How to Have a Memorable Picnic

Now that the month of September has rolled in and Labor Day is behind us, some have had their last picnic for the season. In some parts of the nation, things are just cooling down enough to spend time outdoors. 

Regardless where on the map you’re located, there are a few key ingredients that will make your picnic a memorable one. 

Here are our top 3. 

 

1. Keep it Simple

 

Picnics are such a fun idea because they’re light-hearted and easy going. You can dress comfortably and come and go as you please. Keep it simple when it comes to food and decor too. Make easy to grab finger foods and stick to the basic staples everyone expects at a picnic. 

 

2. Don’t Forget the Utensils

 

One thing most everyone forgets when they’re headed out for a picnic are the utensils. When you’re hoping the macaroni salad will stay cold and that you have enough bread for the burgers and hot dogs, you may forget to grab some extra napkins, or even the large knife needed to slice the watermelon. Do yourself a favor and pack them in advance so they’re not missed in the last minute rush to get out the door. 

 

3. Choose the Right Location 

 

Location is such a critical factor in a good picnic. You wan’t an area that’s dry and cool  – but not too windy. Somewhere you can have privacy to enjoy the meal together – but not where mosquitoes might congregate. If you will be hosting the picnic in your own yard, it makes sense to set up or make use of a portable garage or canopy for the event. You can set-up tables, decorate and even host a number of people without having to worry if the weather will cooperate. 

Portable Garage Depot is your number one source for instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits. Our products are available in a myriad of sizes to accommodate anything you may require.

 

Why You Should Get a Portable Garage Instead

Are you thinking of adding a garage to your home? While it’s probably a good investment for your home, it can be a pricey one. According to Home Advisor’s 2020 cost estimates, the national average cost for adding a garage to your home is $27,496. It might make sense if you’re planning on staying in the home long-term, or you have no problem financing a large investment. If you’re looking for a lower-cost or more flexible solution, however, considering a portable garage.

Portable Garages Are More Affordable

Portable garages are far less expensive than building a garage since fewer materials are required. As there are no traditional walls, doors or windows in portable garages, lower labor costs are far lower, as well. In fact, most portable garages will cost under $1,000…some significantly less than that. In addition, a portable garage won’t raise your property taxes like a traditional garage will, and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Portable Garages Are Faster

Unlike a traditional garage which might take weeks to construct and requires building permitting and the preparation of a site, a portable garage can be installed in a day, nearly anywhere on your property you need shelter for a vehicle.

Carports Are Flexible

Portable garages are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes for all-purpose outdoor use. They’re also surprisingly durable: they feature water-repellant polyester fabric and are treated to resistant to harmful UV rays and even mildew. And the good news is that unlike a garage, your investment in a portable garage can go with you when you move.

Ask an Expert

Portable Garage Depot is a leading provider of all manner of portable garages and shelters for vehicles and other equipment. The shelters and their covers are easy to assemble and use thanks to an easy bolt design that allows you to assemble your shelter with minimum tools in minimal time, without compromising the strength of your new portable garage. View our wide variety of portable garages on our web site, or call us at 800-984-7657 to discuss your storage needs!

Consider Doing a Pre-Winter Check on Your Portable Garage

While it may not feel much like fall yet, wintry weather isn’t far off. If you use a portable garage for your vehicle, your motorcycle or simply household items, it’s a good time to check that the unit is in good condition so it continues to protect your valuable property through the winter months.

Portable garages are great solutions for storage needs. They’re quick and easy to put up, durable, affordable, and can be located nearly anywhere on your property you require storage. With proper care, they can last for many years. If you have one already, take a moment to examine its operating condition.

What to Look for In a Portable Garage Inspection

The first thing you want to look for is how well the cover is holding up and whether it’s properly fitted. It should be tight to reduce the risk of tears. The roof should be free of debris. During the fall and winter, ensure that you remove autumn leaves and snow from your portable garage. To avoid damaging it, be sure to use soft instruments such as a dull edged broom or mop, and avoid shovels, rakes or other implements that could accidentally puncture the cover.

Engage in a Little Gentle Elbow Grease

It’s worth taking a moment to clean your portable garage before bad weather begins. To do so, use mild soap and water, and avoid anything harsh (like bleach) or abrasive cleaners, which could damage cover. During the fall and winter, remove leaves and snow from the base of your portable garage to discourage a build-up of moisture that could lead to mold and mildew, or water leaking in and damaging the items you store there.

If your portable garage is in less-than-optimal condition, you can consider replacing the cover (rather than the whole set-up).

Contact us today to place your order!

How to Choose a Replacement Cover for Your Portable Garage

A portable garage is designed to provide many years of protection for your vehicles, lawn care equipment, or other belongings. With strong frames and covers designed to stand up to rain, snow, wind, and the sun’s UV rays, a portable garage can be a relatively inexpensive long-term solution to your storage needs.

