Garage Makeover

When you decide to make over your garage in order to make room for your car or to convert it into a living space, it is no easy task. A home garage is used in a lot of ways.
It is more than a place to park cars but also used as a workshop, a warehouse, and even a place to unwind.
It could be a challenging process, but a garage renovation can do wonders for your home.
What does it take to make over your garage?
Whether you will hire a professional or you will do it yourself, here are some things that need to be done.

Garage Makeover

1. Removing Clutter

More often than not, you have a lot of things in your garage that you don’t need anymore. This creates clutter, and the best solution is to remove these things that get in the way of utilizing and maximizing space. You can either sell or donate the items that you no longer need. You also need to decide which items to throw away.

2. Preparing The Space

Now that clutter has been removed, it is time to prepare the space for the makeover. This includes general cleaning, updating the garage door to ensure that it’s functioning properly, and removing floor fixtures that are not built into the wall or cemented to the ground.

3. Adding Space For Storage

If you don’t have sufficient space to keep the materials and equipment that you do need to store in the garage, you need to add storage space. You need to plan it based on how you will use the space - are you keeping the car inside or are you converting it into another room? When you have decided what to do with the free space, you can now plan shelving or storage units.

4. Coating The Floors

After years of use, garage floors can get very dirty and impossible to clean, especially when you have kept the original concrete floor. You have to coat your garage floors in order to make it clean, safe, and slip-resistant.

Now that you know what you need to do to make over your garage, let’s talk about the most crucial task: floor coating. Garage floor coating has become one of the most popular home improvements over the last few years. It is very satisfying to transform dull, dirty and cracked concrete into a smooth, professional finish. Thus far, Garage Epoxy Flooring is the most widely used way to transform your garage floors. Epoxy flooring is made from thermosetting resin which contains a polyamine hardener and epoxide resin. The coating is thicker than paint and has superior strength and durability.

A protective epoxy floor coating can be installed in just a few hours. Why do you need to install epoxy flooring? Here are the benefits of applying epoxy flooring in your garage:

It brings a ‘showroom’ quality to your garage, transforming ugly or boring cement flooring into a professional-looking floor. It is one of the toughest and most durable finishes that you can apply to a garage floor. Your floor will be resilient to impacts, chipping, stains, surface abrasion, and chemicals. It is incredibly strong. It saves time because it is quickly and easily installed. It is chemical and stain resistant. Homeowners can easily wipe oil, gasoline, car chemicals, and brake fluid without worry. It is moisture-resistant, making it easier to clean wet floors. Since it is a topical sealer, it has anti-dusting properties. It is easy to wipe clean. It lowers vehicle maintenance because it can reduce wear on vehicles. It could easily hide floor imperfections. It wears well and could last for years. Anti-skid additive adds more grip to the floor.

Epoxy Garage Makeover

There are many types of epoxy floors available, here are the different kinds of garage epoxy flooring:

1. Water-Based Epoxy

Although this does not have the same degree of durability compared to 100% solids flooring systems, this is the most popular choice for do-it-yourself homeowners who want to convert their garage floor over one weekend. It is easy to apply, designed to be applied as a single-coat system. Its solids content is about 50% of epoxy. This user-friendly, water-based epoxy can be used as a primer or sealer and has protective capabilities. If you prefer increased durability and protection, you can get a multi-coat system that has a second coat of a clear epoxy that is used as a top coat.

2. 100% Solids Garage Floor Epoxy

The most durable type of epoxy material, this floor coating can last up to 20 years or more. This is a commercial grade epoxy, and it is much thicker compared to the water-based one. It is usually used as a base coat in a multi-coat system. It is ideally used for protection against hot tire marks, from chemical reactions, and abrasions. 100% solids garage floor epoxy is also available in many designs and color options. It is more expensive than the water-based variety and has a shorter pot life.

3. Solvent-Based Epoxy

This type of flooring contains 30% to 70% solids. Since it uses solvents, most often than not, it contains chemicals that do not comply with government regulations. Therefore it is not advisable to use this type of epoxy, especially for home garage use. One of the most important dimensions of a garage makeover is the flooring. In order to make your garage floor look good and protect it for years to come, applying epoxy flooring is a must.

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