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

Thursday, 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.

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

Tuesday, 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.

2017 Auto Show Flooring Specials

Thursday, 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.


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.


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.


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.

Garage Store Flooring Specials


Three Myths About Garage Floor Coatings

Monday, November 14th, 2016


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, 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.

A Multipurpose Garage Makeover

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016



Each year Garage Store and the Daily Herald sponsor a garage makeover contest. And each year Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store, focuses on ways a garage can improve the lives of homeowners. Two years ago, Jim focused on how a garage could become more organized and functional. Last year, he focused on the health benefits a dust-free garage can have on a child with respiratory problems.

This year, the challenge was to show how a garage could be used as another room of the house. The contest winner, a retired police officer with four adult children and six grandchildren, was looking for ways to make his garage a more inviting space to entertain family and friends.

The main issue was the garage floor with several large cracks and a lot of pitting from years of road salt. The homeowner had always wanted to have an epoxy floor in the garage, but saw the poor results his friends had when they did it themselves. While watching Jim’s crew professionally install the commercial grade floor coating, he realized that this was not a simple DIY project. He admits to being very impressed with the talent and skill of the crew, and even more impressed with the end result.

The $5,000 makeover also included two wall storage units, two tall cabinets and two workbenches with cabinets below.

When the project was complete, the homeowner and his wife agreed that Jim had more than accomplished his mission. The garage is now not only a place for the homeowners to entertain family and friends, but also a workshop and vehicle repair shop, as well as a well-organized storage area. It will also be a “man cave” and escape zone.

He even has a place to park his vehicles!
When explaining how he felt when he got the news that he had won the makeover, he said, “Oh my God, it was like my birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day rolled into one! I was in heaven. It was amazing. I feel so fortunate.”

See the full story of this amazing makeover in the August 14 edition of the Daily Herald.

Before makeover

Garage Makeover Winner – Before


Garage Store Makeover – After

A Schaumburg Office Gets a Sidewalk Makeover

Monday, October 19th, 2015
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Schaumburg Office Building – Before

While most people don’t think too much about the walkways leading to a building, the building’s overall design, curb appeal and even safety can be greatly diminished when the walkways leading to the building are not maintained.

A beautiful office building in Schaumburg was the perfect example.  The building, itself, was an architectural gem. The entrance was welcoming, the building materials were well chosen, and the expanse of windows, reflecting blue skies and lovely trees and bushes made the office welcoming and attractive. However, the expansive walkway leading to the building was a disaster.  The concrete pad was pitted, cracked and stained.  This greatly detracted from the curb appeal of the building.  The pits and cracks were also potentially tripping hazards – a very real liability risk. What should have been a welcoming feature became a detriment to its appeal.

While most people don’t think of adding epoxy flooring to outdoor spaces, the Garage Store’s commercial grade coatings offer superior concrete surface protection – making them impervious to wear and tear from  both foot and vehicle traffic.  The UV stable concrete coatings discourage fading.  The outdoor system is attractive and low maintenance. A quick rinse washes dirt and debris away, leaving a sparkling clean surface.  The coating is also slip-proof, making it a very safe alternative to pitted and cracked concrete.

Because there was no need to remove existing concrete, the Garage Store was able to install the commercial grade concrete coating over the Labor Day Weekend; there was no inconvenience or downtime for the tenants of the building.  On Tuesday morning, employees and visitors alike were welcomed to a building with a “new lease on life.”

For more information on commercial and residential flooring options, organization systems and garage accessories, call the Garage Store in East Dundee at (847) 428-8862.

Garage Store Outdoor Epoxy Coating

Schaumburg Office – After

Decorative Epoxy Coatings Can Save Basements

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Garage-store epoxy floor coveringAs three friends had breakfast on a recent Sunday morning, the conversation turned to basement floors.  While this was not a normal topic, one of the friends had recently purchased a home with a basement finished with top-of-the-line wall-to-wall carpeting.  When she moved in, she realized that while there was an electric sump pump, there was no backup in case of a power failure. Before she could have a backup pump installed, the worst happened – a power failure and a flooded basement.  She not only lost all of her carpeting, but had to pay to have it removed.  While the walls survived, the basement floor was a total mess.