Even though portable garage covers are tough and durable, after years of wear and tear, a violent storm, or an accident, they can tear. If that happens, but the frame is still in good condition, you can simply purchase a replacement cover, and your storage shelter will be as good as new.

How to Choose the Right Material and Size

When shopping for a replacement cover, choose carefully. Many companies offer replacement covers, but they vary in terms of the materials used and the quality of manufacturing. Some may last years, while others may rip quickly.

Polyethylene is a good choice for a portable garage cover. It is designed to protect a shelter’s contents from water, which could cause major damage to vehicles, especially motorcycles, and equipment. Sealing out water also prevents the growth of mold, which could not only damage the garage and its contents but could also cause health problems in people.

In addition to its water resistance, polyethylene is commonly used to manufacture portable garage covers because it offers protection from the sun’s UV rays. Sun can cause the paint to fade and peel, seriously detracting from a vehicle’s appearance. Repainting a car can be expensive, so it’s better to do what you can to avoid sun damage.

Portable garage covers come in a wide range of sizes. If you aren’t completely sure of the size of your portable garage, take out a tape measure and check. That way you can order the right size replacement cover the first time and not start the process of attaching the cover only to discover that it doesn’t fit and have to send it back.

Replacement covers are designed to be easy to install. You should be able to complete the job with the help of another person, or maybe even by yourself if you have a small portable garage.

Where to Order a Replacement Cover

Portable Garage Depot sells storage shelters in a wide range of sizes, as well as replacement covers. Our covers are made from polyethylene that can protect your valuable belongings from damage caused by a variety of weather conditions. With a new cover, you can easily extend the life of your existing portable garage and save money. Look through our selection of replacement covers and order one today!

Should You Store Your Motorcycle Under a Canopy in the Summer?

While we like to think of our motorcycles when we’re out in the summer having fun riding them, we probably give less consideration to them when we’re not using them. Many people leave their motorcycles out in the summer. After all, it’s not winter…right? After all, the weather is mild.

Leaving motorcycles out in the open, however, leaves them exposed to dirt, dust, rain and UV radiation. If you care for your bike, you’ll want to protect it, even in the summer. If you don’t have space in the garage (or don’t have a garage at all), you can find portable solutions that will protect the investment you have made in your motorcycle and the enjoyment you get from it. It will also save you time having to clean your bike.

Portable canopies are a great solution for protecting motorcycles as well as ATVs from summer’s hazards. These canopies are affordable, sturdy, protective and come in a variety of colors and sizes. They blend easily into your yard and look attractive, and their bright interiors help with visibility inside. The fabric canopies are easy to assemble (so you can put them up and take them down easily or move them to another part of the yard).

During the winter when your motorcycle is in deep storage, you can use the canopy for seasonal equipment, snowblowers, furniture, household items, workshop materials or anything else you need quick access to. Alternatively, if you have no deep storage, a portable shelter can also protect your bike from damage from winter weather conditions.

In Connecticut, Portable Garage Depot is a leading provider of all manner of portable shelters for motorcycles as well as other vehicles. The shelters and their covers are easy to assemble and use thanks to an easy bolt design that allows you to assemble your shelter with minimum tools in minimal time, without compromising the strength of your new temporary motorcycle cover or shed. View our wide variety of motorcycle shelters on our web site, or call us at 800-984-7657 to discuss your motorcycle storage needs.

How to Properly Wash a Motorcycle

Summer is here! That means long, exciting bike rides on those sun-kissed roads. The only downside, of course, is that your bike is going to get dirty. If you love your motorcycle as much as we love ours, then we’re sure you’d agree that cleanliness is key.

So, what’s the best way to clean your pride and joy? Everyone thinks that they’ve got some secret method, but in actuality, it’s a pretty simple process. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

If you want to clean your motorcycle efficiently, then it’s best to have everything you need in front of you. There’s nothing more annoying than having to run back and forth between the house and driveway everytime you need something.   

Here’s what you’ll need

  • A Rag: To plug exhaust holes
  • Spray Motorcycle Cleaner: For cleaning your bike before rinsing it.
  • Sponges: You’ll use these to remove grime.
  • Brushes: These will be good for areas like spoked wheels that require a bit of elbow grease.
  • Drying Clothes: You’ll need to dry your bike when you’re done. This will help you do that.
  • Microfiber: Great for finishing touches.

Step 2: Bring Your Bike To a Shady Area

Before you do anything, make sure that the engine is cold! Don’t start cleaning your bike the second you park it. This could give you a thermal shock. Furthermore, If at all possible, don’t clean your motorcycle under direct sunlight. This will make the soap dry faster, which will cause streaks and water spots.

