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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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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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.

Create a Safe Place for Winter Horse Riding with a Portable Shelter

riding arena

If you’re lucky enough to have horses and keep them on your property, then you know how important it is to care for them and keep them safe – especially during inclement weather. Since different areas of the country experience varied seasons, there are some owners who might be considering options for housing during cold months.

Covered arenas are a great option over wood barns because they are affordable and come with the additional benefits of a portable shelter. This includes varied usage from hay storage to greenhouses and more.

Portable Shelter Construction

Typically these dwellings are constructed using galvanized or powder-coated steel for the frame and are then covered with a polyethylene cover to keep moisture and the elements out. There are many different shapes and size options, but choose one large enough, and you’ll also have room for an indoor riding for your horses too. This is vital to ensure they are getting enough exercise and removes the fear of bad weather conditions or icy and other dangerous ground conditions affecting horse trotting abilities.

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Indoor Riding Arenas

If you’re looking to step things up and host competitions, do some serious training for your horses, then the best option for an indoor riding arena would be a heavy duty truss arch building. These can withstand high winds, snow loads and can even have doors and ends added to completely enclose them.

At Carport Depot, choose from round and peak-style enclosed portable barns in various sizes to shelter any equipment, hay, crops, or animals when needed.

The equestrian arena from Carport Depot can be installed quickly and is offered in sizes up to seventy-two feet wide and thirty-two feet high.

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Reminder: Order Carport Replacement Covers Before Winter

Portable Garage Shelters for Disaster Recovery

Protecting your vehicle or other precious possessions that are stored outdoors over the winter months is important. Especially if you’re concerned about wear or damage from the elements.

If you’re current carport canopy cover has seen its day and needs replacing, you’ll want to consider getting that done before the winter temperatures and inclement weather make their way around.

Replace a Damaged Cover

Even materials made to last will eventually need to be upgraded over time. Patches to cover small holes are an easy fix, but larger issues in a carport covers will put the integrity of the apparatus at risk and can even render it useless for protecting your investments.

The good news is a steel frame will outlast that kind of wear and tear so you’ll only need to replace the cover. When buying a new replacement cover for your carport consider the material, size and usage you’ll require. A heavy-duty polyethylene material is strong enough to resist UV rays, is waterproof and comes in various sizes and color options.

Upgraded Protection

This is also an opportune time to think about if you’d like to get more out of your covered shelter. If you’ve been thinking about having additional coverage from your carport, now’s the time to opt for the full enclosure kits which provide optimal protection from the elements. With additional panels for the sides and front and back of the frame, you’ll be sure to keep all moisture and other debris from entering the area and protect whatever valuables you house for several months at a time. When the season is over, you can simply take the shelter down or use it for other storage needs.

At Carport Depot we offer high-quality portable shelters at affordable prices. To find the right structure for your storage needs, take a look through our vast selection and give us a call today.

Seasonal Storage: Here’s What You Should Know

If you live in a region where seasonal climate changes are great enough that storing possessions is a must, then you also understand the costs associated with storage. Whether it’s an antique car, motorcycle, boat or ATV, when the weather isn’t right, using these vehicles is impossible. However, failure to properly store them when not in use, also leaves them at risk for tons of damage.

The good news is that seasonal storage can be manageable if you weigh your options and make informed decisions. Portable garages and shelters are one way to save on costs while still protecting your precious assets from the elements.

Here are some other things to consider when it comes to seasonal storage.

motorcycle shelterSize

Depending if you’re storing one motorcycle, or an entire RV, you’ll need to think about size. That means knowing what area of your yard you can dedicate to a portable shelter and then buying one that is large enough to store your items. Measure both your items and add some buffer space around the shelter to choose one large enough.

car in carportUse

You’ll also have to consider various types of portable garage storage options depending what you are storing. For example, you might need something that’s completely enclosed to protect an antique car from snow or debris, but you could also use something open and just covered on top if it’s only a motorcycle or an ATV that you still want to have access to over those months. Before you selected a portable storage option, do your research and see what’s recommended for your specific item and best practices for proper storage.


Regardless of the type of toy you’re needing to put away for the season, the fact is that rain, wind and sun can cause serious damage. Choose shelters that are built with frames constructed using heavy-duty structural steel and that have waterproof, triple laminated polyethylene material for covers.

Portable Garage Depot offers instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits that help you to protect your investments from all the elements.  Choose from a number of do-it-yourself building kits to fit your needs. See our selection.

Storing Your Boat for the Winter? Use a Carport

If you’re the lucky owner of a boat, then you know just how great it feels to be out on the open waters, sun glistening, enjoying your vessel. You also know the work and cost associated with keeping your boat operational. That’s why off-season storage should be an important focus.

Rental fees at marinas can be exorbitant. And then there is the worry over big storms and damage from the sun and debris. Save money, and keep your boat on your property, under a covered carport instead.

Here’s a closer look at the reasons you should opt for a carport to store your boat this winter.


