Garage Store
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Garage Store has received 5 out of 5 stars (A-rating) based on 203 customer surveys conducted by Best Pick Reports.
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"Beautiful and long-lasting floors are the trademark of Garage Store, but we do much, much more, from organizational systems to a variety of garage accessories and appliances. Our experienced and professional staff will work with you, striving to make your experience effortless, stress-free, and completely customized."

Jim Melchert | Founder & CEO
Company Information
Services Offered
Garage Store offers a wide range of garage and basement services and products, specializing in decorative and durable epoxy, polyurea, and polyaspartic concrete coating systems for garages, basements, patios, and commercial applications. The company also installs concrete floor coatings, overhead storage, wall and cabinet organization systems, and garage accessories such as lighting, bike storage, and vehicle lifts in addition to repairing and restoring concrete before coating.
The company offers a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.
Company History
Garage Store was founded in 2007 by Jim Melchert, a chemist and former US Marine.
The company is an authorized dealer of Gladiator and SafeRacks products.
Employee Information
All employees are professionally trained in various floor coating applications.
Areas Served
Northern Chicago, North Shore, Northwest Chicago Suburbs, Southwest Chicago Suburbs, Western Chicago Suburbs

“The gentleman who owns the company was extremely personable. He came out himself to measure, and everything was done perfectly. I love my new garage. Garage Store absolutely gets an A+ from me.”

“They're amazing. I've used them for three different homes. They're very good workers, very trustworthy, dependable, and on time, and they do a great job—A+.”

“They get an A+. They were excellent. They put in a new surface on our front entryway, which included stairs and two flat areas. They were so very friendly and concerned. It has stood up to time, wear and tear, and the weather. It's been great, and it's a good product. I have recommended them to other people.”

“They were thorough in their work, so I liked the job. I love the floor. They're A+.”

“100 percent positive. Very highly satisfied. A+, overall.”

“They have a good product. They were very easy and accommodating to work with. A+ overall.”

“They did our garage floor coating. Overall, I'd have to give them an A+.”

“A+ overall.”

“They did a great job. I'd say it was an A grade overall. I am very likely to recommend them.”

“They finished our garage floor and made it look like paint chips and an epoxy finish. They did a good job. I'd give them an A.”

“Everything is fine.”

“I did have a positive experience.”

“I had a very positive experience with Garage Store.”

“They did new garage floor. I'd have to give them an A overall.”

“They put a coating in my basement—A.”

“I'm thrilled with the results. Garage Store did everything they said they would do in an orderly fashion and time—the target time from start to finish. The owner came out and helped me design some things I wasn't quite sure about. It was all great. They were doing my garage. They did the floor, the flooring, and also cabinets and the wall. They basically did the whole garage, painted, and turned it into an actual useable area instead of the pig sty it was. I was getting my quotes from this, that and the other one. I don't remember where he came in with his quote particularly, but I liked him personally. I felt confident that he would get the job done. It was reasonable. It was just a great experience all around. I'd give them an A. I have no complaints whatsoever.”

“Garage Store did a lot of work for me. I'll give them an A. They're excellent to work with.”

“I think Garage Store did a fantastic job.”

“Garage Store came out here to the house and was on time. He was able to show me everything they had. They finished the job when they said they were going to. Even when I called back afterward to ask questions, the lady I talked to on the phone at the office really knew what she was talking about. They put an epoxy floor in our garage. I'd give them an A+.”

“Garage Store did a garage floor for me. They were prompt and did the work in a timely manner. Their customer service was great. I'd give them an A+.”

“Garage Store was putting in a new garage floor for us. I liked everything about them. They were neat. They were quick. They were consistent. I found out about them through a neighbor. I'd give them an A.”

“They did some work for me. They did a great job. They were refinishing my garage floor at my house. A friend of mine had it done and that's how I heard about them. Their customer service was great. I'd give them an A.”

“I'd give Garage Store an A.”

“They did some work for me a while back. They were great. They put in a floor for me in the garage. I liked that they were prompt. They showed up on time. The guys worked hard. They came over—I was asking them to squeeze in a job during some bad weather between closing on my house and when I moved in. They squeezed me into their schedule and came over the weekend. They didn't get the job done quite on time, but it wasn't for lack of effort, so I don't fault them for it. The work was good. I'd give them an A.”

