How to Get Your Garage Ready for Winter

Blue Sky Builders garage winterizationThe summer of 2019 is coming to a close. The kids are going back to school, most people have finished their summer vacations, and the days are slowly but surely getting shorter. Winter is just around the corner. During the summer, the garage door is the most used entrance to your home, but with the coming of fall, its use may significantly decline. Likewise, the shift in seasons brings new challenges for the maintenance of your garage, and you will want to be sure that you are prepared as the temperatures continue to drop. While it is still lovely outside, you should get started by following these simple steps to prepare your garage and garage door for winter:

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How to Reinforce Your Garage Door For Storms

DuPage County Garage Door ReinforcementThe garage door is typically used the most during warm-weather months. The majority of this use comes from opening and closing the garage door when leaving the house. Other instances can include opening the garage to grab a toy for outdoor play or a tool for yard work. The constant use can cause a lot of wear and tear on your garage door. Another factor that can potentially damage your garage door is the impact of summer storms. Although the Midwest does not typically have gale-force winds like in the coastal states, we still have our fair share of nasty weather. Thunderstorms have the potential to wear down the foundation of your garage and cause significant damage. It is important to take precautions to protect such an important part of your home. By following these simple steps, your garage door will be safer and stronger even during severe weather conditions. Read more

Is It Time to Replace My Garage’s Roof?

Blue Sky Builders garage roof replacementYour home requires constant maintenance and upkeep. Throughout the years, various parts of your home and garage will need to be repaired, replaced, or upgraded. If you are particularly handy, you may be able to perform some of these fixes yourself, but there are some home repairs that require an expert. One of the most challenging areas to address is the roof above your garage and home. To ensure that repairs are performed properly, you need a roofing specialist to protect your garage from leaks and other outside elements.  Read more

How to Stop Your Garage Door Opener From Being Hacked

Blue Sky Builders garage door opener securityIn Wisconsin, two 16-year-old boys were recently arrested for stealing a car, crashing it, and then stealing a second a vehicle after the crash. The boys had gained access to the cars by hacking an electronic garage door opener and then burglarizing the garage. Finding the keys inside of the cars, they took the cars and went for a joy ride before police apprehended them. During the summer, garage burglaries increase, and one of the ways thieves gain access to a garage is through hacking electronic garage door openers. To secure your garage and the belongings inside, follow these simple tips to avoid the possibility of your car being taken out for a joy ride by a thief: Read more

How to Prevent Fires in Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage fire preventionMany garages serve as in-home storage facilities where families keep items that are used outside or which cannot fit inside their home. Whether it be a car, summer toys, or old family photographs, garages are a great place to store things. However, many people also place dangerous chemicals and combustible materials inside of their garages. Sometimes, machinery such as a garage door or other garage hardware can create friction or sparks, which can lead to a fire. Because of this potential danger, it is wise to take steps to prevent a possible fire in your garage. Read more

3 Simple Ideas for Customizing Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders custom garage ideasWhen we think of custom garages, we tend to think of elaborate, high-tech designs which are likely to come with a high cost. However, there are many ways to customize your garage at a low price by using simple techniques. In many cases, these can be accomplished by reorganizing your garage and taking advantage of minimalist design styles. If you are looking for easy ways to customize your garage, here are a few ideas: Read more

3 Examples of Top-Notch Custom Garages

Blue Sky Builders custom garage examplesWhether your garage is used for storing your car, as a zone for family activities, or as a man cave, you are likely to customize the space in one way or another. However, those who have a little extra dough are able to take garage customization to another level. If you are interested in creating a custom garage, then here are three garages which might offer you a little bit of inspiration: Read more

What Is the Best Garage Door Opener for iPhone Users?

Blue Sky Builders smart garage door opener iphoneGarage door openers have entered into the new digital space of the Internet of Things (IoT). As we have previously mentioned on this blog, there are many different kinds of electric garage door openers that can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and allow your garage door to be operated wirelessly by a mobile device. However, when deciding which kind of equipment to use for your garage, it is important to consider whether it will work with your preferred mobile operating system. Many people are surprised to learn how different an Android phone can be from an iPhone, and they may be even more surprised to learn that different mobile operating systems interact differently with various IoT devices. If you are an iPhone user and are considering getting an IoT garage door opener, then one option that can provide benefits is the Insignia Wi-Fi remote controller. Read more

Should I Install Low-e Glass Windows in My Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage window replacement low-e glassDuring the summer, we are all trying to find a way to keep our homes and garages cool. In the hotter months of the year, this usually means keeping the air conditioning on 24/7, which can really increase the amount of electric bills. Thus, we all try to search for alternative means of keeping the summer heat at bay. One such way is through using low-e glass windows. If you are planning to replace the windows in your home or garage, then you may want to consider using low-e glass windows to make your home an oasis of cool during the summer. Read more

Should I Get a Keyless Lock for My House and/or Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage keyless lockThe Internet of Things (IoT) is the area where technology and home appliances meet. As we have mentioned in previous blogs, many new wireless features are available with traditional home features, including new kinds of electric garage door openers and mobile apps that allow homeowners to monitor their home while they are away. But one of the newer and more revolutionary areas where home appliances have intersected with IoT is in wireless, or keyless, locks for entry doors. Read more