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Garage Flooring - Polished Concrete Floors

Posted by Chris Watkins on Thursday, 07 Mar 2013 3:00 PM

As the decorative concrete world expands, so do home improvement options including our Polished Concrete flooring.  No flooring option offers no maintenance, but polished concrete does offer homeowners and businesses with a low maintenance and beautiful floor finish that is easy to clean and maintain.

 Tired of looking at that unsightly garage floor?

Additionally, Polished concrete can utilize stain and polishing options to make your garage, basement or other entertainment space truly unique.  Imagine preparing the concrete surface to expose the aggregate and then staining and burnishing in the sealer for a truly tough finish that looks great.

Recently, we posted a gallery on our Facebook site to highlight a commercial job for an auto accessories showroom in Urban Portland.  The client was really pleased with the outcome and ease of maintenance over the previous carpeting.

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Tags: Garage Floor Covering, Polished Concrete, Concrete Polishing, Polished Concrete Showrooms, Urban Architecture Portland, Concrete Interior Design Portland

Is Garage Organization a Good Investment?

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 6:45 PM
You’ve poked around the site, taken a good look at different flooring and cabinet options, maybe daydreamed about how you’d use the additional floor space in your organized garage. But you’re hesitant to contact Garage Themes. You’re thinking, “Okay, Garage Dude, I’ve seen what you can do. But you’ve got to be careful in today’s economy. Is organizing my garage really the best use of my money?”
Absolutely. And I’ll tell you why.
 
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  1. Less effort. Continually having to make temporary fixes here and there to keep your garage from falling apart is annoying and expensive. Garage Themes completely transforms your garage with high quality Redline storage cabinets, Liquid Concrete flooring, and wall storage systems that can take a beating and still look great. Once they’re installed, you won’t have to worry about them beyond the occasional wipe-down. You’ll be free to focus on the finer things in life: like designing the perfect man cave.
  2. Less stress. Cluttered garages aren’t just ugly, they can also be dangerous. You typically store things you don’t want in the house in the garage- heavy-duty power tools, poisonous or flammable liquids, muddy kids toys -and that’s fine. But when you collect all these items in one place without an organization system, you’re going to create safety hazards. Pulling your car out of an unorganized garage to go to work every morning is sure to leave your brain feeling equally unfocused and cluttered. “Those shelves are too full. What if one of them was to finally tip over? And those chemicals all over the floor, what if the dog were to get into that?” Investing in an optimally organized garage is investing in your family’s safety, and your peace of mind.  Stop worrying yourself with these troubling scenarios and call for a free consultation.
  3. More time. Still not convinced? Think of it this way: time is money. Once you’ve worked with Garage Themes to create space for all the stuff that’s been collecting in your garage (for tips on how to get rid of old junk you don’t need, check this post), all of your tools and equipment will be at your fingertips. Life is too short to spend hours trying to dig through cobwebs looking for your wrench set, or find your son’s long-lost baseball glove. Once your garage clutter finds a place either on a wall storage system or tucked away in a quality Redline storage cabinet, you can invest the time you used to spend looking for stuff, into actually doing things. Revive that long lost project you finally found the tools for, or use the extra garage space to work on the car. The possibilities are endless.
  4. Bragging rights. Here on the Garage Dude Blog, I don’t advocate the exercise in futility that is ‘keeping up with the Jones’… unless you’re the obvious winner. Your days of hiding your cluttered garage from your neighbors and family can be over. Invite friends over for an evening of cold beers and car maintenance, or enjoy lifting weights with your nephew in the new space. When you’ve worked with Garage Themes to optimally organize your garage, all you’ll want to do is show it off.