Step 3: Cover Your Exhaust Holes

Since you’ll be applying soap and water to your motorcycle, it just makes sense to keep it out of areas that won’t benefit from it. To keep water out of your exhaust holes, use a rag or rubber glove.

Step 4: Apply Motorcycle Spray & Water

Motorcycle spray will help loosen the dirt and grime so that you won’t have to rub and scrub as much. When you scrub vigorously, you end up making things worse; so, go ahead and apply the spray cleaner to your dry bike, and let it sit for the duration stated on the bottle. Once finished, rinse it gently with the hose.

Step 5: Lather & Rinse Your Motorcycle

This part is pretty self-explanatory. To make the process go smoothly, start at the top of your bike, and work your way down. Moreover, it’s a good idea to use 2 separate buckets: One for soap, and one for rinsing. Doing this will help keep most of the dirt in the rinse bucket. Once you’ve thoroughly lathered your bike, apply the hose again. It’s important to rinse quickly after sudsing; the longer you wait, the more likely you are to see hard-to-remove streaks.

Step 6: Dry Your Motorcycle

Use an air blower together with a soft cloth. The air blower will help you cast a wide net, which will reach tiny crevices that your hands can’t easily reach. While the air blower will handle most of the drying process, it’s good to use the cloth on specific areas that didn’t get enough air attention.

Bonus: Keep Your Motorcycle Clean With a Pop Up Shed

Not everyone owns a garage. If this sounds like you, then consider a pop up shed for your motorcycle, like these from Portable Garage Depot

 

Portable Garage Cover Damaged by Storms? Order a Replacement

Portable garages are meant to be durable enough to stand up to harsh weather. They can often withstand rain, snow, and strong winds, but particularly fierce storms can take a toll. If you have a portable garage, now is a good time to inspect the cover and see if it has been damaged by winter and spring storms and needs to be replaced.

How Storms Can Damage a Portable Garage Cover

Heavy snow can accumulate on top of a portable garage if the angle of the roof is not sharp enough for snow to slide down. The weight of several inches of snow can cause a cover to sink down or separate from the support beams, which can tear the cover and lead to leaks that can damage the contents of the garage.

Wind is another frequent cause of damage to portable garage covers. One strong gust can loosen a cover or even blow down an entire structure if it isn’t securely anchored. A cover that has come loose and blown around may have large tears that can’t be mended. In that case, the cover will need to be replaced.

Wind can cause damage to a portable garage cover in another way. Blowing objects, such as sticks, tree branches, stones, and even lawn furniture, can tear a portable garage cover or cause the entire structure to collapse.

Check Your Portable Garage Cover for Damage

Winter and spring storms are common. Even though portable garages are built strong, sometimes Mother Nature is stronger. If you have a portable garage in your yard, take the time to inspect it carefully for damage.

Even small tears or holes should be taken seriously. Damage might not seem significant now, but another storm could make it much worse. If you don’t replace the cover now, after the next storm you might find your car or lawn and garden equipment covered with water, leaves, tree branches, or other debris that could cause all sorts of damage that would be expensive to repair.

How to Replace a Portable Garage Cover

You can order a new cover for your portable garage online and switch the covers yourself. Shelters of America sells storage buildings in a wide range of sizes and styles, and we have replacement covers to match. Our covers are made from heavy-duty polyethylene that is manufactured to stand up to rain, snow, wind, and the sun’s UV rays. Order a replacement cover today!!

10 Tips to Clear Clutter in Your Outdoor Space

A yard is a place where family and friends gather, so you naturally want it to be relaxing and inviting. Things that were bought years ago to decorate the yard have likely become damaged, and items that you bought to entertain others may no longer be used. That can lead to clutter that can make it hard to enjoy spending time outdoors.

Take a look around your yard and see what you can do to clean it up.

How to Get Rid of Clutter

  1. The yard furniture you purchased years ago may have become rusty or damaged from exposure to rain, snow, and the sun. Inspect it and see if it can be repaired. If so, fix it yourself, pay someone to repair it, or donate it so someone can fix it and sell it.
  2. Statues and other decorative fixtures that you placed in your yard have likely become damaged by the elements. Sometimes wear can make statues look more appealing, but in other cases, they just look like junk. Discard or recycle any broken or unsightly statues.
  3. If you bought pots to grow flowers but gave up on that hobby, get rid of them. If they are in good condition, you might be able to sell them or donate them to a local agriculture program. If not, recycle them.
  4. Garden tools that aren’t used don’t serve any purpose, and tools that are left outdoors are likely rusted. Sell them, have them repaired, or recycle them.
  5. A leaky hose might be able to be fixed. If you have tried to patch it and it still leaks, recycle it.
  6. If you have paint, primer, or stain left over from projects and no plans to use it, find a local place to recycle it. Don’t dispose of those items in the trash.
  7. Many homeowners collect trimmed tree limbs and scraps of wood left over from projects. If you have a pile that you don’t plan to use as firewood, recycle it. You might be able to light a bonfire but check your local laws.
  8. If you have piles of garden weeds and grass clippings, turn them into compost to use in your garden. You can add household waste for additional nutrients.
  9. Your kids probably loved to play on a swing set when they were young, but if they have grown up, you shouldn’t keep it thinking that you might have grandchildren in five or ten years. It will be too rusty to use long before then. Sell or donate the swing set.
  10. Old toys, such as bikes and trampolines, that are no longer used are just taking up space. Sell them or give them away.

