3 Easy Tips for Winter Portable Shelters

If you live in one of the areas of the U.S. where seasonal weather changes include extremely cold temps and precipitation over the winter months, then you probably already understand how important it is to have a garage or storage area for your car and other outdoor valuables.

Snow, while pretty to look at, can do some serious damage. It’s cold, heavy, wet and can cut like glass if frozen solid. This isn’t a good mix if you have a classic car, boat, motorcycle of other costly toy sitting in your yard unused during these months.

Thankfully, portable shelters offer an affordable and temporary way to shelter your valuables from the elements over these months. Keeping this structure in good condition and keeping your items safe is key.

Here are 3 easy things you should do to maintain a portable shelter in the winter.

Check Condition

Before the harsh winter weather rolls in, be sure to check that there are no tears in the cover. Especially if you have already used it for a few seasons or have had it up for a while. Natural wear and tear or the sun can eventually cause tears. This is an easy fix with a replacement cover. You should also check for any erosion or rust on the support poles as this can lead to a collapse under the weight of a small amount of snow.

Secure Portable Shelter

Along with snow, the winter typically brings strong winds. To secure the legs of your portable shelter to the ground, you should have anchors that are properly screwed into the ground as well as consider the use of additional cinder blocks, sand bags or other support items to help keep the legs braced whenever excessive winds are forecasted.

Keep it Cleared

One of the very important things you’ll need to do to keep the integrity of your portable shelter over the winter months is to keep it cleared of snow and debris. Once large amounts of snow have fallen, you should head outdoors and use a roof rake or other method to clear the weight from the top of the shelter. If there is too much weight sitting atop the structure, it can cause collapses and other accidents.

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Keeping Critters Out of Your Carport

Portable garages and carports provide a multitude of benefits when it comes to additional and seasonal storage needs. These dwellings can be easily put up, taken down and moved as needed. But they are also open to the wildlife outdoors. If you store a valuable like a classic car under your carport, then keeping critters out is probably pretty important to you. Here are some tips to ensure these pesky creatures don’t make their way in to your carport.

The Problem with Rodents

First you need to understand why it’s bad to have these critters enter the carport and take shelter. The greatest danger comes from the fact that they will typically chew holes through your carport cover or even inside the vehicle. While chewing holes through your pricey interior is definitely a nightmare, there are other things rodents like to gnaw on when it comes to vehicles that could wreak even greater havoc on your precious valuable. Nesting in your engine, chewing on wiring and worse could result.

Keep Space as Neat and Clean as Possible

There’s nothing rodents favor more than clutter. It’s somewhere to find shelter and also a great place to hide. If you keep your place as neat and clean as possible there are less chances that the unwanted visitors will come. While you’re tidying up also plan to keep garbage cans, gardens and anything that invites wildlife over far enough away from your carport.

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Replacing the Cover on Your Portable Garage

Portable garages are a great option to shelter a car, boat, ATV, RV – or even livestock when there are no options for a dedicated dwelling. They are also more cost effective and whenever repairs are needed, it’s as easy as ordering a replacement cover.

The frames are built of durable powder coated or galvanized steel tubing and include covers made of durable layered Polyethylene with a rip stop material for long lasting durability. However, over time the covers can become weathered or torn and will eventually need to be replaced.

Here’s how to replace the cover on your portable garage so you can continue to enjoy it’s functionality for all of your storage needs.

Remove Damaged Garage Cover

Once you have assessed the damage to the cover and ensured the rest of the frame is still in good condition, you’ll simply need to remove the damaged cover by disconnecting any attachments or tie-downs currently holding it in place and sliding the cover off of the frame. You may require a ladder or assistance depending on the size of the portable garage.

Order New Cover from Portable Garage Depot

Head over to our site and browse through the various options and sizes available to fit your portable garage, carport, or storage building. Consider additional options like a roll-up or zipper door kit to make your portable garage an enclosed shelter, or improve circulation and add a vent. Be sure to select the proper sizing and fit.

Install New Cover on Portable Garage

Using the same steps as when you removed the damaged cover from the portable garage, you’ll now add the new cover back onto the frame. Be sure to insert the cover into any poles and brackets and secure them back to the proper position. Replace any tie-downs and other fittings and you have a new, fully functional dwelling that you’ll get more years of use from.

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Proper Boat Storage for New Owners: Portable Boat Canopies

As a first-time boat owner you may not be thinking about boat storage just yet. Perhaps you’re just getting it ready to use for the upcoming season and have only been thinking about enjoying the sun in your eyes and splashing water as you cruise around lakes, rivers and oceans. But storage is actually a very important element of owning a boat and the responsibility falls on the boat owner to keep it protected and operational for the upcoming season.

Here are some tips for proper storage and why boat canopies are the perfect option.

