Posts Tagged ‘garage flooring’

Fourth Annual Great Garage Giveaway

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017


In 2007, Jim Melchert founded Garage Store to help Chicago area residents reclaim their garages.  Now celebrating the 10th anniversary, and hundreds of satisfied customers, Garage Store is again partnering with The Daily Herald to bring order out of chaos for yet another family.  This is the fourth year that Jim has been participating in this contest to find the ugliest garage and turning it into an inviting, clean, and functional space.

Jim has seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years.  When he started, most people bought garage storage items a la carte. Today, up to 80% of his clients opt for a total makeover.  They understand that not only does an organized garage offer a warm place to park their vehicles, but also reclaims living space. When workbenches, overhead storage units, cabinets and shelves are added to a garage, floor space is reclaimed. Adding a heater and refrigerator can give homeowners a large and beautiful entertaining space. In fact, there are so many storage units and accessories available that the garage can be the most versatile “room” in the house, used for almost any purpose a homeowner can imagine.  An organized and functional garage not only makes the lives of homeowners better, but also adds value to the home.

The Daily Herald and Garage Store are again offering a lucky family the opportunity to realize the full potential of their garages. Entries are being accepted through April 16, 2017.  Homeowners with disorganized (but not garbage-filled) garages are invited to ENTER HERE to win.  Twenty-five semifinalists will be asked to submit a photo of their garage.  Designers from Garage Store will then choose a winner of the $5,000 makeover.  This includes coating the floor, painting the walls, and installing an organization system.  Two runners-up will win an overhead storage rack installed by Garage Store.

Jim Melchert gives an example of the people, who he would like to see enter the Giveaway: “We are looking for people who love their garages like other people love their basements or kitchens.”

For more information about Garage Store, call (847) 428-8862 or visit

Exterior Concrete Decorative Flooring

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Do you have an exterior surface that has cracks and holes or need resurfacing? Garage Store has an exterior concrete decorative flooring solution to help your exterior patio, porch or sidewalk surfaces look brand new again. 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.

Make the first impression of your home the best it can be! Garage Store’s outdoor coatings can give your home a fresh look at a fraction of the cost. We can revitalize front or back patios, porches or sidewalks without the mess or time it takes to tear out old concrete and replace it and the surface will be both safe and comfortable to walk on. Not only can Garage Store help revitalize your exterior surfaces but we can also make your garage, basement or commercial surfaces look like new with our decorative flooring solutions. Our experts will help you choose the best project for your surface and it will all be complete in a few days.

For more information about our exterior concrete decorative flooring and to find out how Garage Store can save you time and money, contact us today. As the industry leader in the Chicagoland area, Garage Store has a flooring, storage or organization solution to fit your needs.

Garage Organization Systems

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Summer is finally here and garage’s all across the United States are getting used every day to park cars, store bicycles, toys, lawn mowers, lawn hoses, and so much more. This is the time of year everyone’s garage seems to be extremely cluttered and everything is unorganized. With Garage Store’s large selection of garage organization systems, we are able to take your clutter and transform it into a beautifully organized garage. We offer Garage Store, Gladiator, Schulte, and Hercke organization systems for your garage. Our professional installers will come to your home and find out what your needs and wants are for your garage and suggest the most practical organizational items to eliminate and organize your garage.

Not only goes Garage Store help you organize your garage with heavy duty and customizable garage organization systems, Garage Store also has a large selection of shelves, baskets and bins they are available for purchase in there online store. These items all work with each specific wall system and are a great way to continually add organization to your garage as you acquire more and more items.

If your interested in our garage organization systems or need more organizational items for your current Garage Store, Gladiator, Schulte or Hercke systems, check out Garage Store’s online store.



The Ultimate Garage

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Garage Store is your professional installer of garage flooring, overhead storage, garage accessories and garage organization systems. As the leading Chicagoland garage organization provider Garage Store has been featured in many news articles, magazines and tv spot lights featuring our outstanding products and services. Recently Garage Store was featured in Naperville’s Magazine talking about our amazing car lifts that we install to help families with multiple cars fit into smaller spaces. Here is what the article said about us.

The Ultimate Garage…

At first, your garage is just a little cluttered, a tiny bit untidy. Then you hang the tennis balls from the ceiling in order to avoid running over some large plastic object your child hasn’t used in three years. In the latter stages, parking your car becomes a high stakes game of “Operation.” Finally, you find yourself brushing snow off your car in the dead of winter as you stand shivering in front of your nicely heated garage.

The garage has become the storage area of last resort for many families, but when there is no actual storage left for the intended object -the family car -homeowners increasingly are turning to professional storage design companies to remake clutter central into the ultimate garage.

