Ways to organise your garage

When it comes to organising your garage, there isn’t a one size fits all solution.  We have compiled some tips on making the most of the space and making the area more organised.

Garage storage cabinets: Metal storage cabinets mean you can close the door on them and keep everything looking neat and tidy.  The best thing is you can get them up to 8ft tall, meaning floor to ceiling storage.

Corner shelves: Don’t leave the corner of the garage to gather dust. Make use of it by installing corner shelving to store your paint cans, oils, waxes and glues.

Storage tubes:  Cardboard storage tubes are inexpensive and perfect for storing long-handled items like a broom, rack or fork and avoid them falling over.

Heavy-duty rack: If you have a lot of heavy items that need storing, invest in a heavy-duty rack, some of them can take up to 2000lbs in weight. 

Make your own: Ideal for all DIY fans, both new and old.

Contemporary garden fencing

Garden fencing is not seen as just a boundary between neighbours anymore.  It is now considered the frame that holds the picture of your garden in place.  Here are just some of the non-traditional full slat fences that are available.

Gabion Fence: These are large metal baskets filled with sustainable materials like wood and stone.

Bamboo Fence: As the name suggests, these fences are made from Bamboo.  Bamboo can turn any garden into a Zen paradise and requires little maintenance.

Trellis Fencing: Trellis is an interwoven lattice design and can be used to separate your garden, train plants up or hanging lights.  These see-through fences don’t give you any privacy but are pleasant to look at.

Woven Panel Fencing: A contemporary look to the classic fence panel is made by weaving thin strips of wood around three vertical battens. 

Converting Existing Garage Doors to Electric

One thing many garage owners may be wondering is, if they can convert their existing garage door to an electric one. This can be tricky to answer and depends on a few factors.

Determining Factors for Electric Garage Door Conversion:

• Existing Garage Door Condition- this is one of the biggest factors for if the garage door can be converted, as it needs to be able to move freely and easily, without wobbling. Certain aspects can be repaired which could make your garage door eligible.

• The Garage Door Operation Type- most up and over types can be automated but if your garage door is a canopy door (meaning it extends out past the front of the garage when open) then it will need an additional ‘bow-arm’ device for the conversion.

• The Internal Structure of the Garage- there needs to be enough headroom, power in the garage and no obstruction such as lintels passing through the garage that will get in the way of the motor.

These are the main factors that would determine if you could automate your existing garage door. The best thing to do is get a professional to come out for a survey of the garage, to advise you.

Side-Hinged Garage Doors and the Benefits They Offer

UK homeowners have quite a variety of uses for their garages these days, such as extra living space, a home office, a gym or a workshop, alongside the typical uses such as storage or vehicle protection. Regardless of what option you have chosen, garages are often considered a security vulnerability, for theft. Side-hinged garage doors not only can be a very secure option, but also offer several other benefits.

Side-Hinged Benefits

Excellent security
These doors typically come with better locks and the option for multiple locks, over the standard up and over door

Easy Operation
They provide easy pedestrian access without having to put your whole garage on show and whilst being easy on your back as there is no need to bend over or lift the door

Customisable
These doors are Made to Measure for that perfect, customisable fit

Minimal maintenance
As these door have no complex mechanisms, they require less maintenance

Additional Internal Space
Since there is no internal tracking or mechanisms with this type of door, so they do not take up any garage space

Kerb appeal
Side-hinge garage doors look very smart and modern, adding to the beauty of your home

Garage Flooring Upgrades

Is your garage floor looking a little worse for wear or no longer suitable for its purpose? The two main ways for upgrading your garage flooring is to either use a coating or some sort of covering. The option you choose will most likely depend on how you utilise your garage and the amount you are willing to spend upgrading the flooring.

Coating options will typically involve the use of either paint or epoxy and may require the floor being repaired prior, if there is significant damage. Paint and Epoxy will adhere to the concrete slab, with the main difference between the two, being from a chemical and performance standpoint. True epoxy (not to be confused as epoxy paint) gives a more durable and long-lasting finish. Concrete floor paint can give your garage floor new life and is designed to be durable and resistant to damage from solvents, salts and other caustic materials.

The other option is floor coverings like tiles or mats which have been specifically designed for garages and can be used when the concrete is cracked or hard to repair. These coverings can be moved or removed when necessary. Floor tiles for garages are typically interlocking rigid or semi-rigid plastic, rubber or wood composite which tend to be more durable than vinyl tiles more commonly used in other living spaces. This method is easier and can include roll-out mats made of rubber or polyvinyl plastic. There are a variety of these and they are usually easy to clean and resilient.

