Does Your Garage Floor Need a Makeover? ARTICLE ANN E. BUTENAS | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED
hut the front door! Why? Because it’s time to address what is quickly becoming the main entry point to many homes these days – the garage door. What used to be the entry and exit point for vehicles only has now become the primary entry point where family and friends enter the home. With the real estate market improving, many homeowners are looking for ways to continue the appreciation of their home’s value. One area that continues to gain popularity is improving the garage space. It typically represents up to 10 per cent of the total square footage of the home, yet is often overlooked as an opportunity to upgrade and make that first impression entering a home. It’s the belief of Erin Slicker, owner of Prairie Village-based Granite Garage Floors of KC, that if today’s homeowners were aware an option existed for their garage floor beyond the oil stained concrete or peeling gray paint, they would jump on the opportunity to upgrade it with a designer quality finish that looks and lasts like granite. Fully licensed, insured and bonded, Granite Garage Floors truly sets itself apart from the rest, especially when it comes to their prep work. Slicker emphasizes what is unique to their approach. “We specifically focus on the preparation of the floor using an industrial diamond grinding process to remove all previous coatings and stains to get the floor mechanically clean and porous, which maximizes the adhesion of the coating system to the concrete. This is really important as we guarantee against hot-tire pick up, which is the number one failure that most people experience when attempting to have a coating applied to their garage floor. Our proprietary system 28 Leawood Lifestyle | May 2014
utilizes commercial grade product, which is not what you would typically find in kits at local home improvement or paint stores. We then we add decorative flakes at varying rates to create the look of granite, quartz or terrazzo, depending on the finish chosen.” Once installed, the final product not only looks amazing, it is extremely durable, chemical resistant, and easy to clean. Additionally, the process add the ‘orange peel’ texture that has anti-slip properties. Of course, it’s not just the product that sets Granite Garage Floors above the rest. Their premier customer service truly raises the bar. “We take the necessary time with each customer to determine what’s best for them,” emphasizes Slicker. Recent customer Amanda Myers who resides in Leawood agrees. “Granite Garage Floors provided exceptional service while installing our garage floor. It was a quick process and completely transformed the look and function of our garage.” With a variety of color finishes available, they have something for everyone. For those who want to make their garage floor even more unique, there are newly added local team finishes, which are prefect for diehard KU, MU, KSU and Chiefs fans. They also have flooring system options that are ideal for basements, mechanical rooms, and those highly coveted man caves. It is not just the product that sets Granite Garage Floors apart from the rest. Their team promises professional communication and timely installation, and it is all backed by a lifetime satisfaction warranty. For more information, visit GraniteGarageFloors.com or call 913.752.9906.