I recently took to Twitter after becoming frustrated with our ISP. After becoming frustrated with their social media approach, it made me realize why our approach was different. Garage Flooring LLC staff and ownership are actively involved in out Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social media activities. We view our social media presence a way to communicate WITH our customers not AT our customers. Hence the following Tweet and Google+ posts.
#SocialMedia ONLY WORKS 4 the customer if the there is direct link between social media, sales and support. Otherwise its just advertising.
If Social Media does not allow the customer to communicate directly with the company it is just another glorified form of advertising dressed up as communication. It does absolutely nothing for the customer except bombard them with more and more advertising.
On the contrary if social media provides a fast, efficient and targeted way for the customer to communicate with sales, support and even management, it becomes a public and efficient method of answering questions and resolving issues.
When we receive a Facebook message, Facebook post, or we are tagged in any Social Media platform, Justin personally reviews and if appropriate responds to the post. Why? That is how it should be! If someone takes the time to reach out to Garage Flooring LLC via Social Media and it is not a solicitation, they deserve a quick response from someone in authority.
That is our approach. I am not saying it is the end all and be all of social media policies, but it works for us and allows me to communicate with our customers!
Why does it take 6 Weeks to Get a Custom Cut Length of G-Floor?
You have been researching garage flooring for weeks and you are finally ready to pull the trigger. You decide on G-Floor and unfortunately you have one of those garages that needs custom lengths. Why in the world should you have to wait 6 weeks when you want to do this now?!?
Lets start at the beginning. Just in the core line we have five patterns in as many as 6 colors encompassing as many as 5 widths. Those are stocked, laid out flat, in multiple lengths. That is a lot of combinations.
People seem to think that we have huge rolls on racks, and when an order is placed we send someone out to the warehouse with a utility knife to cut your piece. Most of the time that is just not the case.
When you place a custom order the order is sent to the plant. The plant looks at the next time they are running the pattern you need, in the color you need and the width you need. There is a pre-set schedule and your order is added to that schedule. If it happens that they are running that patterns and color the following Monday, you got lucky. If they just ran it yesterday, not so much There are multiple machines running different rolls at different times. They are always running something, the question is when yours fits in.
Once your on the schedule and your product runs, it is set flat and allowed to cure. Often that can be up to a week. If not enough time elapses the product is going to cure rolled and that is not good.
Once it is cured it is rolled and hand prepped for shipment. Depending on the size that will either involve hand wrapping the roll, building a custom pallet, or both. Then shipping estimates are pulled, a carrier selected and they will typically pick it up and deliver to your home or business anywhere between 3 and 10 days later.
Hopefully you can see this is not something that can be done quickly. Sometimes there is an exception. If you order a 10×10 and there is a piece they can cut it from, they may elect to do so. If you order a 10×25 and the longest stock piece is 24′ you are ultimately just going to have to wait.
Those of us in the industry have a problem. We are so embedded in the industry that sometimes we miss very obvious questions or we write them off as being silly — until we find out a lot of people have the same question — then we blog about it so we can look like an expert
The ribs on a BLT G-Floor mat go up and they run towards the garage door NEVER wall to wall.
It really is that simple. Here is an example just o make sure. For the sake of argument lets assume you have a garage that is 20 feet wide and 24 feet deep. When we say it is 20′ wide we mean the garage door is on the 20′ wall.
You would install two 10×24 mats. The ribs would be up and they would be 24′ long and run back to front not left to right.
Having many kids at home, I know the next question. WHY? First of all if you put the smooth side that has absolutely no pattern up you are going to get hurt when it is wet. Second the ribs are not structural. Third they are designed to go up so they catch water, dirt, etc.
Why back to front? So when you take a broom or a squeegee you can push the water and dirt out of your garage instead of into your drywall. If it runs on its own due to the slope, we certainly would prefer it goes out of your garage than to the side.
Note: There is no difference back to front or front to back, just being descriptive.