Garage Security

Garages are often seen as a weak point, security wise, and in the UK, are typically used for storage or extra living space and less often used for vehicle storage. Regardless of the space’s usage, garages will usually contain high value items that need protecting. This is even more important if the garage provides access into the home. In order to keep stored valuables and/or your home safe, you should use these methods to improve your garage security:

• A home Security system (especially a monitored one) is a great deterrent for theft, especially when advertised on the exterior of your home.

• Ensuring your security system includes security of the garage and not just the house.

• Exterior motion-operated lights are an additional way to keep your property safe and less appealing to thieves.

• Video Door bells that notify you of motion at your door that link to mobile and allow you to see and speak through the device are becoming quite popular.

• Ensuring garage windows are locked and secured is also important. You can have these obscured so that light still gets through but people will not be able to see inside. You can also invest in window bars.

Getting the Most Out of Your Garage Door

It is imperative that you keep your garage door in good working order, for several reasons. One being that it will save you money in the long run by prolonging the door’s life. Another important reason is that by keeping your garage door in good condition, it will be more secure which helps discourage theft. A couple tips to ensure that you are getting the most from your garage door are:

• Make sure you purchase a door that is made from the best materials. Do not look at this as an expense, it is an investment that will be responsible for protecting the contents of your garage.

• Regularly check that the surfaces of the moving parts of your garage door are clean and free of dirt and grime to ensure optimal performance. Be sure to check the railing, tracks and rollers.

• Don’t forget to lubricate the moving parts, with a rust protecting oil, on occasion to help keep them functioning smoothly. Do not over-oil as this will attract dirt.

• Attend to any damage or maintenance as soon as you can to prevent additional issues.

Keeping Moisture Out of Your Garage

Dampness in garages is a very common issue home owners tend to face and there are a few different reasons this may be happening. Finding and fixing these issues should be high on your to-do list to protect any items stored in your garage and prevent mould.

A rising dampness typically is visual moisture on the lower parts of the walls and floor. This is due to moisture rising from the ground. Most newer properties have a water proof barrier and membrane under the flooring so this could be damaged. In older homes, it may not have sufficient waterproofing on the floor so you can consider calling a professional to assess the best options.

A penetrating dampness can happen in any part of the garages and is typically do to waterproofing damage in a specific area. This could be due to damaged guttering, missing tiles or bricks losing their waterproof coating. Corners and joints are also common problem areas. Identifying and remedying the weakness, should solve the problem.

Condensation is another way moisture may be present and is typically prevalent in environments that are not properly ventilated. Installing an extractor fan or regularly airing out your garage could significantly reduce the amount of dampness you experience.

Other ways of keeping out moisture, are ensuring any windows are double glazed and by drying any wet items before storing them in your garage, including vehicles.

What to do if you find a leak in your garage roof

Although a leak in a garage roof luckily isn’t a common occurrence it can, unfortunately, happen at any time, it could be due to poor workmanship, faulty materials, or mother nature. As soon as you spot a leak in your garage roof you should aim to deal with it as quickly as possible. Leaving it could make matters worse and expensive to fix in the long run. The damage is likely to spread each day and you could end up with mould, mildew, and rot.

You should ideally hire a professional to come to take a look and determine what is causing the leak, finding the cause is crucial to fully fixing it and preventing further damage. If you decide to fix the damaged area yourself then you must consider waterproofing the whole roof. Treating your whole roof is a sure way to ensure that all of the damaged areas are covered especially as some damage may not be visible to the naked eye.

Choosing a colour for your garage door

When choosing a colour for your garage door, most people decide to go with a neutral colour such as white, black or grey but there are some out there who decide they want to go for a bright colour such a red, orange or yellow.

Picking the right colour door really does make an impact on the exterior of your home so it is a big decision to make. Choosing a bright colour for your door it can speak volumes about who you are as a person and can show you are full of character. Many choose to go for a sleek modern colour which is pleasing to more people.

If you are choosing to revamp your garage door rather than purchase a new one, you may want to consider calling in a professional. Regardless of what colour you choose for your garage door, having a shoddy finish can ruin your whole home’s exterior. A garage can add serious value to your home if it is structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.