Is It Time to Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

Blue Sky Image (1)The lifetime of a garage door opener is typically around ten years, so if your opener is nearing that age, it may be time to consider replacing it. An aging garage door opener can present a variety of problems, including noisy operation, garage doors that do not completely open or close, improperly functioning safety features, and decreased security.

If you are thinking about replacing your garage door opener, here are a few things you should consider:

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Types of Garage Gutters and Accessories

Blue Sky Image (1)With the summer weather cooling off and autumn right around the corner, now is the perfect time to clean your garage’s gutters and inspect them for clogs, leaks, cracks, and rust stains. In order to accomplish this task, you will need to have access to a ladder, a trowel, and a pair of gloves.

The first thing you will need to do is clean out the gutters. After ensuring that your ladder is firmly set in place, climb up and shovel out all of the leaves, dirt, and slime that you can see. It will take a fair amount of time and effort to completely clear the gutters, so be patient and make sure that you are diligent. Some clogs will be harder to find than others; however, it is important to clear them all. Once you have completely cleaned out the gutters, it is time to inspect them for damage. Look for rust, dripping water, and cracked sections, as these are the signs that your gutters need to be replaced.

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Tips on Driveway Safety

Blue Sky Image (1)It seems as though every year we hear about unfortunate circumstances involving children and cars on driveways. Whether it involves a child running behind an SUV as they chase a ball or possibly a toddler who finds him or herself locked inside a car, these accidents can happen to anybody and it is important to make sure that you take all of these precautions seriously. Read more

Tips on Storing Sports Equipment in Your Garage

Blue Sky Image (1)As the yearly tradition goes, the calendar has turned to August and children across the country are turning their attention towards the upcoming school year.

*Crickets*

Ok, so maybe they aren’t exactly rushing back to their studies; however, their return to the classroom is approaching and a change to the way your garage is used will come right along with it. Soon enough, it will be time to pack up your summer equipment and start thinking about school supplies. Thankfully, to help make that transition as seamless as possible, the Blue Sky Builders are here to offer their advice in order to help you stay one step ahead of things and maximize the efficiency inside your garage throughout the school year. Read more

Summer Safety Checklist for Your Garage

Blue Sky ImageSummer weather represents a perfect opportunity to get outdoors. If you are like many homeowners, the summertime means that you will be spending an increased amount of time in your garage. While you may believe that you have gone to all necessary lengths to ensure that your garage is as risk-free as it can be, there could be safety hazards in the garage. It is likely that your garage is where you store a wide variety of potentially hazardous items, and it is important to address any situations which present a risk to those who enter the area. Featured below are tips that you can use to keep yourself safe as you spend the summer months in your favorite workspace. Read more

How to Eliminate Garage Damage Caused by Humidity

Blue Sky ImageA drastic change in climate can take a toll on the interior of your garage. It is common for moisture, caused by rain or humidity, to get trapped within the walls of your garage and cause damage. This should not be taken lightly, and if it is ignored, the excess moisture in your garage can become worse over time. However, there are a few steps you can take in order to eliminate garage damage caused by rain and humidity. Read more

Security Tips That Can Keep Your Garage Safe

Blue Sky ImageIt is important to keep your garage in mind when you are installing a home security system. Before you finalize your decision on which locks to buy or what type of motion detectors to place on your lawn, make sure to review these tips that can keep your garage safe and secure from thieves and animals.  Read more

Avoid These Garage Cleaning Mistakes

While you may be awaBlue Sky Imagere of the correct steps to take when it comes to cleaning your garage, the mistakes that you should avoid may not be as clear. There are a number of steps to stay away from when you are thinking about cleaning your garage.

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How to Keep Your Garage Cool During Hot Weather

Blue Sky Image (3)The temperature during summertime in Chicago can get hot enough to make the interior of your garage uncomfortable to be in. It is beneficial to be proactive during the spring by updating your garage to prepare it for the oncoming hot weather. There are a handful of steps you can take in order to protect your garage from the summer heat. Read more

Climate Can Affect Your Type of Garage

Blue Sky Image (3)Weather conditions can play a role in the material that you decide to build your garage with. For example, if you live in a tropical climate, such as Florida, the weather is typically on warm. However, it is damp because of the amount of rain and humidity that is produced annually. Knowing that you live in these conditions, it is beneficial to take precautionary steps by protecting your garage with a steel door in case of intense storms. There are a variety of options in which you can decide to build your garage with depending on your city’s temperature and climate. Read more