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!

How to Declutter Your Home

There’s nothing worse to a homeowners morale than a cluttered house. If you’ve got piles of clothes and random “junk” from the prehistoric era littered around your house, then it may be time for a serious overhaul. While it may seem overwhelming now, just imagine how good it will feel to rid yourself of this burden once and for all.

Once you’re committed to change, follow these important tips…

Start a Donation Pile

The easiest way to get rid of things without destroying them is by donating. That old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” couldn’t be more true. Put all of your miscellaneous items–clothes, old electronics, furniture–into an “unwanted” pile. Once you’ve identified what you really don’t want to hold on to anymore, pack it up and bring it to the nearest GoodWill. 

Collect Everything That You Actually Use

Car parts, cleaning supplies, video games, makeup–get everything that you’ve used within the last 12 months together, and begin organizing them. Often times, homes get cluttered because people fail to establish designated spots for their things. If you have a catch-all closet filled with unordered items, then you know what we’re talking about. Do yourself a favor and get organized!  

Put Overflow Into a Storage Shed

Once you’ve maximized your home’s existing space, put the rest of your usable items neatly into a storage shed. Now usually when people think of storage sheds, they think tractors and tools. While it is a great place to keep equipment, the right storage shed can hold other important items too. So, which storage shed should you get? Well, you can’t go wrong with a portable storage shed from Shelters of America. These storage solutions are affordable, durable, and easy to set up. 

 

4 Ways to Use Portable Garages Besides For Car Storage

When most people think of portable garages, they think of carports. You know, a portable shelter that can be used to store their cars. While portable garages certainly do make a great safe haven for daily drivers, RVs and motorcycles, there are other fruitful ways to use portable garages. Here’s 4 examples.

For Animals

Whether you have horses, goats, outdoor cats, or even dogs, portable garages can give them some much-appreciated shade during the hot summer months. While it may not be entirely appropriate in the dead of winter, most animals will enjoy it as an additional play area or feeding spot. To make it more like home for them, put toys and beds in there. Once they get used to it, you’ll find that they’ll visit it regularly.

For Parties

Have you ever thrown a summer party that got interrupted by rain? Well, if you didn’t prepare a tent beforehand, having a portable garage on deck can really come in handy. As long as people see some reassuring shelter, the party will continue! 

For Woodworking

If you enjoy woodworking, then a portable garage can be made into a comprehensive personal workshop  Why clutter your basement with all of your tools and equipment? With a portable garage, you’ll be able to keep everything all in one place.

For a Children’s Play Area

With all the technology available to children today, it can be difficult to get them to use their imagination to entertain themselves. With a designated play area outside, you can encourage them to make a fort, avoid hot lava, launch themselves into space, or go on a wild safari-style adventure. 

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Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

During the holiday season, many people struggle to figure out what to give their loved ones as gifts. Some men are particularly hard to shop for since they seem to have everything they want and need. One thing many people wish they had more of is storage space. If there is a man in your life who seems to have it all, consider getting him a portable garage.

Give Him a Place to Keep His Vehicles Safe

For guys who enjoy collecting or restoring cars, storage space can be hard to come by. A garage may not have enough room for all his vehicles, especially if his spouse or partner also has a car.

A portable garage is a simple and convenient solution. A shelter can be set up quickly and easily in the backyard or in another location to provide instant storage and to protect his prized vehicles from rain, snow, and cold temperatures.

Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in a wide range of sizes and styles to keep one or more vehicles safe from the elements. If your man has a boat or RV, no problem. We have shelters that are high enough to accommodate large vehicles. The best part is that a portable garage costs a fraction of what your loved one might have to spend to build or extend a garage or to put a vehicle in storage.

Important Portable Garage Features

Our portable garages have frames crafted with heavy-duty structural steel to stand up to strong wind and other harsh weather conditions. The covers are made with waterproof triple-laminated polyethylene to protect the shelter’s contents from rain and snow that could cause rust. The covers are also UV-resistant to prevent the sun from causing the paint to fade or peel.

Keeping a portable garage secure is essential to prevent it from blowing away. Portable Garage Depot sells anchors that can keep a shelter firmly attached to the ground, whether it’s covered with grass, dirt, asphalt, or gravel.

Our portable shelters have rollup or zipper doors to make it easy to move vehicles in and out. We also sell vents that can let airflow in and out of a portable garage to prevent a buildup of humidity that could damage a vehicle or attract insects.

The Perfect Gift for a Man Who Is Hard to Shop for

If you have a special man in your life and you’re struggling to find the right gift because he seems to have everything, ask yourself if he could use more space to store his most valuable possessions. If so, get him a storage shelter from Portable Garage Depot. Place your order today.