“Garage Store did a garage floor coating for me.”

“Garage Store coated my garage floor and put in some ceiling racks. I liked that they showed up on time. They did professional work, and they cleaned up well. They put quite an unusual effort into their followup. I'll give them an A.”

“I'd give Garage Store an A.”

“I think that Garage Store did a great job. I'd give them an A.”

“Garage Store did some work for me. They did a fine job.”

“I'll give Garage Store an A.”

“Garage Store was very good. They showed up when they said they would, and Jim was very helpful with telling us what our choices were. The work they did for us turned out great. We were pleased with everything they did from beginning to end, and their crews were good. I would give them top marks. They put down a floor coating in our garage and our basement. They also put Gladiator strips along the walls. I would give them an A+.”

“I liked the quality of Garage Store's workmanship. They set our expectations and delivered exactly what they said they would. The product has done really well. They did a concrete coating for me, and I'd grade them as an A.”

“Garage Store did the whole floor, and then they did the seams and expansion joints. I liked everything. They did everything professionally, and their customer service was very good—A+.”

“They repaired several cracks in the cement on the garage floor. The floor was built in the 60s, and it was also very much pocked from salt, so they ground down the bumps as well. It looks fabulous, and the whole crew was very professional, I thought. They have a three-part process; they do the grinding and the filling the first day, and then they come back to do a base coat, which has to dry for a while. I feel like they did those stages in a pretty timely fashion. They were referred by my neighbor when one of his other friends had them do his garage flooring. I'd give them an A+.”

“They did two garages' floor coating as well as a complete wall storage system in both of the garages. It was completely turnkey, and it looks terrific. They did a great job. I think the finished product matched up with my expectations—very much so. The initial interaction with Jim, in particular, regarding the requirements and the products they offer was positive. He came out and gave me a verbal estimate, but he followed up with detail in writing. He gave reference photographs, too. You don't know who you are dealing with when you call a contractor, so it gave me some confidence to kind of know their track record. My initial impression was also very good, and I liked their time lines. I've recommended them to three or four different people. Garage Store earned an A+ grade.”

“They refinished and fixed my garage floor. It was an old floor, and they used the epoxy product to redo it. I liked pretty much everything they did; the way they handled everything was very professional, and they did a good job. Everything was great—A+.”

“Garage Store did the garage floor for me, and it turned out perfect. They came in and did what they said they were going to do. I would give them an A for their excellent work.”

“About four or five months ago, they painted the floor of my two-car garage. I liked their work, the product, and their work ethic, and everything looks good today—there was not a problem whatsoever. My next-door neighbor had their garage done, and that is how I heard of Garage Store. They're an A+ company.”

“I liked everything about Garage Store. They were very professional and knowledgeable, and they did a beautiful job. I had no complaints. I'd give them an A rating.”

“They put that sealer down in the summertime. I liked that they did it exactly the way I requested it. We have a high sidewall on one side because our units kind of go downhill, and they ground that down to smooth it out and take out all the roughness. Then, they sealed and epoxied that whole wall. It looks really nice—it came out better than I expected. I chose them because I saw the work they were doing at the neighbor's house, and I had them come over and look at my house. They ended up doing three more in the neighborhood, just from that first experience. I'd definitely give them an A. They they followed through on everything, and I had no complaints at all.”

“Garage Store is a great company. They did my garage floor probably two months ago, and I would highly recommend them. The product is good; it works well and makes a nice difference. The owner of the company is a former marine. He is no-nonsense, and he knows his stuff. The crew was on time, they did exactly what they said they were going to do, and they finished a little bit ahead of schedule. I would definitely grade them as an A.”

“It was an epoxy coating on a patio. The work was done very well, and it is holding up very well so far. It was done exactly as they said it would be, and it looks great. Garage Store was wonderful. They deserve an A.”

“They installed a coating over the existing floor in my garage. Everything still looks good. I liked everything, from ordering to installation. They were very easy to work with. It all ran smooth, and everything that they said would happen, happened. I'd give them an A+, and I would use them again.”

“I got the garage floor done, and everything worked out. There was some issue with the epoxy initially, but that wasn't a big deal in itself. It just didn't set perfectly, so it was more of a visual thing. They had no issues reworking that so that it met my expectations, and there were no questions asked—I was impressed with that. I chose them because they were the most impressive in terms of quality and knowledge. I would give them an A.”

