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10 Garage Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle This Spring

lego-568039_960_720We feel like we are pretty safe in saying that spring has finally arrived in Greater Vancouver, even though it has been pretty wet so far. At least the snow is finished, and with cherry blossoms exploding everywhere and warmer weather even on cloudy days, it’s hard to be too bothered by the rain.

Of course, spring also means “spring cleaning.” It’s a tradition the origin of which is difficult to pinpoint. Nevertheless, it’s a smart thing to do when you own a home (no matter how big or small). Since we are experts in all things garage, and since this part of the house probably gets the least amount of attention, we thought it would be timely to draw attention to some spring cleaning maintenance tasks for the garage. By spending a little extra time at this time of year, you can save yourself hassle, grief and even more time the rest of the year.

1) Tidy up. Why do people spring clean the living areas of their home but neglect the garage? Spring is a great time to tackle the garage, too. Purge the space of items you don’t use or need anymore and take the time to organize everything else. Check out these spring garage cleaning tips from one of our previous posts: https://tailoredlivingvancouver.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/spring-cleaning-and-organizing-in-the-garage-is-easier-this-year/

2) Sweep and clean your entire garage floor. This is super important, because you probably dragged in all kinds of dirt, gravel and muck over the winter which isn’t good for your floors or for your vehicle’s tires.

3) Inspect your garage door. Are all of its parts in good working order or does anything need to be replaced? Give its moving parts (tracks, springs, hinges, rollers, etc.) a garagecleaning if needed by gently brushing away dirt and grease clumps with a soft-bristled brush and then lubricate them with a garage door lubricant.

4) Remove winter window coverings, if you have any.

5) Remove and replace worn weather stripping.

Optional and Periodic Garage Maintenance Tasks:

1) Patch holes and cracks in your garage floor.

2) Re-coat/re-seal your garage floor. The frequency with which you’ll need to do this depends on what your floor is made of and what kind of sealant (if any) is already on it. If it’s time for a new sealant, check out our exclusive PremierOne® Garage Floor Coatings. Depending on what type you choose, our coatings are guaranteed to last for a specific length of time, meaning you don’t have to reseal year after year.

painting-black-paint-roller3) Repair dents and nicks in drywall and repaint.

4) Have your garage door professionally inspected and make any repairs or parts replacements that are needed.

5) Conduct a full-out purging and re-organize your garage. Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve tackled the clutter in your garage. Or, maybe you’ve been doing regular tidying up, but the accumulation of stuff has outpaced your ability to keep on top of being organized. Whatever your reasons, sometimes a garage interior reorganization is necessary in order to maintain your own sanity and keep clutter and accumulation under control.

If clutter is an ongoing problem in your garage, maybe it’s time for a complete garage storage overhaul. Tailored Living has hundreds of solutions and a plan that’s made just for you and the space that you have to work with. It doesn’t matter if your garage is small… Tailored Living can design solutions that perfectly fit the space you do have.


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Help… This Crazy Winter Is Killing My Garage Floor!

background-1069924_960_720Who would have predicted that Greater Vancouver would have the kind of winter it did this year? Not that snow is an impossibility here, but the sheer volume we received from North and West Vancouver all the way into the Chilliwack area has been unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary, to say the least. All kinds of old snowfall records were dashed to pieces this year with all of the white stuff that has fallen since December of 2016 until now.

Since it’s now officially spring, our fingers are crossed that we’ll soon see some signs of spring emerging. However, more snow is not out of the question, and even if it doesn’t snow again, we’re in for a wet spring this year. That being said, your garage floor may be taking an extra-hard beating in 2017, so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the excellent garage flooring options that Tailored Living offers, which are ideal for life on the Wet West Coast, and how they will protect your cement foundation from all of this moisture.

PremierOne® Floor Coatings: The PremierOne® formula is exclusive to Tailored Living. In other words, you won’t be able to find this product anywhere else. We can’t tell you about the top-secret ingredients in this amazing product, but we can tell you what they will do for your floor: create a continuous, non-porous surface, filling all of those microscopic holes in your concrete and sealing them tight. The process begins with one of our professional installers who will machine-prep the surface of your garage floor. This is a critical part of the installation process because it removes any contaminants (oil spots, stains, dirt, etc.) that might prevent the coating from bonding fully to the concrete.

