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Garage floors to improve your home

There are many types of garage flooring options available for every different type of application. There are rubber garage floors, tile garage floors, which are available in both peel and stick or rigid applications.

The first category to discuss is the rubber garage flooring, also known as rolled garage flooring. This type of garage flooring is very easy to install and one of the most affordable options available to the homeowner. Installation is a snap and is as simple as rolling out the floor over your current garage floor and trimming to fit. Gluing or adhesives or any kind are not even necessary. offers varieties of garage flooring such as ribbed, diamond tread, coin, levant, granite spek rollout flooring, and diamond deck rolled flooring. These floors are available in a variety of colors to please even the harshest critics.

The other type of popular tile is of the peel and stick variety. The tiles are basically made of the same material as the rubber roll out flooring with a peel off adhesive attached to the back. Installation of peel and stick garage floor tiles is a snap as well. Easy to cut and install, this is a great flooring option for even the most novice DIYer.

The last common flooring option is a rigid, snap together floor tile. Although these tiles are a little more costly they are extremely durable. Installation is also fairly simple as that each tile simply snaps together to make a nice solid garage flooring surface. Generally more expensive than the other options these tiles certainly make for a beautiful garage floor.

All of the flooring options discussed in this article are available online at

Garage Storage Solutions Introduces New Product: Adding Garage Polyurea Flooring

Brick, NJ – May 10, 2013

Garage Storage Solutions, started by veteran garage specialist Chris Hall, has expanded his list of products to include polyurea coating for industrial floors and garage floors in homes.

The new product, 5500, is a pure polyurea reactive two component system highly resistant to staining and hot tire marking. The 5500 product conforms to the requirements of the USDA for incidental food contact and is formulated to be non-color changing, abrasive resistant, non-brittle, flexible, quick set with impact resistance.

Best of all the coating is non-toxic and dries fast. Within 24 hours, the surface is dry enough to walk on and your car can go back in the garage.

The flooring comes with a full satisfaction guarantee and warranty against manufacturer defects. One of the reasons some flooring lifts is because the floor hasn’t been properly cleaned and prepared for application. Before applying the coating the floor has to be clean and free of debris.

Garage Storage Solutions will prep the surface by diamond grinding the floor to make it even and to remove the wear layer from the garage floor along with residue and other contaminants that can cause a garage floor coating to fail. More importantly it opens up the pores of the concrete and allows the base coat to penetrate the surface and bind the garage floor coating to the concrete garage floor.

About Chris Hall
Chris is a registered dealer for Strong Racks and is also the exclusive dealer for Monkey Bars Storage Systems in Central New Jersey. He has been in the construction business since 1979 and takes great pride in his work as a garage specialist.

For more information, visit or call 973-684-2228.

Garage? These days, it can be a man — or woman — cave

The garage is going more high-tech, high-gloss and high-end at many houses.

But it doesn’t have to be upscale to be functional or fun.

Forget dusty gray concrete, exposed wall beams and a broken down TV in the corner. Many of today’s garages have granite-like floors, cabinets that would be at home in pricey kitchens and audio and video that can rival home theaters.

Garages offer a way to expand a house’s living area and storage space without new construction. The home storage and organization market will total about $9 billion in 2015, with about $2 billion of that being products purchased for the garage, which is the fastest-growing segment, according to a 2011 report by the Freedonia Group, a business research company.

Whirlpool-owned Gladiator GarageWorks, which sells products including storage cabinets and garage floors, sees room for growth because only 35% of garages made for at least two cars have room for more than one, says Tim Keaton, who heads marketing, brand and product for the company.

“Man caves have always been popular, but with the ever increasing size of rec rooms and kids’ playrooms, the man has nowhere to go,” says Todd Shuster, the custom audio and video manager at Abt Electronics. “Enter the garage, a place that can be a shrine to your favorite football team, your Harley or sports car.”

“The place where you park has become a living quarters,” says Phil Berg, author and photographer for the book series Ultimate Garages.

The growing American attention to garages started, not surprisingly, in Detroit, Keaton says. First, garages were strictly functional as a place to store tools. Then came “form and function,” before it became what’s increasingly a family hangout.

