How to Winterize Your Motorcycle

Note: The following post originally appeared on the Gravitate Jeans blog

motorcycleLate autumn is fast approaching, which means that snow and ice will be fast on its heels. That means it’s the perfect time to begin the process of winterizing your motorcycle. Fortunately, we have some tips and tricks to help with that. Continue reading How to Winterize Your Motorcycle

How to Prepare Your Boat for Winter Storage

prepare-boat-for-winter-storageMany people enjoy spending time out on a boat during the summer. Now that winter is almost here, you should prepare your boat for storage. There are some important steps you should take before you put your boat in a shelter for the winter so that it will be protected from problems in the spring.

Clean Your Boat

Your boat will hold up better in storage if you give it a thorough cleaning first. Wash your entire boat and put a coat of wax on the topsides. Repair any blistering and clean and put away any canvas.

Remove any items that are not part of the boat, such as life jackets, dock lines, fire extinguishers, and other gear. Store them indoors for the winter.

Remove standing water, dirt, and oil from the bilges, lockers, drawers, and storage areas. Remove any objects, clean the areas, and place commercial moisture absorbers inside. Clean the cushions and prop them up to allow air to circulate.

Prepare Mechanical Systems for Winter

If you have an inbound or stern drive boat with a raw water cooling system, flush the engine with freshwater. If you live in a region with very cold winters, run antifreeze into the cooling system. Flush an outboard motor with freshwater and drain all water from the engine.

Top off the fuel tank to avoid condensation. Change the fuel filter and add a marine fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel and fuel system clean while your boat is in storage. Then run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the stabilizer.

Use a product designed to remove gum, varnish, and carbon deposits from the engine. Use storage oil to protect the engine from rust and corrosion.

Change the engine oil and oil filter if you have a stern drive, inboard engine, or four-stroke outboard. Do this after warming the engine slightly. Then drain and refill the outdrive gear case or outboard lower unit.

Check Other Parts of the Boat

Lubricate moving metal parts throughout the boat. Check the wheel bearings for wear and water intrusion. Check the propeller for fishing line and shaft seal damage.

Check the mechanical steering and controls for damage. Check fluid levels, fuses, wiring connections, hose clamps, and other critical parts of the boat.

Where to Store Your Boat for the Winter

You should store your boat inside an enclosed structure for the winter. If you don’t have a garage, you can buy a portable garage to store your boat for the winter. Portable Garage Depot offers a selection of storage buildings in a variety of sizes that you can use to store a boat of nearly any size so it will be protected from winter weather and ready to use again next summer. Order a portable garage today.

Protect Your Farming Equipment from Winter Weather with a Portable Garage

portable-garage-farming-equipment-winterIf you own a farm that you use to raise crops, you most likely have a lot of equipment that you use for planting, tending, and harvesting. Your tractors, plows, and other farming equipment need to be protected from the elements to prevent rust and other types of damage that could cause them to fail.

How Winter Weather Can Affect Farming Equipment

Winter weather can be especially problematic for farming equipment. Cold temperatures and moisture from snow, ice, and rain can cause materials to rust and deteriorate. Winter weather can also cause equipment to malfunction, which means it may not start in the spring.

A Portable Garage Can Protect Your Farming Equipment from the Elements

Your farming equipment needs to be protected from winter weather in order to prevent these problems. If you do not have space in a barn, garage, or shed to store your equipment, a portable garage is a good alternative.

Carport Depot offers portable shelters that are designed to protect equipment from the elements. They are made from heavy-duty steel frames that can stand up to strong winds and even piles of snow. They have durable polyethylene covers that are treated to resist damage caused by mold, mildew, and the sun’s UV rays. A portable garage from Carport Depot can keep your farming equipment safe from the elements all winter long. We offer shelters in a variety of sizes and designs to fit any amount of equipment you may have.

Order a Portable Garage from Carport Depot

Protecting your farming equipment from winter weather is essential so you will be able to use it again next spring. Now is the time to prepare for winter weather and figure out where you will store your equipment. A portable garage from Carport Depot is a good storage option that costs significantly less than building a barn or garage. Order a portable garage today.

Order a Portable Garage and Anchors to Protect Your Vehicle This Winter

portable-garage-anchorsA portable garage can protect your car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or camper from weather all year. Portable garages are made from heavy-duty steel frames that can stand up to rain and snow and have polyethylene covers that can resist mold, mildew, and damage caused by the sun’s UV rays.

Even though portable garages are durable, they can become damaged by weather in some cases. Strong winds are a concern. A fierce gust of wind can blow a portable garage down if it is not anchored correctly. Fortunately, anchoring a portable garage is fairly simple.