Boat Storage Options

Depending on the type and size of boat you have you may be thinking about putting it in your garage in the off season or using a shrink wrap or tarp method to keep it covered. Unfortunately these options aren’t always the most efficient. Tarping can lead to mildew or rot and losing all of your garage space (if it fits) for months at a time will get frustrating.

Without protection however, your boat will be exposed to harmful UV rays that can fade and crack the surface not to mention the fact that rain or snow can lead to damaging moisture that ruins interiors, electronic components and the body.

Portable Boat Canopies

Portable shelters are a great option for those who either don’t have a garage, or require additional storage, but don’t want to make the permanent and expensive commitment to a dedicated dwelling. Boat canopies are designed the same as other portable garages but are created on a smaller scale. The reason is to offer coverage around the vehicle without taking up unnecessary space.

The frame is made from galvanized steel with a polyethylene canopy for the roof, walls, and a roll-up or zipper door. Perhaps most beneficial is the fact that once the off season has passed, you can take the portable shelter down and store it or use for other needs.

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3 Alternative Uses for Carports

Carports, the covered structures typically used to protect vehicles from the elements, are finding additional usage today beyond just storage for cars. When these shelters are portable, their convenience increases further since they can be moved around to needed locations while keeping costs low.

Today a carport can be used for equipment storage, hosting outdoor events and even offering livestock solace from the hot sun.

Here is a closer look at these alternative uses for carports.

Picnic Under a Carport

Nothing beats celebrations that happen outdoors on a nice day. Sometimes though, weather predictions can put a damper on plans. Or the beaming sun might even be too uncomfortable to sit in. This is when a carport is an excellent option for outdoor hosting. Set up your decorations and tables under the carport, add string lights, and empress your guests while keep them safe from the elements.

Added Storage Space

In addition to putting your car under the carport, you can store things like RVs, motorcycles, ATVs and more. Think outside of the box though. There are even more things you can store. Large lawn equipment, landscape materials, farm feed – the possibilities are really endless.

Livestock Solace

No one likes standing under the beaming heat of the summer sun. It can get really hot on extreme days. Your livestock shouldn’t have to suffer either. Provide them with shade during the day by using a carport to house them in the summer months. This is a much more affordable option to building another barn and better yet, you can move it to a different location when needed.

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3 Tips to Easily Move Your Portable Garage

One of the reasons portable garages are best-sellers among homeowners is because they can easily move the shelter when it’s no longer needed. Also if the current area it’s placed at is needed for something else, the move is simple. That’s a great benefit over a permanent garage which must remain exactly where it’s built until a demolition is done.

While it isn’t as easy as just picking up the portable garage and moving it (it wouldn’t be very sturdy if it was that easy) it can be done quickly and easily with a little know-how.

Here are 3 tips to help your easily move your portable garage.

Pick the Optimal Weather

It’s pretty obvious that choosing to move your portable garage in the middle of torrential downpours is not ideal. But aside from extreme weather conditions, you should also think about the condition of the soil and the ground when deciding to move your portable garage. If the ground is frozen already, it will be hard to remove or even insert the posts into the ground. It’s best to handle this task before any harsh winter weather sets in. You may also choose to wait until warmer months roll around. With just the right temperatures and conditions, you’ll experience the least issues with moving your portable garage. That includes if you’re choosing to just slide it across the lawn to another location instead of taking it apart and re-assembling it.

Preparation is Key

As with anything, having a plan in place for moving your portable garage will ensure the task is done efficiently. If you require assistance schedule time for help in advance and be sure you have the necessary tools. If you are sliding the portable garage consider using skidders and a truck to pull it carefully to the new location. Another good tip is to bring a writing utensil and bags if you plan to disassemble it so you can clearly mark where everything goes when it’s time to build the portable garage again.

Location, Location

Just as it’s important for the temperature outside to be right, you should also consider the location of your portable garage. The optimal area will be flat land that is stable and somewhere you can secure the shelter. Some towns have zoning laws and other permits you’ll also need to be aware of so keep that in mind as you select a new location to move your portable garage to.

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Miss Gardening in the Winter? Buy a Portable Greenhouse

Winter is a magical time when glistening snow flurries and serene landscapes covered in white decorate many states. If you live in these areas and are a fan of the warm temperatures and sitting outside by the pool or enjoying your garden, then maybe this isn’t the most accurate description of the winter season. This season has been an extremely cold one and many states are now digging their way out of several inches of snow from a blizzard. If you’ve grown tired of seeing all of the snow cover and have been longing to get your hands dirty in some soil and back to gardening, there is a happy compromise to consider: Portable greenhouses.

What are Greenhouses?

There are a number of residential and commercial greenhouses available on the market today to fulfill varied agricultural needs. But if you don’t have the budget or the extra land that a farmer does, then a portable greenhouse kit for the home is a great alternative. Portable greenhouses come in many styles and sizes and they can be set-up with different design plans for to suit your green thumb.

