How to Prevent Mice From Nesting in Your Garage

blue-sky-imageThere are a number of ways that you can prepare your garage for certain situations such as the winter weather, decorations for Thanksgiving, or even reorganizing your garage. However, there may come a time when you have to prepare your garage space well in advance so that little critters, such as mice and squirrels, do not invade and repopulate your space. If you are faced with the task of getting rid of mice, there are steps you can take to prevent them from getting into your house. Read more

Protect Your Garage From Melting Snow and Ice Build Up

blue-sky-imageThe winter months bring weather that may resemble a beautiful snow globe, but in reality, the cold temperatures can be very dangerous if precautions are not taken. For instance, icicles that form on your roof and garage can become sharp and potentially fall and hurt someone if not removed properly. There are a number of ways you can protect your garage from melting snow and ice build up that forms due to the cold weather spreading across Illinois.

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Common Garage Accidents and How to Prevent Them

GARAGEAt Blue Sky Builders, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality work and service on every project. Our knowledge of construction and use of quality building materials means that with just a little upkeep, your garage will be fully functional, safe, and efficient for years to come. That said, accidents do happen. The garage is one of the most common sites for household accidents. From slips to burns to crushed fingers, garages can be hot spots for accidents and injuries. It is important that garage owners are aware of the many potential accidents that could occur in their garage, and that preventative measures are taken to ensure safety for everyone. For this week’s blog, we are taking a look at a few common garage accidents and the steps you can take to keep you and your family safe.
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Springtime Garage Inspection Checklist

garageGarages are one of the most heavily used spaces within a home, yet many garages do not receive the TLC they need and deserve. Fortunately, garages are low maintenance, but they are not maintenance free. This spring or early summer, take time to inspect your garage for wintertime damage, and plan to make repairs, remodels, or rebuild if necessary. A damaged garage is a safety risk to your family and could be decreasing your home’s value. Here are tips to keep your garage in it’s best shape and five important things to check out during your inspection.
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LED Lighting for Your Garage

ledIt can happen to anybody. You pull up into your garage one evening, step out of your car, and reach for the light switch, only to discover that your overhead garage light has burned out. Even the tidiest of garages can be a bit creepy at night, and nobody wants to feel like they are trapped in a scene from a scary movie. Or, perhaps you are working on a project in your garage, but the dim fluorescent or incandescent lighting in your space is making completing the task difficult. If you are sick of dealing with lighting issues in your garage, consider switching to LED lighting. LED (light-emitting diodes) is one of today’s fastest growing lighting technologies, and also one of the most energy efficient options you can choose to install. LED lights are simple to use, will brighten any space, and have a much longer life span than other lighting options.
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Is Your Garage Child Safe?

csgMany new parents take extra precautions to ensure that their home is safe for their little one. Parents cover up electrical sockets, block off risky flights of stairs, and store dangerous substances out of a child’s reach. Not many parents, however, take the extra step of child proofing their garage.

It is no surprise that a garage is not a friendly place for a young child. Full of potentially flammable substances, dangerous tools, toxic chemicals, and even garbage, childproofing your garage is not just a precaution, but a step that’s absolutely necessary in ensuring the safety of your child. Below are a few steps that you can take to prevent dangerous garage situations involving your child.
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Brightening Up Your Garage with Fluorescent Lighting

LIGHTINGIf you are the type of person who does a lot of handiwork in your garage, you will want to be sure your workstation is well lit. With poor lighting, it is difficult to make precise measurements and accurate cuts. If you do a lot of painting, you will want to be sure your colors look good in proper lighting. There is no reason to strain your eyes when there are better, inexpensive lighting options out there. Florescent lights provide brighter, more consistent lighting with a color rendering index of at least 85. While many garages and garage door openers come with built in bare bulb lights, the fact of the matter is they often are not powerful enough to get the job done.
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Maintaining a Safe Home Workshop

Garage Safety TipsAs a homeowner, your workshop may be the only place to work on home projects.  As one of the more durable and spacious locations in the home, the garage is one of the best locations to set up a workbench, store tools and supplies, and complete the home projects you wanted to get done 4 months ago.  But before you set up shop, we would like to walk you through an important factor in using a workshop in the garage—safety. Read more

3 Tips For Preventing Garage Fires

Preventing Garage FiresEvery year there are about 6,600 garage fires at homes in the United States, resulting in an average of 30 deaths, 400 injuries, and more than $457 million in property loss. Of these fires 93% occurred in one- and two-family homes.

Here are some safety tips to avoid these destructive fires and limit their impact if they do occur.

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Get Your Garage Ready For Summer

Get Garage Ready For SummerWe have experienced a seemingly endless Winter in the Chicagoland area this year. And finally, the weather is starting to warm up! With the first day of summer just around the corner – June 21st – we would like to share a few tips for getting your garage ready for summer.

Garage sales, barbecues, parties. Activity in the garage increases exponentially during the summer months. And as a result, it is important to prepare your garage in advance for the coming months.

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