“They did an excellent job on the floor and on the storage containers as well. I think I liked everything they did. They were good communicators, too. The painters had to come back and do a little bit more because there was a little bit of peeling, but they were very good about taking care of it, so that was not a problem at all. I would highly recommend them to anybody—they're an A.”

“They installed a new garage floor coating. They ground the top layer of concrete, filled some seams, and then put on the new coating. I'm so very happy with it. It's been through the hot summer, which is usually when issues happen with these coatings lifting off, but so far, it looks great. The workers were fine, and they did a good job. My wife was there for most of it, and she wasn't worried that it was just her at home with workers. There've been times when we've had discomfort about that, but not in this situation. She said they worked hard and diligently, and they did it in exactly the amount of time that they scheduled. Right now, their grade is an A+.”

“They did a new garage floor surface, and it's holding up. I liked their work ethic and their product, and the people were easy to deal with. The company was recommended by friends. I would give them an A.”

“They did my garage floor, and I liked everything they did. They came when they were supposed to, and they did a really good job. It still looks good. I would refer them out. Garage Store is a good, A-worthy company.”

“They did a garage floor for me, and I was really happy with the outcome. It was professional and clean, and it looks great. I've got no complaints whatsoever—they get an A.”

“They had to recoat a section of my garage floor that had faded over time. I hired them to come back and recoat the outside, and they did exactly what they said they were going to do. They actually resanded, and then they put new flakes down. They redid the whole job, and they even went further than what I expected. They did quite a good job. I'd give them an A.”

“Garage Store redid the floor, and they did a good job—it looks great. I have no complaints. I would rate them as an A.”

“They resurfaced the garage floor, and they put paint coating and plastic bits down. It was a very good experience. They did the work very quickly and very neatly, and the results were very good. I would give them an A grade.”

“I love Garage Store. They are wonderful. From start to finish, it was the best job I've ever had done. The floor looks wonderful, and everything went very smoothly—I've had a lot of other work done here this year, and this was more smooth than anything. I hope other people use them.”

“Garage Store does beautiful work, and they're really good people. They did an epoxy floor for us. We had many years of glue and carpeting in there, so they had to scrape and clean the concrete so that it was almost brand-new. The floor is fantastic looking. It's really a nice product, and they did a beautiful job.”

“My experience was great, and all the other people I've referred to them had great experiences also. They redid the floor for me and put an epoxy coating down, and it was amazing. Their guys were good, quick, and clean. They're an A-grade business.”

“I had the garage floor coated with epoxy material; they put the coating down over the concrete. The workers who came out were fine. They did a beautiful job—I'm very happy with the work that they did. They are the very best—an A+ company.”

“They put some shelving in for me. It was incredible. We downsized and needed more space. The garage was a good place to get some shelving put up, and they were wonderful. The cleanup was good—A+.”

“They did an excellent job. It's just what they promised, and it turned out just fine. I've recommended the company to other people. I was in a new home, and I needed extra storage in the garage. Everything was done to my satisfaction. I would say they get an A+.”

“They did everything that they said they would do, and we're really happy with the outcome. We had them finish our garage floor. They evened it out and put a coating on. Their customer service was wonderful. I would give them an A+. I have no problems with it—we're really happy.”

“We keep going back to Garage Store. The owner, Jim, is great, and his crew that comes in is also great. They clean up after themselves, they're very professional, and they're wonderful to work with. They installed a lift that you put stuff on top of and lift up. You can slide the stuff over to the shelf—like a shelf lift. I haven't had to call them back. They would get an A+.”

“The product was great. The gentleman who came out to put it in was extremely helpful. They were quick, and they were neat. They did the ceiling garage storage system. I haven't had to call them back to fix anything. I would give them an A+.”

“Garage Store did a quality job. They did exactly what I asked for, and the product came out perfect. They resurfaced the garage floor. I would rate the overall attitude of the workers and the company an A grade.”

“I used them for a shelving unit in my garage. They did a wonderful job. Give them good stars—they did good work.”

“They were on time, the work was superb, and I haven't had any problems. It was my first time using them, and I would more than likely use them again. They installed the garage. There were no problems—everything was good. They communicated well and explained everything. It's an A.”