Duckbill Anchors

Duckbill anchors can be driven into the ground with a drive steel. Since they do not require any digging or concrete, duckbill anchors are a safe and environmentally friendly choice to keep your portable garage secure. They work like a toggle bolt in soil and can save time and labor. Duckbill anchors can hold up to 1,100 pounds in normal soil. They can also be used on asphalt by drilling a 2-inch hole in the asphalt before driving in the anchor.

Auger Anchors

Heavy-duty auger anchors can also be used with a portable garage. The auger anchor assembly includes a 30-inch ground anchor, steel cable, and cable clamps that can be used to secure the frame. The auger has a 3-inch diameter disc at the bottom that can be secured into the ground. Auger anchors are ideal for dirt or grass surfaces.

Order a Portable Garage and Anchors from Shelters of America

If you don’t have space in a garage to store your vehicle this winter, a portable garage is an excellent alternative. Shelters of America sells portable garages in a variety of sizes and designs to meet your storage needs. Portable garages from Shelters of America are strong enough to stand up to harsh winter weather.

We also have a selection of anchors that you can use to keep your portable garage secure. Make sure you have your portable garage properly anchored so it will not be blown over by strong winds. Order a portable garage and anchors from Shelters of America today.

Should You Build a Garage or Buy a Portable Garage?

portable-garage-vs-build-garageWith winter coming up, you may be thinking about where to store a vehicle that you do not use very often and protect it from snow, hail, and extreme cold. The best place to store a vehicle is in a garage, but you may not have one at your home. If you have enough space, you have two options to store your vehicle and protect it from harsh winter weather. One is to build a garage, and the other is to set up a portable garage. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Pros and Cons of Building a Garage

Some of the advantages of a garage are that it offers the best protection from winter weather and can be heated. A garage can be attached to your house and painted the same color so it matches. A garage can increase your home’s value, especially if all of the other houses in your neighborhood also have garages.

Building a garage has downsides. One is the price. Depending on the size, layout, materials, and labor costs in your area, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars to build a new one- or two-car garage. The price can be prohibitive for many homeowners.

Building a new garage from scratch can be time-consuming. If you want to build a large garage, it could take weeks to construct and paint it.

You will also need to consider your local building codes. Your locality may have requirements for a garage, such as lights and fire-rated walls and ceilings, that can add to the price of the project. Many cities and towns require homeowners to get permits before constructing additions on their property. This can add to the amount of time needed to construct your garage and can also add to the overall cost.

Benefits of Choosing a Portable Garage

If you do not have the time and money to build a garage and are looking for a quicker and more affordable solution, you can set up a portable garage. Portable garages are made from sturdy steel frames and heavy-duty polyethylene covers that can provide protection from rain, snow, hail, and wind.

A portable garage costs significantly less than building a garage and can be set up in a fraction of the time. You can order a portable garage kit and set it up yourself in an afternoon. It will probably also be easier to obtain approval from your local government to set up a portable garage because it is not a permanent structure like a traditional garage.

Where to Order a Portable Garage

Portable Garage Depot has a selection of quality portable garages in a range of sizes that can protect your car, truck, camper, motorcycle, or other vehicle from winter weather. They cost much less than constructing a garage and can be set up quickly. Order a portable garage from Portable Garage Depot today.

A Galvanized Steel Frame Can Protect Your Portable Garage from Rust

portable-garage-galvanized-steel-frame-rustA portable garage can protect your car, truck, boat, or motorcycle from harsh weather in any season. Portable garages from Carport Depot are made with heavy-duty galvanized steel frames that are strong enough to stand up to harsh weather.

Galvanization Can Prevent Rust

Rust is caused by a reaction between the iron in steel and oxygen and water. Galvanization is a process in which a protective zinc coating is applied to steel to prevent it from rusting and corroding prematurely. A zinc coating makes it harder for a corrosive reaction to occur. Zinc corrodes at a very slow rate, which allows it to protect the base metal for a long period of time. A zinc oxide coating can give steel a durable and scratch-free finish.

Galvanization can fight off rust and create another layer of protection that rust must go through if the steel becomes contaminated. If galvanized steel does become corroded, the zinc layer will be damaged, but the steel will be protected. Small areas of steel that are damaged and exposed will not rust and do not need to be touched up.

If steel does not have this protection, it will gradually rust because of exposure to the elements. The amount of rust will depend on the type and severity of the environmental exposure.

