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

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

What Is the Best Type of Roofing Material for My Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage roof materialsSimilar to your house, a garage is a structure that should be built to last and provide adequate protection for your vehicles, tools, bicycles, motorcycle, or anything else you wish to keep in it. Garages may be constructed of a combination of wood, siding, and brick, and they usually have a concrete floor. Although you may not have put much thought into your garage’s roof, it is essential to make sure it is made with durable materials to endure the elements that Mother Nature may throw its way. At Blue Sky Builders, we can help you explore your options for choosing roofing material when remodeling or constructing a new garage. Read more

How Can I Prepare My Garage for an Illinois Winter?

Blue Sky Builders garage winter preparationElements such as wind, ice, snow, sleet, and hail can make wintertime in the Midwest a frightful thing to experience. Although garages are exposed to the weather year-round, these structures often do not receive the same amount of maintenance and care that a house would get. Due to the frigid temperatures that occur during the winter months, garages may often be covered in snow or ice. In an effort to avoid any injuries or property damage, a garage renovation project may be needed. Discussing your thoughts and concerns with a knowledgeable garage improvement expert can save you a great deal of time, effort, and money in this type of project.

Addressing Snow and Ice Accumulation

During the winter, it is common for snow and ice to build up on garage roofs. Massive amounts of snow can sit atop a garage, leading to leakage, holes, or even cave-ins. Although it may seem that a little snow on a garage roof can provide an extra layer of insulation, allowing snow to pile up is not recommended due to the possible harm that can result. If the snow begins to melt, extensive water damage may result. Furthermore, snow that turns into ice can lead to icicles and additional safety hazards.
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