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

Friday, 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Garage Store Flooring Specials

 

Three Myths About Garage Floor Coatings

Monday, 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

Friday, 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?

Monday, 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.

 

 

A Multipurpose Garage Makeover

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

 

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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.

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Garage Makeover Winner – Before

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Garage Store Makeover – After

Is Your Garage Floor a Health Hazard?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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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

Spring is (Almost) Here!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

While our winter was not a particularly hard one, the chances are your garage is not as organized as it was last summer. You may have snow shovels, snow blowers, and Christmas decorations cluttering up your space. But now that the weather is warming, it’s time to start thinking cleaning up, reorganizing or even repurposing the space.

The Right Storage System Can Make All the Difference The first step towards making the garage a more pleasant space is to take stock of what is already there and how your family would like to use the space. Once you have a vision of how your space should be organized, page through the online catalog of Garage Store. You are sure to find the storage solutions that will make your garage a functional and beautiful part of your home. You might even be able to park your cars there!

The Sporting Family If your family is into any type of sports you will find a way to store your equipment. The right storage system will not only keep the equipment off the floor, clean, and tidy, but also extend its useful life, saving you the cost of replacement. You can add a sports mesh basket, a golf rack and basket, fishing pole rack or a racquet or ski rack. Whatever the sport, you can probably find a way to store your equipment properly. Sports Equipment Carpentry and Crafts For the DIY family, a maple workbench, adjustable workbench or modular gear drawer might be the answer. Throw in a magnetic tool bar, plastic utility bin and a clean-up caddy with places to hold paper towels and cleaning supplies, and you could have the perfect space for any building, painting or crafting project. Crafting organization The Gardener Many homeowners take pride in their yards and gardens. Garage-Store has many options to keep garden tools organized and ready for use. Start with rack shelving for garden supplies. You can then add cradle hooks for hoses and electrical cords, big hooks for weed trimmers and leaf blowers, hooks for shovels and rakes. Mesh shoe racks will keep muddy shoes off the floor and out of the house. You can even add a Scoop Hooks to hold lawn chairs to use when the job is done! Garden Organization   For even more ideas, stop by or call Garage Store at (847) 428-8862. Happy Spring!

2016 Great Garage Makeover

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Enter to Win a $5000 Garage Makeover

The Daily Herald and Garage Store are once again offering a Garage Makeover to a lucky Chicago area homeowner.  The garage makeover is valued at $5,000. Two runners up will receive 4’x8’ overhead storage racks, valued at $450.00. The prizes include design and installation by Garage Store.

Garage Store owner, Jim Melchert, is delighted to showcase his work for the third annual Garage Store Makeover.  He will resurface the garage floor and add a decorative coating to make it look attractive. The coating is waterproof and amazingly easy to clean, eliminating the dust and dampness that can plague the garage.  The wall and cabinet system, along with the overhead storage racks will be designed specifically to keep the homeowners’ gardening, sports equipment, tools and other items neatly organized, freeing space for parking the car!

Enter Now!!!

The contest ends on March 13, 2016.

Enter the Great Garage Makeover

 

View the slideshow showing the Before and After Photos of last year’s winners


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2016 Chicago Auto Show Garage Makeover Contest

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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Get your garage space organized!  Make it another room of the house with help from us.

Enter to win a Garage Makeover – February 13, 2016 to March 13, 2016

Register only through the link above and tell us how a Garage Makeover would change your life.

GRAND PRIZE:

  • Flooring System
  • Wall & Cabinet System
  • Overhead Storage
  • $5,000 Value

 

TWO RUNNERS UP

  • 4’ x 8 ‘ Overhead Storage Rack
  • $450 Value

Prizes include design and installation by Garage Store.


 

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