Getting in shape is a popular New Year's resolution, but it doesn’t only have to be for the New Year. How about converting your garage into a home gym that you can use all year round?
Do you use too many excuses for not working out? I don't want to go to the gym; it's too cold; I don't want to leave the house... Workouts no longer need to be excused. So that you can exercise whenever you want, we are bringing the gym to your home.
Start by deciding what part of your garage will become a gym.
Everything in a house tends to end up in the garage.
Install an elliptical trainer in your garage? What a great idea!
Is there a small area in your garage that you can use to store all those items? Is your garage workbench still useful to you? Is it necessary to store your car inside the garage from time to time?
Make use of wall storage to make the most of your space. For example, you can add wall storage by installing a slatwall or a vertical bike rack.
Choosing the right fitness equipment and arranging it in the room should be the first steps to purchasing it. When constructing a gym, one should be aware of the details, since gym equipment can be heavy and difficult to move once installed.
Maybe a wall in your garage will turn into a giant mirror?
Gyms have become popular for the use of wall mirrors. Whether your wife or daughter practices yoga in their free time or maybe ballet, a mirror is useful no matter their sport.
Next, get your garage ready to become a gym.
Check out the in-garage gym in this picture shared by BoxJunkies. The owner decided to install a TV and other conveniences.
During this phase, we will complete all the necessary renovations. Plan the new sections of the garage, their use in the future, and the needed work.
Would you like to install a television or plug in your training equipment with power outlets?
In this case, electrical work is required.
You should consider hiring a professional for this part, for the simple reason that an accident can happen so quickly and a tiny mistake could lead to a major catastrophe. To ensure everything runs smoothly, the experts are on hand.
You can also do some other projects yourself, such as painting, installing new storage units, or building some of your own training equipment if you are a DIYer.
Do you have wooden beams covering your entire ceiling? A drop ceiling is a great option to consider for your gym if you want to finish it off nicely. The remainder of the ceiling must be insulated in order to prevent mice from hiding in it.
The ceiling of your home can be covered with a lightweight storage unit if it has a solid finish. Learn how to install it securely with this blog by BLACK+DECKER.
Have you thought about what you’ll do with the floors?
An epoxy garage floor. Picture by AllGarageFloors.
If you already have a concrete garage floor, you’re right in thinking it’s strong enough to support equipment. You can be certain that your floor can support your equipment if it can support the load of a car. However, it’s not practical.
In the long run, a concrete floor is not able to withstand impact and will deteriorate. It will only take a few months before your floors end up scratched and cracked.
In addition, the concrete is cold in the winter. Temperatures in the garage are harder to control. You have three options when it comes to your floor:
- Epoxy or polyurea
An epoxy or polyurea coating can be installed by a professional. Both products are waterproof (important if your garage is going to be converted into a gym), solid, and impact resistant. Furthermore, it makes your floor look shiny and clean. You can also extend the life of your floors by coating them with layers of coating.
It is essential to consider a waterproof floor. Mold and high humidity are common in garages. When you create a livable room, you want to leave as little opportunity for moisture to enter the room as possible. By installing waterproof flooring, or by purchasing or installing a dehumidifier powerful enough to remove moisture from an area.
- Rubber training mat
A rubber training mat can be placed on top of the concrete floor as your second option.
It is better to reduce the risks of falls during workouts by using a textured rubber mat. Training mats can also be useful in case a dumbbell falls to the floor during training.
Additionally, the padding provides protection to your knees, elbows, and tailbone while doing floor exercises. Compared to concrete, it's more comfortable.
Do you have any other ideas for mat flooring? Men's Health proposes several mat options for your home gym in The Best Flooring Options for Your Home Gym.
The type of rug you choose for your home gym should be carefully chosen. Those carpets that are tightly woven and hard-wearing are the best choices for your floor. As a result, your training equipment will stay attached better and will be more stable.
Since carpets soil easily, they aren't recommended. A rug will deform over time and it doesn't allow the equipment to adhere completely to the ground.
It is also important to note that rugs are not waterproof. You may have trouble getting moisture out of your carpet if your garage gets a little wet.
