Meet us at the Chicago Auto Show in February

January 11th, 2018

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If you love cars, you might want to mark your calendars for the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.  The show, which will be held this year from February 10-19, will encompass over 1 million square feet. It is the largest show of its kind in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year’s show will feature indoor and outdoor test tracks as well as many interactive exhibits. The show allows auto makers to “strut their stuff” — from introducing new family sedans and SUV’s to showcasing concept, luxury and even “super cars.”

The show’s South Hall also offers a large area for vendors and exhibitors offering a staggering array of vehicle-related products and services.

In fact, we would like to invite you to visit to the Garage Store Booth in the South Hall (SH155). We offer many ideas to organize and beautify your garage, especially if you plan to park your new auto there.  However, any vehicle will look better in a bright and organized garage.  You might start with a concrete coating for the garage floor.  Our epoxy system transforms a dingy concrete floor into a durable, easy-to-clean surface that will add beauty, function and value to any garage.

 

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You might then want to consider adding lighting, cabinetry, shelving and other storage components. Garage Store has the perfect overhead storage systems, tool cabinets, lockers, shelves and specialty storage products that will keep your garage organized with plenty of room for your tools, toys and other “stuff,” while keeping the floor open for parking your car.   We also have sinks, refrigerators and other appliances that can turn your garage into a party “room.”

Finally, check out our vehicle lifts, which will allow you a safe and out-of-the-way place to park your new “super car.”

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So please mark your calendars for your February outing to the 110th Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place and plan a visit to our booth – we would love to meet you.

Update Your Basement with a New Epoxy Flooring System

December 11th, 2017

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Pat loves her 100+ year-old Prairie Style home in River Forest.  However, she has always had a problem with water seeping (or pouring) into her basement during rainstorms.  While she has solved some of her problems with a back-up sump pump and a basement wall sealer, there are still times when water finds its way into her basement.

Because her one-story older home had only one very tiny bathroom, she recently decided to add a bathroom to the basement.  The result is a large, modern room with an easily accessible shower stall (missing from her main bathroom). However, to get to her bathroom, she had to traverse her dusty, cracked basement floor.

After a recent rainstorm, she again noticed a small amount of seepage, and because of the dusty floor, this small amount of water turned into a muddy mess. This made the floor difficult to clean – and made it less enjoyable to get to her new bathroom. Even when there was no water seepage, the concrete never looked “clean.”

Pat decided it was time to find a solution to her basement floor problem.

Garage Store offers epoxy concrete coating systems for basements. (These coatings are also great for garage floors, exterior areas and even commercial spaces.) Because the epoxy permanently bonds to the concrete flooring, the result is a flood-proof system.  Any water that does enter the basement can easily be pushed to the floor drain or mopped up with no muddy residue.  Moisture that can be emitted through “raw” concrete floors is eliminated, preventing mold and mildew problems.  Because Garage Store uses only commercial grade epoxy products, and employs top-notch installers, the floors have a 30+ year life expectancy.

Once Pat had the floor installed, she noticed less moisture in her basement and the unpleasant odor she had gotten used to was gone. She now enjoys going to her basement.  She looks forward showering in her new space, and doing her laundry on a beautiful floor.

She is considering adding cabinetry and other storage units from Garage Store, which will make her basement more functional and attractive – a place she will enjoy for years to come.

Mudroom Makeover

November 13th, 2017

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Winter is just around the corner.  Gone are the days when we could run out the door in short sleeves and sandals.  We now bundle ourselves – and our children – up in coats, boots, scarves and mittens.  For many of us, the laundry room doubles as our mudroom, and the wet mess that comes in the back door can wreak havoc on our once pristine laundry rooms.

It is time for a mudroom makeover.

Here are a few tips to make your laundry/mud room more “user friendly” for all members of the family:

  1. A boot/shoe rack will keep wet boots and shoes off the floor, helping them dry faster while allowing for easy cleanup of the floor.
  2. Large hooks to hold winter coats will keep them neat and make it easy for small hands to hang their own coats.
  3. Wall-hung cabinet systems are perfect for extra paper products and cleaning supplies.
  4. Base cabinets hold things like mittens, scarves and even extra socks. They will also keep small tools and other odds and ends that collect in any home easily accessible.
  5. A countertop added to base cabinets makes a perfect place to fold clothes.
  6. Wall-mounted baskets and bins can hold dirty laundry, wet gloves and scarves and many other items that would otherwise clutter the room.

Whether you have dedicated rooms for laundry, entryway and utility, or combine all three functions in one room, a little imagination and thought can turn any and all areas into organized spaces that will welcome you and your family home, keep your home much cleaner and tidier, and make doing the laundry more of a pleasure and less a chore.

Garage Store has all the storage components that you will ever need to turn any room of your home into an organized oasis.  Call us today at (847) 428-8862 or visit our website at www.garage-store.com to get even more ideas.

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!