In 2006, The Washington Post reported that retail sales of garage organization products had increased 38 percent over five years. Sales of such products reached $688 million in 2005, the paper reported.

Both epoxy and snap-together floor coverings provide a look that is neater and easier to clean than concrete floors, which soak up oil, dirt and grime. But perhaps the biggest trend in garage storage is slotted wall systems. The slotted or channeled systems create custom cabinets that often hang up off the floor and can be slid along the walls after they are installed.

Many custom garage companies, such as Garage Store in the Design Point Mall on Route 59, offer custom-installed car lifts. Such car lifts can double the car storage of garages by hydraulically raising one car, allowing a second to drive in under it. These systems generally cost under $4,000 and require about 10.5 feet of clearance. These lifts are best used for secondary or classic cars that are rarely driven. The lifts also can be used to store all-terrain vehicles or riding lawn mowers.

However much you spend, it’s best to let the expert organizers see and evaluate your garage in its worst state. Don’t clean up before they arrive to assess your storage needs. Also, experts advise getting as much storage capacity as possible behind closed cabinet doors to help hide clutter.

Article Written By:

Mitch Martin
Naperville Magazine

To find out more information and to see how we could help you install a car lift in your garage or other organization systems contact Garage Store


Convert Your 2 Car Garage Into A 4 Car Garage

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Four post vehicle lifts provide the perfect solution for increasing parking space without having to resort to any permanent changes to your garage or shop. Our Chicago garage vehicle lifts allows you to double your parking space instantly, and is a versatile tool which can be used for any automotive lift and storage needs. Here is a video that will show you how our garage vehicle lifts can help expand the use and storage of your garage.


Contact Garage Store today to find out how we can help solve your garage storage needs and make your garage more efficient with garage vehicle lifts and other storage solutions.

Do’s & Don’ts For Cleaning Your Epoxy Floor Coatings

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Garage Store’s epoxy, polyerua and polyaspartic floor coating systems are tough and non-absorptive, however, harsh cleaners may damage a polymer floor top coat.  It is advisable to use materials that are neutral with a pH factor between 7 and 10.  Garage Store recommends that you avoid all-purpose cleaners or soaps containing water soluble, inorganic or crystallizing salts, harmful high alkali or acid ingredients. As your professional garage, basement, commercial and exterior floor installers, there are some suggestions that we provide our customers on ways to properly clean and maintain there epoxy floor coatings. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for your epoxy floor.

DO test all cleaning products in a small test area before cleaning the entire floor.

DO dust mop your high traffic floors daily, this not only picks up the dust, but also the grit tracked onto the floor.  The grit acts as an abrasive on your hard surface floor and will eventually dull the surface.

DO scrub your new decorative polymer floor a minimum of once a week for the initial two to three months in order to limit dust which may adhere to the surface.  After this period, a weekly scrub is advised, depending on the amount of foot and automobile traffic.  Always rinse your floors well to prevent a build-up of cleaner residue that could become slippery.

DO allow your cleaner time to react as designed to loosen foreign matter.  Several minutes should be adequate, but DO NOT allow the cleaning solution to dry on surface.

DO use a 3-M white type pad under the scrubbing machine during normal maintenance procedures.


DON’T use surface waxes or sealers.  Use of such products can result in slippery surfaces.

DON’T use cleaners containing water soluble, inorganic or crystallizing salts, harmful alkali or acids.  Use of such products could prove harmful to your decorative polymer floor.

DON’T try miracle cleaners on your floor without performing a small surface test first.

DON’T mix cleaners and always follow manufacturer instructions.

For more information on epoxy floor coatings and how to maintain and clean your floors, contact Garage Store.

Garage Floor Coating Solutions

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Did you know that there are hundreds of choices and products on the market for flooring restoration and coatings. Garage Store is the leading Chicagoland provider of epoxy floor coatings and with our experience and knowledge in flooring repairs and restoration to help make the selection process easier. We work with many different commercial and industrial grade epoxy, polyurea, polyaspartic and polyurethanes on the market. We believe that your finished garage surface should always enhance as well as protect the floor.

As your garage floor restoration and coating experts, our goal is to provide you with many different coating solutions. Below are a few of our most popular coating solutions our customers choose to use for their flooring.

Neat Coatings/Systems are among the most popular often used as an epoxy, polyurea or polyaspartic systems. Typically applied in two to three coats, Neat Coatings/Systems has the ability to endure rough usage such as cars driving over it and children’s outdoor toys and bicycles. The number of coats will depend on how much your garage is being used and the number of coats also depends on the strength of coatings required.  Many choices are available to chose from, such as the color and types of flakes.  This is one option to your Garage Floor Coating Solutions.

