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.

Protect Your Belongings with a Metal Shed

metal-shedIf you have tools that you use to care for your lawn and garden or own outdoor furniture or a bicycle that you use for exercise, you want to keep those items protected from rain, snow, and the sun’s UV rays that could cause damage. The best place to store your possessions is in a shed.

You don’t want to use just any shed to store valuable belongings. You need one that can stand up to even the harshest weather. A metal shed from Portable Garage Depot is the solution.

Features of a Metal Shed

Our sheds are made from heavy-duty galvanized steel that can stand up to rain, snow, wind, and the sun’s rays. A metal shed is the ideal solution for year-round storage of your valuable belongings. The durable frame can protect your tools, furniture, or other belongings from the elements. The galvanized steel can resist corrosion caused by moisture.

A metal shed from Portable Garage Depot has a low gable with a reinforced steel roof. It is fully enclosed and has a sliding door to make it easy to enter the shed and find exactly what you need.

We offer metal sheds in neutral colors to complement the exterior color of your house. You can choose a metal shed in a solid color or a two-tone style.

Our galvanized steel sheds also come in a variety of shapes. You can choose a shed that you can set up independently in your yard or that can appear to be part of your home or to lean against it.

Setting up a metal shed from Portable Garage Depot is simple. Our sheds come in kits with pre-cut and pre-drilled parts. With the right tools, it is easy to set up a metal shed in just a few hours.

Order a Metal Shed to Protect Your Belongings

Your lawn and garden equipment, bicycle, outdoor furniture, and other belongings are most likely items that you spent good money to buy and want to protect from weather to prevent damage. Storing them in a metal shed is the ideal way to keep them safe.

Portable Garage Depot has a line of galvanized steel sheds in a variety of sizes that can protect your possessions from rain, snow, wind, and the sun’s UV rays so they will be in good condition whenever you want to use them. Order a metal shed from Portable Garage Depot today.

Order a Firewood Rack to Get Ready for Winter

firewood-rackFall is here, and soon cold winter days and nights will be arriving. Many people across the United States use fireplaces and wood-burning stoves to supply heat in the winter and to save money on fuel. Burning wood can be an economical way to keep warm in the winter.

Dried Wood Burns Better

Fresh wood has a moisture content of about 50 percent. Dried wood should have a moisture content of about 15 to 20 percent for burning. Wood that has dried out is easier to light, burns better, and produces more heat and fewer emissions. It is dried by chopping it into smaller pieces and allowing it to dry out by exposure to the air. In order to have wood burn well and not be damaged by moisture, rot, and mold, it needs to be kept off the ground and ventilated.

A Firewood Rack Can Keep Your Wood Dry

If you are planning to burn wood to keep warm this winter, you can store it on a firewood rack until it is needed. This will keep it off the ground to prevent moisture from accumulating and causing fungus and rot. It will also allow air to circulate around the wood so it can dry out and reach the appropriate moisture content for clean burning in your home.

Carport Depot has a collection of firewood racks that are ideal for storing firewood for the winter. Our racks will keep your firewood elevated off the ground and provide better protection from moisture than you could get by storing the wood on a tarp.

Our firewood racks are designed to store one-quarter to one-half cord of wood. They have steel frames and black polyester covers that can be adjusted to cover the wood or allow air to circulate freely. The wood can be stored up to four feet high in the frame, and the cover can slide down over the pile. The wood will be protected from moisture on both ends to reduce the chance of rotting and make it last longer. Our racks range in size from 4 to 12 feet long.

Order a Firewood Rack from Carport Depot

If you want to burn wood in a fireplace or stove this winter, a firewood rack can help you keep the wood dry and free from moisture that could cause mildew and rot. It will help keep the wood well ventilated so it will reach the right moisture content and produce better heat. Order a firewood rack from Carport Depot today.

Protect Your Horses or Livestock from Winter Weather with an Animal Shelter

animal-sheltersNow that fall has arrived, people are preparing their homes and properties for winter. If you own horses or livestock and live in a region where the temperatures can get cold and you sometimes get snow in the winter, your animals will need shelter from the elements.

The best place to shelter animals is in a barn, but many people do not have one on their property. The cost of building a new permanent barn can be prohibitive for many people. This is also a time-consuming process, and winter is right around the corner. If you cannot build a barn, a good alternative is to set up a portable animal shelter to protect your horses or livestock from the weather.

