a health risk to her son.  In fact, when she moved in, she did notice a “musty” smell in her basement.  Her dehumidifier seemed to be working overtime.

The decorative epoxy floor coating system she chose significantly reduced the humidity that had entered through her concrete floor, and often made the carpet feel damp. Today, after two years, the “musty” smell is completely gone. The floor is as beautiful as it was when it was installed.

The installation team from Garage Store came in, removed the remainder of glue and debris that had been left behind after the carpet was removed. They carefully prepared the floor to accept the epoxy coating. Because they professionally installed the coating, the floor can be expected to last over 30 years!  The cost was competitive with other flooring options, but when the longevity of this floor is considered, versus other options, including carpeting and tile, this is an extremely cost-effective option.

Laura has been pleasantly surprised about how easy the floor is to clean and maintain. The flooring keeps dust levels down. A damp mop is all that is needed to keep the floor clean and shiny.

The best news, however, is that her son, who suffers from allergies, can spend his time in the basement without any issues, keeping him both healthier and his mother happier.

While Laura is not happy that it took a flood for her to find the perfect basement flooring option, she is happy she called Garage Store.

If you are looking for a floor coating for your basement, garage, or even your patio or porch, call Garage Store to hear about their epoxy flooring systems at (847) 428-8862, or visit their website.

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