Is Your Garage Floor a Health Hazard?

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

Spring is (Almost) Here!

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

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!

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The contest ends on March 13, 2016.

Enter the Great Garage Makeover

 

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February 12th, 2016

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  • Flooring System
  • Wall & Cabinet System
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  • $450 Value

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If You Have a Basement, You Need Garage Store

January 22nd, 2016

Guest Post by Laura D., Plainfield, IL

When I moved into my new home in Plainfield, IL, I was delighted to have a full finished basement, but was a little nervous about the wall-to-wall carpeting.  It was beautiful, but I remembered the mess my parents had when the power failed, the sump pump stopped working, and their finished basement flooded.  The tile they had recently installed popped up, and the area rugs were a soggy mess.

damaged basement floorOne of my first priorities was to have a new sump pump installed. However, after the first hard rain, I was taken by surprise when I found several inches of water in the basement.  The technician had not installed the pump correctly and water flooded in.

After hours spent throwing out toys and furniture, and pulling up wet carpet, I was left with a pitted concrete floor and trails of glue with leftover carpeting stuck to them.  The basement also had a foul odor. I was worried about mold and mildew. The basement that was one of my son’s favorite hang outs was now unusable.

I had to decide what to do with the floor. Carpeting was out of the question.  Remembering my parents’ popped tiles, I also eliminated tile as an option. My mother suggested that I call Garage Store in East Dundee for an estimate.

I talked to the owner, who told me that their epoxy decorative concrete coating systems are a great option for basement floors.  The coating   permanently bonds to the concrete floor.  It is not only waterproof, but reduces moisture, mold and mildew that can be a problem for untreated concrete floors.

The cost was quite reasonable – less than carpeting – and with a 30+ year life expectancy, less than almost any other option.

When I called Garage Store, they were able to schedule a convenient time. On the promised day, the technicians came. They were professional and friendly. They put paper runners down from the front door to the basement, and used their own generator. They began by removing the carpet tack strip and glue residue. They then sanded the floor to get it smooth and remove all foreign material. They used a dust collector so my house stayed dust-free. The next day, they worked their magic, and the floor was finished.

Basement Floor - After

My basement is now a beautiful and functional space. Even before the flood, I thought my basement had a funky odor.  It now has no odor at all.  The floor is clean and shiny and unbelievably easy to maintain – I even got rid of my clunky old vacuum cleaner.

 

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Thanks, Garage Store!

The Psychological Impact of a Cluttered Home – Garage Store Can Help

December 14th, 2015

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Believe it or not, clutter is a contributing factor to stress.  During the Holiday Season, having a cluttered home, basement or garage can magnify an already stressful time.

The anxious feelings only increase when family and friends stop by. Clutter diverts attention from our otherwise beautiful (and often beautifully decorated) homes.  Once the Holiday gifts are opened, there is the added challenge of finding places to put all of our new “toys.”  And how about finding a place to store the enormous blow-up Santa that you bought on sale this year?

Clutter is not only frustrating, but it can be expensive. When we can’t locate things quickly, we waste time looking.  It may even seem easier to make a quick trip the store to purchase an item that we know exists somewhere in our home. This may trigger feelings of guilt, “I know I need to get organized.”

Here are a few tips to help de-clutter your lives:

  1. Make it fun. Turn on some upbeat music and work as a family one room at a time. Make each person responsible for one part of the room.  Even small children can help if given a little guidance.
  2. Make a plan.  Create designated spaces and put frequently used items in accessible areas near where they will be used. (Make sure you have the right storage solutions for all of your things.)
  3. Store seldom used and out-of-season items out of your way.  Storing on high shelves in the closet, garage or basement will open more space for items you routinely use.
  4. Use closed cabinets, drawers and bins to store things.  Open shelving that is not organized can look and feel messy and disorganized.
  5. If you don’t use it, don’t need it or don’t want it, donate it, recycle it or throw it away.
  6. Label boxes and even cabinets with the contents … and a date.  If you haven’t opened a box in over a year, you can reassess to see if you can discard it.
  7. Finally, when you take something out of its designated area, put it back when you have finished with it.  This sounds easy, but with the many distractions we face in our busy lives, it can be difficult.

