Future-Proofing Your Garage: 4 Tips

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Ever thought about how future-ready your garage is? Have you recently invested in building a new garage? Or would you prefer not to do any heavy maintenance to your garage anytime soon? Then you need to take some steps to future-proof it. Here are four tips that will help your garage stand the test of time.

If you’re a homeowner with a garage, you’ve probably got your preferred use for your garage. A necessary space for extra storage? That’s what many people use their garage for! Got a bit of a petrolhead streak in you? Then your garage is likely a sanctuary for your precious vehicles. Love to get hands on with projects or crafts? Well, your garage is your workshop and creative space.

Whatever makes you tick, a garage is a really helpful – and often necessary – space. But how should you be maintaining the garage building  itself, and getting the very most you can out of it. These four tips for future-proofing your garage are essential for anyone who has one on their property.

1. Coat the Floor

First things first, let’s talk about those floors. You might not give your garage floor much thought, but taking the time to coat it can provide huge benefits. So why coat your garage floor? Well, a coated floor isn’t just about looks — though, let’s be honest, a sleek, shiny floor does make the whole space look more polished. But let’s be practical for a second – it’ll protect your concrete from spills, stains, wear and tear. Think of it as giving your garage a suit of armor.

Applying a protective epoxy coating or concrete sealer creates a durable, easy-to-clean surface. If you spill oil or paint during one of your projects, you’ll be left with a permanent mark on a concrete floor. On a coated surface, you’ll simply wipe it away and forget it ever happened. This’ll keep your garage looking pristine, AND it will extend the life of the floor itself.

It’s not available for all types of coating, but some come with the option for non-slip additives. This bit is all about safety. Think about dashing into your garage on a rainy day, without slipping and sliding. It might seem like a small upgrade, but your future self will thank you. And do you have accident-prone kids (who have a habit of finding every hazard that has ever existed?) Well, that anti-slip coating is a no-brainer, isn’t it?

2. Maintain the Roof

Now, let’s move our attention upward — yes, that often-overlooked garage roof! The roof is your garage’s first line of defense against the elements, and you’ve probably never looked at it since your garage was first installed. Well, it deserves a little care. You wouldn’t neglect a leaky umbrella, right? Well, the same principle applies here. A well-maintained roof will keep your prized possessions dry by preventing quiet and stealthy leaks you might not notice with a quick glance around your garage space.

Here’s a quick tip: Make it a habit to inspect your garage roof at least twice a year. Just like you schedule your other life admin (dentist appointments, car maintenance tasks, mani-pedis!) pencil in a ‘roof-check’ on your calendar. So what should you be looking out for? Signs of wear and tear, loose shingles, pooling water, or little critters making themselves at home. Catching these issues early will save you loads of hassle and money.

Do a little research on weather-resistant roof coatings too. Roofing experts say this is kind of like giving your roof a raincoat! This extra layer of protection helps in warding off leaks and boosts the overall insulation of your garage. This’ll create a cooler space in the summer AND a cozier one in the winter, all thanks to a little TLC up top.

3. Insulate the Walls

Alright, let’s get cozy and talk about your garage walls. Whether you’re braving the scorching summer heat or the biting winter chill, insulating your garage walls is an absolute game-changer. Think about it: insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature, making your garage a welcoming space year-round. No more freezing your fingers off in the winter or feeling like you’re in a sauna come summer.

Now, before you roll your eyes and think, “Ugh, another home improvement project,” let me tell you, this one’s worth it. You don’t need to be a DIY expert to insulate your garage. There are plenty of user-friendly, affordable options on the market, whether you’re into batting, foam board, or even spray foam. And guess what? This upgrade isn’t just about comfort; it’s a smart financial move too. Proper insulation can reduce your energy bills by keeping that hard-earned heating and cooling exactly where it should be — inside.

So go ahead, take a stroll around your garage and give those walls a good look. Do they feel like they’re letting all your comfy air waltz right out? If so, it’s time to suit up and get insulating. Your future self, the one who’s not shivering or sweating buckets, will send you a big high-five for taking action now.

4. Upgrade the Lighting

The standard flickering overhead bulb of a garage has a certain “charm,” but your eyes and productivity will thank you for making a change. Whether you’re tinkering away on your latest project, searching for that elusive box of holiday decorations, or just trying not to trip over your kids’ bicycles, good lighting is a total game-changer.

Here’s the good news: upgrading your lighting doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Start by swapping out those old incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient LED ones. Not only do they last longer, but they also provide much brighter and more consistent illumination.

But hey, why stop at just replacing bulbs? Consider adding some task lighting, like under-cabinet lights or adjustable workbench lamps. These little heroes direct the light exactly where you need it most, making detailed tasks a breeze rather than a strain on your eyesight. And let’s be honest, nothing says “serious workspace” like a setup with purpose-driven lighting.

Take the time to future-proof your garage and you won’t have to think about garage-related maintenance for years to come.