Applied in a one life system to create thickness, Slurry Systems or Trowel Systems are great for repairs and filling concrete imperfections. In order to meet the needs of the application, polymers need to be blended. This Garage Floor Coating Solution can help enhance your floor by adding silica sand to wet polymer. At this time there should only be dry sand on the surface of the floor. Finish off the floor with a top coat pigment or a clear coat.

Contact the Garage Store for more information about Flooring Restoration and Coating Solutions!

Garage Store; Your Qualified Professionals

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Garage Store is your local garage flooring, garage organization, garage overhead storage and garage accessory provider. Garage Store promises to only deliver the best work and best results guaranteed.

This is our guarantee to you…

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your interest in Garage Store. We look forward to serving you and solving all your flooring, organizational and overhead storage needs.

Garage Store is a designer and installer of custom garage organization solutions and commercial grade decorative concrete coating systems. We are proud to be the approved Gladiator Garage Works designer and installer for Illinois. We are a full service Chicagoland owned and operated company. We staff insured, professional, in-house contractors specializing in drywall, painting, carpentry, organization installs and decorative concrete coating systems. Our commercial grade, decorative concrete coatings are valued for their strength and durability. Distinctive eye-catching and beautiful stylish patterns will enhance the surrounding decor and recreate any concrete surface into a durable work of art. Beautiful and long-lasting floors are a trademark of Garage Store. We are devoted to achieving your organizational and flooring needs—not only for your garage, but any space in your home or business.

Garage Store is committed to quality and customer satisfaction. We strive to make your Garage Store experience effortless and stressfree, while we customize your personal space. Our experienced and professional staff will work with you to design your personal space. Then, we create it, you enjoy it!

Jim Melchert
Founder and CEO

Stationary and Adjustable Garage Overhead Storage

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Do you have too much clutter or not enough space in your garage to fit everything you need to store? Garage Store offers the most versatile and affordable adjustable and stationary garage overhead storage solutions.

Garage Stores overhead storage systems are guaranteed to provide you with the storage space you need in your garage. Our storage racks are professionally installed and are safer than having to step around clutter and other items on the floor. Another advantage of overhead garage storage is that it allows you to keep items out of the reach of young children who we all know get into everything and can help you store away seasonal items that don’t need to be used for quite some time.

Whether you’re in the market to buy stationary or adjustable overhead storage, Garage Store has a solution for all your clutter problems. Our overhead storage solutions offers customers the option to have customize the height of the storage unit, the various size, purchase several accessories and use the overhead garage storage units in a number of possible combinations to fit your personal needs.

Contact Garage Store today, your stationary and adjustable garage overhead storage leader for an overhead storage system or to find out more about Garage Store’s other services such as, flooring, organization systems, accessories and more.

Epoxy Flooring Process

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Epoxy Floors are one of the best options you can choose to upgrade your garage flooring. This flooring solution is durable, long lasting, cleans easily and overall will make your garage look great. Garage Store is an official installer of epoxy floors and will transform your dull concrete floor into an elegant and durable flooring system. Whether you’re looking for everyday garage floor coatings or commercial work space, Garage Store has an epoxy flooring solution that will look great and fit perfectly into your budget.

Here is the process that Garage Store uses for every epoxy floor installation.

1. Homeowners must clear all personal belongings off the floors. Please not that for large items our installation team can assist with the cleaning process. We also can work around some large units and if there is inclement weather, we might have to postpone the work for better weather.

2. Your floors must be prepped. First off, if you already have paint or rustoleum on your floor, it has to be removed. Then the contractor has to diamond grind your concrete. This machine roughens the floor up and opens the pores so that the liquid layers seep in, harden and bite down so you don’t have that peeling problem.

3. Repairs any cracks. Your garage flooring installer will assess floor damage as minor or major and if there are additional costs involved.  They will also keep an eye out for moisture damage.

4. Apply the first layer which is an alkali moisture barrier. This keeps the moisture from the earth from coming up into the garage.

5. Apply a layer of epoxy.

6. Piles of vinyl chips are hand distributed to fully cover your entire garage.

7. Next day the excess is scraped off and sanded vertically and horizontally. What’s left is a textured “no skid” surface.

8. Impervious, UV clear coat is applied and left to dry. Garage door needs to be kept open for 6 hours to allow drying (depending on weather). Sometimes a smell is added so that when it dissipates, you know it’s dry.

9. Keep your cars out of the garage until the drying process is over.

10. Enjoy your new garage floors!

If your ready to upgrade your garage floors today, contact Garage Store, your #1 epoxy flooring installer.