Features of Animal and Livestock Shelters

Shelters of America has a line of portable animal shelters in a variety of sizes that you can set up in a field to protect your horses and livestock in the fall and winter. Our portable animal shelters are made from durable materials that can keep your animals protected from harsh winter weather.

Our animal and livestock shelters are made from 1.90 inch OD galvanized steel frames. The rafters can be spaced 4 feet apart, or 3 feet apart to give the shelters additional strength. The covers are made from 24 mil thick rip-stop polyethylene to provide protection from all weather for your animals. The material is white to allow light to filter into the shelter.

The sides of the shelter can roll up five feet for ventilation on warmer days. The end panels can be made from your choice of 70 percent knitted shade cloth or solid white. The shelter has doors at each end that are 10 feet wide and 9 feet high.

Animal and livestock shelters are designed to last a long time. They come with a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty on the cover and a 3-year warranty on the frame and parts.

Order a Shelter to Protect Your Animals or Livestock

If you own horses or livestock, they will need protection from the weather in the fall and winter. If you do not have a barn on your property, you can set up a portable animal and livestock shelter in a field so your animals will be protected from rain, snow, and cold weather. Order an animal shelter from Shelters of America today.

A Square Tube Shelter Can Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Weather

square-tube-sheltersFall will be here soon, and before you know it winter will arrive with harsh weather. If you have a vehicle, such as a car, truck, motorcycle, or ATV, that you need to store for the winter and you do not have enough space in your garage, you can store it in a square tube portable garage. Square tube shelters provide the highest level of strength and are ideally suited for long-term outdoor storage of vehicles.

Portable Garage Depot offers a line of square tube shelters in a variety of sizes, ranging from 20 to 40 feet long. You can choose one that is the right size to store one or more vehicles all winter long.

Durable Square Tube Steel Frame

Square tube shelters of all sizes offer superior construction that can resist all types of weather, including rain, snow, and wind. A square tube shelter has an industrial frame made from powder-coated steel with the rafters spaced five feet apart for strength.

The frame has a Dupont thermoset baked-on powder-coated finish that can prevent chipping, peeling, rust, and corrosion. The frame tubes go through a Rhino Shield surface preparation process. The shelter has universal steel foot plates to connect them to ground anchors, cement, or pony walls. It also bolt-together hardware at each connection point to provide strength and durability. A square tube shelter is easy to assemble.

Weather-Resistant Polyethylene Cover

The polyethylene cover is the other essential part of a square tube shelter. The material is treated to make it UV-resistant, waterproof, and rip-stop. It completely encloses the metal frame and has zippered end panel doors to make it easy and convenient to move vehicles in and out of the storage building. The inside of the cover is white to provide illumination.

A Ratchet Tite Tensioning System makes the cover easy to attach and holds it securely to the frame. An Easy Slide Rail System locks down and squares up the cover.

Order a Square Tube Shelter from Portable Garage Depot to Store Your Vehicle This Winter

A square tube shelter is an excellent place to store your vehicle for the winter if you don’t have enough room in a traditional garage. Its durable construction can protect your vehicle from harsh winter weather. Order a square tube shelter from Portable Garage Depot today.

Protect Farming Equipment and Livestock with a Portable Barn

portable barn farm storageIf you own a farm, you need a lot of storage space. If you grow crops, you need a place to store your tractors and other equipment and to protect your crops from rain and snow after they are harvested. If you raise horses or livestock, you need to provide shelter to protect your animals from harsh weather. You also need a place to store their feed and hay to protect it from moisture that could cause mold and mildew.

Why You Should Choose a Portable Barn

Building a brick and mortar barn on your farm can be expensive. The costs for materials and labor can be prohibitive for many people. Constructing a traditional barn can also be a time-consuming endeavor.

If you don’t have the money or the time to build a traditional barn on your farm to shelter your equipment, crops, animals, or feed, you have another option. You can set up a portable barn.

Carport Depot sells portable storage buildings that are the ideal way to provide storage on your farm if a traditional barn is not a good option for any reason. Our portable barns can protect your farming equipment, crops, animals, and feed from all types of weather at any time of year.