Methods Used to Galvanize Steel

One method that is used to galvanize steel is hot-dipped galvanization. All of the metal surfaces are dipped and coated with molten zinc. Hot-dipped galvanization permanently bonds zinc to the metal both on the surface and within the steel itself. Other methods can also be used, including continuous sheet galvanizing, painting or spraying on the zinc, and electroplating.

Galvanized steel offers several other advantages. It costs less than stainless steel and requires less maintenance, which reduces long-term costs. It has a long life expectancy and offers reliable performance. Galvanized steel offers excellent resistance to mechanical damage and can protect small exposed areas of steel. No other type of steel coating can provide the same level of protection.

Order a Portable Garage with a Galvanized Steel Frame from Carport Depot

A portable garage with a galvanized steel frame can be the solution you need to protect your vehicle from harsh weather. A galvanized steel frame will be protected from rust that could be caused by exposure to rain and snow. Order a portable garage from Carport Depot today.

Protect Your Construction Equipment with a Portable Garage This Winter

portable-garage-construction-equipment-vehicles-winterIf you run a construction business that builds houses, offices, stores, restaurants, or other types of buildings, you most likely use a lot of heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, backhoes, and trucks. This equipment is expensive and needs to be protected from damage that could cause it to malfunction or create a safety hazard.

Protection from the elements is especially important in the winter. Extreme cold and moisture from snow or rain can cause equipment to not work properly or to become rusted and damaged. Shielding your construction equipment and vehicles from rain, snow, and extreme temperatures can help them last longer and can help you avoid downtime that could cost your business money for repairs and put you behind schedule.

Where to Store Construction Vehicles and Equipment in the Winter

The best place to store your construction equipment when it is not being used is inside a permanent building, but that is not feasible if you are working at a construction site where you leave the equipment for weeks at a time. In that case, you can set up a portable garage on site to shield your expensive equipment from the elements.

Features of a Portable Garage

Shelters of America offers portable garages in a variety of sizes that can be used to protect construction equipment and vehicles. Our shelters range in size from 5 to 42 feet wide. They are easy to construct and can often be set up in a matter of minutes.

Portable garages from Shelters of America are designed to stand up to harsh weather. They have OD galvanized steel frames, rafter spacing, and steel arch supports. These features help our portable garages stand up to wind, rain, and accumulated snow on the roof.

The covers for our portable garages are extra thick for all-weather protection for your construction equipment and vehicles. The polyethylene covers are UVI-protected and treated with agents to prevent rotting and tearing. The covers are available in a selection of colors that includes white, tan, and gray.

Order a Portable Garage to Protect Your Construction Equipment

Now that winter is coming up, protection for your construction equipment and vehicles is even more important than at other times of the year. Snow and moisture can lead to rust and other problems that can cause equipment to malfunction when it is needed. You can protect your construction equipment and vehicles with a portable garage from Shelters of America. Place your order today.

How to Control Temperature and Air Circulation in Your Greenhouse

greenhouse-temperature-air-circulationA greenhouse can let you to extend the growing season and cultivate plants year-round. A greenhouse allows you to control the temperature and ventilation in an enclosed space, which is essential to have healthy plants. Here are some tips to help you regulate the environment in your greenhouse.

Regulating the Temperature in Your Greenhouse

The amount of light will affect the temperature in your greenhouse. Summer crops grow best when the temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees during the day and less than 75 at night. During the winter, the temperature should not be more than 65 degrees during the day and can get down to 45 degrees at night.

Check the temperature requirements of the plants you want to grow in your greenhouse. If you want to grow plants in a greenhouse in the winter, you may need an auxiliary heat source. The cold outdoor temperatures can make it difficult to keep a greenhouse warm, even if it gets a lot of sun. Several types of greenhouse heaters are available, including propane and electric.

In other cases, you may need to cool your greenhouse to avoid overheating your plants. A greenhouse in a sunny area can get too hot, even in the winter. If your greenhouse is attached to your house, you may be able to move the warm air to your home.

How to Promote Air Circulation in a Greenhouse

Good air circulation is necessary to grow healthy plants in your greenhouse. Air circulation strengthens the woody tissue in plant stems and makes it harder for fungi to attack plants. Leave spaces between plants so they are not touching each other to allow air to circulate.

Plants need carbon dioxide in air to produce sugars for food. Carbon dioxide can be depleted in a closed greenhouse. Change the air supply at least once a day, even if that means you will need to add extra heat.

An easy way to increase air circulation in your greenhouse is to install screened windows and doors. You can open a window on one side and a door panel on the opposite end to create cross-ventilation. Warm air can rise and exit through high windows, and colder air can enter through lower windows.