TL-Before-After-BlogAfter machining, the coating is applied right away so that it is able to sink right into the pores in the concrete, forming a seal that will act as a total barrier between your floor and any stuff that might end up on it, including water, mud and anything else that might get dragged in on your tires. In fact, the exclusive epoxy resin forms a bond that is twice as thick as other floor coatings and which is resistant to spills of all types, like oil, paint and household chemicals. Simply wipe away spills with a soft, dry cloth. No water is typically needed to clean up. Any dry debris can be easily swept away with a soft broom, or, even better, a dust mop (to prevent scratches).

premierone-decorative-texture-steelhead-micro-titleOur PremierOne® Floor Coatings are available in a variety of colors and styles including solid colors (six different ones to choose from) and our most popular Decorative Textures. PremierOne® Decorative Texture coatings come in 18 standard chip color blends. You also have the option of blending colors to create your own custom, one-of-a-kind design floor. You can also choose between ¼ chips or 1/8 inch chips. This seemingly small difference in chip size can actually make a dramatic difference in the appearance,  giving you a garage floor with a truly custom look and feel.

premiertrax-blue-titlePremierTrax Tiles: These easy-installation, no-glue garage floor tiles are semi-permanent and removable. Each tile is made from and 8 percent rubber in a polypropylene mix, making them extremely durable yet also flexible. Not only that, but they are actually ergonomically healthier on feet and knees. Tiles feature an open-weave design which traps dirt and debris. Simply hose away to remove.

Tiles are designed to interlock with one another, so installation is literally as easy as building with Lego. Our professionals can usually install your entire floor in a matter of hours, and you can drive, work or play on your floor as soon as it’s finished. Our PremierTrax tiles come in 18 colors from earth tones to primary colors to bright and contemporary hues. One of the best things about this is that you can choose to create a floor that is one or two colors, or use several colors and create geometric patterns that are totally unique to your home and to whatever suits your garage space. Best of all, these tiles are so well-engineered that we are confident in backing them with a guarantee for as long as you own your home.

Of course, accidents do happen. In the event that a tile does become damaged (say by accidentally dropping a running saw onto the floor), all you have to do is swap out the damaged tile(s) for a brand new one and lock it in place. It is one of the most practical and cost-efficient flooring solutions on the planet, and you can use it in other places too, not just the garage. We have clients who have had PremierTrax installed on decks and patios (it’s totally weather-resistant), in playrooms, bedrooms, rec rooms and basements.

When it comes to water (which is why we are blogging on this topic in the first place), the channels in each tile serve to funnel moisture away from the garage floor’s surface, keeping it dry and safe. You don’t have to worry about skidding or puddles of water collecting on the floor.

Again, cleaning involves simply hosing down the floor periodically. How frequently you’ll need to do this depends on how heavily-used your garage is and what kinds of activities typically go on inside. Aiming for two to four times a year is probably sufficient for most home owners purposes.

Here at Tailored Living, Coquitlam, we truly hope that winter is over too. We’re ready for some spring. We’re also ready to help you solve your garage flooring problems. Spring is a great time to install a new floor, and you’ll be ready not only for the rest of this year’s rainy season,  but also next winter, too. We just hope it’s less white.


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Are Harmful VOC’s Lurking in Your House?

PART 2: GREAT, NOW WHAT?

skull-1426813_960_720VOC exposure on an individual level can be difficult to control, and fortunately, you probably don’t have to worry too much about getting sick from exposure if you don’t work with VOCs every day. However, if you feel like it’s important to do your small part in limiting the amount of VOCs that come into your home and get spread into the surrounding environment,

1) If possible, avoid using products containing VOCs. This is not always going to be possible, but there are more and more products coming into the market that are VOC-free. Opt for those whenever they are available.

