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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3 Solutions for Mud, Slush, and Snow on Your Garage Floor

Blue Sky Builders garage snow mud solutionsAh, the joys of winter in northern Illinois! The garage floor is filthy, but it is too freezing cold to hose it down. Even worse, slippery spots can form on the floor, posing a risk of a slip-and-fall. The last thing you need during a Chicago winter is to be hobbling around on crutches. So what can you do? Here are three recommended hacks for keeping that garage floor a little cleaner and safer: Read more

Garage Maintenance for Above-Freezing December Days

Blue Sky Builders winter garage door maintenanceThe Chicago area often gets a few days with 35- to 40-degree temperatures in December, giving homeowners a last chance to complete some lingering outdoor maintenance chores. Here are a few suggestions for garage maintenance on one of those days: Read more

Preparing for Winter: Tips for Keeping Wildlife Out of Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders winter animal preventionAs we near the end of summer, it is the perfect time to begin considering winter preparations. Some animals look for places to hibernate in the winter, especially in climates that drop to freezing temperatures. Other critters are simply looking for a respite from the cold, as well as a constant food supply. A garage can be an enticing option that offers animals shelter from the elements and potential dangers, and occasionally food and water sources as well. Snakes, raccoons, squirrels, and other unwelcome wildlife may find their way into your garage if you are unprepared, potentially having a negative effect on the investment you have made in your home. Read more

Storing and Maintaining Snow Removal Equipment in Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders storing snow removal equipment in your garageDuring the winter in the Chicago area and DuPage County, we often experience unexpected changes in the weather. Sudden snowfall can be difficult to deal with, so it is always a good idea to make sure that your snow removal equipment is easily accessible and ready to use. Here are some tips for organizing and maintaining your snow removal equipment in your garage: Read more

Tips for Removing Snow from Your Driveway

Blue Sky Builders snow shovel and snow blower tipsWe are well into the winter season in the Chicago and DuPage County areas, and we have already experienced several weeks of bitter cold and snowy, icy weather. Garages can be greatly affected by winter weather, and keeping your driveway and walkways clear of snow is a major concern. Here are some tips for the best ways to remove snow using either a snow shovel or a snowblower: Read more

Looking Back at Garage Tips for 2017

Blue Sky Builders Best Garage Tips of 20172017 was a great year for garage owners in the Chicago and DuPage County area, and at Blue Sky Builders, we shared a wide variety of tips on how to maintain and clean your garage, keep pests away, make changes or renovations, and much more. As we begin the new year, this is a good chance to look back at some of our best blogs from the past year and use their insights as you prepare your garage for the upcoming seasons. Read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders Garage New Year's ResolutionsWe are less than a week away from the new year, but while the cold weather currently has us curled up in our homes to stay warm, now is a good time to begin thinking of ideas to for how to renovate your garage in the spring. Here are a few new year’s resolutions for your garage: Read more

Keeping a Detached Garage Warm in the Winter

Blue Sky Builders sealing and heating a detached garageAs the temperature continues to drop in the Chicago area, we are anticipating very cold weather throughout the winter season. If you own a home with a detached garage, you are probably wondering what you can do to keep your garage warm while avoiding high costs. By taking the proper preparations, you can heat your garage in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Read more

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