When Should I Repair or Replace My Garage’s Roof?

Downers Grove Roof Repair or Replace ProfessionalsSince you probably do not spend as much time in your garage as you do in the rest of your home, you may not notice when there are issues that need to be addressed. The garage roof is one area that can sometimes be overlooked. However, if the roof is in disrepair, this could cause additional issues, since leaks could lead to damage in other parts of your garage and home. By catching problems with your roof as soon as possible, you can determine whether roof repair or replacement is necessary. Read more

Turning Your Garage Into a Winter Wonderland This Holiday Season

Blue Sky Builders decorating your garage for the holidaysThis holiday season, more and more people will be spending time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With non-essential businesses closed to prevent further spread of the virus, many Illinois residents are entertaining at home more often, and they may be making use of their garage to do so. In some cases, individuals might be utilizing their garage space like never before, turning it into a home office. Decorating your house and garage for the holidays can lift everyone’s spirits, from young to old. This may include putting up a Christmas tree or hanging lights from your roof or siding, or even placing inflatable Santas or snowmen in your yard or driveway. Below are some tips for creating a magical holiday scene on the inside or outside of your garage.   Read more

Why You Should Leave the Demolition of Your Old Garage to the Experts

Blue Sky Builders garage demolition safetyWhen updating or remodeling your house, you may want to consider renovating your garage as well. If you have an older home, then it is likely that your garage may need some work, too. Perhaps you have looked into how much work it would take to upgrade your garage, and you may have made the decision to demolish the existing structure and build a new one. This is a major undertaking, so it is best to leave it to the professionals. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but it can also prevent injuries as well as a lot of time and headaches instead of you trying to do it yourself (DIY). Although DIY projects are popular this year because so many people are stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, having a company like Blue Sky Builders assist you in tearing down your old garage and building a new custom garage is a wise investment!  Read more

Why Steel Garage Entry Doors Are a Good Choice For Your Home

thumbnailWhile you may put a lot of thought into the aesthetics and security features of the front door of your home, you could be neglecting the safety of the internal and external entry doors into your garage. These may not seem as important to you, but the types of doors you choose for your garage can have a significant impact on all sorts of things, from safety to energy usage. The door that we recommend for all homebuilders or fixer-uppers is a steel entry door.

4 Benefits of Steel Garage Entry Doors

There are many benefits to installing steel entry doors in your garage, including the following:

  1. Security—It is much more difficult to break through metal than it is to break through wood or fiberglass. This is especially true for those who have a high-quality, powerful set of keyed dual locks installed with the doors. With or without the additional safety precautions, the strength of the material of these doors typically keeps intruders at bay.
  2. Affordability—Typically, steel doors are the least expensive option for entry doors. And while some might argue this is due to the material’s lack of aesthetic appeal, the truth is, with help from the right garage builder, you can actually create an attractive entry door, even with steel as the material. Possible ways to spruce it up include:
    • Diverse paneling options
    • Different colors
    • Ornate door lights
    • Elegant glass windows and other glass inserts
  3. Energy Efficiency and Good Insulation—Most steel entry doors, especially those for residential areas, are not made entirely of steel due to the heaviness of the material. In fact, other than the steel outer-coating, these entry doors often have a similar core as those made of fiberglass. Overall, this makes steel entry doors good at keeping the heat and cold outside, improving both indoor insulation and energy efficiency. Add some magnetic weather stripping and you will be well on your way to effectively braving the elements of inclement weather.
  4. Low Maintenance—Other than the possibility of dents, which are uncommon in residential homes, and rusting, which often takes a long time to occur, steel entry doors are very low maintenance. Other popular alternatives, such as wood and fiberglass can easily rot or crack from changing weather conditions.

Contact a Downers Grove Steel Entry Door Professional

Thinking about replacing your garage entry doors or determining which entry doors to use in your new garage? Call a Chicago-area garage building specialist at 630-852-8485 to discuss your options. With more than 40 years of garage building experience, Blue Sky Builders can help you choose the right steel entry doors for your garage, including helping you with the overall design, security, and environmental impact of those doors on your home.

Sources:

https://www.thespruce.com/installing-a-steel-door-at-home-1821451

https://learn.reeb.com/knowledge-base/wood-vs-fiberglass-vs-steel/

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/entry-doors/buying-guide/

 

When Should I Consider Building a New Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage rebuild project expertsDepending on the current state of your garage and your family’s overall needs, you might be thinking of renovating your garage or even a complete garage rebuild. Before beginning a garage construction project, you will want to consider your goals for your home and the options available to you. Although building a new garage may seem overwhelming, a trained professional can walk you through the process and help create a plan that will meet your needs. If you are in the market for a new garage, you will want to do the following: Read more

3 Tips for Garage Door Safety

Blue Sky Builders garage door maintenance and safetyFor many homes in the United States, the garage door is one of the largest pieces of moving machinery on the property. While a garage door may be viewed by homeowners as nothing more than an entryway, it is important to understand that there are a variety of hazards involved in using this equipment. Although any person can be the victim of a garage door injury, children generally face a higher risk. As a homeowner, there are several steps that you can take to improve safety around your garage door: Read more

How Can I Childproof My Garage?

Blue Sky Builders garage child safetyThe safety and well-being of children are likely to be the primary concerns of any parent or guardian. Whether you already have a child or may be a parent soon, taking the time to childproof your home can be important. However, one area that many parents may overlook is the garage. Items that are often stored in a garage, such as tools, machinery, cars, chemicals, and appliances can be very dangerous. If you are considering a garage renovation project, you should talk to an experienced garage professional to ensure that any safety concerns are addressed.

Assessing Your Garage

What may seem safe to an adult can pose an inherent risk to a young child. It is important to look through your garage and take note of any safety issues that may be prevalent or issues that might be outside the norm. When trying to determine what could be dangerous, these questions may help narrow things down:
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How to Prevent Fires in Your Garage

Blue Sky Builders garage fire preventionMany garages serve as in-home storage facilities where families keep items that are used outside or which cannot fit inside their home. Whether it be a car, summer toys, or old family photographs, garages are a great place to store things. However, many people also place dangerous chemicals and combustible materials inside of their garages. Sometimes, machinery such as a garage door or other garage hardware can create friction or sparks, which can lead to a fire. Because of this potential danger, it is wise to take steps to prevent a possible fire in your garage. Read more

How In-Garage Delivery Options Can Improve Security and Convenience

Blue Sky Builders garage door opener delivery accessThe world of garage door installation has gotten much more exciting in recent years. Most of us are used to being able to open our garage doors through a short-range wireless remote that operates an electric garage door opener. However, many garage door openers are now able to connect with smartphones and home wifi systems, allowing you to open and close your garage door remotely. This technology has now taken another step forward by allowing some home delivery services to have temporary access to open your garage door and store your deliveries safely inside your garage when you are away. Read more

Avoiding Hidden Dangers When Your Garage Door Is Your Primary Entrance

Garage door home entranceYour home may have an inviting and even luxurious front entry, but how much is it used? For most families today, the garage door is not only the largest door in their home, but it is also the most used. For many, the only people who use the front door at all are strangers, delivery people, and those visiting the home for the first time, and everyone else comes into the home through the garage. When this is the case, you can keep everyone safe by following these tips: Read more