How to Improve Your Garage By Adding an Entry Door

Blue Sky Builders garage entry doorMany garages today are utilized differently from how they were in the past; no longer are these structures only used to park cars, hold overflow items, or store lawn equipment and tools. Ranging from a stand-alone unit to an extension of a house, garages today are being converted into living spaces, home offices, and even “man-caves”. Regardless of a garage’s use, the functionality of an entry door can provide a multitude of benefits. If this type of door is not already in place, installing one can provide the following benefits:
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Tips for Keeping Wildlife Out of Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage repairs wild animalsThroughout each season of the year, animals both small and large are trying to locate food and shelter to aid in their survival. Unfortunately, garages can serve as a great living option for some of these creatures, or they may enter a family’s living space looking for food. Some of the items stored in your garage, such as vehicles, laundry machines, grills, tool benches, or workout equipment, can provide shelter or a place to hide for animals lurking in the shadows, and food that is not properly stored may also attract wildlife. Dealing with animals that have entered your garage and keeping them away from your home can prove to be quite burdensome. 
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What Smart Locks Are Available for Garage Entry and Side Doors?

Blue Sky Builders garage entry doors smart locksLike seemingly everything else in the world, garage entry doors and their locks are now becoming “smart.” What this means is that new technology is providing better ways to secure your home. One such method is through creating new and better door locks which will connect with your home wifi.

Everyone has had days in which they rush out of the home on the way to work and forget to lock the door. Some have even returned to find that the house has been robbed thanks to their carelessness. New smart technology in indoors and locks can prevent this from happening. Smart locks come with features such as auto-locking, allowing easy access through a smartphone application, and even unlocking the door remotely so that a package can be tucked safely inside. However, there are many smart locks in today’s market. Below we have selected some of the best smart locks on the market to make the decision easier.
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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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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