2011-06-16 / Local & State

Great Tips For Your Garage This Season

The garage is more than just a place to store the car. For most Americans it serves as the hub of seasonal activity for families – storing lawn care and sporting equipment, tools, patio furniture and more.

And now, new research indicates more than 70 percent of homeowners use their garage door as the primary entrance into their houses. With the garage door serving as front door to the home, many family members no longer even carry house keys.

If you pressed homeowners to be honest, between all of its added uses, most would admit their garages are chaotic messes.

Luckily there are many easy things you can do this season to get your garage in better shape.

Seal It

With patio and deck furniture back outside, it’s the perfect season to seal or reseal the garage floor – since it’s probably the least cluttered time of year.

Properly sealing your concrete floor will protect it from corrosive elements and stains, making it easier to sweep. Epoxy resin and urethane sealants last longer than acrylic ones. Always sweep and apply a concrete cleaner and etcher to remove debris and stains before sealing.

Organize It

The garage usually tops the basement or attic for clutter and debris. Keep it clear of oily and greasy rags as they are easily flammable and can ignite spontaneously. And to keep dust at bay, try sprinkling fresh lawn clippings on the garage floor then sweeping it clean.

Better organization of lawn equipment, sporting goods and bicycles also is crucial to a presentable garage. Install shelves and hooks to lift things off the floor and maintain order. Get in the habit of putting things back where they belong after use and regularly sweeping up.

And since the garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a home, keep its parts clean and lubricated, including the rollers. Be sure to also lubricate weather stripping to maintain pliability.

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