Durable and Weather-Resistant Portable Barns

Portable farm storage buildings from Carport Depot are made with heavy-duty galvanized or powder-coated structural steel frames and have heavy-duty polyethylene covers that are treated to resist damage caused by the sun’s UV rays and weather. They will not trap moisture inside and can prevent mold, mildew, and dry rot from forming on your equipment, crops, and animal feed.

A portable storage building from Carport Depot can stand up to all types of weather. The structure is anchored securely in the ground to withstand strong winds, rain, and snow and provide all-season protection for your belongings.

Carport Depot offers sturdy and durable portable barns in a variety of sizes ranging from 14 to 40 feet wide. You can choose the one that is right for your farm’s storage needs. Order a portable barn from Carport Depot today to prepare your farm for fall and winter weather.

Choose a Peak Style Portable Garage for Winter Storage

peak style portable garageWinter will be here before you know it, which means now is the time to begin thinking about where you will store your vehicle, farming or gardening equipment, and other things you need to protect from snow and rain. If you do not have enough room to store these items in a traditional garage, you have another option to keep them shielded from the elements. You can store your vehicle or equipment in a portable garage.

A portable garage can be used to store or repair vehicles or to protect gardening or farming equipment when it is not being used. A portable storage shelter is designed to keep harsh weather out so your possessions will be protected.

Features of a Peak Style Portable Garage

A peak style portable garage is an excellent choice for winter storage. The roof is higher in the center, which allows snow to easily roll off the building and prevent it from becoming weighed down and caving in.

Shelters of America has peak style storage buildings in a variety of sizes and colors. Our portable garages are durable and built to last. They are manufactured with OD Allied Gatorshield structural steel tubing with the rafters spaced 6 feet apart for strength. They have heavy-duty mounting feet and pre-drilled factory holes for a durable structure. Our peak style portable garages also have 16-gauge square pipe end framing for additional support.

Peak style portable garages from Shelters of America have commercial grade covers made from 24 mil Rip-Stop polyethylene. This weather-resistant material is attached to the frame with a heavy-duty ratchet system to keep it secure. Covers are available in a choice of green, tan, white, and gray.

Order a Peak Style Portable Garage from Shelters of America

A peak style portable garage can protect your car, truck, or farming or gardening equipment from severe winter weather and keep it in good condition. Peak style portable garages from Shelters of America are designed to be durable and long-lasting. Order a peak style portable garage today so you will be prepared for winter weather.

Order a Car Capsule to Protect Your Classic Car This Winter

car capsule classic car winterOwners of classic cars often enjoy taking them for long drives on warm spring and summer days. If you own a classic vehicle, it is a possession that you treasure and want to protect. You probably don’t drive your classic car during the winter because you don’t want to risk getting into an accident on a snowy or icy road or getting it covered with sand and salt after a snowstorm.

How to Protect Your Classic Car in the Winter

You should store your classic car in a location where it will be protected from snow, ice, sand, and salt in the winter. A garage is the best place, but if you own another vehicle that you drive on a daily basis, you might not also have room for your classic car.

Parking a classic car in the driveway and covering it with a tarp may not be a good way to protect it in the winter. It can still get covered with snow and ice and hit by falling tree branches or any objects that are blown around during a storm.

A better option is to enclose your classic car in an inflatable car capsule. This will provide complete protection from winter weather so you will be able to enjoy driving your car again next spring and summer.

Car Capsule Features

Portable Garage Depot sells car capsules in a variety of sizes ranging from 14 to 22 feet in length to accommodate both small cars and larger vehicles. A car capsule is inflated around the vehicle using a 12-volt fan to create a protective barrier that cannot be deflated, even if it is struck with a hard object like a hammer.

Our car capsules are made with 10 mil PVC that is resistant to rot, mildew, and flames. A car capsule can protect your classic car from rust, corrosion, dirt, dust, fingerprints, and dings. Each inflatable car capsule comes with a base made of 18-ounce Herculite that will not be damaged by leaking gas, oil, or antifreeze.

Order a Car Capsule from Portable Garage Depot Today

Even though it is still summer, winter will be here before you know it. Now is the time to start thinking about how you will store and protect your classic car when colder weather arrives. An inflatable car capsule can provide the complete protection your classic car needs. Order a car capsule from Portable Garage Depot today.