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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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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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Extend Your Personal Style Beyond the Home and Into the Garage

The garage is no longer merely a utilitarian space or an afterthought on the bottom of the home decorating list. Today more homeowners than ever are viewing the garage as another room, just as important a one as the kitchen, the family room or any other room in the home. They’re recognizing that style and design don’t have to stop at the garage door stoop. Consequently, many home owners, and men in particular (who tend to spend the most time in the garage, though this is a generalization and in no way diminishes the women who like to tinker with motors or DIY projects out there) are extending their own personal style into the garage.

The experts at Tailored Living have put out a brief and helpful list of four things that you’ll want to consider when transforming your garage into the ultimate personal space, Man Cave, workshop or entertainment centre, depending on what you most like to do in your garage. You can view a web version of that list at http://lms.dbmgroup.com/Email/TailoredLivingCorporate/J119263/J119263.asp?EmailAddr=rhelferty@tailoredliving.com&LogID=6940&ID=74046079&EID=NzQwNDYwNzk= .  But we’d also like to summarize those four points here and offer some advice based on our own personal experiences working with our greater Vancouver customers:

1) Personalize your garage with custom cabinetry. Cabinets are not only functional storage pieces, but they can be configured to suit a homeowner’s individual and unique needs. Tailored Living can recommend the best type for the kinds of things that you tend to store in your garage, whether it’s engine parts, sporting equipment or tools. Finally, you can choose from a variety of finishes to match your taste or the rest of your home’s décor.

"Traditional" Garage Cabinets by Tailored Living

Custom garage cabinets made to fit YOUR stuff

2) Refresh the look of your garage floor. Tailored Living offers several different garage flooring solutions that provide both protection for your garage’s floor as well as personalized decorative flair. From traditional epoxy coverings to easy-installing PremierTrax garage floor tiles, you can get a look that is one-of-a-kind.

PremierOne floor coating, just one of several excellent garage flooring options from Tailored Living

PremierOne floor coating, just one of several excellent garage flooring options from Tailored Living

3) Remove dangerous materials. All kinds of things from chemicals and automotive fluids to sharp tools can pose a hazard to people and pets. Things like these should be stored carefully, away from children and pets in a locking cabinet or on a high shelf.

4) Provide a walkway or clear path in the garage. This might seem like common sense, but with living and garage space at a premium in greater Vancouver, many homeowners have every square foot in their garage covered with stuff. This can be dangerous not just for walking but can also pose a fire hazard. This is where good cabinetry and shelving comes in, but we also recommend getting rid of as many things as you can. Storing things in your garage that you don’t use isn’t worth the hassle or risk. Donate it to charity or take it to the landfill or recycling depot and make sure your garage floor stays uncluttered.


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Make Tailored Living a Part of Your Weekend

With spring now fully underway, all three Lower Mainland Tailored Living dealerships are bustling with spring projects. There is just something about spring that makes people want to tackle those areas of their home that they have given up on or long been frustrated with. These days, we’re finding ourselves working on a lot of closet projects as well as garage reboots. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about tackling your own spring reno projects, just remember that spring is one of the best times of year for such projects. The weather is nice, not too hot, and conditions are optimal for tasks like painting (and drying paint afterward) and dry walling.

We wanted to be sure to make mention of the fact that Mike and Laura Pachal of Tailored Living, Coquitlam, will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show this weekend. It takes place at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge, and it is the largest home show in greater Vancouver. It runs May 1 – 3 and hours are listed on the Ridge Meadows Home Show website. Admission is $4 per person or $7 per family, making it a really inexpensive outing with lots of things to see, sample and taste.

In light of the upcoming Ridge Meadows Home Show, we thought it would be a good time to highlight one of our popular flooring products, which you can view samples of at the show. Our PremierTrax garage flooring tiles really must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. These extremely tough tiles are ideal for the garage, where so much heavy-duty activity takes place. In fact, they’re actually tough enough to park an airplane on, if anyone happens to keep one in their garage. They are an excellent alternative to more traditional and permanent types of flooring for a few reasons. First, they’re quick and easy to install, no epoxy required: just snap together and place. No glue or paint means zero drying time. You can park on your PremierTrax tiles as soon as they are installed.

PremierFlex garage floor tiles in black, red and gray, arranged in pattern

PremierFlex tiles can be arranged in an endless number of patterns

Best of all, they come in several different colors and styles. To top it off, different colors can be mixed together to form an endless number of unique patterns and designs so no two garage floors ever have to look alike. You can check out some samples at the home show, so be sure to stop by and visit Mike and Laura at the Tailored Living/Premier Garage booth this weekend. Check out the Ridge Meadows Home Show website for more info about exhibitors, events and show times. For more info on PremierTrax and Tailored Living’s other great garage flooring products, visit our garage flooring page.

PremierFlex flooring by Swisstrax in Racing Red, Jet Black and Silver.


