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11 Reasons to Coat Your Garage Floor

tl_garageflooring12-2_tWe’ve blogged about garage flooring a number of times over the last few years, but fall is a good time to revisit the topic. Many of the problems that concrete garage flooring is prone to in the Lower Mainland region begin to creep in at this time of year, and may not stop again until the following summer if left untreated.

Even though the greater Vancouver area does not experience the same intensity of freeze-thaw cycles as the rest of Canada (last winter being the only possible exception to that generality) which tend to wreak havoc on concrete garage floors, driveways and patios, we have our own unique challenges here. Rainfall and overall moisture levels are the most notable ones we face. Those who live in close proximity to the ocean face an extra threat by way of salt, which accelerates corrosion in concrete. Just because we have mild winters and warm dry summers doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about concrete problems.

We always advise customers to seal concrete flooring in the garage for several reasons, including:

1) It eliminates concrete dust: Have you ever walked into your garage in your socks and noticed when you came back inside that they were covered in chalky dust? This is a fairly common issue with concrete flooring that hasn’t been sealed. It happens when the surface of a concrete garage floor disintegrates due to weakness of the layers underneath. One contributing factor to weak concrete is excess moisture. Even the best efforts at laying concrete only when it’s not raining outside can be thwarted by an unexpected rainfall while concrete is curing, or simply an excess of moisture in the environment even when it’s not actively raining. Sound familiar? Processing and sealing of a concrete garage floor eliminates that annoying concrete dust and keeps it from happening for the lifetime of the coating.

spalling concrete2) It eliminates other problems common to concrete floors: This includes spalling, which happens when moisture within the floor pushing upward and causing the surface to crack, flake or peel.

3) It preserves the overall life of the floor: Coating it with a hybrid polymer product like Tailored Living’s PremierOne® flooring products will extend its life exponentially.

4) It will be easier to clean: If you’ve ever tried sweeping a floor made of concrete, you’vemop and broom probably noticed that, no matter how meticulously you sweep, it seems like the floor is still dusty afterward. That’s because all concrete is porous. Depending on setting conditions, it may be more or less porous, but even the most densely-hardened concrete has microscopic holes and cracks. Dust and dirt settles into those cracks, that when you sweep, often all you are doing is moving dirt out of one crack and depositing it into another one. Mopping isn’t much better because you just end up creating mud. A floor sealed with a coating like PremierOne® evens out the surface by filling in those pores and cracks.

The smooth surface ensures all dirt and debris can be swept away, and you won’t make a muddy mess if you want to mop. Spot-cleaning is just as simple, too. If you get an oil spill or other type of stain, wipe away with a clean, dry cloth (shop towels work just fine). If any trace remains, clean with a clean damp rag and mild soap.

5) It is resistant to mold and mildew: Most everyone who has lived here for any length of time has probably had experience with mold and mildew growing in various places throughout the house.

6) It’s more than a mere coating: PremierOne® doesn’t just sit on the concrete’s surface like a skin. It actually bonds chemically with the floor so instead of floating like a skin, it becomes a part of the concrete itself.

7) It is stain resistant: PremierOne® coatings repel stains, including those common to the garage, like motor oil.

8) It’s resistant to mold and mildew: It’s not just bad for walls: mold and mildew can damage concrete to and generally shorten its lifespan. A PremierOne® coating will prevent mold and mildew from finding its way into concrete pores and causing long-term damage.

9) It’s fade resistant: The color will stay vibrant and not get washed dull by UV light.

10) It is available in a variety of finishes: PremierOne® coatings are more than just practical. They make your floor, and your whole garage, look amazing. Your floor will stand out much more than it would if merely polished. PremierOne® floor coatings come in a variety of styles (solid colors, textured, stone-look and more) and will add curb appeal to your home. Just make sure you leave the garage door open so all of your neighbours can see what they’re missing out on.

quality-1714288_960_72011) It’s backed by a generous guarantee: If you have any problems with your floor, we’ll fix it.

Don’t let your garage floor become a casualty of the wet weather of the Lower Mainland. Tailored Living (which also owns the Premier Garage brand). We would be happy to come in and give you a free estimate on the cost of coating your garage floor. In fact, we can treat any concrete floor, whether it’s a patio, basement or utility room. Tailored Living does all of the work, from prepping and sanding the floor to the final coat. Best of all, PremierOne®

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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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Spring Cleaning: Great Places to Donate Unused Items in Greater Vancouver

Spring officially starts on March 20, and many people have already begun, or are at least thinking about beginning, spring cleaning. While it’s not exactly the most fun part of spring, it does feel good to shed clutter and get organized.

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Go from cluttered to organized

Tailored Living is all about helping people get organized and STAY organized with personalized systems that are tailored to the individual, family or home. We’ve done a lot of blogging about getting organized. What we haven’t talked much about is what to do with all of that STUFF that you don’t need anymore once you’ve taken the time to re-organize. We thought it would be helpful to provide our readers with a list of places and resources in Vancouver, Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that accept recyclable household items. We know that once you spring clean, you’ll have things to get rid of. Making the effort to properly dispose of these things benefits the planet and sometimes it even benefits local charities and organizations in the way of cash donations.

Where to Donate or Recycle Clothing & Textiles

Value Village – multiple locations throughout Greater Vancouver. Accepts clothing, linens, housewares, home décor, books and furniture in usable condition.

Salvation Army Thrift Store – multiple locations throughout Greater Vancouver. Accepts clothing, linens, housewares, home décor and furniture in usable condition.

