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The Inside Story On Garage Floor Epoxy

Roll Out Garage Floor poxy MatSo you want a $99 garage floor kit in a box that requires very little floor prep, looks great, will not lift from hot tires and has a great warranty, perhaps even a lifetime warranty. The truth is it’s not going to happen!

We all want instant gratification. Win the lottery; have that online business that we manage from the beach; an amazing body without working out from some magical pill; a perfectly behaved child from a 6-week course and now an instant garage floor coating that magically preps and coats your garage floor. The old  saying “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” still applies.

 

It is human nature to want to believe these things, but we all know it is simply not possible. The first time I walked past an end cap at my local big box lumberyard I literally turned around, jaw dropped, and took a picture. I have to admit for a moment I thought, we need to order some and sell it. Like I said, its human nature.

A little bit of reading revealed the product was more water than epoxy and did not even include a top coat. That was ‘optional.’ The little or no prep was the equivalent of pouring orange juice and pixie dust on the garage floor and the warranty, is not a whole lot of help.

Let’s pretend for a second that you purchased and installed two of these kits for your two car garage. You emptied everything out, prepared the floor as instructed, left your car off for a week and then pulled in. Let’s say 6 weeks down the road, or even 6 months, the floor starts to fail. You call the toll-free number, and the warranty entitles YOU to do it all again. They will gladly ship you a couple of containers, containing mostly water so you can take all that effort a second time, only to have the same results. My opinion is they are taking your $99/kit and betting you will not bother to do it again.

The issue does not stop with the $99 kits. You can go online and find all types of garage floor epoxy kits. Many of us make it out to be easy. A few of us even present it as cheap. The truth is, done properly, it is neither!

When a customer calls me and asks what I think of garage floor epoxy, I let them know that I think it is a beautiful floor, when properly installed but that it will take a lot of work and likely be way more expensive than they thought.

Most customers respond by saying “why do you sell it then?” Well, because you think you want it and my job is to make sure you know what you are getting into. If you do, that’s awesome and we have an outstanding product. If you don’t, you are going to think we are over priced and making it sound harder than it is.

While many in the industry would sell a cheaper product and make it sound like less work, to get a sale; I would prefer to sell a quality product and let you know exactly what is involved. It’s really that simple.

To properly do an epoxy floor, you will need to clean out the garage. Acid etch or grind the floor. Make sure you got the profile you needed and if necessary repeat. Then clean and or neutralize it. Moisture test it. Prime it. Coat it. Broadcast flakes. Coat it again. Let it sit for 7 days and then move everything back in.

To properly do an epoxy floor you will want a 100% solids, high build base coat that is chemically resistant to the things in your garage. Then you will need flake, maybe even lots of flake. And of course a top coat.

At the end of the day, when you use a quality distributor, do the work and buy a quality product, you are going to have an unbelievable and long-lasting floor that your friends and neighbors will drool over.

I LOVE epoxy and we sell a decent amount of it. We just prefer to sell good product to people who are educated about exactly what they are getting into. We would prefer to lose a sale than lose your trust.

 

 

Containment Style Mats Reaching Equal Popularity With High End Roll Out Garage Flooring

Containment Style Mats Reaching Equal Popularity With High End Roll Out Garage Flooring

Auto FLoor Guard Side View Ground LevelFor over a decade, G-Floor from Better Life Technology has been the most popular product I have sold. Hands down, it still is. But something in the industry has changed. Containment mats such as the AutoFloorGuard or Park Smart Clean Park now represent an equal portion of our sales in the winter months. This month, for example, sales are neck and neck. We base these calculations on the sum of all G-Floor products versus the sum of all containment products –including absorbent mats. So how do you know which type of product is best for you? The answer is in the question. What is best for you? What are you looking to accomplish.

If you are looking for a mat with edging, designed to fully contain fluids and debris under a vehicle, a containment mat is likely the direction you should go –although you do need to give the G-Floor Ribbed Mat serious consideration.

If you are looking for a product that is both decorative and functional and you are considering covering your entire garage floor, the G-Floor garage floor mats are a better option.

VIDEO: How To Install an AutoFloorGuard

VIDEO: How To Install an AutoFloorGuard

NEW Premium Auto Floor GuardThis video will show you just how quick and easy it is to install an AutoFloorGuard. The only tool necessary is something to open the package. Just unroll, unfold and set the mat in place and you are ready to go.

There simply is not an easier to install containment mat on the market that has the edging all the way around it.

The hardest part of the ‘installation’ was getting the product out of the bag. Also since we were trying to have this be a ‘real life situation’ determining which side went up was also troublesome at first.

At the end of the day, it took less than 5 minutes and no tools to install the AutoFloorGuard.

Colorado fire destroys classic cars

A fire in Erie Colorado has destroyed 70 classic cars that were being stored in a series of barns. That’s about 2 Million Dollars worth of cars!  What a nightmare! 33 of the cars belonged to one person — including a 1955 Cadillac. This Fire is under investigation , but foul play is not suspected at this time. To Read more click here.