She mentioned that she was thinking of having tile installed instead of carpet.  Her friend, Pat, shook her head.  “I had tile in my basement when it flooded.  The tiles started popping up almost immediately.”  What a mess!

Anyone who lives in the Chicago area understands the very real threat of flooded basements.

The third friend had an answer: an epoxy decorative concrete coating system.  She told her friends that the Garage Store in East Dundee installed these floors throughout the Chicago suburbs, and that they solved many of the problems with basement floors.

Besides flooding, concrete floors are prone dusty and prone to mold and mildew – a problem that exists even when the floor is covered with carpeting. Both friends mentioned a “musty” smell in their basements even with carpet and tile.

For many homeowners, finished basements are an economical alternative to home additions, and can provide a lot of usable space for children to play, for a workroom for dad or even a home gym – away from the main living area.  However, the below-grade space presents its own set of problems.  In fact, a basement floor makes up over 40% of surface space that generates moisture.  Floor coverings such as carpet, vinyl or laminate can harbor mold, mildew and other allergens.

The Garage store concrete coating systems significantly reduce humidity, mold and mildew, while transforming any basement into an attractive and functional living space.  These systems permanently bond to concrete, creating a flood-proof floor.  They are extremely easy to clean and maintain and significantly reduce the moisture emitted through a concrete floor.

After breakfast that day, all three friends were convinced that while flooding may be a fact of life in Northern Illinois, having an epoxy concrete system might be the best way to mitigate any damage, while still enjoying the extra space their basements provide.

Spring 2015 Project Portfolio

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

We have been busy!  Our crews have been to places like the Olympia Fields Police Garage to put in a new floor, to a food pantry in South Chicago to renew a tired janitor closet, and to Crystal Lake High School to complete a locker room makeover. (The job had to be started and finished during Spring Break.)  We also took on outfitting a trailer. By covering the wooden floor and drop-down door with a tough, bacteria-resistant polymer, we made the trailer useful to haul whatever cargo the owner wants – and makes cleanup a breeze.

No matter how big or small, thing of the Garage Store for all of your floor (or wall) coating needs.

Garage Store installs Floor System at United Food Group, Elgin

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Garage store installs floor for United Food Group, Elgin, IL from Sandy Ketcham

When United Food Group, Inc., located in Elgin, Illinois needed to expand its facilities to include space for a new line of powder mixes, they turned to East Dundee’s Garage Store for their floor coating.  The new space includes state-of-the-art production and packaging, along with dry storage and distribution amenities.  In order to pass federal and local health department inspections, the flooring had to conform to specific requirements.  They needed a surface that met FDA guidelines for food preparation.  When they contacted Garage Store in East Dundee, Illinois, company owner, Jim Melchert, was able to give them a floor coating that would allow the plant to pass even the most stringent of inspections.

In fact, Garage Store provides commercial flooring to many Chicago area commercial establishments, as well as many residential installations. Garage Store routinely installs garage floors, basement floors and even patios, driveways and sidewalks.  Their flooring is healthy, durable and abrasion-resistant.  Their proprietary system, including epoxy, polyurethane and polyaspartic concrete provides a healthy and safe environment and is approved for the food industry – from manufacturing to storage and distribution.  This translates well to residential applications, where children may end up eating food that has dropped on the basement floor or even the patio.

So while concrete floors are porous and can harbor dirt, mold, mildew and harmful bacteria, Garage Store’s coatings provide a barrier that resists bacteria. The added benefit is that it is very easy to clean. So even when the warehouse has a spill or junior drops his peanut butter sandwich on the basement floor, cleanup is a breeze.

For more information on floor coatings and storage and organization products for residential and commercial facilities, contact Garage Store  or call them at (847) 428-8862.