If your not an avid cyclist , this blog post is probably not for you. If you have a Strava account, if you mountain bike or road bike, or if you purchased a bike because you would like to than you should consider reading this post. I am not writing this post as a business owner but as someone who very much likes to ride my full suspension Cannondale and believe it or not my rigid steel frame Raleigh single speed. Let me add this disclaimer. We are new to the sport. Had I known then what I know now, I would have made my purchases very differently and I am in the business. (EDITOR NOTE: We are filming a video on this subject and it will be added to this post)
Gear Up Steady Rack Vertical Bike Storage (Pack of 1) A-G11000
$69.99 ea. (4+ @ $60.99 ea.)
Hang bikes vertical with out lifting the bike. Rotate bike onto its back tire and then push onto the Steady Rack. Bikes lifts itself off the floor. Rotate the bike either right or left until it is against the wall and out of the way.
Handiwall Bike Storage Hooks
If you have seen the video of my garage flooring and storage installation, this is what I used, and still use for my rigid 29er single speed and it works great. I have no issues with this product. When I purchased my new bike, what I did not think about is the rear suspension made it impossible to use this type of storage. So it works well for road bikes, your typical 10 speed, but is not a great option for mountain bikes. It is inexpensive and takes 30 seconds to install. I have used the heck out of it without a single problem. It just does not work for all bikes. The other advantage here is HandiWall is a complete storage system. Its just not for the guy with the high end bike — and you do have to life the bike up. Details
Monkey Bars Bicycle Storage
This was actually the first bike storage system I purchased. It is a very cool idea for ‘family bikes.’ You know what I mean, the inexpensive bike you purchased at one of those big box retail stores, thinking you would ride a couple times a week. Or the bikes you got the kids that they take out from time to time.
We still have one of these in our garage. My bike will never touch it and neither will my wife’s. We use it for the kids bikes. We do have one child who is trying mountain biking and they have an entry level Raleigh. That bike is no longer stored on this rack either.
Pros: You can store a lot of bikes in a really small space and spend very little money to do so.
Cons: It is a real pain to get the bike up and down, and personally I believe you risk damaging higher end bikes. It seems to put a lot of stress on the rims and I just don’t care for it. Also you have to put it up high enough for the tallest bike and this means you are lifting several bikes way off the ground — the kids cannot get the bikes on and off by themselves and my wife is hesitant to fuss with it.
Gear Up Overhead Hoists
We have not added these to our website yet, but we will be. They are not perfect and the ease of use depends a little on the bike you are trying to store. If you have high ceilings and limited space, they can be a great option. HINT: If I used a roof top carrier or the bed of a truck to transport my bike this might be the way to go.
They are a little challenging to install and you probably would not want 5 or 6 of them in a single garage, but they work great…. If you don’t mind using your pulley to get the bike up and down each and every time…
SteadyRack — Justin’s Pick
From gravity racks to monkeying around and even hoisting things overhead, SteadyRack is very frankly the only solution I have seen that works the way it should. The ONLY possible drawback is if you used something larger (wider) than my WTB Bronson 29er tire it might not fit (29×2.2).
You buy each rack individually. You mount it at the height that is appropriate for the bike and you roll the bike onto it. We are re writing a US English version of the installation instructions for our customers, because their instructions are goofy at best.
We have 6 ‘cheap kids bikes,’ one youth front suspension bike, one adult steel rigid single speed 29er (Large) , one full suspension adult 29er (Large) , a front suspension adult 29 (Small) and and old Trek hybrid. There is not a single bike that we own that will not work with this storage system.
The way the tires sit in it, my bike is protected from damage and very little stress is applied to the bike itself. Other than the price, and some goofy install directions, its just the best way for a serious cyclist to store their stuff!
If you are like me and you are a little on the thrifty side… I am keeping the Monkey Bars rack for the bikes the kids just play around on from time to time… The rack cost more than any of those bikes
You go online, perhaps you checked 10 different sites and you just can’t find the size you need to cover your garage floor. Perhaps your garage is 20×29 and you need two 10×29 mats. All you can find are 10×24 mats. Now what?
We have always had the ability to offer custom cut lengths when a customer contacts us by phone. By the end of the week you will be able to order custom cut lengths online. No phone call, no freight quotes and no waiting to find out what the cost will be.
Simply select the pattern, then the color and the length of the mat you would like. We will run the custom mat for you and ship it in about 4-6 weeks.