In winter, while it may be helpful to cover a concrete floor with a carpet, it is a better idea to install a heater instead. In the garage, this will prevent temperatures from rising too much or dropping too low throughout the year.
Tons of equipment can be heavy. For a floor to last longer than a month, it must have solid construction.
During and after hard training, it's very important to breathe fresh, cool air. Whether it's a heater, air conditioner, or dehumidifier, at least one piece of equipment must be used to control the air quality.
A dehumidifier should be installed in your garage since it is in the garage. As you train hard, the humidity in your room may increase rapidly. You may prefer a small and quiet system like this garage ventilation system from Humidex if you don't want a heavy and hard-to-operate monitor. Besides improving air quality, reducing mold, and being impact-resistant, this small monitor is even useful! It's perfect, isn't it?
Depending on where you live, winters can be very cold, so you might want to invest in a portable heater.
You must properly insulate your garage to keep both yourself and your equipment healthy.
You will not freeze in the garage during the winter if you insulate it, and your garage will remain quiet. You won't have to wake any of your neighbors if you exercise at night.
Check the garage's interior and exterior walls.
Fill in any holes and cracks you find. Cracks like these can allow air to enter and mice to enter. A fiberglass or polyurethane insulation can help keep mice at bay. These materials won't be chewed by mice.
During winter or summer, insulation to keep the garage warm will be a waste if the garage door isn't so well insulated.
Check out this garage door modern design. This is a Vog, an exclusive Garaga design, 9'x7', in Black color, with a window layout named Left-side Harmony.
Markets offer a variety of options for insulated garage doors. There are three options for insulation: no insulation, R-12 insulation, and R-16 insulation. R-values are used to calculate insulation throughout a house. Insulating effectiveness increases with increasing R-value. R-40 insulation is commonly used on roofs, while R-13 and R-21 are used on walls.
You should choose an insulated garage door if all the walls of your garage are insulated.
That would invalidate all the efforts and cause the temperature to rise no matter what the outside temperature is. There will still be air circulation. As a result, you will have to spend more on heating your house since some of it is lost through the garage door.
It's important to have a good installation as well. Door components are important as well, including gaskets, weatherstripping, etc. For a door to perform optimally, all components must be installed correctly, preferably by a professional. A door that is energy efficient is essential.
A garage that is fully insulated will be an advantage if your garage has a sleeping area, or if it's attached to your house. As a result, the house will not be heated and still lose heat.
Your garage door can help reduce your power bills if you select the right weatherstripping.
Garage doors require weatherstripping. In the door and wall space, it is used as filler. Different types of weatherstripping have different characteristics.
Garage doors with InterLok™ joints, designed exclusively by Garaga, feature weather-stripping between panels. In addition to making the door completely airtight, it will also be sealed against cold winds.
A garage door seal, bottom weatherstripping, or a Storm Shield threshold can also contribute to garage door insulation. If you have an uneven or cracked garage floor or if it rains heavily, the floor seal can keep water from entering your garage. It is also useful in the winter to have rubber thresholds. As a result, your door is protected from ice forming under your weatherstripping and sticking to the floor.
Do you find your garage dark and wish it had more natural light? The task of drilling holes in walls within an existing garage may seem difficult... An overhead garage door with windows is available upon request.
The type of window you choose depends on how much privacy you require in your garage.
It's possible that you don't want everyone to see inside your garage if you want to add windows for natural light. There are plenty of different types of windows. It is up to you where they are placed. You can have them on top or either side of the door.
Would you like to add natural light to your garage without having to change your door? If your garage door does not have windows, you can install a pair of skylights.
The possibility exists! A few panels on a door can be changed to install windows. For more information, check out this article about adding windows to an existing door.
Complete the look with a brand-new garage door.
Our company, Atlantic Windoor Ltd, has many styles and colors to fit your personality and bring out the best features of your house.
Like the timeless charm of this Traditional garage door? This is a Classic CC design, 9'x7', in Ice White color. With 4 lite Orion windows, you will have plenty of natural light too.
After you have decided on a design, you can request a free quote by email.
Is it hard to choose among so many options?
Contact us at 1-888-451-4040.
We will work with you to find the ideal garage door for your home.