Party season is finally upon us. From graduation parties, to summery neighborhood get-togethers, to hectic family reunions, there are so many excuses to entertain. One of the high points of summer is the Fourth of July, celebrated with barbeques, picnics and fireworks. With all of these events there is one common question: where are we going to put everyone? We have a simple answer; the garage. Utilizing the garage will give your guests more room to roam and help keep everything from feeling cramped.
Make your garage “party central” for the Fourth of July!
If the thought of opening up your garage causes embarrassment because the neighbors can see all the chaos and clutter, you probably wouldn’t think of using your garage for entertaining. Imagine, though, how nice it would be to have usable space in the garage to set up tables and chairs so you could have a Fourth of July party where you could keep an eye on the kids playing out front and still enjoy the proximity of food and drink throughout the day. Then when it gets dark, adults can settle into their chairs and kids can stretch out on beach towels in the grass and watch the fireworks without having to “relocate” the party.
Here is how to prep your garage so it is fully functional for all of your warm weather festivities!
- Declutter the garage. This step is arguably the most important because without it, how will you fit everyone in your garage? While this task may seem daunting, breaking it down will make it easier to swallow. Take everything out of your garage and then separate all of your items into three piles: keep, donate and trash. When you are finished separating, use the piles accordingly.
- Scrub down your floor and walls. The garage has a tendency to get pretty dirty. While everything is out of your garage, go through and wipe down your walls and floor. You might also think about painting your walls and updating your flooring with a coat of Epoxy or Swisstrax tiles. Fresh paint and either of these two flooring options make the garage look a lot nicer, and actually make it easier to clean in the future!
- Eliminate garage odors. Garages seem to attract a plethora of undesirable smells. Stick with fresheners such as kitty litter, which will absorb moisture and odors, or baking soda, which will help eliminate smells. Activate charcoal is another great odor absorber.
- Consider different lighting options. The standard lighting that comes in every garage is far from the best, which is why other light sources are essential. Grab some bistro lights, lanterns or another complementary light source to enhance the party’s atmosphere.
- Store all of your belongings. After you purge what is unneeded in your garage, it is time to store all of your “keep” pile items. Storing these items in lockable cabinets is ideal to keep them safe from harm and sticky fingers. Your guests will be able to move around the garage and you can feel content knowing none of your things will go missing.
- Epoxy Your Garage Floor. Epoxy coatings can promise you a more robust floor that may last for many years. Additionally, it offers flooring surfaces that are chemically resistant and ideal for garages, basements, and warehouses.
The garage doesn’t have to be the room you avoid. Following these simple steps will help get your garage party-ready and be the perfect canvas to hang all of your soiree’s décor. Have fun celebrating!
Are you still trying to find extra space to put a spare bedroom, home office or play area for the kids? Your basement or garage which is only being used for storage right now could be your answer. Basements and garages are an excellent way to add square footage to your home and utilize area that ordinarily would just sit. Before you set up the space, look at these tips to see how to transform the space first. It will save you time and energy before you move the thousands of boxes!
Define what you want the space to become: When transforming your basement or garage into an extra room there are decisions to decide on first. What do you want the space to become? An exercise room or home gym may only need adequate lighting, electrical outlets and ample space to place equipment. While a spare bedroom will need drywall put up over the concrete walls, flooring, lighting and aesthetic touches to make it a livable space that one would enjoy. Plan ahead to save money and time on the back end.
Purge and store: It will be important to clean out each space to prepare to transform into a living area. Determine if the items are still needed, or if they were just moved to the basement or garage from your previous house. For the items you are keeping, find a home for them immediately. If they are truly storage items, for example holiday decorations and seasonal items, install an organization system. This can be shelving, cabinetry, or creative storage solutions that look aesthetically pleasing.
Convert your space: The best part is to transform it into your final space that you envisioned. Get inspiration from interior magazines and online basement remodels to see what the possibilities can be for your space. Ask home improvement store personnel for help if you plan to do it yourself. If you’re hiring a contractor, explain in detail what you want with pictures if possible. When converting your space, ensure there is proper air and heating supply. Basements tend to stay cold if they are underground, therefore air conditioning may not be needed in some homes.