In addition to custom cut solid G-Floor products, we also offer a full line of custom printed and cut garage flooring. If you can imagine it and your artist can give us a high res image scaled to size, we can print it on a floor for you!
Sami Says Classics Are Meant to be Enjoyed, Not Raced
The only time you should race a classic, is if it has been appropriately upgraded to where it exceeds the original manufacturer standards — and is considered race safe by today’s standards. Watch as this 55 Chevy shows you why a classic car is meant to be enjoyed and relaxed in –not raced. This proves you should not race the oldies without the proper modifications to do so. But get this: this is his wife’s car not his. What a conversation that had to be!
This guy got lucky. Tumbling around, hanging out the window and be able to walk away from something like that is amazing. They are saying that the seat belt holder ripped thru the sheet metal.
Curios to find out what is hot in the selling world of vehicles right now. Well August was at the highest buying point for vehicles of the year so far. So what is the #1 selling vehicle so far this year? Will that would be the Ford-F series. 68,000 units sold in just the month of August. The Dodge Ram sits at #5 while the Hyundai Elantra has the spot of #15. Keep in mind just because these are the top 15 selling vehicles of the year so far doesn’t mean there they will the one for you.
Click here to find out what other vehicles are in the top 15 along with their specs.
1) Delaying regular maintenance. Keeping up on all the fluid changes and filters can help your vehicles last longer. This would also go towards the brake pads. It is easy and doesn’t take a lot to do so. A blown out engine is not something you want to have to replace.
2) Ignoring dash warning lights. The warning lights are there for a reason. Do not let them go thinking it’s nothing serious. The issue can start out to be something small but the longer you do not address it the bigger the problem can get. For instant: if it is referring to a small leak, well that leak can turn into serious problem with the engine.
3) Shifting while moving. A lot of people like to come to a crawl to transfer from reverse to drive or vice versa. By doing this you are putting a lot of strain on the shift forks in the transmission, wearing them down. This will cause you to replace the transmission well before it is need. Make sure to come to a complete stop before you go into drive after backing up.
4) Jerky driving. Accelerating as quickly as possible and hard braking all the time can be an issue in the long run. This will cause your engine, transmission, and braking system to deteriorate over time. Also turning corners faster than needed can cause problems to your tires and drive shaft.
5) Putting off tire replacement. There is a lot that can happen when you don’t maintain your tires. Tire blow outs are very dangerous; they can cause you to lose control of the vehicle and a possible accident. Balding of tires is an easier pop. Yes they cost a lot but it will be cheaper than buying new rims along with tires or even a bodily damage fix.
Taking care of your vehicles will allow them to last forever. I know that a mechanic shop can cost a lot of money. If you follow these and take care of the little things it will save you from paying for something that you could have prevented from happening. Plus most of the replacements that I have mentioned are easy to do by yourself, if you know someone that already knows how to do these just ask them to teach you.
Sami’s Advice: Park Your Car In The Garage Before You Buy The House
Here is a helpful tip. When you are purchasing a house with a garage and have the garage planned out, make sure it is big enough first. My husband and I just bought a house with a garage. We where wanting the garage to park his car and mine in. We also wanted enough room to be able to work on the cars. Well at least his, my car goes to a mechanic due to the fact that it is a rotary engine. My husband’s car barely fits in the garage straight, with no room to walk between the front bumper and the wall.
Now that we have the garage he has decided to start working on the engine, but in order to work with space on all sides of the car he has to park it at an angle. Thanks for kicking my car out to the drive way! It doesn’t bother me, I just laugh to the fact that there isn’t enough space like I told him there wouldn’t be. I just wanted the house! It is nice to have a place to work on vehicles again — that is not outside.
If I could offer one simple piece of advice. Before purchasing a home, if parking your car in the garage is important, take the time to do so!
Can you imagine having something returned to you after it was stolen 46 years ago. In this case and after that long it is amazing. A Manhattan lawyer had just bought himself a Jaguar convertible just to have it stolen within a couple of months. Well the car was found by the border patrol. The vehicle was on a freight ship heading to Europe. 82-year old Ivan Schneider is excited to have his first loving car back, and can not wait to fix it back up.