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PremierFlex Flooring Modules: Another Great Garage Flooring Solution

Earlier this month we blogged about Premier NX flooring.  In keeping with a garage flooring theme, we’re introducing you to another fabulous garage flooring product.  PremierFlex floor tiles by Swisstrax are another excellent option for covering your garage floor, and they offer several advantages over other types of flooring for high traffic, high impact areas like the garage.

 

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PremierFlex Floor Tiles in Arctic White, Pearl Silver and Slate Gray

PremierFlex is a modular flooring system.  Its quick and simple installation is one of the things that has made it a popular choice for finishing a garage floor.  Unlike other types of flooring, there is no wait time after installation.  Nothing has to dry, set or cure, and you can use it immediately after installation.

 

PremierFlex modular flooring is ideal for the garage because of its durability.  Individual tiles are flexible enough to ensure ease of installation and to absorb the weight of a vehicle, but rigid enough to provide superior strength.  Some of the characteristics of PremierFlex by Swisstrax flooring include:

*  Temperature tolerances of -22F + 248F.

* Compressive strength 5120 psi and rollover strength greater than 40,000 pounds.

* Resistant to chemical corrosion, including chemicals such as gasoline and battery acid.

* Easy to clean and maintain.

* Is not slippery when wet.

* Won’t get marked by hot tires.

* Contains more material per square foot than other types of flooring, ensuring durability.

 

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PremierFlex Floor Tiles in Racing Red, Pearl Silver and Jet Black

 

Many garage enthusiasts are familiar with Jay Leno’s famous garage.  At over 17,000 square feet, it houses Leno’s collection of antique cars and motorcycles, over 100 in total.  Leno became an instant fan of Swisstrax after having to replace his epoxy flooring several times over the course of a few months.  He’s having great success with his Swisstrax flooring these days and is quick to advocate for the product.

 

Tailored Living has a diverse selection of PremierFlex flooring modules to choose from.  With a wide range of colours, our garage makeover team can match any existing décor.  Or, we can help remodel your garage from floor to ceiling and help coordinate your Swisstrax flooring with the rest of your garage upgrades.

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PremierFlex Floor Tiles in Mocha, Java and Ivory


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Garage Customization with Premier NX Flooring: A Hardier, Longer-Lasting and More Convenient Garage Floor Alternative

 

Premier NX Garage Flooring  in Terra Cotta color, shown with car parked on the surface.

Premier NX Garage Flooring in Terra Cotta

For years, epoxy flooring was the first choice of garage owners for flooring.  Epoxy flooring has several advantages, including strong moisture and wear resistance.  The major drawback of epoxy flooring, however, is the extended dry time that is required for it to set completely.  Applying it to a garage floor meant inconvenience to the garage owner, who must wait days or even weeks to be able to use his garage again.

 

This is the major reason that Tailored Living and its sister company, Premier Garage, has partnered with Sika, a leading building products company, to offer its customers Premier NX garage flooring.  Premier NX gives customers a more convenient alternative to epoxy flooring for the garage.  Not only is it more convenient, the Premier NX modular system gives garage owners a variety of configuration options that will best meet his specific needs.  More importantly, it does not sacrifice the most beneficial qualities of traditional epoxy like durability and moisture and mold-resistance.

 

In fact, some of the major advantages of Premier NX over other garage flooring materials include:

 

* A lower maintenance and life cycle cost

* Seamless and impermeable

* Strong resistance to chemicals, such as motor oil, and provides superior protection from chemicals to substrate

* Protects substrate from physical force and blows

* Low odour in comparison to epoxy

* Easy to clean and maintain

* Helps to maintain a sanitary environment

* Sets quickly upon installation

 

Premier NX Garage Flooring in Smoke colour with design detailing in lighter and darker colors.

Premier NX Garage Flooring in Smoke colour.

 

The Premier NX flooring system is made up of three different but compatible materials.  These three materials can be put together in any combination and are typically tailored according to the needs of the building, room and owner.  Factors that are typically considered when creating a unique combination including foot traffic, mechanical wear, environmental conditions (temperature, moisture levels) chemical and slip resistance.

 

Premier NX flooring is often used in institutional buildings, such as schools and health care facilities, where sanitation is crucial, foot traffic is heavy and flooring is subject to force and heavy wear.  Its application in garages was also realized, since garage floors are subject to sudden and strong forces and heavy wear, and are often exposed to a variety of chemical substances, including caustic ones.  It is for these reasons that Tailored Living and Premier Garage partnered with Sika to bring this unique flooring system into the home garage renovation business.

 

In controlled testing, Premier NX flooring demonstrated a tensile strength of 6500 psi and a bond strength of 500 psi.  It also maintained a Hardness Shore D rating of 75.

 

Premier NX Garage Floor Coating in Scottsdale color/design, shown up close with detail.

Premier NX Garage Floor Coating in Scottsdale color/design, shown up close.