Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Garage Flooring in Maryland

Today, garage floors are one of the growing home improvement projects in many houses. They add comfort, warmth, safety and comfy to a normally cold, hard place. The rolled (sometimes call rubber garage floors) and garage floor tile are the most popular types of floors. Garage floor comes with a wide array of textures, colors and styles, giving users the opportunity to choose the one that best suits and keep their garage functional.
Garage Flooring in Maryland 
If you are looking for style, then you might be looking to install a fancy tile floor. If you simply want to protect your garage flooring; then, you have several other options to consider. At Potomac Garage Solutions, we want you to know that there are plenty of options for garage flooring in Maryland.
Below are some of the different options that are available and how you find a great flooring solution for your lifestyle:

PVC Interlocking Floor Tiles: Interlocking PVC flooring tiles form a great thermal, noise and dust barrier, so are the perfect choice if you are using your garage as a multi-use room such as a garage gym or play room. They are also extremely durable floor tile and so can cope with the everyday wear and tear if you are looking to transform your garage into a home workshop. Although not waterproof like the porcelain floor tile or the epoxy flooring, they are very easy to separate, wipe under and re-attach should you spill anything onto the floor

Aluminium Chequer Plate: Although this is not a particularly common finish for the garage floor, aluminium chequer plate flooring can be a great hi-tech looking solution if used correctly. As it comes in sheets instead of flooring tiles it is fixed to a subfloor of marine plywood / sealed mdf or applied onto a self-leveling PVA adhesive. As aluminium chequer plate flooring is made from a stronger and more durable flooring material it can look exceptionally good as a whole floor within a workshop or as a focal floor strip in the middle of the garage

Epoxy Flooring: Epoxy resin floors are common in industrial environments but are also ideally suited for garages. They provide a hard, durable coating to the floor and are available in a variety of colors and are very stylish. If you are looking for an epoxy flooring for your garage its best to opt for one that contains a quartz bead - these add not only another dimension and style to your floor but also an anti-slip coating.

Porcelain Floor Tiles: Porcelain Floor Tiles are common in automotive workshops and showrooms as they are very hard wearing. These high quality and contemporary tiles are normally used for professional automotive workshops. However, as porcelain tiles are available with raised patterns and have improved anti-slip properties over normal tiles when wet, they are an ideal flooring solution for home garages. Though slightly more expensive than other options, porcelain floor tiles provide an great investment as they last a long time and are easy to keep clean.

To learn more about our garage flooring in Maryland, please call us at Potomac Garage Solutions at 240-650-2622. One of our garage remodeling experts will be happy to speak with you.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Garage Parking Lifts in Washington DC

At Potomac Garage Solutions, we offer more than just garage organization solutions, we also have parking lifts in Washington DC. The car parking lift systems come into account when there is a need for enhancing the space of a car parking lot or even your garage if there is not enough parking space for all the vehicles you own. Lift systems ensure more independent parking spaces for two (single platform) or four (double platform) vehicles.

How Parking Lifts Work
Garage Parking Lifts in Washington DC 

Parking systems are generally powered by electric motors and hydraulic systems that move the vehicle into the desired position. That is the internal and mechanical working part of the machine. For the user, the whole process is really easy.  In case of automatic parking systems, computers, sensors, cameras and mechanical components are used to take the car, move it throughout the garage and park it in an empty slot.

It is possible for an automated parking garage to be erected on any empty lot or even in between buildings. The building itself is made of a metal skeleton which can be covered on the outside with pretty much whatever is needed for it to fit in the city landscape. 

In such type of systems, the car is driven into the single story or multi story garage as usual. Once positioned on the ramp, the driver shuts down the engine, secures the parking brake and steps out of the car. While the driver does all this, sensors analyze the vehicle to determine its size and overall shape.

Once the driver has exited the building, the mechanical arms of the living building are set in motion. Depending on the available empty spots in the garage, the system determines where to take the car. Using various electro-mechanical components, the car is moved into the respective spot, either vertically or horizontally.

