Avoiding Garage Damage from Snow and Ice in the Winter

Blue Sky Builders protecting your garage from winter damageThe temperature is dropping outside, and the winter is beginning in earnest, which means that we are likely to experience plenty of snow and ice in the coming months. If you own a home, you will want to watch out for ways that winter weather can wreak havoc on your garage, and you should take steps to protect your garage from damage as efficiently as possible. Read more

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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Top 5 Repairs That May Make Your Garage Last Longer

Blue Sky Image (3) copy 9By keeping up with your garage maintenance duties, you may be able to make your garage last longer. There are a number of ways to make sure that your garage space is up to date and functional for years to come. However, a few proactive tasks are more important than others.

Protect your garage door finish
This is done in hopes of preventing any scratches to the panel surface of your garage door for both visually pleasing and practical reasons. One way to protect your garage door is to apply a coat of protective sealer so that weather damage does not occur. Read more

5 Ways to Quick Fix Your Garage During the Winter

Blue Sky Image quickfixAlthough the weather has gotten warmer in Chicago, that does not mean you should wait to get a head start on preparing your garage for more cold temperatures. One way to be proactive is to implement necessary quick fixes to your garage. There are a few different ways you can provide your garage with the care it needs. Read more

How to Decorate Your Garage with Holiday Lights

blue-sky-imageThe holiday season has arrived, and your neighbors may have already hung up their lights and decorations. Join in on the holiday spirit by transforming your garage and the outside of your home into a light display for the entire neighborhood to enjoy. Before you start putting up any lights, though, take a step back to look at your property. Plan how you want the decorations to look once they are complete. Once you have decided on a focal point for your lights and other decorations to be hung, you can then begin to create your winter wonderland. Be sure to decorate your garage as well to match the other parts of your house as well. Here are some suggestions on decorating your garage this holiday season:

LED Lights

A simple way to brighten up your garage is to incorporate a few strands of LED Lights around the frame of your garage door. There are a number of different light styles available. However, LED lights usually last longer because they are more energy efficient. They typically have a blue-ish tint as well, and most LED lights can connect up to 25 strands. Read more

Pros and Cons of Garage Door Materials

blue-sky-imageWhen the time comes to start building or redesigning your garage, you will be presented with a variety of styles and options. Deciding what will be the best garage materials may be challenging, especially perhaps the most important piece of the building: the garage door. Garage doors are available in several different types of materials, some of which are more well-known than others. There are pros and cons to each material depending on what you want the overall purpose of your garage to be. Read more

Custom Garage Features

cgfAt Blue Sky Builders, we believe everyone deserves the garage of their dreams. To help our customers achieve this, we have been building custom garages in the Chicago area for over 30 years, and our team offers a wide variety of custom garage features to fit our clients’ specific needs. When planning your next garage rebuild or remodel, one of the first and most important steps to take is to determine the primary use of your space. Once you know the specifics of what you will be using your garage for, our team can help you decide which custom garage features would benefit your space. Today, we will take a look at three popular custom garage features that come in handy for a variety of reasons; staircases within garages, different garage door sizes, and high lift garage doors.
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Garage Doors 101

101Most of us do not shop for garage doors very often, so when the time comes, making a decision can be difficult. If this is your first time shopping for a garage door, or if it has been a while since you have purchased a new door, welcome to Garage Doors 101. Here are all the factors you need to know about and weigh during your search for a perfect new door.
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2016 Garage Trends You Need to Know About

garage trendsWhile we might not admit it all the time, most of us care about our neighbors’ perceptions of our homes. We manicure our lawns, keep our sidewalks shoveled, and maintain our homes’ curb appeal, just to ensure we stand out, or at least fit in with our neighbors. It makes sense that many homeowners this year are focusing on one of the main focal points of their homes: their garage.
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