“Garage Store did work for us last summer. We're quite happy with the work. We had an entire resurfacing done around our pool and patio deck. This was our first time using them. My pool guys recommended them to me. Once the work was completed, they did not need to come back and touch up anything. I'd give them an A+.”

“They did an excellent job. They did everything that they said they would do—everything that I asked of them. Anything that I was dissatisfied with and pointed out, they corrected. Everything was good. I remodeled the whole garage. I wanted my garage to look nice—I'm really into the aesthetics—and the added benefit was extra storage that was cleaner and more organized. They deserve an A.”

“Garage Store was able to help me with my garage project. They put in a new floor. They were on time, and they made sure that they cleaned up after they finished each day. It was about three days before we could use the garage floor. They did exactly what they said they were going to do. We chose the color and styling through their showroom; their showroom had all the different colors of the floor. The finished product exceeded our expectations. I would grade them A+.”

“They showed up on time, and they got the job done when they said they were going to get it done. They did not have to come back after they finished. They resurfaced my garage floor with polyurethane. It's more aesthetic looking and easier to clean. I'd rate them an A+.”

“They did our garage floor covering. They did the work, and I'm very pleased. I didn't have to come in and clean up behind the work that was done, and they didn't have to come back out and touch up anything. I would certainly give them an A+.”

“I had a positive experience. They were here when they said they were going to be here. They installed it quickly and left. They put overhead storage in our garage. They get an A+.”

“Garage Store did a really good job. They were very attentive as far as their time frame and the explanation of everything goes. It turned out really well. We had a little problem at the end with some of the corners of the floor, but they came right out and fixed it. They were very nice, pleasant people, and we had a really good experience with them. We had the seal coat done, and we also had a rack installed. The cleanup was fine—it was dusty, but they told us that would happen. Because they had to kind of prep the floor, we had to move everything out. There was some cleanup that we had to do after, but nothing out of the ordinary. They deserve an A+.”

“Everything looks fine, and it works—that's all I care about. I'd give Tom an A+. He's a good guy.”

“They did that epoxy cover for the floor. They painted the garage, and they also hung up some overhead shelving units. Everything was great. I'd give Garage Store an A+.”

“They were on time and efficient. They cleaned up after themselves, and they did a good job renovating the garage floor. It was my first time using them, and I would use them again. I received a warranty, and there was no need for follow-up. They communicated well and explained everything. They get an A+ from me.”

“The fellow who did the floor was punctual. They worked hard, they were very conscientious, and the product was good. I've always wanted to get my garage floor done, but I didn't know who to use. Then I heard about Garage Store, which had been around for a while. I thought that if they've lasted this long they must be pretty good. So I called them and so did my neighbor, and we're both very happy. I'd give the company an A+.”

“I liked the customer service. They did garage shelving. It was my first time using them, and I would use them again. They seemed to be knowledgeable and communicated well. They gave me a warranty on the service. I would give them an A+—they did fine. I recommended them to a neighbor across the street.”

“They installed a new garage floor; it's stain-resistant polyurethane. I thought the finished product looked pretty good, and I thought the workers that installed it seemed to know what they were doing. They made a few suggestions that made sense and seemed to work out. It still looks like it's doing well—A+.”

“They did a good job. I had my garage flooring done. It was an A+ job.”

“Everything was good. They came out when they said they were going to come. The guy that came out to install our overhead storage put the storage stuff on top of the storage units. Even though we didn't ask him or pay him extra to do this, he did it on his own, which was really nice. When I came home, everything was put up there. I was running out of space; that's why I had it done. It'd be an A+.”

“They did a great job, and I love my garage. They completely organized it. They got all the crap off the floor. It was my first time using them. I did not have to clean up behind them. They did have to come back out, but that's because I requested something else. I would give them an A+.”

“They were friendly, competent, and got the job done. Basically, they worked with me to create what would meet my storage needs. They helped install cabinets and created a storage system. I would give them an A+.”

“They were straightforward, easy to deal with, and did what they said. We had an organization installment, where all the stuff hangs on the walls. This was the first time I used them. The people were very easy to work with; they did what they said. They get an A+ from me.”