“When people need space, it’s the only place to go,” he says.

Garage uses range from the mundane — such as storage — to transformations that turn the space into art-like galleries featuring cars. Somewhere in between lie the more traditional man caves with refrigerators, couches and wide-screen TVs, or studios for homeowners who love to paint, sculpt or garden.

Men with renovated garages often tell Berg, “‘I would live in my garage if my wife let me.'”

For John Weinberger, that would hardly be a hardship. His 3,500-square-foot garage in Naperville, Ill., is the same size as his house and nicer than many people’s homes. It’s so comfortable, in fact, that he and wife Lisa lived there for five months recently while their home was being renovated. And even Lisa says she misses it.

It helps that the couple share a love of cars. John, retired founder of the Continental chain of Chicago-area car dealerships, used to race cars and still fixes them. He recently taught a grandson to rebuild an engine. Lisa has worked in dealer promotions and races cars as well. The couple actually met at a toll booth. John was scrounging around for change, and Lisa lent him 40 cents.

The Weinbergers regularly host car clubs and parties in what’s really a series of garages, including a party room filled with automotive memorabilia that sits on a black-and-white checkered floor. That room leads into the part of the garage that houses Weinberger’s collection of 30 classic and exotic cars that he, like many other auto enthusiasts, got tired of being separated from while they sat in storage.

“Instead of reading the paper, I go out in the garage and tinker,” says Weinberger. “But it’s more of a museum than a mechanic’s shop.”

Livable garage space can include cars — or not. When people room is in short supply, less valuable cars usually move outside. The transition from junk-filled eyesore to high-tech hangout can be a gradual one. The first step, says Keaton, is to organize what’s there. Recognizing the trend toward garage living, the company has been making its storage cabinets more similar to the styles and finishes people would use inside their houses.

Housing codes in many areas of the country require that garages have drywall of a certain width to help keep any car fires from spreading into homes. That gets homeowners partway toward having an enclosed living — or, at least, entertaining — area. If they have to add drywall anyway, Mike Gacek of LaMantia Building and Construction in Brookfield, Ill., recommends spending the extra $900 or so to add insulation. Then, the addition of a small heating unit and ceiling fans can make it a four-season room in many parts of the country.

Because well-heeled car enthusiasts like the Weinbergers often collect cars like others might collect art, they don’t want their masterpieces hidden away. But even those with just one classic — or simply old — car that they enjoying looking at will sometimes renovate their houses and garages to offer a better view.

While Berg was building a replica Porsche in his garage in the ’90s, he added a glass door in the back of the house so he could pull the car out of the garage and admire “the fruits of my labor” while standing in his kitchen.

Some of the latest garage features:
• Electronics. A couple of old couches and a rickety TV simply won’t work in the high-tech garage of today. But that’s where some guys start, Keaton says. Gladiator added grommets for electronics wiring to one of its cabinets, and future products will reflect consumers’ increasing desire to add audio and video in their garages.

When she decided to turn her garage into a room for entertaining, Gladiator spokeswoman Monica Clark added an outdoor TV by Sunbrite that includes a heating and cooling system that keeps it operating at extreme temperatures. She also wired her garage for a stereo system that includes outdoor speakers. A fire pit on the patio outside of the garage keeps guests warm at her year-round beach home near the Lake Michigan shore.

When it comes to upscale garage renovations, “Almost all of these guys have a movie screen rolling out of the ceiling,” says Berg.

Large flat-screen TVs for big garages could range from 65 to 100 inches or more, says Shuster, and an audio system can be a “good sounding” Bose system or a full theater-level speaker, which could provide the “guttural impact of a large theater.”

A complete conversion of a garage for high-end electronics could cost anywhere from $5,000 to $200,000, Shuster says.

• Flooring. Forget concrete if you’re trying to keep the area some semblance of neat. The top layer collects dirt and constantly wears down, creating a steady stream of dust. Even those who aren’t planning to host any parties around their cars frequently finish their floors to improve both the look and the cleanliness.

