Classic car dealer snaps up Aladdin’s cave of 27 luxury cars for £20m

This article shows just how popular collecting Classic Cars is becoming.  The collection purchased included several Aston Martins, Ferraris and Mercedes and were snapped up by local Ferrari specialist John Collins who runs Talacrest in Ascot.

With several recent articles hinting that its a better bet than other kinds of investments what would you go for?

Ascot car dealer John Collins snapped up the incredible collection which includes Ferraris, Porsches and Aston Martins in one of the biggest private deals in UK history.

Win a pair of tickets to The London Classic Car Show in January 2015

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Garageflex are delighted to be exhibiting at The London Classic Car Show and are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to attend.

It takes place at London’s Excel between the 8th and 11th January 2015 and will gather some of the world’s finest classic cars under one roof and bring them to life!

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, click here and tell us what the problem is with your garage.  We’ll then randomly pick 10 winners after the closing date of 4pm on Friday 5th December who will each win two tickets to the show.

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To find out more about The London Classic Car Show, click here.

Official Rules

1.  This competition is only open to those within the UK
2.  You must be over the age of 21 to enter this competition
3.  This competition runs from 9am (GMT) on Friday 21st November until 4pm (GMT) on Friday 5th December 2015 and is entry is via our Facebook page
4.  After this date and time, 10 winners will be chosen at random and each will win a pair of tickets to The London Classic Car Show
5.  We will be using www.ContestCapture.com to pick the winners randomly
6.  Entrants must comment on the post to take part in this competition
7.  This competition is run by Garageflex UK based at Unit 7a, Westfield Farm, Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2HE, UK
8.  Facebook have not sponsored, endorsed or administered or have any association with this competition and will not accept any liability
9. By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any or all liability in connection with this contest

10 ways to increase your house’s kerb appeal

A not so recent article in the Telegraph talked about the need and impact of kerb appeal for the residential home, discussing the reasons behind it and some top tips to get your home looking fantastic.  Here at Garageflex, we whole heartedly agree that making your house look smart and appealing is the way forward but what about your garage?

Quite often the garage is reserved for everything that you don’t want cluttered around the house so becomes a dumping ground.  But it doesn’t have to be like that.  With a few tips and some great storage ideas, you can have your garage looking as slick as your house.

1. Put aside some time to go through everything in your garage and get rid of unused or unwanted items. This makes it much easier to organise the things you want to keep and donate all your unwanted items to your local charity or sell on ebay (one man’s rubbish and all that…)

2.  With the items you want to keep, think about where they should live and put them with similar things marking boxes with labels to be clear and easily be able to find them again

3.  Look at bulky items and decide whether you need to think about storage, Garageflex can help you with this and provide some ideas and costs

4.  Look at your floor, could it benefit from being upgraded?  Again, Garageflex have floor tiles and resin floors available which really bring everything together to get the slick look you want

 

5.  Ensure your garage door is clean, squeak free and working properly.  If not, get someone in to repair it or give it a fresh coat of paint.

These are just five things that can help bring the wow factor into your garage.  For more information, contact Garageflex.

5.  Think about whether you could install some storage in your garage

Speak to Garageflex about how we can maximise the storage in your garage, giving you back your ten minutes per day to do something fun.

10 Reasons Why Customers Contact Garageflex for Their Garage Makeover – Reason #6

Here is another reason why customers have had their garage transformed by Garageflex:

#6 Create a home gym or a place to exercise! Our client David McConnell now plays his Wii in his newly transformed garage!

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Remember, with Garageflex, we can help you choose the right kind of wall or ceiling storage option as well as resin or tile flooring solution. Our fantastic range of space saving shelves, cabinets, baskets, brackets and racks are all available on our e-STORE for DIY use or, if you would prefer to have your garage designed and installed by us, then why not look at some garage makeovers to give you an idea of what we can do for you

To contact Garageflex:

Email us at info@garageflex.co.uk, visit our website at www.garageflex.co.uk, ‘like’ us on facebook, ‘follow’ us on twitter or call us on 01491 579975

Garageflex Floor Tiles Profiled In Top Gear Magazine

We are delighted that in the May edition of TopGear Magazine, our floor tiles were profiled in the Options list. 

