Garage Storage Makeovers – FAQs
Deciding to sort out your garage is a big deal for most people and you will no doubt have lots of questions about how it all works. That’s why we’ve created this list of FAQs to help, but of course if your question isn’t listed, please do get in touch.
Q: Can you give me a quote please?
A: Yes, certainly we can give you a free, no obligation quote. Initially you can give us a call to get a ball-park figure or visit our Pricing page to find out more.
Once you are happy with the guide price, we can arrange for one of our Garageflex experts to pay a visit to your home to talk over your needs and requirements. They will measure your garage and then, using our design software, will give you detailed drawings and the cost of installing our system in your garage. You will be left a drawing of exactly how your garage will look after the Garageflex system has been installed. Click here to contact us.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: This really depends on the size of your garage as all garages are different heights and widths, and some have boilers, loft hatches, pipework etc. that need to be worked around. To get a ballpark figure you can visit our Pricing page to find out more or give us a call on 01491 636080.
Q: Can I buy your products to install myself?
A: Yes of course. There are some of our customers who want us to manage the whole process for them but others prefer to do it themselves. All of our items can be purchased on our e-store and we are very happy to provide guidance and help on the actual installation and even offer a Design Service when you are making your plans.
Q: What is FlexiPanel?
A: Our FlexiPanel is a durable, white glossy wall panel which fits to the garage wall via timber battens and from which all of our storage accessories can be attached. It is ideal for the garage environment as it doesn’t warp, is waterproof and bug proof and is fire-rated. To find out more about FlexiPanel, click here.
Q: How flexible is the Garageflex system?
A: It is a great advantage that it is very flexible. Customers can have one, two or three walls fitted with or without a floor and ceiling system. And then you can have any number of units placed on the FlexiPanel. It doesn’t stop there: once installed, you can move the units without the need for any tools. And you can add more units as your needs change. Why not see what other people think about our products, click here.
Q: Is it easy to keep clean?
A: Absolutely. If you are have had all the walls, ceiling and floor installed then it stays a lot cleaner anyway. We recommend the floor tiles are cleaned with a floor cleaning solution but the walls only need a light dust occasionally.
Q: Do you have a showroom?
A: Yes, we have a small showroom at our Headquarters just outside Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Click here to find out more, see images and a map.
Q: Do you have a warranty?
A: Yes, all our products come with a 10 year warranty to give you peace of mind that it will last. Here’s a copy of our warranty certificate.
Q: How does the design and installation process work?
A: Click here to find out about how the appointment with our Design Consultant works and what happens during installation.
Q: Where do I put everything whilst you are fitting out my garage?
A: We do need the garage to be clear to get the job done as quickly as possible. Let us know if this is going to be an issue for you and we’ll try to find a solution for you.
Q: What happens if I move house?
A: Firstly your garage will offer a real ‘wow’ factor so make the most of it when you market your house. You can then include everything in the sale or take whatever units you want to your next home. Obviously if you take units with you then you will need FlexiPanel in your new house. But make sure the Agents know what you are leaving and what you are taking.
Q: What happens now?
A: If you haven’t yet requested your free brochure, click here. We suggest giving our Head Office a call on 01491 579975 to discuss your garage and arrange for someone to come and see you to give you a more accurate quote for your garage.
Q: What do I need to consider when installing Garageflex tiles in the garage environment?
A: Garageflex have been supplying tiles into commercial and domestic garages for a number of years thereby creating a smart, clean and dust free workshop environment but there are four important considerations to take into account.
- Catalytic Converters – When the car is running the catalytic converter gets extremely hot and if the car is left running whilst sitting on the tiles it may cause the tiles directly under the converter to expand through the heat. This is only a temporary issue and the tiles will shrink back to their original size once the heat source has been removed. In a busy commercial garage it is worth considering gluing the tiles down in-between the lifts or ramps where vehicles may be left with the engine running.
- Staining from car tyres -Rubber tyres will stain almost every type of floor including bare concrete, painted and vinyl flooring. The stain is a chemical reaction and will not damage the tiles or impact on their durability.
- What causes the staining? The stain is caused by a component used within the manufacture of car tyres called ‘6PPD’ (phenaline diamine). 6PPD is an anti-oxidant and is added to rubber products to resist environmental attack by ozone and Ultraviolet light. It also has other beneficial effects in the moulding of rubber itself. Since it adds to the cost of making tyres, manufacturers usually only add it to the softer high performance tyres. The staining is dark grey / green in appearance and will show within 4 to 5 hours of the tyre being located on the tile. The stain cannot be removed as it is a chemical reaction between the 6PPD and the surface it is in contact with.
- How to avoid the staining issue? Because the stain is a dark grey / green it is far less obvious in the darker colours and is almost indistinguishable from the colour of our Dark Grey and Graphite tiles (which also happen to be the smartest and most popular colours). It is also less obvious in the black and green colours. Light grey, yellow, white and red should be avoided. If you wish to use the lighter coloured tiles to brighten up the garage or workshop design the floor in layout that incorporates different colours using the darker coloured tyres where the car will be parked. The following examples may be of help:
- Use black, graphite or dark grey tiles where tyres will sit
- Place strips of black, graphite or dark grey tiles where the tyres rest
- Add black, graphite or dark grey under the engine where oil may drip
Q: Is there anything of which I need to be aware regarding your resin floors?
A: Our MMA resin coatings are a commercial application that we have used in residential garages for some years now. There are certain points to be aware of:
- The floor must be dry for the application to be successfully laid
- We cannot breach any Damp Proof Course when laying the floor coating
- The system does not remove slight undulations as we coat on to your existing floor, some undulations may still may be noticeable
- The final coat of sealant is laid using a roller brush and occasional brush marks may be noticeable when looked at in different lights
- As standard we lay two coats of sealant. Any more is likely to cause the surface to become slippery
- Whilst every effort is made to match colours, the final colour may vary slightly from any sample shown as will the finished surface