The whole process is really fast, considering an average system, it just takes as little as two to three minutes from entry to parking the car in its spot. Most of such systems are fitted with a turntable, which means that when leaving, there is no need for the driver to drive in reverse.

Well there are a lot of cars in a public parking lot and if you’re wondering how the system recognizes your car apart from the other, the answer is fairly simple. It is an automated parking system for a reason; it gives you a card or key containing a code which identifies the position of the vehicle. Once you scan your card or key, the system finds the car and sets in motion its mechanical arms to bring the car back to you.

What to keep in mind

Before having the car lift system installed, you must know the following things:

  • Research well, and choose the company that has a good reputation and convincing enough for you to hire them.  Make sure they have the ALI seal of approval. The Automotive Lift Institute’s certification is the only internationally recognized standard for car lifts of all designs.
  • Go for the company that offers reasonable warranty. It is the trademark of an honest company as machines are not free of errors and you should not face any problems if the machine breaks before its due time. For major parts, our parking lifts have a five year warranty.
If you have any other questions about out parking lifts in Washington DC, please call us today at 240-650-2622. One of our garage 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Garage Remodeling in Virginia

Today we at Potomac Garage Solutions would like to offer some tips for garage remodeling in Virginia

For most of us, a garage would simply be a place for parking vehicles. However, it is the 21st century, and a garage is no longer meant to be used the same way it has been used for ages. Since we hardly spend a few minutes inside this chamber, we never think of remodeling it into perhaps something more useful and innovative. Nonetheless, the awareness regarding the utility of a garage is growing slowly. Every now and then, you would come across people who have completely transformed their garages into some kind of playing areas or living rooms. Given below are some of the garage makeover & remodeling tips that every garage owner must go through:

Aesthetic Appeal

Garage Remodeling in Virginia
Garages are usually dim, dull-looking and can sometimes give eerie feelings if you are not used to watching horror movies. However, some bright colors on the walls and good flooring can make your brief stay worthwhile. Always remember that ‘your garage’ is a part of ‘your house’, and if the house is given so much thought and care, why is the garage given undeserved inferior treatment? For a quality and aesthetically pleasing floor we have plenty to offer, and we have plenty of storage options for freeing up valuable floor space.

A Hub for Hobbies

No matter what your hobby is, you will always require some place where you can carry it out. For instance, if you like working out, then no other place would serve you better than your own garage. Clear the clutter, and place all your dumbbells and equipment neatly on the desired area. Since you are already done with the internal aesthetics, the time spent working out would become the best part of your routine. On the other hand, sports fanatics can utilize the place in almost infinite ways. You can easily place a Pool, Billiards, Snooker or a ping-pong Table and carry out a light game with your friends and family. In other words, when you will carry out more than one activity in your garage, it will automatically ask for remodeling. Hence, the saying- “necessity is the mother of invention” would fit quite well in this aspect too.

Divide the Place into Zones

Now since we are done with the gym and sports part, what about dividing the place further so as to create a small office? If you are into some buying and selling business, you can always keep your stuff neatly stacked in one corner of the room. Thus, your garage will now serve as a small inventory. In addition, you can create a counter (a bar) and share a drink or two with your loved ones. 

Study Room

Since a lot of people crave for silence in order to focus on their studies (either formal or casual), which they are deprived of owing to the commotion inside the house, a garage would come in as one of the most useful places for them. Install some book shelves, chairs and a table and you are all set to enjoy a peaceful time reading or writing. 

Some people have even gone on to convert their garages into complete mini-houses, with all basic amenities like a bathroom and a kitchen. However, that isn’t possible for all of us to do. Moreover, no remodeling can be done without taking the costs into consideration. Therefore, before making changes, one must first look at the financial constraints of their wallet.

