Simple and Secure Tire Storage


If you’re like most people, you might be pretending that despite the raked leaves, frosty mornings and occasional dusting of snow, winter is still far away.  Or maybe you’re thinking that given last year’s virtually nonexistent winter and lack of snow, we’re in for the same this year.  Either way, it’s hard to imagine getting excited about the task of hauling out the snow tires and heading to the garage for a changeover.  But if your tires are stored properly and easy to access, this seemingly fraught task is simple.

 tire storage solutions - mounted overhead tire storage

At Nuvo Garage, our garage renovations are designed to maximize storage and organize your belongings efficiently.  Tires require a designated space for safe storage.  Many of our clients opt for wall tire racks, which can accommodate tires with or without rims.  These racks are mounted securely to the wall and ensure that the tires don’t touch the floor putting unnecessary pressure on the rubber.  This configuration is especially practical for people with physical limitations who are unable to lift heavier objects or for people who simply would rather not.  Depending on what other items you want to store and the size of your garage, cabinets are another close-to-the-floor option that also keeps tires out-of-sight for a sleeker look.  These cabinets must be at least 48 inches deep and 30 inches high to fit most tires.


For tires without rims, we often suggest overhead storage solutions that also include room for storing heavy-duty floor mats and other out-of-season belongings.  One of our more common installations involves suspending steel racks from the ceiling.  This system is both strong and secure while also being easily accessed by a stepladder when you need take care of the seasonal tire changeover.  It’s also a good option for people with one or two sets of tires. Platforms can support more weight so I often suggest them for clients with multiple vehicles, sets of tires and other automotive accessories.


Of course for people with very large garages and a penchant for high-tech storage solutions, we recommend hydraulic lifts.  These sit flat against the wall and lift the tires but since you can’t store items underneath, you’ll need space to accommodate the snow blower, bicycles, garden equipment and any other things that live in the garage.


Proper tire storage is easy and doesn’t require a lot of space or expense, just a bit of planning so you can transition effortlessly from season to season.  Make your life easier with a Nuvo Garage transformation.  That way you’ll always know where to find everything when you need it, and in winter you’ll even be able to park your cars in the garage where they belong and save time clearing snow off windshields in the morning. 


To ensure minimal disruption, our renovations can be completed in as few as two days.  I’d be happy to come over to discuss options and give you an estimate.

A Brief History of Garages

carriage house for horses, converted for cars garagesOver the next few weeks, I’m going to discuss the evolution of garages: from sheds to what have been called ‘Garage Mahals‘, home extensions that contain everything from work stations to interlocking floor tiles to hydraulic lifts.


The word garage comes from the French garer – to shelter or protect.  It’s an apt name because that’s effectively what garages do.  They protect our cars from the elements.


During the early part of the 20th century, cars weren’t that common because they were expensive.  The first garages were just converted carriage houses that were remodeled to fit cars rather than horses.  Garages that were designed for cars didn’t become common until the early 1920s when car sales increase.  However, demand grew quickly.


By 1925, in fact, garages were on people’s must have lists. According to the June 1925 issue of Atlantic Monthly, ” the first question asked by the prospective buyer is about the garage.  The house without a garage is a slow seller.”


These garages were mostly stand-alone structures, built away from the main house. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that builders started to incorporate garages as part of the house design.  Before this, drivers had to brave the elements when getting from their garage to their home.


Carports became popular in the 60s as a low-cost alternative to a garage – often just roof and four posts, they were popular in warmer parts of North America.


The next major change happened in the 80s.  Garages were built to be conspicuous and large, to make room for families with multiple cars. Thankfully today they’re now being built to be less obtrusive.


The first patent for an automatic garage door opener was issued in 1937, but oddly enough, it didn’t really become popular until the late 1960s.


Fun fact: many businesses have been started in garages, including Hewlett Packard, Walt Disney, Apple Computers and Motown Records.