The options include an epoxy coating, such as one sold by Floorguard. Nita Trexler, who co-owns the East Coast’s only franchise, Floorguard of Delaware, says it takes about four days to give garage floors a granite-like finish that has a clear sand rolled into the surface to prevent slips. The company has done many garages that are used simply for cars but also one for a man whose wife decreed that he couldn’t hold his smoke-filled poker parties in the house anymore.

Gacek had his concrete garage floor redone with concrete polish by In2Crete, which also looks like granite. Gladiator sells high-tech polymer tiles that can be hosed down and are popular in garages as well.

• Storage. Wall or floor cabinets that can be rolled around on caster wheels tend to satisfy everyone from families with changing storage needs to auto do-it-yourselfers who want to scoot their greasy tools away when they’re not working on their cars. Gladiator has expanded its cabinet lines from hammered granite looks in silver, black and gray to cabinets with doors with the same finish but with a matte silver tone that has broader appeal.


• Don’t use it as the place to store your home’s excess — at least until you have something to organize those things in. Otherwise, it will make it harder to convert the garage into usable space.

• If you’re building new or adding a garage, consider making the investment upfront in drywall, insulation and possibly even an additional furnace.

• Price different flooring options other than concrete to make it easier to keep the area clean, even if the garage is used only to house a car and yard tools.

• When adding appliances or electronics, make sure they can be used in the range of temperatures your garage reaches. Gladiator GarageWorks’ Chillerator and Freezerator is a refrigerator/freezer that can work in extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Source: USA TODAY (

Benefits of Investing in Quality PVC Vinyl Flooring

OSHA requires commercial and industrial businesses to invest in quality flooring to ensure safety. Rather than purchasing new flooring every couple of years because the flooring has worn or torn, invest in a flooring system built to last and protect.

Better Life Technology has developed a commercial and industrial grade vinyl garage floor covering with G-Floor technology. We have three styles to choose from, coin, ribbed and diamond thread patterned. All three roll-out flooring styles are slip resistant, durable against fallen objects, have a sleek, clean appeal and will contain spills from spreading.

For companies that rely on production work and heavy traffic, it is imperative to make sure your floor is nothing but the best for the safety of your employees. Traditional coverings of floor paint and tile can chip away, are difficult to clean and do not provide protection from falls.

Our G-floor technology is unlike competitors in the sense that the vinyl flooring can be customized to fit your square footage, is cost-effective and fire retardant.   Be sure to clean your floor daily to limit the possibility of an accident.

Take advantage of our trusted G-Floor revolutionary technology and give your employees the opportunity to thrive in a safe working environment.

Granite Spek Roll Out Garage Flooring

Do you want the look of an epoxy floor?

Do you want the ease, durability and feel of rolled garage flooring?

Granite Spek Roll Out Garage Flooring
Granite Spek Roll Out Garage Flooring

Store It Well has the product you’ve been looking for, Granite Spek Roll Out Garage Flooring.  This beautiful floor is available in diamond tread or smooth ceramic texture and comes in 9 awesome colors.  This garage flooring comes in 2 lengths including 24 feet and 48 feet and both are 10 feet wide.

Typical epoxy garage flooring has many problems with durability and difficulty in installation.  Both of these are eliminated with Granite Spek roll out garage flooring.  Simply clean your garage, fill any cracks and roll out the flooring.  For even more protection, the manufacturer recommends coating the flooring with a stain blockeravailable on our website.

In just a few short hours you can have an amazing granite/epoxy look floor that will last for years.

Professional Installation of Garage Roll Out Flooring

Basic installation of G-Floor Roll-Out Garage Flooring does not require adhesives of any kind. However, for special applications and professional installation, many of our customers and vendors have used various types of adhesives. BLT has tested and is now recommending the following products. Always read and follow label directions for best results.

 Product Name+  Price
 3M Scotch-Weld #4475 – Clear 5oz Tube  $33.00
 Garage Floor Marine and Outdoor Adhesive  $98.00
 Garage Floor QuickStick Adhesive  $245.00
 Garage Floor Top Coat Stain Blocker  $145.00
 Garage Flooring Clear Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)  $145.00
 Garage Flooring Clear Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)  $46.00
 Garage Flooring Glass Cloth Seaming Tape with Acrylic – 12 pack  $776.00
 Garage Flooring Glass Cloth Seaming Tape with Acrylic Adhesive  $71.00
 Garage Flooring Trim – Center  $58.00
 Garage Flooring Trim – Edge  $58.00

Other uses for garage flooring

Garage flooring products are great for improving the appearance and comfort in your garage.  But did you know there are many other uses as well?