For more information about our garage remodeling in Virginia, please call us at Potomac Garage Solutions at 240-650-2622. One of our garage design experts will be happy to speak with you. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Garage Overhead Storage

The Garage is the most crowded place in the entire house and you would want to save as much space as you can to make more room in the garage. The overhead garage is one such solution to your space problem. It’s a great way of organizing things. You get added floor space which enables you to work more freely and allows you to park your car back inside in case there was no room for it earlier and you were parking it elsewhere. And of course, you get more storage space and since it is overhead, things won’t get in your way. It also protects your stuff from water damage and saves you money in many areas. On today’s blog we at Potomac Garage Solutions want to discuss some tips on garage overhead storage.

Be careful about the weight

Garage Overhead Storage 
Although the overhead garage is a really convenient way to store stuff, but remember not to keep items that are too heavy. Keep light weight things for the overhead shelves and keep heavyweight objects in lower cabinets. It is recommended that the total weight does not exceed 210 lbs. Creating a sliding system storage can be useful. We can not only help you select overhead storage options but we can also help with the installation. Our company of professionals at Potomac Garage Solutions makes use of materials that are a bit stronger than those you'll find at home centers or department stores.

Make use of walls too

A lot of stuff that the ceiling won’t support can easily be supported by your walls. You’d be surprised to know what interesting uses your garage walls have. You can make provision to hang almost everything there, from lights and heavy tools and sports equipment to even bicycles and skateboards. Also, wall cabinets and shelves always come in handy. So yes, go vertical.

Get creative

Garage Overhead Storage
There are numerous other ways in which you can utilize overhead shelves to the fullest. You can screw the lid of jars to the bottom of a shelf so that it is attached. This gives you another way to use shelves and saves more room in the garage. Also, you can make use of your waste wire baskets; you can hang them on the wall or arrange a sliding system, it would also save you a lot of money. Avoid keeping breakable stuff in overhead racks or shelves, though. If you want to, however, keep some important stuff there, make sure you use strong racks. We deal in all kinds of overhead garage storage accessories and you would not complain of their strength.

Prefer hiring a professional company to install overhead storage in your garage

There are some things that are difficult to do on your own. Installing an overhead garage system is one of them. There are a lot of materials and equipment needed and it will be difficult for you to assemble it all on your own. We’ve had great reviews in the past and continue to provide excellent service. For our pricing you can always call our office and ask any questions you may have about our warranties.

To learn more about our garage overhead storage options or for more information about us at Potomac Garage Solutions please call us today at 240-650-2622. One of our garage storage experts will be happy to speak to you. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Garage Organization in Maryland

A garage is where all the items that have no place in the house are kept, including landscaping equipment and work tools. Garage organization is the easiest yet most neglected task by homeowners. When most homeowners think about the clutter in their garage they fear tackling the job of cleaning and arranging the garage, but every item in your garage should be organized neatly. How does garage organization system help? Today we at Potomac Garage Solutions would like to provide some benefits to garage organization in Maryland.

Improves storage
Garage Organization in Maryland 
Holiday decorations, tools, lawn equipment, camping gear and bikes are some of the items people store in the garage. So much stuff in a garage occupies space and creates sets of problems if they are not stored in a systematic way. Using Garage Organization systems such as our Overhead storage or wall cabinets allows you to accommodate items clearing clutter, improving and creating additional space in your garage.

Restore parking space
You might be finding there is no space for parking your car in the garage because it is filled up with tools and other things that can be arranged better. Parking your car in the garage is convenient and good for protection. Assessing the organizational needs benefits homeowners with increased storage options, creates more space and space to designate space for a specific purpose and restoring their parking space.

Easily move around and to find things
The Garage is where most tools are stored so mobile tool boxes can be used to make movement of tools in and out the garage easier. After the garage is neatly organized, finding what you are looking for in made easier and saves your time. Managing kid’s toys and your tools and locating them 
become less time-consuming.