Epoxy Flooring (A Smart Choice) : Basement and garage floors that resists moisture are easier to clean and maintain. Epoxy resists moisture better than other substances because it is a topical sealer. The moisture resistant properties are also important for enhancing floor protection. Apart from moisture, epoxy is a highly effective dust resistant, which helps to keep the space clean with minimal cleaning. The qualities of epoxy makes it easier for cleaning in winter, particular after dust and debris gathers on the floor. A great solution whether the end use of your new transformed space is for a man cave, kids play area or an extra space for entertaining.
The home basement offers so many options for types of living spaces. If you are fortunate enough to have a basement in your home, give it a purpose. Transform this space into an area that best serves your needs and lifestyle. Turn this dark, lonely spot into an entertainment room, a home theater, or anything you may desire. Here are some creative uses for the basement to give you inspiration.
Basement Bar: Spark up the libations and entertain friends and family with a basement bar. Start with a cabinet, cubbies or other storage for bottles, a place for glassware and a sink. Add on a beautiful wood bar with a hard surface countertop and surround this with stylish bar stools.
Wine Room: For the sommelier or wine enthusiast, a well-stocked wine room is suited for the basement. Install a network of shelving for bottle storage and provide a space for relaxing while enjoying a glass.
Library: Who doesn’t like a calm and quiet place to read a book? The basement is a great spot for a library. Expand your collection of books or house your existing inventory on stylish shelves.
Home Theater: A home theater is on many wish lists for homeowners. The basement provides the perfect setting for this entertainment space. Go all out with leather theater seating and a wide screen television or simply arrange comfortable seating, such as a sectional sofa, around the television.
Pool / Game Room: When most people think of the basement room, they call to mind a game room, complete with pool table. The basement is certainly a great space for this, allowing plenty of room for a pool table. Rack ’em up and enjoy the games!
No matter how you chose to spruce up your basement you going to want to protect your floors. Home renovations can be a huge undertaking. Finishing your basement is one of the most rewarding, cost-effective renovations you can accomplish, and one that’s likely to net you a good return on your investment. Adding a epoxy concrete floor to your project is certain to leave you satisfied with its quality and looks, while helping keep the renovation under budget.
One of the most popular and, possibly smartest, home improvement applications of past 20 years or so has been epoxy flooring. Epoxy preserves your concrete floor, prevents slip and fall accidents, keeps your garage, basement, patio, sunroom, or wherever you decide to install it, clean and looking good. But not all epoxy floor coatings are the same, and many homeowners find this out too late, regrettably, ending up with cracked coating, blistering, flaking and shrinkage.
Extend Your Floor’s Life With Professional Epoxy Installation
When you opt for epoxy floor coating that’s a DIY project, or sounds too good to be true, you can expect to replace your floor coating, and correct any damages to your concrete, within 2-10 years of application. That’s not a very good return on your investment and, frankly, a waste of your time and effort. Our coatings are specially selected to bond to your concrete, creating a barrier that’s as impervious to threats as it is beautifully complimented to your lifestyle.
Concrete Resurfacing Solutions is an industry leader in resin floor coating installation for your concrete floors.
Professional floor coatings should last decades and protect your precious concrete. Most epoxies come in a variety of colors and styles; you can even custom coat your floor with a personal touch. If you’re looking for an Epoxy Floor Coating Solution for your Garage, just ask us about it.
The year is almost over and you still haven’t had your basement finished! Don’t delay make this the year that the basement gets finished. There are so many options for flooring to consider so keep in mind the benefits of a concrete epoxy floor!
1) CONCRETE EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL With concrete epoxy floor coatings, beauty is not skin deep, the advantages go well beyond the fact that they look marvelous. Before we dive into some of the advantages of concrete epoxy floor coatings and solutions, let us take a look at some of the highlighted epoxy floors around the country.
2) CONCRETE EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS ARE FLEXIBLE
The application of the epoxy includes various steps one of which is the mixing of color chips. The flexibility of epoxy is that you get to select the tint of the epoxy, your color chip preference and the extent of non-skid protection. Non-skid is very important and different solutions are required in different environments (i.e. presence of water, moisture, gas, etc.)