If you are thinking about finishing your garage in style, why not take a look at our flooring options.  We offer a selection of high quality inter-locking floor tiles, manufactured in the UK from recycled PVC as well as high quality methacrylate resin which is the hardest wearing of all. 

Why not find out more?

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Use Ceiling Space in your Garage

A lot of owners are surprised how much use can be made of the space above the car in their garage. The average height of the ceiling is 2.4m but most saloon cars are only 1.6 m high and 4 x 4s are around 1.8m. So unless you’ve got two 4 x 4s in a double garage then you have space to use!

So how to use it? Well the options range from getting a few hooks and hangers from Homebase or similar (must start plugging other brands!) and screwing them into the roof joists right through to bespoke systems to suspend from the ceiling. Here we shall talk about the systems because that is what we know about – and they can be fitted as stand-alone units without having the whole garage fitted out. and they can be fitted by you in no time.

Here are a selection:

Overhead storage rack: these are 1.2m square and made of steel mesh that are suspended from the ceiling taking a maximum weight of 113kg. They are really useful for putting “out of season” items up there like Christmas decorations, garden furniture cushions or anything that is not being used daily. Two of these units can be placed side by side to create even more space.

Adjustable T Rack: OK so who keeps loads of bits of wood just in case…..? Yes we all do and these racks are the place to keep them all! And anything else long that needs putting away somewhere safe. They come in pairs so can be placed any distance apart and are adjustable in height. You can also hang different weights on each side making them ideal for skis, fishing rods and other activity items. We recently sold the magician Paul Daniels a pair and he put a clip on YouTube to show how he had adjusted them to take his ladders – no trick in it!

“C” and “D” Hanger Hooks: these durable hooks are perfect for so many things: bikes, fishing rods, ladders, sledge, model airplanes, garden umbrellas – the list is endless. They don’t take much space and again can be set up in pairs or single. It was another Television personality (can’t name two in one Blog so I’ll maybe get his name in another time!) who keeps his model planes on these!

Hoists: you can get what are called “single point” or “four point” hoists depending on the use to which they will be put. A single is good for hoisting a bicycle to the ceiling and a double for a canoe or car roof box or as one Garageflex customer has done, his model railway set from his childhood days. Just to prove we cannot ever throw things out!

PowerTrak: all these items can be fastened to the ceiling timbers – unless it is a new house with a suspended ceiling as happens a lot now days. This is not a problem, it just requires different fixing materials. But the best solution in our view is to use an innovative PowerTrak developed by Garageflex. This is attached to the ceiling and then all the above products are slid into the PowerTrak using adaptors that allow the items to be placed anywhere within the PowerTrak. So they can easily be slid to a different position if needs change – great flexibility.

Ceiling cladding: the ultimate product that can bring everything together on the ceiling is the PowerPanel cladding system. This is not necessary for any of the above and indeed where ceilings are plastered it is not often used – only occasionally where owners want either low maintenence or a reflection to improve the lighting.The cladding is a tongue and goove white soffit that does however cover up any old roof timbers and all the cobwebs and gives a terrific light, bright and clean surface on which to attach everything. It looks good and stays looking good.

So whatver you have to get up there, a solution is available. Take a look at the Garageflex video or call us on 01491 579975 and we would be pleased to go over the best solution for your problem.

Good garaging

Alastair

Activity Storage Racks

Everyone seems to have all sorts of Activity items to store in the garage. These can include Golf clubs, all types of Rackets, Balls, Bicycles, Gardening tools, Surf Boards and so on. These can be left lying around the floor, put on shelves, in baskets or on specially designed racks. Most garage organisation companies will use different size hooks but at Garageflex we have a range of Activity Racks which are specially designed for the product. Here is a selection showing Ball Holder, Golf Rack, Horizontal Bike rack and Garden Tool rack:

And some more showing different options for the Bikes and Golf clubs:And the same principal applies getting everything off the floor and onto the walls. Once these racks have been put on the wall they can all be moved anywhere else as needs dictate and the good news is no tools are required and it takes seconds!

Good garaging

Alastair