2) Take the right precautions when using products containing VOCs. Proper ventilation is face-mask-98640_960_720number one on the list. For example, if you are painting your home’s interior, open the windows so that VOC fumes don’t accumulate indoors. Crack the bathroom window open if you’re painting your nails or removing nail polish. When using household cleaners, use the least amount that is needed to do the job effectively. Wear a mask while painting or working with other VOCs, particularly if you must be exposed for more than a few minutes.

3) Get to know the names of the types of VOC’s you are likely to run into when purchasing household products. Here’s partial list of some of the most common ones:

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* Formaldehyde (yes, the same stuff they use to pickle biological specimens for preservation)

* Acetone

* Ethanol

* Carbon Disulfide

* Butanal

* Terpenes

* Toluene

* Dichlorobenzene

* Benzene

4) Opt for products with labels that say “No VOC’s” or “VOC-free.” If the label doesn’t say, check the list of ingredients to see if any of the above chemicals appear.

Why Does Tailored Living Care About VOC’s?

 

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PremierOne Elements flooring in “Copper”

Tailored Living is committed to doing its part for both the environment and for its customers. When it comes to VOC’s, we don’t want them in our products. Because VOC’s are commonly found in floor coatings (something Tailored Living works with frequently), we made sure they didn’t go into any of our exclusive, proprietary-blend garage floor coatings. Tailored Living’s PremierOne® Floor Coatings are VOC-free and create a permanent chemical bond with concrete floors. This super-strong bond means you won’t have to worry about your floor peeling. Not only that, but it will protect and preserve your concrete, which will increase its life span.

 

One of the best things about our PremierOne® Floor Coatings is that they’re not just aesthetically beautiful; they’re also practical. They won’t chip or fade, and they are ultra-stain resistant. In fact, the glossy finish repels stains and spills of all kinds, including the things you commonly keep in the garage, like gasoline, motor oil and cleaning fluids. Spills wipe up easily with a dry cloth, and the sealed barrier will not allow liquids of any kind (including water tracked in by tires) to penetrate to the concrete below.

At the end of the day, you get a garage floor that is protective and made to last for many years. Not only that, but you can feel confident about keeping harmful VOC’s out of your home and away from your family and even make a contribution to keeping the air clean and healthy.


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Seven Luxury Garage Accessories Dads Will Drool Over

man working with tools in garageFather’s Day season is always a great time of year to highlight the ultimate Man Cave: the garage. It doesn’t really matter what guys (dads and non-dads alike) like to do in the garage, whether its tinkering with engines, building stuff or just hanging out. There are all kinds of luxury garage accessories out there that dads can’t help but drool over. We’ve picked out seven of our favourites. What guy wouldn’t want one of these:

1) Automotive elevator: Only a two-car garage? “Two car” might be relative if you install an automotive elevator. This way, you can stack cars two-high, so a two-car garage might become a four-car garage. It’s a great way to store your classic car or the sports car that only comes out storage in the summer.

2) Automotive lift: Every guy who likes to work on cars can appreciate how much easier it would be to have one of these. You’ll be able to throw your hydraulic jack away.

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Photo by Elizabeth Espichan

3) Bar: There’s no rule that the garage is only for cars. Or for that matter, that bars are only for basement rec rooms. Turn your garage into a neighbourhood hangout with a bar, counter and bar stools. Install a beer tap and get ready for the influx of new friends you’ll make. If you can’t afford to convert your whole garage because you still need someplace to park the car, how about a mini bar instead? Install a small cabinet to hold your favourite spirits and a mini fridge for beer and other cold drinks.

4) Gym: Even a small, single-car garage can be transformed into a gym with rack, bench and weights. If you are lucky enough to have an exceptionally-large garage, go crazy and put in a basketball or racquetball court for the ultimate home athletic centre.

black car in garage5) Flooring: This is a luxury that is much more affordable to indulge in than an elevator or bar. Tailored Living’s PremierOne floor coatings cover your existing concrete floor, protecting it from potential damage due to moisture and other elements. Plus, it looks amazing! It even makes a great garage gym floor. Even more affordable is Tailored Living’s PremierTrax interlocking floor tiles. These durable tiles are laid right over your existing floor. Installation can be completed in a matter of hours and there is no wait time to get back inside your garage (and maybe set up your weights and bench).