Portability at its Finest

The great thing about portable greenhouses is that they are easy to build. If you purchase a greenhouse with ready to build design plans, you’ll have a kit with everything you need to get started on your planting – even if the weather outdoors isn’t cooperating.

More Gardening Options

Even though some plants cannot thrive in colder temps, there are plenty of options that you can still grow in a greenhouse during these months with some know-how including carrots, potatoes, squash and more. You can also use the greenhouse to get a head start on the outdoor season by planting flower and vegetables seeds and giving them time to germinate. Features such as air vents, translucent covers and high illumination make gardening a breeze.

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Are Portable Garages Good for Winter & Snow?

If you live in any of the states that experience winter weather and extreme snow and ice, you may be wondering if a portable garage is a good investment to make for winter storage. While these dwellings are not permanent, they do offer several benefits when it comes to storage. Choosing the correct portable garage will ensure your valuables are safe even when winter weather rolls in.  Here are some tips on portable garages for winter weather.

Be Vigilant About Clearing Snow

Just like you can’t let heavy snow sit atop your car or house for too long, you should remain vigilant about clearing heavy snow accumulations from your portable shelter. Alleviating the weight will keep it from eventually sagging or collapsing while your valuables are in it.

You can use a roof rake to easily pull away some of the snow and let it fall to the ground.

Consider an Enclosure Kit

There are options to add side panels and gable enclosures to portable garages that aren’t covered. This will keep the contents of your portable garage safe from damaging moisture or debris.

Choose a Portable Garage Designed for the Elements

There are portable garages made to handle strong winds and snow that you should keep in mind as you shop around for options. They include galvanized steel with a triple coating process so there is no metal left to rust from the elements. They also have a ratchet tight tension system and a commercial-grade cover to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

rv in snow

Even with the right materials, you should consider a round or barn-style portable garage since these shapes allow for the snow to roll off easily and have better roof support than other styles. Remember to also double check before a big storm to ensure that the legs are secured to the ground and that any further support from sandbags or cinder blocks are in place.

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Easy, Affordable Classic Car Storage for Winter

For car lovers, owning a classic car is certainly a bucket list item. Nothing compares to being able to cruise around on a nice day in a car that turns heads while paying homage to some of the best automobiles ever built.

However, storing those cars in off-season is one of the things many may not think about. If you live in an area where there’s winter weather, you’ll want to consider storage options to protect your investment.

Not only is two-wheel drive a poor option in snowy weather, but there’s also the potential for rust to occur from the salt on the roadways which your classic car will be exposed to in the winter months. Storing it somewhere safe is the best option to allow you to enjoy your classic car again once the nice weather begins.

Here are some easy and affordable options for storing your classic car in the winter.

Carports for Classic Cars

Renting a storage unit is costly and if you don’t have a garage or room on your property to build a permanent dwelling, portable carports are a great alternative. Not only do they protect your car from the damage of  constant exposure to water and UV rays, but they also help keep the car free of mold and mildew when not in use.

Carports are typically made of galvanized or powder-coated, heavy-duty steel frames and polyethylene covers. This also protects what’s inside from damage caused by debris or other issues winter weather can bring.

Car Capsules

You could even opt to protect your vehicle indoors using a car capsule. These usually come in a 14 to 22 ft. length and are used to keep rust, dirt and dings away. If your classic car is truly one-of-a-kind then protecting is probably high on your priority list. The car capsule is made from 10 mil PVC material and is flame, mildew, and rot resistant. The base is made from 18oz. herculite, which won’t be damaged by oil, gas, or antifreeze, and is inflated using a 12-volt fan to create a protective barrier that’s so strong a hammer or similar object cannot deflate it.


car capsule

Since everyone’s storage needs can vary, Carport Depot offers a selection of shelter options to choose from. Shop our selection today.

How Take Down and Store Your Portable Garage in Off-season

One of the most amazing benefits of a portable garage is that you don’t have to keep it up if you’re not using it. As opposed to a permanent dwelling, this makes it possible to regain space for other needs or move the shelter to a new location if needed.

Portable Storage Options

Some people set up portable garages solely for the purpose of storing a car, truck, RV, boat or motorcycle during the winter. If you don’t have a garage or there is no room for you to store these items in your current space, a portable garage is the perfect option to keep our valuables safe from the elements and so they’ll be ready to run again once the weather is better.

While there are things you can do with your portable garage when it’s not in use for its main purpose – like host outdoor events under a covered shelter and not worry over rain, or use it as a green house and storage for gardening equipment, some people would rather just reclaim their yards, and that’s fine too.

Taking Down a Portable Garage

Taking down a portable garage is as easy as putting it up. You simply just take it apart and rebuild it in a new location, or store all the necessary items together in one location for easy access when you’ll need it again.

Pulling out support posts, anchor systems, disassembling the frame, carefully rolling up covers for storage is all that’s needed.

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