There are hundreds of other thrift stores throughout the lower mainland which are typically operated by community-based charities. Chances are good that there is at least one in your area, and many of them accept all of the things already mentioned.

Trans-Continental Textile Recycling Ltd. : Located in Surrey, this innovative company collects donated clothing, both wearable and unwearable. Nothing goes to waste, and a wide variety of charities benefit. All clothing is sorted into different categories. Wearable clothing in good condition is shipped to developing countries and distributed to people who need it. Clothing that is not in wearable condition is processed, usually according to the type of material it’s made of, and is sold to manufacturers who make it into new goods. The business employs 90-100 people and profits benefit numerous local charities, including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society, the BC Centre for Ability and the Deaf Children’s Society of BC. Donate your old clothing and textiles by dropping it into one of Trans-Continental’s donation boxes (various locations throughout Greater Vancouver) or by contacting Trans-Continental directly.

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One of Trans-Continental’s many donation banks

 

Where to Recycle Used Motor Oil & Automotive Fluids

The BC Used Oil Management Association is a non-profit society that facilitates and encourages the recycling of used motor oil. It partners with businesses throughout Greater Vancouver who establish drop-off points for used motor oil in their shops. For a list of places to recycle motor oil near your own home, visit http://bcusedoil.com/.

Where to Recycle Batteries

Call 2 Recycle is BC’s official battery stewardship program. Visit www.call2recycle.ca/british-columbia/ to find out where in your area you can drop off any kind of household battery (no automotive batteries). Many automotive battery retailers and automotive shops accept used automotive batteries for recycling. You can also visit http://www.rcbc.ca/ and use the generator to find out where you can recycle automotive batteries in your area.

Where to Recycle Almost Anything

Regional Recycling Vancouver – Billed as your “one stop recycling shop.” Located in Vancouver, it accepts beverage containers, paper products & packaging, appliances, tools, equipment, scrap metal, paint, pesticides, fuel and most types of light bulbs (an official Light Recycle BC partner). For a comprehensive and detailed list of acceptable goods, visit the Regional Recycling Vancouver website.

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Regional Recycling offers household pick-up services

For a comprehensive list of recyclers of all types of products close to your home, visit http://www.regeneration.ca/ or http://www.rcbc.ca/.  You’ll find a handy little generator on the right of each of these sites’ home pages. Simply choose the kind of item you want to recycle from the drop-down menu and the city in which you live. You will be given a list of places near your home that accept the particular item you need to recycle. This includes all of the items already mentioned as well as items like appliances, old computers and electronics, paint, tires, building materials, thermostats, hazardous items, furniture and even vehicles.

What NOT to Recycle

Waste facilities in Greater Vancouver will not accept any items that are able to be recycled. This list grows and changes regularly as new recycling facilities are opened. If you have items that you’re not sure whether you can legally dispose of, visit http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/bylaws-regulations/banned-materials/Pages/default.aspx for a list of materials that are banned from local landfills. This list is updated whenever there are changes to regulations. If something is on this list, then there is a facility (or facilities) where it can be recycled.


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A Five-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

The experts at Tailored Living corporate recently published a helpful spring cleaning checklist for some of our favorite rooms in the house. Now that spring has truly descended upon the lower mainland, we thought our followers might be able to make use of these insightful tips. They cover some areas that people don’t always think of when they do day-to-day cleaning. We’ll share a brief summary here, but you can get more in-depth info by visiting http://lms.dbmgroup.com/Email/TailoredLivingCorporate/J117857/J117857.asp?EmailAddr=rhelferty@tailoredliving.com&LogID=6921&ID=73712304&EID=NzM3MTIzMDQ=

The Closet (Bedrooms, Hallways, Coat Closets, etc.)

A woman organizes clothing by type in her Tailored Living closet

1) Sort through clothing.

2) Pack away seasonal clothing if space is an issue to make room for spring/summer wardrobe.

3) Remove items that you no longer wear and donate them to a local charity.

4) If you store non-clothing items in your closet, this is a good time to go through those items too. Decide whether they’re worth the space they take up. If not, re-home them or give them to charity.

The Pantry

Baskets like the ones pictured here by Tailored Living store smaller pantry items.

1) Empty cabinets and remove items from shelves.

2) Dust or wash down surfaces.

3) Check expiry dates on food products and throw out any outdated food.

4) If you have food items you aren’t likely to use, donate them to a local food bank.

The Laundry Room

Laundry room with custom cabinets, shelving and work table

1) Sort through laundry and cleaning supplies.

2) Get rid of anything you don’t or won’t use.

3) Give your lint trap a good cleaning, either with water or with a strong blast of air to loosen trapped particles.

The Home Office

 

Desk in Office in Candlelight finish with crown molding in Recessed Panel Premier profile

1) Clean computer screens.

2) Dust surfaces like your hard drive, printer and any shelving. This is a good time to check your computer or hard-drive’s exhaust screen which is prone to collecting dust and clogging, which can lead to overheating.

3) Polish mirrors.

The Garage

 "Traditional" Garage Cabinets by Tailored Living

1) Remove black tire marks from the garage floor with a gentle cleaner diluted with water or a citrus degreaser.

2) Sweep garage floor.

3) Take time to put away loose tools and other items.

On another note, thanks to everyone who stopped by the Tailored Living booth at the Ridge Meadows Home Show a couple of weekends ago. Mike & Laura Pachal enjoyed chatting with many people from all over the lower mainland and are looking forward to some upcoming renos in the Coquitlam/Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area. Be sure to visit http://www.tailoredliving.com to book your free, no-obligation consultation.