Tips for Removing Snow and Ice From Your Garage Roof

Blue Sky Builders garage roof snow damage preventionThose who grew up in Illinois or the Midwest are accustomed to winter weather and all of the snow and ice it can bring during this time of year. Frigid temperatures can cause a variety of problems, such as burst pipes in homes, office buildings, or warehouses. Whether you are a homeowner or another type of property owner, trying to mitigate the negative impact of Mother Nature can be challenging. Proper drainage can limit the chance of any damage, but it is also important to remove snow and ice from your house or garage roof before it becomes a problem. In some cases, water damage can result in expensive repairs, such as replacing a ceiling or drywall or even a vehicle that was in the garage.  Read more

Tips for Preventing Ice Damage In, On, and Around Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage snow ice damage preventionWinters in the Midwest can be brutal, with blizzard-like conditions. This can include snow, ice, sleet, slush, and wind. Anything that is outside can take a beating, including your house and garage. When any type of precipitation cannot drain properly, and the temperature drops to below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the water can freeze and turn to ice. Besides creating a slipping hazard for homeowners or guests if ice accumulates on walkways or stairs, this can also affect a structure’s roof, siding, and flooring. If there is nowhere for the ice to go once it melts, it can cause serious structural problems. That is why it is important to take steps to prevent ice from forming near or in your garage during the winter months in order to protect your property.     Read more

The Importance of Cleaning Out Your Garage Gutters in the Fall

Blue Sky Builders garage gutter cleaning water damage preventionA garage can sometimes be considered a smaller, modified version of your home. Your garage may provide additional work space for an office, or it may even include a place to sleep for overnight guests. Gutters are an often overlooked but essential part of your house. These items protect the house from the elements, which can be especially harsh in Illinois. They provide a place for rainfall or snow to go during storms. However, even when it is warm and sunny outside, wind can blow leaves, branches, and even garbage into your gutters. In the autumn months, leaves fall from surrounding trees and land in your gutters. That is why it is crucial to check the gutters on your house and garage periodically and remove any debris so they can do their job. Read more