Organize Important Belongings in a Portable Shelter

Once you have cleared out all the clutter in your backyard, you will have space to store things you actually use, such as vehicles and tools. Shelters of America offers portable garages in many sizes and styles to keep your backyard organized. Order one today.

Consider a Portable Garage for Storing Your Motorcycle

It’s cold in much of the United States right now, and motorcycle owners are having to settle for dreaming of the spring. In the meantime, they need a safe and secure place to store their motorcycle under the mercury rises until they can ride again. Unfortunately, not every motorcycle owner has access to a garage. Some owners even resort to using tarps, which are cumbersome and can blow away in the wind.

Portable Garages

Portable garages are a great solution to protect your motorcycle from rain, wind, and sun, all of which can cause serious damage to motorcycles over time. A portable garage or carport is a temporary outdoor structure that usually consists of a fabric cover over frames made of either powder-coated or galvanized steel tubing, depending on the model. The garage covers come in a variety of colors and are made of durable, layered polyethylene that includes a rip-stop material for long-lasting durability. A wide variety of surface anchors are available to accommodate all surface applications (asphalt, cement, etc.).

Once installed, portable garages are a good solution for reliable, low-maintenance storage space for motorcycles, cars and other vehicles.

Easy, Affordable and Secure

Compared with the costs that go with a permanent garage or storage solution, portable garages are extremely affordable, and can help keep your valuable motorcycle, car or ATV away from “prying eyes” and theft.

Contact Portable Garage Depot

Portable Garage Depot is a leading manufacturer of portable garages and carports nationwide. It’s a one-stop shop for an instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits that help protect your motorcycle, vehicle or other possessions from harsh weather.

Portable Garage Depot offers many universal do-it-yourself garage design buildings to fit your every need, whether it’s vehicle storage or for equipment, tractors, tools, sand and salt piles, hay, portable horse shelters and more. Call 800-984-7657 or visit our web site to discuss your portable garage needs and compare options.

How to Secure a Portable Garage to the Ground

A portable garage is an excellent alternative to a traditional garage. It can keep vehicles, tools, lawn and garden equipment, and other valuable belongings safe from the elements if you don’t have space or money to build a traditional garage. A portable garage has steel support beams and a durable polyethylene cover that can stand up to rain and wind, but for those components to work, the entire structure must be firmly anchored to the ground.

Choose the Right Anchors

If you want to set up a portable garage on a dirt or grass surface, anchoring it should be fairly easy. The portable garage kit should come with a set of anchors that can be driven into the ground at an angle to secure the structure. Be sure to use the anchors that came with your portable garage since they are designed for a building of that particular size. Other anchors from a hardware store might not be able to support the weight of your portable garage or might not extend far enough into the ground to keep the building stable in strong winds.

If you don’t have space in your yard for your portable garage, you might need to set it up in your driveway. Anchoring a shelter to asphalt is more difficult, but it can be done. You will need to use quality, heavy-duty anchors that are specifically designed to be used in asphalt and drill holes into the driveway to secure the anchors. Make sure you have the proper equipment. If you don’t, you might be able to rent the tools you need or hire someone to help you.

Depending on the size and weight of your portable garage, you might need stronger auger anchors. They are designed for larger and heavier portable garages that might be difficult to adequately secure with standard anchors. You can find auger anchors that are designed for grass or dirt surfaces or asphalt.

Protect Your Garage and Other Belongings

A portable garage is a significant financial investment, so you want to make sure that it can stand up to wind without suffering damage. Properly anchoring your shelter can allow it to perform the way it should and protect your valuable possessions inside. If you decide to relocate your portable garage to another part of your property or to move to another house, you can simply remove the anchors from the ground, pack up your portable garage, and transport it to another location.

Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in a wide range of sizes and styles that can be used to protect your vehicles and other prized possessions. No matter which type of shelter you choose and where you set it up, be sure to anchor it securely to the ground.

Order a storage shelter and the appropriate anchors from Portable Garage Depot today.