Have you or someone you know recently invested in garage reorganization? We want to hear about it! Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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Garage Design - Developing your interior space

Posted by Chris Watkins on Saturday, 28 Aug 2010 2:47 AM

One only has to watch an episode of DIY Networks Garage Mahal or Man Caves to realize that today's garage has gone well past the traditional dumping ground for all your stuff that couldn't find a storage place elsewhere in your home.  In fact, today's garage is much more than an organized space that leaves room for your cars - it has been elevated as an extension to the home, providing many homeowners with a great place to hangout with friends and family.  How about a game of poker, or working on your hot rod, watching TV, playing table tennis or relieving some stress on your pinball machine?

So, designing your garage interior is a great opportunity to ensure your space meets a variety of needs, not just a place to park a vehicle.  Each garage has a unique opportunity to be molded into your dream garage.  Can you believe this is still a garage?For example, a common floor plan layout in many newer homes with two car garages, includes a back alcove offering homeowners a place to add storage and organization systems along with sports and hobby interests.  In fact, in one instance, we partioned off the back alcove to become a large storage location within the garage, then added yet another partition and added two double slider doors and wire shelving to create one large garage closet.  Of course we coated the floor with the latest in polyurea coating technology and presto an instant 450 sq. ft. bonus room with an additional separate 100+ sq. ft. storage center.  Meanwhile, the customer had fun decorating the space in a nautical theme.  What was great about this project - the customer instantly gained usable living space within the home, yet the space still can be used as a garage.

Your Garage Enhancement Company should be able to design your space and give you perspective on what works for storage, organization and more.  Increasingly, customers want to use their garage space as an extension to the home, so garage interior designers need to consider all possibilities when working with their clients.

Tags: Dream Garages, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Flooring, Epoxy Garage Floors, Garage Floor Coating, Garage Floor Covering, Garage Design, Garage Interiors, Garage Walls, Garage Partitions, Man Cave, Garage Mahal

Garage Flooring - Part I, Installing an epoxy garage floor correctly!

Posted by Chris Watkins on Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 11:48 AM

Folks, I read a lot of stuff on the Internet about installing an epoxy garage floor that I just don't agree with.  Now, when it gets down to installation details, yes, there is more than one way to skin a cat (sorry for the metaphor), but overall there are many things in common with well installed garage floor coatings.

Garage Mahal Floor

In part one of this series, we'll outline the steps necessary for the basic garage floor coating installation process and in part two, we'll discuss each step in more detail to ensure the successful installation of your garage floor covering.

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The typical installation sequence includes:

  • Floor preparation - this is about abrading the floor so that you maximize the ability for the coating system to adhere to the concrete substrate.  The most common methods of floor preparation include acid etching, diamond grinding or shot blasting.  I don't think all methods are created equal, more about that in part II of this series
  • Primer coat - Most systems will call for some form of primer coat.  Depending on the garage floor coating, a coating manufacturer may recommend utilizing a primer such as a water based epoxy. Other coating systems, such as solvent based systems may best be installed with the coating acting as the primer although a solvent additive is added in the correct ratio for thinning the coating for maximum penetration and adhesion to the concrete substrate.  Other coatings function as a self primer, allowing broadcast elements to be added directly to the coating to create the base color for the system.  (Again, this primer step is largely dependent on the coating manufactures recommendation.)
  • Base Coating - Adding the base coat and any broadcast medium is about creating the actual color and look of the garage flooring.  Although there are many different coating colors, many coating installers utilize tan and gray as their base colors and then use various broadcast elements into the wet coating to create the actual color.  There are numerous broadcast elements, but most commonly vinyl chips in various colors and sizes are utilized for garage flooring. Quartz is another option with many colors including vibrant colors for a truly custom look.  Metallic additives are also growing rapidly in popularity and can create a rich showroom look
  • After some additional floor preparation, a clear top coat is later applied over the base color/chip broadcast to seal in the base coating and broadcast agent while creating a very durable finish that is resistant to vehicle and people traffic. Some coating systems utilize two clear top coats, depending on the type of coating.

Stayed tuned as the Garage Dude will further detail the installation process in Part II of this series.

Tags: Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Flooring, Epoxy Garage Floors, Garage Floor Coating, Garage Floor Covering