If you have a free-standing greenhouse, you can use passive vents and thermostatically-controlled exhaust fans and intake vents. Manually-operated vents are inexpensive but need to be checked at least twice a day and opened or closed. An automatic ventilation system is more expensive but can save time and do a better job of regulating the temperature.

Order a Greenhouse So You Can Grow Plants Year-Round

Controlling the temperature and air circulation in your greenhouse can help you successfully grow plants in any season. Follow these tips to maintain a healthy growing environment in your greenhouse.

If you are interested in buying a greenhouse to grow plants, Portable Garage Depot has many available in a variety of sizes and styles. A greenhouse can help you continue gardening even in the middle of winter. Order a greenhouse from Portable Garage Depot today.

How an Agricultural Storage Building Can Help on Your Farm in the Fall

agricultural-storage-buildingIf you own a farm where you raise crops that you harvest in the fall and sell, you need a place to store them after they are picked so they will be protected from rain that could cause mold and mildew. Cool fall temperatures and the sun’s UV rays can also cause damage to fall crops. It can be several days before your crops are transported to another location, so they need to be protected in the meantime.

Protect Your Crops from Fall Weather with a Portable Building

You need a building where you can keep your crops safe from potentially harsh fall weather, including rain and cold temperatures. If you do not have room in a brick and mortar storage building, a good alternative is to shelter your crops in a portable garage. An agricultural storage building is strong and can provide protection from all types of weather.

Carport Depot offers agricultural storage buildings in a variety of sizes that are durable enough to stand up to severe fall weather. They have powder-coated structural steel frames that can stand up to strong winds. The heavy-duty polyethylene covers can protect your crops from most types of weather, as well as the sun’s UV rays.

Even though an agricultural storage building is fully enclosed, it will not allow moisture inside. This can prevent your crops from developing mold, mildew, and dry rot, which means they will be in good condition when they are ready to be transported to market.

Other Uses for an Agricultural Building in the Fall

A portable storage building from Carport Depot can also be used to store your farming equipment in the fall and winter. Since you will not be growing crops during the winter, you need a place to store your equipment until you need it again in the spring. You can protect your tractors and other tools that you use to grow and harvest crops from rain, snow, and the sun’s UV rays with an agricultural storage building.

An agricultural storage building can be used in other ways on a farm. If you raise animals, it can provide shelter for them in the fall. Temperatures can get cold in the fall, especially at night. A portable storage building can also be used to protect the hay that you feed your animals from rain that could cause mold and mildew.

Order an Agricultural Storage Building for Your Farm

Carport Depot’s agricultural storage buildings are versatile enough to be used in many ways on a farm. Whether you need to protect your crops, equipment, animals, or feed from fall weather, an agricultural storage building is the solution. Order a portable building from Carport Depot today.

Protect Your Vehicle from Wind and Snow with a Portable Garage

portable-garage-snow-windWinter is coming, and now is the time to prepare. If you have a vehicle that you need to keep sheltered from the elements during the winter, but you don’t have enough space in a traditional garage, a portable garage is a good alternative.

Winter can bring harsh weather, including snow and strong winds. You can protect your vehicle from the elements with a commercial wind and snow load rated storage building from Shelters of America.

Durable Construction to Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Weather

Our shelters are designed to be durable enough to stand up to extreme weather. They can withstand winds up to 105 miles per hour and ground snow loads up to 55 pounds per square foot.

Portable garages from Shelters of America are made with galvanized steel frames that are designed for durability, rust protection, and strength. Each tube goes through a triple-coating process inside and out so no untreated metal is exposed to the elements.

Our shelters have hook anchors and patented ShelterLock stabilizers at each rib connection to provide strength and stability. The hardware is bolted throughout at each connection point for maximum strength.

Our portable garages have double-zippered front door panels and solid rear panels. Our RatchetTite Tension System keeps the cover tight and smooth. The polyethylene material is treated inside and out to resist damage from the sun’s UV rays. The material is available in 9 oz. strength with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, 14.5 oz. with a 10-year warranty, and 21.5 oz. with a 15-year warranty. The covers have a life expectancy up to 15 to 20 years and are available in several colors.

These wind and snow loads are for reference only and assume the portable garage is securely anchored according to local building codes and ordinances. The wind and snow loads have been calculated in accordance with ASCE 7-05 based on an unoccupied and fully-enclosed building. Local code requirements vary. It is the purchaser’s responsibility to comply with local codes.

Order a Portable Garage to Protect Your Vehicle from Wind and Snow

If you need to store a vehicle over the winter, you should begin looking at your options now, before the first snowstorm hits. Shelters of America has portable garages that are designed to protect vehicles from strong winds and snow. Order a portable garage today to protect your vehicle this winter.