After you’ve had your last thrill in the water for the season and you’ve removed the bilge drain, scrubbed the boat’s hull and deck, and let everything dry-up, it’s time to store and protect your costly investment over the winter months.

Boat canopies and metal carports that are designed for long-term storage are made with steel frames and come with UV-resistant, waterproof polyurethane covers. These features as well as an enclosed option, means you’ll be able to shield your boat from bad weather and damage while withstanding strong winds and weight from the snow.


Since boats come in all different sizes and lengths, it can be hard to predict whether or not a brick and mortar permanent storage location is the right choice. Getting a portable dwelling makes it easy to measure accurately, assemble and choose the location where you’d like to store your boat. You don’t get that kind of versatility when you have to make or rent a spot at a permanent structure.

As an added benefit, carports can be used for more than storing your boat in off season, they can even be used for an outdoor get together with tables and chairs – the possibilities or endless. If you don’t need it though, you can also take it apart and store it away until next season.

Cost Savings

With all of the options a carport offers, it’s easy to see you’re getting the best bang for your buck. The cost savings alone by not having to get permits drawn up and purchased and the fees to have a permanent shelter constructed are important to consider. Also many marinas have expensive dock harbor and dry dock fees. With a portable garage shelter, you can make a one-time purchase and quickly make a return on that investment.

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Parking Your Boat for the Season? Consider a Canopy for Better Protection

Depending who you talk to, boating season will soon come to an end. The cold weather makes it less enjoyable for many unless of course, you’re an avid fisherman and must brace the colder water temperatures to get a specific catch.

If you’re getting ready to park you boat for the season, consider the benefits of protecting it with a covered shelter versus leaving it out in the open to brace the elements.

Here are some of the top benefits of using a boat canopy.

Keep it Clean

A primary reason to invest in a covered shelter for your boat is to keep it clean from debris, rodents and bugs as well as prevent chips in the paint, fading and dents. Winters can be harsh on a boat because of the heavy ice, UV rays and water – all of which gradually damage the surface and interior of a boat.

Hinder Repair Costs

One of the largest costs associated with owning a boat are repairs and equipment replacement fees. Mechanical breakdowns can happen just from bracing the elements and things like water buildup. To slow down the chances you’ll have to make costly repairs before your boat can be used next season, you should store it in a shelter where it’s well protected from the elements.

Thwart Thieves

Boats that are left uncovered can easily be stolen from. Thieves passing by will have much less trouble getting into the boat to steal electronics or other commonly stolen items like outboards and outdrives when there isn’t a shelter to enter or a cover they must first bypass.

Get Back in the Water

boat under canopyAs an added benefit, you’ll spend less time trying to clean up the boat and get it back on to the water when the new season comes around so you can spend time doing what you like instead of maintenance work while you watch everyone else enjoying the waves.

Boat shelters from Carport Depot are built from galvanized or powder-coated heavy-duty structural steel and are designed to shelter your seasonal vehicle all year round. Check out our selection of round, barn, and house-style shelters available in sizes ranging from 12 to 40 ft. wide to fit your specific needs.

How to Move a Carport to a New Location

A carport can provide shelter for one or more vehicles if you do not have space in a garage. A carport can be set up in one area and can usually last for many years to provide protection from the elements. In some cases, though, you may need to move your carport. For example, you may be planning to build an addition on your house, or you may want to put a shed in your yard. In those cases, you can move the carport to a new site. Here are some tips on how to do that.

When to Move Your Carport

It is not a good idea to move a carport in the winter since the ground may be frozen and could be covered with snow and ice. It is better to move your carport when the ground is thawed. This will make it easier if you decide to slide your carport instead of disassembling it.

How to Prepare to Move Your Carport

The first thing you will need to do is figure out where you want to put your carport and measure the distance. Move anything that might get in the way when you are moving your carport, such as rocks or sticks on the ground. If you do not know how to move your carport, ask someone for help. You can also pay a professional to do it for you.

How to Disassemble and Move Your Carport

If you want to take your carport apart and then put it back together in its new location, come up with a plan. Make sure you have the right tools to disassemble and reassemble your carport and mark each piece before you take it apart. Remove the top first. Label each piece and place them all in bags to make it easier to stay organized and reassemble the carport.

How to Slide Your Carport to a New Location

If you want to slide your carport to its new location, jack up the sides and place them on skidders. You can hitch the skidders to a tractor and slide the carport to its new site. Be careful and go slowly to avoid cracking the frame.

Order a Carport from Shelters of America

A carport can provide you with shelter for your vehicle for many years. It can provide protection from rain, snow, and the sun’s harmful UV rays that could damage your paint. A carport is a smart investment that is a good alternative to a traditional garage.

Shelters of America sells carports in a range of sizes to provide shelter for one or more vehicles. Our carports range from 10 to 30 feet in width. If you are interested in buying a new carport, look through our selection and place your order today.

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