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.