3) CONCRETE EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS ARE DURABLE
Epoxy floor coating are universally recognized as a tough and durable finish. Various levels of durability are available, i.e. solvent-based industrial-grade versions. Xtreme Flooring and any reputable concrete epoxy flooring contractors will work with you to determine the exact type and grade of epoxy floor coating to use.
4) CONCRETE EPOXY FLOOR COATINGS ARE VERSATILE
Versatility is one aspect of concrete epoxy coatings that is commonly misunderstood. Epoxy is a great solution for home, office, workshop and industrial environments. It is obviously recommended that when speaking with a flooring professional that you clearly communicate your flooring needs so the professional can suggest the most appropriate product for your needs.
5) EPOXY FLOORING WILL SEAL CONCRETE AND STEEL
Epoxy flooring are great solutions to protect and prolong the life of concrete and steel. Epoxy polymers provide a barrier to elements that will stand the test of time, in the long run helping save large sums of money on foundation maintenance and replacement costs.
Sealing your basement floors is very important. Although most people may think that it is unnecessary because there is carpet or other flooring covering it, sealing your concrete or cement basement floors can prevent mold and mildew from developing and can help your flooring to last longer. Basement floors are especially susceptible to moisture because they are underground and the concrete is directly touching the dirt. Unsealed concrete will act like a sponge and wick water into the basement, and this can cause various problems in your home, including mold, mildew.
While carpet is warm and inviting, it also soaks up a lot of moisture in the air (dampness being a common problem in below-grade living spaces) and has the potential to create dangerous air-quality issues. When carpet gets damp or wet, it can become moldy and cause respiratory problems.
Epoxy basement floor coatings are very durable and impact-resistant. It creates a seal, is resistant to water vapor penetration, and may be used as a vapor barrier layer for other flooring options. A variety of colors, finishes, and glosses are available, allowing homeowners to customize the look of the basement living space.
When unable to completely eliminate the threat of water concerns, epoxy basement floor coating makes the most suitable long-term solution. The flooring is very easy to clean and maintain. The coatings are nonporous and will not harbor mildew, fungus, or mold.
The holidays are fast approaching which means getting the house ready for family and parties. As you consider holiday readiness, setting up your home becomes a priority. This may entail renting additional seating, placing a catering order, or preparing to showcase your home in its best light for family and friends. One of the best ways to get your house in shape for the holidays is to invest in flooring that will also withstand the traffic of the season.
Whether it’s an existing unsightly surface or a brand new installation, all concrete flooring will benefit from the application of a quality epoxy floor coating. There are several advantages of epoxy flooring. It is attractive, easy to maintain, and will enhance the value of any home or building.
While a bare concrete floor can withstand tremendous weight and pressure, it is relatively porous and susceptible to significant damage when left untreated. If exposed to regular foot traffic or the demands of a commercial environment, concrete will readily absorb dirt, chemicals, oils and other debris. This often results in stains, cracks and abrasions that can make the floor impossible to clean and unattractive in appearance.
In contrast, a simple application of a quality coating to a floor will provide a glossy finish while protecting the entire surface. Epoxy is not only resistant to stains and spills, but it also provides a secure barrier against moisture penetration. Sealing with epoxy deprives mold, fungi and other biological agents of the nutrients they need to grow.
A coating can be applied directly to the concrete floor of any enclosed area. When mixed together, the two-part system produces a polymer-based material that is much more durable than a traditional latex or enamel paint at the molecular level. As a result, it is not only appropriate for decorative applications but will withstand the punishment that occurs in basements, from pets, children or holiday parties! Years of sustained use have proven the effectiveness and durability of epoxy as a premium protective floor coating in nearly any environment.
In addition to sealing, beautifying, and protecting, an epoxy floor coating can also serve as a filler for small cracks and separations in the concrete. It can also be applied to smooth out rough or uneven spots on the surface of the floor. Another added benefit to epoxy is its high reflectivity properties. In low light areas, an application will provide a high-gloss finish that can help improve lighting dynamics by up to 200-400%.
Epoxy coatings offer substantial benefits when compared to untreated concrete or other floor covering systems. When planning an epoxy floor coating installation, it is important to remember that using a trained professional will ensure the look and quality that you desire.