Once you have decided to organize your life, check out the many storage options offered by The Garage Store. Because having and using the right organization and storage solutions is a key to an uncluttered and less stressful life, adding more joy to this Holiday Season and beyond.  Call us today to hear more.  (847) 428-8862.

Happy Holidays from The Garage-Store!

Finding the Perfect Christmas Gift at the Garage Store

November 14th, 2015

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Why fight the crowds at the mall to find yet another Christmas tie for dad?  Or page through endless catalogs to find something unique for any family member?

The Garage Store in East Dundee, Illinois literally has something for everyone.

College Sports PrimeTime LockersDoes your son have a favorite college sports team?  Chances are that his team is represented by one of the Prime Time Lockers from Gladiator. While these sleek lockers are at home in the garage or basement, they are also right at home in a sports themed bedroom.

Is dad always looking for a place to put his golf clubs?  A golf caddy that hangs on the wall will allow the golf bag to stay off the floor and out of the way, easily accessible when spring comes.

golfclubsMom will appreciate being able to park in a warm garage on cold winter’s days if the bicycles and summer toys are out of the way. She might also enjoy having wall or ceiling mounted shelving, not only for the Christmas décor, but also for other seasonal decorations that seem to multiply every year.

The kids will be happy to help keep their toys and sports paraphernalia organized and easy to find, especially when there are cabinets, shelves, hooks and hangers available for them.  It will be nice not having to chase the basketballs, soccer balls and baseballs around the floor.  A mesh basket will hold all of them – clean, easy to find and ready to go.

A garden tool organization system will not only keep the rakes, shovels and other gardening equipment out of the way during the winter, but will also hold the snow shovel  – readily available for the next snow storm.

Adding a CarPad industrial vinyl garage floor cover will protect the garage floor from snow, salt and grime – mom will definitely be happy to stop the family from tracking a mess into her clean house.

Why not take your Christmas list to the Garage Store to see the full line of garage accessories, including tool storage, lighting, vehicle lifts, cleaning products and more.  Having a beautifully organized and clean garage may be the perfect Christmas gift for the whole family.

The Garage Store is located at 1082 Rock Road Lane, East Dundee, Illinois. Cal us at (847) 428-8862 or visit our website at http://garage-store.com

 

 

A Schaumburg Office Gets a Sidewalk Makeover

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

Show Your Loyalty to Your Favorite College Team … and Organize your Garage

September 14th, 2015

College Lockers by Gladiator Garage WorksIt’s autumn!  And our thoughts turn to a new school year, cooler nights, crisp days …. And College Football!

Also, many of us are starting to consider how to organize all of the “stuff” that has accumulated in our garages over the summer – bicycles, toys, golf clubs, gardening equipment, etc.   We know that if we don’t make room for our vehicles before the snow flies, we will have an even greater task getting out of our driveways.  Snow plowing is much easier when there are no cars in the way, and our drive to work will be a lot more pleasant – and safer – without having to worry about ice and snow limiting our view from the windshield and other windows in the car, or having to think about whether our headlights and brake lights are shining as brightly as they should.

The Garage-Store has an answer, not only about how to organize your garage so your vehicles will fit, but also how to show your loyalty to your favorite college team! With 24 teams already represented, (including Ohio State, University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin)  chances are that you will find a locker to please every fan in your home.

Sports fans want to show off their team pride. Many already display team memorabilia in somewhere in their homes. These cabinets offer not only a way to show team spirit, but also provide the opportunity to store their sports and other equipment.

These six-foot-high welded steel storage lockers, manufactured by Gladiator Garage Works are the perfect place to stash almost anything, freeing garage space for the family car or SUV.  When these specialty cabinets are added to the many other available storage options – including bicycle storage solutions, shelving units, overhead storage shelves and a wide variety of systems with hooks, shelving and cabinetry – any garage can be customized for almost any need.

So why not show your team spirit AND organize your garage. Call The Garage Store at (847) 428-8862 to hear more about these and other options to make your living space as beautiful and organized as possible.

Decorative Epoxy Coatings Can Save Basements

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.