Garage flooring is a great alternative to use in your basement rec room, man room, home gym, shed, bathroom, barn, factory, business, airport hanger, auto dealership, deck covering, daycare facility, game room, restaurant, bar, fish room, seafood store, repair shop, manufacturing facility, schools, exercise room, kitchens, and on and on.   The uses are nearly endless.  You can even use them to line the bottom of your pickup, van, trailer, or cargo area of your car or SUV.

We’d love to see what you have done with your garage flooring.  Whether in your garage or anywhere else.  Click the Contact Us tab and let us know you have a pic to send.  We will send you a private email address where you can send your pics and see them posted here on the site.

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Rolled garage floors vs. Epoxy Garage Flooring

When it comes to garage flooring, many of you may have heard or seen the epoxy floor coverings that are available today, possibly even on TV. You see what looks like a simple process and beautiful results. What you don’t see or hear is that most epoxy floor coverings fail and the process is extremely time consuming and difficult. The biggest reason the epoxy garage floors fail is adhesion, they simply don’t stick well unless the surface has been properly prepped. That doesn’t sound bad, right? Wrong.

Tile garage floor designer

To determine how many 12″ garage floor tiles you need, simply take the Width x Length of your garage. For example, if your garage is 20′ wide by 24′ long, you would need 480 garage floor tiles, (20 x 24).

Rolled garage flooring installation instructions

Easy Installation of Roll-Out Garage Flooring
30 to 60 minutes
Minimal tools!—No adhesives required!

How To Install Race Deck Garage Floor Tiles

Installing RaceDeck garage floor tiles is a simple process that only requires just a few easy steps.

Rolled garage flooring cleaning instructions

Product Cleaning and Care of Roll-Out Garage Flooring



The 2012 SEMA Show

SEMA Show takes place October 30 – November 2, 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Be on the lookout for some great new garage flooring products!


The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

SEMA Show 2011 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 1,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.

Registration Hours
Thursday, October 25     7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (SEMA Show exhibitor only)
Friday, October 26     7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (SEMA Show exhibitor only)
Saturday, October 27     7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (SEMA Show exhibitor only)
Sunday, October 28     8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29     7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30     7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31     7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 1     7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 2     7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (SEMA Show only)

Exhibitor Hours
Tuesday, October 30     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 1     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 2     9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

SEMA Show Parking

Parking is $10 daily on Show days with in/out privileges at the following locations:

Gold Lot: located across from the Convention Center entrance on Paradise Road.
Green Lot: located on the Southeast corner of Swenson and Desert Inn, behind the Convention Center. This lot is unavailable on Friday, November 4.
Handicap parking is available in the Gold Lot and Silver 4 Lot.

Sorry, there is no overnight parking permitted in any Las Vegas Convention Center lot.

Protective Gym Floor Covers

CarpetDeck protects your valuable wood floors from damage while being used for special events. The modular tiles feature a multi-layer construction that combines an elegant-looking carpet top with a protective PVC backing. CarpetDeck2 modular tiles are large – approximately 21 sq ft – allowing for quick deployment, but are light enough (approximately 15 lbs. per tile) to easily be handled by one person. Tiles are simply set down and slid into place, requiring no tools or special equipment. Once in place, CarpetDeck2 provides an elegant and seamless protective floor for all kinds of uses – including graduations, concerts, fundraisers, trade shows and other on-court events. CarpetDeck2 tiles stack neatly and compactly for storage. We offer a specially-designed CarpetDeck2 Transport Cart (CD-TC) to speed installation and also to provide a mobile storage unit for tiles while not in use.

CarpetDeck2 (CD02) is an elegant and affordable temporary floor protection solution for hosting special events on your wood or other sensitive floors. Each CD2 modular tile is made of two sturdy layers designed to provide the upscale look of a carpet top, with a PVC backing that provides protection and slip-resistance for the floor underneath.