6) Entertainment/gaming centre. Call it a Man Cave if you like, but there’s nothing cave-ish about a garage that doubles as a place to hang out with the guys, complete with built in big screen TV, DVD player and gaming console. Throw in your favourite beat-up couch, popcorn and beer and you have a party just waiting to happen.

Stainless steel cabinets and drawers with work table by Tailored Living. Gridwall on wall allows for easy hanging and storage of tools and other items.

Stainless steel cabinets and drawers with work table by Tailored Living. Gridwall on wall allows for easy hanging and storage of tools and other items.

7) The ultimate workshop: Whether wood work, welding/metal work or automotive repair or restoration is your thing, your garage can be the ideal workshop. Build in work benches, tables or equipment. Add pegboard, slatwall or gridwall and you’ll have a place to hang tools and other things you need.

 

 

 

 

These are just a small handful of ideas. Even if a car elevator is out of the question, you can still get a great garage makeover at an affordable price. Tailored Living offers free in-home consultations and can work with you to create a customized garage space for whatever you like to do in the garage.

 


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PremierTrax Garage Floor Tiles – Not Just for the Garage!

TL_GarageFloor12-2 premiertraxWe’ve blogged before about Tailored Living/Premier Garage’s PremierTrax floor tiles. Our customers love to use these in the garage because they offer an extra layer of protection over any existing garage floor and they can be installed in a matter of hours. Unlike applying a floor coating, PremierTrax requires no setting or curing and, therefore, no waiting. You can walk, park and play on your flexible floor tiles right away. Of course, they look amazing too!

The vast majority of PremierTrax installations that we do are in garages. However, we don’t want this amazing product to be put inside a box, metaphorically speaking anyway. PremierTrax tiles can be used just about anywhere in the home. Because they are so durable, tough and shock-absorbent, they make an especially smart choice for areas like:

1) The deck or the patio. These weather-resistant tiles are as great for outdoor use as for indoor. They’ll stand up to heavy patio furniture, your barbecue grill, bicycles, children’s toys and play equipment (even swing sets and jungle gyms!) and anything else you keep or use outdoors.

2) The playroom. Children can be hard on flooring, but PremierTrax will stand up to anything a kid can dish out. No worries about scratching or denting from toys, and bigger toys and playsets won’t leave dents.

3) Children’s bedrooms. For all of the same reasons as described for playrooms, PremierTrax can also be used in children’s bedrooms. Cover all of the floor, or only part with these handy tiles. It’s ideal for placement of heavy furniture, even bunk beds and desks.

4) Outbuildings / workshops. PremierTrax is an excellent option for outbuildings with only the concrete foundation for flooring. Just like in kids’ bedrooms, it will stand up to the weight and wear of heavy equipment, engines, vehicles, lawn mowers and anything else that fits in your workshop, even a small airplane!workshop-1233458

5) Pool deck: PremierTrax floor tiles may be your pool’s new best friend. Its natural grip surface will help prevent slips and falls. It is durable enough to safely place patio furniture on it, and its grooves allow water to drain right through for an always-dry surface that won’t ripple, peel or crack.

6) Pool house / pool pump room. While you’re at it, lay some tiles down in your pool house or pump room too!

PremierTrax can be cut fit any size, shape or configuration. Because these tiles are interlocking and installed by laying over an existing floor, they can actually be removed as easily as they are installed. They can be reused when you move or moved to another area of your home if desired. Compared to other types of flooring they are inexpensive and incredibly versatile, with potential applications all over your home and yard. With dozens of different colors to choose from, you can mix and match colors and create unique configurations for a floor that is different from anyone else’s.

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How to Choose the Right Garage Floor Sealer

floor garage stone-mainIn our last blog (Do I Have to Seal My Concrete Garage Floor?) we talked about why it’s important to seal your concrete garage floor. It’s not just about looks, although a good-looking finish can certainly make your garage the envy of all your neighbours. It’s really about preserving and protecting the concrete itself from the wears of weather, particularly freeze/thaw cycles, moisture and chemical corrosion.

