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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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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