Archive for the ‘Outdoor Concrete Surface’ Category

Skip the Slips with Garage Store’s Stair Repair

Tuesday, 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.


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.

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

porch 2Garage Store concrete coatings allow you to beautify your existing concrete without the mess or time it takes to tear out old concrete– not to mention the headache! Garage Store can resurface, repair and apply a concrete coating system on most surfaces in less than two days.

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.

Garage Store – Not Just for Your Garage

Friday, January 20th, 2017


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


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.




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.


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



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.

Is Your Garage Floor a Health Hazard?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Danger. Slippery Floor
The mission of the National Floor Safety Institute is to aid in the prevention of slips, trips and falls. Their research shows that 55% of all slip and fall accidents are caused by hazardous walking surfaces.

The CDC adds statistics on adverse effects of slips and falls:

• One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
• Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
• Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries
• Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
(See the full report here.)

Garage Floors are Common Culprits

Have you ever been in a hurry to get inside your garage during a rainstorm? If so, you may have experience a slip, as your wet shoes hit your slick garage floor. Garage floors are notoriously slippery. When water drains off a wet car in a rainstorm, the floor can be a major hazard. Cracked and uneven surfaces in an older garage are also sources of danger. Even on a sunny day, it is easy to slip when oil and grease cause the floor to become slick.

Basements are not immune

Basement floors can also be a source of danger. Condensation in the summer can cause the floor to become slippery. Even a dry basement floor can be slick. If there are imperfections or cracks, the hazards are even greater. Have you ever walked to the basement with a few boxes in your arms, only to trip on an uneven floor?
Garage-Store Can Solve the Slippery Floor Problem
A slip and fall in the garage or basement can cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the pain and suffering that may ensue. Garage Store can add various textured surfaces and ant-slip media options embedded into the topcoat of their epoxy finish for maximum surface grip performance.

Other Health Benefits

While slips and falls are one source of danger, bare concrete is a porous surface that harbors dirt, mold, mildew, harmful bacteria, and other hard to clean material. The coatings offered by Garage Store provide a barrier that resists bacteria and makes for quick and easy clean up to keep your space healthy and clean.
If the health and safety of your family is important, why not give Garage-Store a call. They have the right surface options for any indoor or outdoor space(847) 428-8862

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.

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Schaumburg Office – After

Winter Has Taken Its Toll; Garage Store Can Help

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

It’s been a hard winter. Okay, that’s an understatement. For those of us in the Midwest, this last winter has seemed interminable. And having snow on the ground on April 15 makes tax day even harder to take.  But the main problem with our long, cold winter is the damage some of the areas around our homes have sustained.

The weather has played havoc with outdoor surfaces.  And while the potholes in area roads make driving a challenge, it is the broken concrete on our front stoops that is not only unsightly but downright dangerous.


Let Garage Store Replace Broken Concrete

The Garage Store can repair broken concrete porch, making it look better than it did originally. The Garage Store uses state of the art commercial grade UV stable concrete coating systems. These coatings are designed to handle even Chicago’s harsh, outdoor environment, and can be installed for less than the cost of tearing out and re-pouring concrete.

Cracks and Pits are No Problem for Garage Store’s Professionals


Now that the snow and ice have gone, it is time to check all of the outdoor spaces around your home, including your patio, driveway and sidewalks.  Is the concrete broken, cracked or pitted?  If so, your home is not making the best first impression on your visitors and may not be safe, but replacing these areas can be expensive and time-consuming.  The Garage Store can revitalize patios, driveways and sidewalks without the mess or time it would take to tear out the old.  The coatings will give the areas a beautiful, clean and classic look that will last for many years to come. The surfaces will be both safe and comfortable to walk on.

While it may be hard to believe, spring is here.  And the weather is sure to warm up soon. As you and your family spend more time outdoors, wouldn’t it be nice to have a comfortable, clean and fresh outdoor space?  Contact the Garage Store at (847) 428-8862 to hear about all of our products, including garage and basement storage solutions, as well as indoor and outdoor flooring systems.


Curb Appeal: What does your front porch say about you?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

As a good neighbor, you take pride in your home, and want your property to be as well-groomed as the rest of the neighborhood. You have landscaped your yard, and probably added bushes and maybe even flowers. You either cut your grass regularly or hire someone to do it.  Your leaves are raked in the fall; snow us removed in the winter.

Are you overlooking one of the most noticeable features of your home’s façade?

The next time you walk out your front door, look down.  How do your front porch and sidewalk look?  Many of us rarely use our front doors.  If we have cars, we tend to come and go via our garages. However, when someone comes to our front door, the front porch and sidewalk leading to our front door provide the a first impression of our homes, just as much as good landscaping and a well-manicured lawn.   Cracked, stained and generally ugly concrete can spoil the curb appeal of even the most beautifully maintained home.

Replace or Resurface your concrete porch and sidewalk?

If your concrete porch and sidewalk are pitted, stained or cracked, but still structurally sound, it may not be necessary to go through the mess and time it takes to remove the old concrete and replace it. Having a contractor add a concrete coating to those surfaces could be a great way to revitalize your home.  The coatings are formulated to withstand even the harshest of outdoor environments – from the heat of the summer, the rains of spring and fall, and our freezing cold Chicago land winters.

When done professionally, existing concrete surfaces are repaired, and coated with a system that will make the surfaces not only look fresh and clean, but be safe and easy to walk on.  And it can usually be done in less than two days and at a fraction of the cost of concrete replacement.

The Garage Store is a leader in all types of concrete flooring – from basements to garages, patios, porches and sidewalks. They service Chicago and surrounding suburbs, including Cary, Barrington, Crystal Lake, Palatine, Schaumburg, Naperville, as well as southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.