There are a number of different types of floor sealants on the market, the most common of which are topical sealers, acrylics, epoxies and polyurethanes. They’ve been around for years, and offer different benefits. In more recent years, hybrid polymers have also entered the market, and it is these that Tailored Living/Premier Garage has chosen as its go-to formula for getting the best all-around results. Its range of PremierOne floor coatings offer numerous benefits:

* It’s the best match for Lower Mainland rain and cold Canadian winters. Living on the “Wet Coast” is not without its unique issues, excessive moisture being one of the major ones. Hybrid polymer flooring is ideal for the ranges in weather and temperature that we experience here, from extreme heat to extreme cold and everything in between, including winter time freeze/thaw cycles. It’s even tough enough to withstand frequent and severe ones as experienced in our more Eastern provinces.

* Superior UV protection. Topical sealants and epoxies offer little to no protection from fading due to sunlight exposure. Hybrid polymers have UV protection built right in. They’ll be the same colour in ten years as the day the colour was applied.

* Easy cleaning. PremierOne hybrid polymer coatings don’t just cover concrete. They actually form a chemical bond with it, sealing it tightly and completely, resulting in a smooth, shiny surface that resists stains and dirt. A quick sweep with a brush-type mop is all that’s needed to get rid of dust and dry debris. Any spills, including those that are apt to leave stains (like motor oil) simply pool and are easily wiped away with a dry or damp rag. Even corrosive chemicals like antifreeze and battery acid can’t penetrate the bond.

* Resists chipping and peeling. Because of that chemical bond, PremierOne coatings won’t peel away from the concrete and will be highly resistant to chipping.

Tailored Living takes care of everything, starting before the floor is applied. We clean and etch the concrete to ensure a strong bond and we do the complete application.


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Do I Have to Seal my Concrete Garage Floor?

garage floor raffia(3)A colorful, contemporary garage floor coating adds a nice touch to a room that is sometimes not given much attention. A finished garage floor is often thought of as a luxury, something that is applied merely for cosmetic reasons. However, the benefit of a quality coating is more than just cosmetic. There are a number of other compelling reasons to consider sealing your garage floor, like:

* Weather-proofing: Experts recommend that anyone who lives in a region that experiences freeze/thaw cycles in the winter should seal their garage floors. That includes here in the greater Vancouver/Fraser Valley region. Though our winters are fairly mild, and freezing/thawing doesn’t occur frequently, it does happen. Just a few of those cycles are enough to cause permanent damage to a concrete garage floor.

Here’s why: concrete is porous. When moisture and water get into your garage (which it does with regularity here), water seeps into those many tiny pores. When the temperature dips down below zero, that water freezes and expands. When the temperature rises again, the water thaws and contracts. After just a few cycles of this, those pores start to expand. Eventually cracking, pitting and spalling can begin to occur. This, in turn, lets in even more moisture, compounding the problem even further. Minor pitting and spalling may not be bothersome, but giant cracks will become problematic. Foundational damage may even occur.

* Chemical and stain resistance: Though it’s not as big a problem here as it is northern BC and eastern parts of Canada, road salt is a major concern when it comes to the garage floor. This type of salt, as most car owners know, is corrosive. Just as it can cause rust to a car, it can also corrode concrete. Other chemicals commonly found in garages are also bad for concrete. Oil, gas, antifreeze and battery acid can all cause damage to concrete.

* Easier cleaning: a smooth surface is easier to clean than a porous one. This probably goes without saying, as many readers have probably tried cleaning or sweeping concrete before and know that it’s challenging.

Tailored Living, which also owns the Premier Garage brand, offers a variety of flooring types. If it’s sealing action that you’re after, its PremierOne floor coatings are the toughest floor coatings on the market. This product is exclusive to Tailored Living/Premier Garage and is a proprietary-blend developed by Sika®, reputed worldwide for its industrial grade structural coatings. PremierOne comes in several styles and colours and is extremely durable. You can read more about our PremierOne floor coatings on the Tailored Living website.