Enhance garage aesthetics
Organizing storage opens up a functional workspace and is convenient for finding equipment and tools easily. Shovel and rake need to be stored separately and wall racks are best to keep them off the ground. Installation of a wall cabinet with doors can offer better storage services for small tools and equipment. A systematically arranged garage appears roomier and more attractive. It improves your entire garage aesthetic

Additional improvements
Extra improvements can be done while organizing the garage. Installments like:
  • Adding extra circuits to make your garage space more functional
  • Aside from overhead lighting that constantly throws shadows, additional lighting like task light will create a room for detailed projects
The cost of organizing your garage depends on the homeowner’s needs.
For more information on garage organization in Maryland or to learn more about us at Potomac Garage Solutions, please call us today at 240-650-2622. A garage organization expert will be happy to speak to you. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Garage Remodeling Cost

Families are always changing and growing. For many people, at some point during home ownership, the need arises to create an addition to the home to make more space. At Potomac Garage Solutions we see garages for what they could be—great functional spaces. And sometimes to achieve this, some remodeling will be required. On today’s blog we’d like to discuss garage remodeling cost.
For many a remodel of the garage provides an opportunity to add an entirely new room to the house that will become a functional part of the actual house. Because the garage is already erected to be structurally sound and has a foundation, converting a garage space comes with less cost than building a new addition to the house. Garage remodels are in general much less expensive a new addition to a home; however, there are of course still costs associated with the project.
Garage Remodeling Cost 
Most garage remodels are estimated to cost between $5,000 and $10,000 with the average remodel costing around $7,000. What factors add to the cost of such remodels?
If a windowless garage space is to be converted to a functional part of the main home, it’s likely that the homeowner will want to implement windows so that light and air may enter the space. On average, this part of the project costs from $250 to $500.
Though many garage spaces are wired for electricity, many do not have plumbing lines going to them. In evaluating a garage conversion project, the homeowner should evaluate whether plumbing will be necessary in the space and if so, how much it will cost to extend the plumbing in the main part of the home to the garage.
If a garage is to be part of the home at large, it needs to be insulated to keep heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer.
Most garages floors are cement. If this is not the look that the homeowner desires for the new room, carpeting or tile will have to be installed in the space. Generally speaking, ceramic tiles cost approximately $15 per square foot and vinyl tile and carpeting costs approximately $5 per square foot.
Garage Remodeling Cost 
Although most garages are wired to have electricity, a remodel will often necessitate an electrician to update or change the lighting and wiring for the space.
Even if a homeowner does not intend to convert the garage space into a part of the main home, many homeowners decide to remodel the space to promote productivity and organization. This too comes with costs, including floor sealant, organization modules, and cabinetry for storage.
For more information about garage remodeling cost, or to learn more about us at Potomac Garage Solutions, please call us today at 240-650-2622. One of our garage experts will be ready to take your call. 
We also provide garage remodeling, organization and other services in the following areas: Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and South Florida

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Garage Makeover - Converting Garages Into Living Spaces

Garages are usually not thought of as conventional living spaces, however with some renovating and organization of storage, they can become quite homey and inviting. Since most of the requirement for a functional living space are already present (like lighting, wiring, basic roof and walls) all that’s left to do is focus on the decorative renovation and simple organization. At Potomac Garage Solutions we have not only help people turn their garages into functional spaces for storage but we have also given garage makeovers to create a comfortable living space for the whole family.

Garage Makeover
Naturally working around features unique to a garage provoke certain questions, but we’re here to provide some ideas and solutions for a garage makeover.

Garage Doors
The inside of a garage door is not the most attractive feature, hence why we tend to ignore it. But here’s a secret: it doesn’t have to be permanent. It can actually be removed and a fourth wall with doors and attractive windows can replace it.