“Garage Store was able to take care of my garage project; this was organization. The work was done quickly—in one day. We just kind of told them what we were looking for and asked for as much storage as they could possibly fit in there, and they did it from there. The style they came up with matched the image I had in my mind. Their cleanup was awesome. I'd rate them an A.”

“It was a positive experience with Garage Store. I liked that the service was high quality. They did floor coating and organization. The work has held up to this day. The workers were very nice, knowledgeable, capable, productive, and personable. Everything was fine. They had done prior work for me years ago, so this wasn't my first time using them. They get an A+.”

“I couldn't speak highly enough of Garage Store. They installed an epoxy floor. I just got jealous of a neighbor that had gotten it done. I had it done, and I love it. Even with as bad of a winter as we've had, squeegeeing all that snow out of there, it's still gorgeous. I'd give them an A+, no doubt.”

“Garage Store had top-notch quality, delivered on time, and they beat my expectations. They did garage flooring, painting of walls, and installation of storage. I got other estimates, but Garage Store's thoroughness and professionalism made them stand out. They had a good attitude, and they cleaned up well after the job. I'd go with an A for them.”

“Garage Store was fantastic. We had a huge crack in our cement in the garage, and water was getting into it, so we needed to do something. It looks beautiful now. They did a good job.”

“Garage Store has done work for me before. They did a great job. The guy hung two storage racks above my garage doors, and they're pretty perfect. This was my first time using them. I don't recall how I chose them. They did not have to come back after the work was completed at all. The guy even touched up the holes and asked for the paint that matched the garage ceiling and did all that touch-up work. I give them an A+. I actually felt bad because the guy was out there trying to find all the studs in the ceiling and had a couple issues, and he was stuck with it and was here probably an extra couple hours more than he needed to be.”

“It was excellent. They did the garage floor and put up the cabinets. It was a positive experience to use their company. I picked out the coloring for the garage floor from a brochure, and then we saw the sample. It turned out exactly how we wanted it to. The cleanup when they were finished with our garage work was awesome. I would grade their company an A all the way.”

“We had a coating done, and we were real happy with that. The quality of the work was very good. I think we have used Garage Store before, where we used to live. We liked the work done there. They completed the work exactly in the time frame that was promised. If I had the need, I would use this company again. I would give them an A+. They were on time, they did what they said they were going to do, and they got it done in the two days as promised.”

“I'm actually using Garage Store again. They repaired a ceiling and painted it, and they did an epoxy floor. It's all in my garage. They cleaned up after themselves. I think they have a good product and a good work ethic. They show up when they say they're going to, and they do what they say they're going to do, so they're reliable. The customer service when I called in initially was wonderful. I would give them an A.”

“The service was done on time and to expectations. They put in an epoxy floor, and they put in some shelving solutions in the garage. It was my first time using them, and I would absolutely use them again. They cleaned up afterward. I got a warranty for the work. I think they communicated well and explained things thoroughly. I would give them an A. I would absolutely recommend them.”

“Garage Store did a very good job, and the service was excellent. They were very accommodating with what we wanted, and they did the job that we asked for. We asked for something special, they met our requirements, and everything was very clean when they left. They did a garage floor, we bought a refrigerator from them, and they installed a custom rack for us that sits on the ceiling. It was our first time using them. We had a painter that recommended Garage Store. It was an A. We've already recommended them to someone else.”

“They did a great job for us. What stood out was the good craftsmanship. They came on time, when they said they were going to come. I've contacted them about additional accessories, and they've responded, so they're top ten. Actually, it's the second time I've used them. I've never had to call them back. 'A' is excellent.”

“I just liked the fact that they came when they were supposed to. They did a good job on it, a really nice job. They redid my garage floor. They put those small chips down that seal it. I heard about them through word of mouth. I haven't had to call them back to fix anything. I would give them an A.”

“Garage Store did a good job. I think they paid attention to detail, and they got done on time. I had a major project I was doing in there. I was trying to organize some things and build a weight room. That was kind of the beginning of doing that. They did some cabinetry and some flooring for me, and I did the rest of it. It looked good. They did a good job. I would give them an A+.”

“He did what he told me he was going to do, and he did it when he told me he was going to do it. They put in an epoxy garage floor. I think they were referred to me. Everything looks perfect today. I would give them an A+, nice work. I enjoyed their work.”