Would a Garage Living Space Be A Good Fit for You?

 Pros of a Garage Living Space

The biggest advantage to a garage living space is having an extra room in your home. Maybe your house is a little too small and it requires another room. Maybe adding a man-cave, a place for your kid’s band to play or a game room sounds appealing. You have the freedom to convert your garage into any type of room you want since you will be starting from scratch. Transforming your garage into a livable space is a wonderful way to add a room to your home without adding on to your existing house. It certainly would be cheaper than building on to your home. A garage living space would be a great place to have a party with friends or a spot for your kids to spend time with their friends.

Cons of a Garage Living Space

Though, there are many advantages to a garage living space, there are certainly disadvantages too. You no longer would be able to park your car in your garage, making it susceptible to hail damage or other weather related damages. You also lose valuable storage space. Garages are normally used to store a lot of different items such as tools, bicycles, lawn mowers and more. You would need to find an alternative storage option for all of those things. Converting your garage into a living space may also be pricey. You would need to insulate your garage or maybe even install a heating and air conditioning unit. There also may be regulations that you would need to follow.

Final Decision: Should You Transform Your Garage?

Is having an extra living space in your home worth giving up all of that storage space? Are you comfortable parking your car in the driveway or on the street so you can have an extra room for your home? There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to converting your garage. Ultimately, making the decision to convert your garage depends on each individual’s preference.




Garage Floor Finishing Options

We are in the middle of spring with summer quickly approaching. It may be the perfect time for you to spice up the floor of your garage! When deciding to redo your garage floor, you have a few options to choose from. First you should decide if you should cover or coat the floor of your garage. If you are unsure of the difference, we will help explain them!

Coating Your Garage Floor

When it comes to coating, using paint or epoxy are your two best options. Painting your garage floor is effective when you would simply like to cover up oil, grease or rust stains. Using paint is the easier of the two options. Applying epoxy to your garage floor is a more complex project. The process includes checking for moisture, cleaning and degreasing and creating texture on your floor for the epoxy to work properly. Epoxy will result in a tough, yet nice-looking finish.

Covering Your Garage Floor

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Garage Floor with Tile Finish

If using a paint or epoxy does not sound like the solution for you, try covering your garage floor. There are products specifically made to hold up throughout everyday garage life. One of your options is to use garage floor tiles. Three common types of tiles for garage floors are flexible plastic, rigid plastic or flexible rubber.  All three are solid options that offer different benefits depending on your needs or budget. The other option available if you do not want to put tiles together is to use a roll-out garage mat. Roll-out mats are the easiest to install and come in a variety of colors or patterns.

Whether you decide to cover your garage floor or coat it, there are plenty of great options to pick from. Get started on your fresh new garage floor today!




Garage Organization

Spring is always a great time to start fresh. It’s the perfect time to clean and organize your home, including your garage. There is a lot that goes into cleaning your garage such as planning, having the right supplies or having enough people to help you complete the job in a timely manner. Though garage organization and cleaning may seem like a daunting task, it is manageable and you will feel accomplished and satisfied with your newly cleared out space!

Where to Start

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The first thing you are going to want to do when cleaning your garage is to separate everything into a few different piles. You will need a pile for items you want to keep, donate, sell or toss. It may be difficult to decide what you want to keep or get rid of. A rule of thumb you can follow is if you haven’t used an item in a few years, toss it. For the items you decide to keep, make sure you have the proper storage and labeling so you can find them quickly when you need them in the future. There are items that you can easily donate, as well as items you can make a decent profit on by selling. Donate the items as soon as you can and pick a garage sale date so you don’t hang on to those items too long.

Storage Options

How you store things in your garage is a major key to keeping items organized and maintaining a clean space. Use plastic storage bins while using proper labeling to keep those items you decide to keep organized and easy to find. Open shelving and pegboards are two inexpensive options to store objects. You may also want to consider use overhead space in your garage for certain items such as bikes or fishing poles.

Once you are finished with your garage cleaning and organization, you will use the space much more efficiently. If you take the time to clean and organize properly, it will make the next time you do so much faster, freeing up more time to enjoy the spring weather!




Getting Your Garage in Order

Spring is right around the corner and we can almost feel it! As exciting as that is, it also means you’ll soon have to get your garage back in order after packing it full of stuff before the winter. This is a task that is talked about every year. Even though it’s talked about yearly, it seems each time we have a new or improved way of doing this task more efficiently. After all, who wants to spend their entire spring inspecting the garage? If you do, you can stop reading this blog right now!

Clean, Inspect, Repeat

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While getting your garage organized is a priority, making sure it’s in working order and safe should be most important. In order to properly inspect your garage door and its components, you’ll need to give them a proper cleaning. This allows you to perform a visual inspection before having to put the components to the test. Putting the components to the test can result in damage that could have otherwise been avoided during a visual inspection. Cleaning the tracks, springs and opener itself is going to be crucial in ensuring you can see any faults that might be hiding under that layer of dust and debris that has built up over the winter. Be sure to not remove any of the lubrication on the system. Use a suitable lubricant before operating the equipment again if you do remove any of the lubrication.

If you find any damage or curious aspects of your garage door system, or if you’re unsure of what you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll come out to inspect it for you. Our trained professionals can repair it and have it back up and running in no time!




Common Garage Door Problems (and Easy Fixes)

broken_garage_doorYour garage door is the largest moving part in your home. It can cause some serious damage or injury if something happens to it and you try to fix it yourself. YouTube DIY videos are great, but for some garage door problems, they can cause more harm. Despite that warning, there are some common garage door issues that you can fix before needing us to come and take a look.

Garage Door Closes then Suddenly Pops Up

This normally happens to the garage door when something is blocking the photoelectric sensor on either side of your garage door. Sometimes these sensors move a little and it appears something is blocking. Make sure to check the alignment.

There could also be a sensitivity issue with the garage door motor. You can adjust this by turning a button on the garage door opener less than a quarter turn to the left. Look at your instruction manual. After you’ve adjusted the sensitivity, put a small piece of wood, preferably a 2×4 flat on the ground where the garage door will come down. When the door touches the wood, it should immediately go back up.

Garage Door Sometimes Opens, Sometimes Doesn’t

When you’re using your remote and the garage door sometimes opens and sometimes closes you more than likely have a dying battery on the remote. Same goes with the battery on your opener right outside your garage door for remote access. Change your batteries ASAP.

Garage Door Off its Hinges, Door Closes Hard

Your garage door coming off hinges usually means the tracks aren’t aligned. While you can re-align your horizontal and vertical tracks if they are loose, we suggest calling us immediately for this service.

The same goes for your door closing too hard. This is more than likely a torsion spring issue. Smaller garages have one spring and larger doors have two.

Torsion springs are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. They can fly off at extreme speeds.

Again, give us a call or fill out a free estimate form and we will be at your home to help you.

 




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