Another thing you have to consider is that garages usually lack insulation or heat source and a means to cool itself for the summer. One solution could be to see if it’s possible to extend the heating system set up in the rest of you home to your garage. This isn’t always possible but there are still more solutions! You can rent or buy a space heater to run in the winter months and it can be electric or run on propane. It’s even possible to get an electric or gas burning fireplace to add a homier touch to the garage. As for cooling if there is some sort of window a conventional AC unit may be installed or you may want to opt for a portable unit.

Recreating the floor
The construction of a garage is done without consideration of how it may be used to live in. It’s just assumed to be a basic floor, which is usually a smooth square of concrete. Concrete is practical, sure, but not what can consider safe for kids if they happen to fall while playing. Some viable options include carpet, and soft rubber mats. The former has the advantage of being familiar and warm but the disadvantage of requiring regular intensive cleaning. Rubber tiles or mats on the other hand are easy to clean.

Storage Options
Garage Makeover
One thing that usually stops people from creating their garages in to living spaces is that all their things crammed in there impair creative vision. Because we at Potomac understand garages, meaning we see past all your stored belongings and can help you realize the true potential of your garage for its makeover. After some cleaning and sorting our storage options at Potomac can help you put away rest so you can optimize your space.

For more about our garage makeovers, please contact us at Potomac Garage Solutions at 240-650-2622. We look forward to being a part of your next project. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Garage Remodeling Tips for A More Usable Garage

Remodeling Your Garage into an Organized Space

Potomac Garage Solutions knows that many homeowners are looking into solutions on how to organize their homes. The first place that collects many household items that accumulate "seeming forever" is your garage. After time, you notice that this space is getting cramped and needing to be organized. From improving your garage cabinets, installing a garage parking lift for your cars, to refinishing your garage floors, these garage remodeling services will convert your garage into an organized space in your home.

Installing Garage Cabinets and Garage Storage Options 

Potomac Garage Solutions has everything you need to store your gear! Our garage cabinets and garage wall storage units, overhead storage, and specialty options will keep all your garage items organized.  We offer bike hooks, bike racks, and electric, overhead bike hoists that can store up to seven bikes.  Our garage wall racks can hold kayaks, canoes, and surfboards. Our mesh and wire baskets can organize soccer balls, basketballs, and other challenging items that can pile up and create a clutter in a garage.

Refinishing the Garage Floors

Potomac Garage Solutions offers garage flooring options from Polyurethane floor coating and interlocking garage floor tiles. Both garage flooring options are easy to maintain and will last a lifetime. Our polyurethane floor coating gives the garage floor a cohesive, polished, overall beautiful appearance. Aside from aesthetics, one of the major benefits of polyurethane flooring is cleanliness and the ease of maintaining the floor. Interlocking floor tiles are made to completely cover an existing stained or cracked garage floor, breathing new life into the space instantly. Interlocking garage floor tiles are engineered to withstand the environmental elements in a garage.

Adding a Garage Lift for Your Cars

Potomac Garage Solution provides garage parking lifts that will free up much need garage space. Our garage lifts are made of double wall steel construction with commercial grade hydraulic cylinders and have 6,500 pound lifting capacity. These garage lifts are the premium choice for those looking to maximize parking or storage capability where ceiling clearance is limited. We
install the lifts on a standard 8-foot parking space while ensuring easy vehicle door access. These garage lifts will operate for both indoor and outdoor locations and are particularly well constructed for high-humidity and for homes that were built in damp locations.

What to do with all your Garage Stuff

Potomac Garage Solutions will safely store your tools, sports equipment, seasonal decorations and any other items normally kept in the garage. With our garage wall cabinets, garage floor cabinets and overhead ceiling garage storage systems from which to choose, homeowners can enjoy the spaciousness of a new living area as well as the convenience offered by a remodeled garage.

Our designers work with you to customize a layout that will suit your specific storage needs. For a free garage makeover consultation with one of our experts, or for more information about our garage remodeling services, contact Potomac GarageSolutions today at 240-650-2622.