 

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Flying Car

Well it was bound to happen eventually. Some has created a flying car out of a maverick. It did fly but not for long, it ended up crashing at the Central Florida Airport. An ATV machine would be a great vehicle to fly with, apparently they are made to be light. To find out more click here.

 

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9000 Miles Air Flight for a Car Ride

Graeme French and his son traveled more than 9000 mile to take one last ride in the car his grandfather drove. This is not just a car but a 1925 Bean that still runs and is sitting in Black County Living Museum. French remembers sitting it the car as a young boy with his grandfather –never thinking they would see the car again. That was until a family member found an article on the car and matched it to the exact one that was once in the family. The museum offered Mr. French ride around the museum. To read the full story click here.

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Brick Red G-Floor Install

Thought you might like see my finished garage with the ribbed flooring installed. I am very pleased with the quality, and people are blown away by the great appearance.
Rob in Grand Blanc, MI

 

We were delighted to get Rob’s pictures of his G-Floor ribbed garage floor mats in brick red and the kind words that he offered along with the photo. Often it is hard to tell what a color looks like based on a color chart or even a sample.

The brick red product while not perfect for every garage, is a great choice for specific customers.

 

Now Accepting Amazon Payments

Now Accepting Amazon Payments

Amazon PaymentsGarage Flooring LLC strives to provide our customers with the widest selection of payment options in the industry. Today’s implementation of Amazon Payments allows you to checkout using your Amazon account while making a purchase directly from us!

With this new option, we are simply extending Amazon’s secure and easy-to-use payment service to use within our site. Garage Flooring LLC does not process or retain any of your personal, address, or payment information, stored within your Amazon account. Read more about Amazon’s payment service.

We continue to accept all major credit cards and PayPal. In making this move no options have been removed, we have simply added new ones.

Shopping online is not something that every consumer is comfortable with. We understand that companies like Amazon garner a tremendous amount of trust from the general consumer base. Working with Amazon to make their payment method available to our customers was a no brainer. While we are confident in our brand and our reputation, our reach is very niche. Partnering with a company that has virtually world-wide recognition simply makes good business sense; According to Justin Krauss of Garage Flooring LLC

We still have a handful of additional options to roll out to the consumer. The end goal remains the same. To make the purchase of garage flooring simple and worry free.

Where the industry is going

Where is The Garage Flooring & Storage Industry Going

Custom Imaged FlooringWhen you are in an industry, there are two options: You can wait and see where the industry is going and try and get there faster than everyone else or you can help drive the destination. Since we are not the manufacturer of many of the products we sell, our innovation is often how those products are presented, or in some cases working with manufacturers to bring new products to market.

When I first got into this industry over a decade ago, everything was new and everything was innovative. Today you have a lot of people selling the same products with a different spin. I wanted to offer you a little insight into tomorrow — and in some cases you can buy tomorrow’s products today. Tomorrow’s garage will only be limited by your imagination!

When you look at the homes we live in we have maximized and customized every product and every square inch of space. From bathrooms that rival high-end spas to kitchens that practically clean themselves our homes are full of innovation. My goal is to bring that same innovation into the garage.

In the past, the look of garage flooring was limited to a select number of colors and patterns. Sure you could purchase some modular tiles and make a pattern, but you were limited to working with the same basic building blocks as everyone else. Today the industry is moving towards a completely customizable floor. At this point it is still only for the high-end customer, but like everything else, volume will bring it into the average consumers price range. While ‘common thinking’ says “would you like that in gray or black?” New technology means if you can design the image large enough, we can make your floor look that way.

In the past, containment mats were fixed sizes and had little flexibility. One of our suppliers recently finished the first (that we are aware of) single piece double car garage containment mat, with a hole for the drain in the middle. Need one? Call us and we can make it for you! Soon you will be able to select the width and length of the containment mat you want, and it will be made to order here in the USA.

In the past, you had to make your own garage shelving units or conform to what ‘the industry’ told you to get. The Garage Rack™ changes that. The product line is complete and is being added as we speak. The Garage Rack™ will be the size you want, with the number of shelves you want and will be stationary or mobile, depending on what you want. Have a narrow garage, We will make you 18″ steel shelving units. Need to store large heavy items? How about 36″ deep, 72″ wide units that will take over 800 pounds per shelf.

Today, the industry is primarily “this is what we have, which one would you like?” Tomorrow, the garage flooring industry and the garage storage industry will be “what would you like? We will build it!

V12 Vantage S

This might be my new dream car. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S was built for the performance and the looks. The look is what captured me. I’m not a fan of the Ferrari or the Aston Martins or everything similar because of the look, I think they look to busy. This one they did a smooth simple look…. And the specs of the car. Yeah I’m hooked. Here is where to go to find out more and to see what I am talking about:

http://www.astonmartin.com/en/cars/the-vantage-range/v12-vantage-s-roadster

 

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