How to Perform an 8-Point Inspection of Your Garage in the Spring

Blue Sky Builders garage inspection floor roof door walls windowsApril is the perfect month to give your garage a good cleaning and a careful inspection to identify problems that need repair before serious damage occurs. By doing your annual inspection in the spring, you then have months of warm weather to complete any necessary garage repairs. Here are eight things to check as you go about your spring cleaning: Read more

What Roofing Terms Do I Need to Know When Replacing My Garage Roof?

Blue Sky Builders garage roof replacementMost home and garage roofs in the Chicago area require replacement of their asphalt composite shingles every 20 to 30 years, but the actual life of the roof can be shorter or longer depending on the quality of the shingles, the amount of direct sun they get, and other weather-related factors. Read more

Should My Garage Have One Double or Two Single Garage Doors?

Blue Sky Builders single vs. double garage doorsWhen you want to upgrade the look and functionality of your garage, several of the most important decisions you must make involve the garage doors. Some decisions will significantly impact your property’s curb appeal, such as the color and decorative style of the doors. Other decisions are more functional, such as the insulating value and the type of electric garage door opener you install. But the most long-lasting decision you will make is this: should you design your garage for one double garage door or two single doors? Read more

Can I Save Money By Installing Solar Panels on My Garage Roof?

Blue Sky Builders garage roof solar powerNow that spring has sprung, outdoor home improvement season is upon us. With Earth Day approaching on April 22, it seems appropriate to dedicate this post to a “green” topic: solar power. Specifically, does it make financial sense to use your Downers Grove residential garage to generate electricity with solar panels? The short answer is: Yes, thanks to current federal and state incentives. Read more

5 Things That Need a Home in Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage storage ladders toolsAre you tired of digging through piles of stuff in your garage to find the thing you need? The solution can be found in the old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Here is our list of 5 things you should have in your new garage and the best place to put them so you can always find them. Read more

It’s the 40th Anniversary for Blue Sky Builders!

Blue Sky Builders 40 yearsDo you know how rare it is for a business to celebrate its 40th year in operation? Of all new business start-ups with employees between 1995 and 2010, one-third failed within two years, and half failed within five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

We sure are enjoying our 40th anniversary and the start of another year building quality garages for our customers. We are even more proud of the fact that we are the oldest custom garage building company in this area that is still owned and operated by the original owner. Read more

How to Replace Your Garage Light Bulbs with LEDs

Blue Sky Builders garage LED light bulbsIf you have been confused by the changes in light bulbs over the last few years, you are not alone. Most of us grew up with incandescent light bulbs and are still figuring out the transition to LED bulbs on the market. For example, in the incandescent world, we knew were supposed to buy heavy-duty bulbs marked “outdoor use” for fixtures in and around the garage. You probably even have some yellow bulbs for use in the summer to avoid a swarm of bugs around your doors. But what is the right replacement in the world of LED bulbs? Read more

3 Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage natural lighting optionsDoes your garage feel dark all the time? While installing more electric lighting is one way to address this, another option is to let in more natural light. Here are three ways you can add more natural light when rebuilding or remodeling your garage:

  • Replace a solid entry door with a full-window or half-window door.
  • Replace a solid garage door with one that has windows.
  • Add more windows to the walls.

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Eco-Friendly Materials and Methods for Garage Construction

Blue Sky Builders green garage constructionEvery person plays a role in keeping our air, land, and water clean of health-damaging pollutants. In fact, you probably take at least one eco-friendly action every day, such as recycling or reducing your carbon footprint by conserving energy. So when you make plans to build a new garage, why not make it a priority to use earth-friendly building methods and materials? Two ways you can do this are to reuse or recycle construction debris and to choose energy-efficient building materials. Read more