Time to Put the Motorcycle Away!

Winter in many parts of the nation is starting early this year. Weather forecasters on the east coast are calling for the chance of snow in many states. Just one week into the month of November.

If you enjoy riding the open roads on two wheels then this news may come with some sadness. Inclement weather also means it’s time to put the bike away for the season.

Here are some storage tips to consider for your motorcycle.

Winter Motorcycle Storage

Whether you’re worried there won’t be enough room in your garage this winter for the car, bike and other boxes of junk, or would rather not risk the dings your toy may get, you might want to consider other storage options for the winter.

Portable Garages can be used to protect the bike from the elements, and when properly secured, also deter thieves.

Choose a shelter with a durable, tear-proof polyurethane cover to keep the bikes paint and other elements clean and free of damage.

Since winters can get pretty rough, be sure to also choose a durable steel frame that can withstand strong winds or any heavy snow loads.

Get easy, mobile protection for both cruising and racing bikes as well as ATV’s, snowmobiles, jet skis, and other recreational equipment so you don’t have to worry about cluttering the garage.

At Portable Garage Depot we offer storage models with double zipper front and rear doors and an anchoring system that make terrific choices for motorcycle storage over the winter.

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Portable Garage Accessories You Need

If you’ve made the decision to buy a portable garage for your property, or have had one for a while and want to get the most use out of it, considering additional accessories can add more bang for your buck.

In this post, we’ll look over some of the best options when it comes to adding accessories to your portable shelter. Whether you’re storing your favorite classic car or using it as a greenhouse – we’ve got you covered!

Think Practical

For all the new important items you’re thinking about keeping secured in your portable garage, it makes sense to think about how to best protect them while they’re there. Could you benefit from a fan or vents that stop moisture build-up? Will you need access to electricity inside the portable garage? How about anchors to keep it grounded if there’s rough weather where you live?

If you can think of these practical must-haves in advance it will only mean you’re setting up a portable garage that’s going to beneficial for the long run.

Don’t Forget the Door

One thing we don’t think about when putting up a portable garage is how you’ll get in and out of it with ease. While it’s not your standard garage with an automated opener to provide you access, if you’ll be frequenting it quite often it’s far better to have a door added to your portable garage. Choose from roll-up or zipper door kits.

Go Big

Not all portable garages are meant to just store stuff. If you’ve got major plans to turn the portable shelter into a highly-functional space then additional accessories like windows, flooring and more might be on your shopping list. These giant spaces can double as covered party areas or even be converted into a workshop. The possibilities are endless!

Tips to Keep Your Portable Shelter Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter

A portable garage is an excellent storage solution, but it can be affected by outside temperatures more than a traditional garage. There are, however, several things you can do to control the temperature inside your portable shelter during both the summer and winter.

How to Keep Your Storage Shelter Cool in Summer

If you haven’t yet purchased a portable garage, you can make some decisions now to help control the interior temperature. A light-colored garage will absorb less heat than a darker-colored one. That can be a big help if you live in an area where summers get oppressively hot. You can also set up your shelter in a part of your yard that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight.

A fan positioned in the doorway is a simple and effective way to improve air circulation and make the inside of your portable garage more comfortable. Even if a fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature, a breeze can make it feel cooler if you need to repair a vehicle or work on some other type of project in the garage.

Clutter in a portable garage can obstruct airflow. If your storage shelter is filled with boxes, tools, or lawn and garden equipment, clear some space so a fan can do its job.

Ventilating your portable garage can also help keep it cool in the summer. Vents can improve airflow without using electricity and raising your utility bills.

How to Keep Your Portable Garage Warm in Winter

Your car will continue to give off heat long after you park it in the garage. If you use your car most days, parking it in the storage shelter when you get home can be a simple way to maintain a relatively warm inside temperature during the winter.

If you don’t store a vehicle in your garage or don’t drive it frequently enough to use it as a heat source, you can use a space heater to warm the garage, but you will have to be careful. Only use a heater when you will be in the garage. Don’t put it on or near anything combustible. Make sure the garage is well ventilated to prevent a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. Regularly check the heater and make sure it and an extension cord, if you use one, are in good condition.

Invest in a Portable Storage Shelter

A portable garage can be a good place to store a vehicle or other valuable belongings without spending money to build a traditional garage. With some strategic decisions and minor modifications, you can keep your portable garage comfortable in every season. Shelters of America offers portable garages in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colors to suit any need and preference. Order a portable garage today.

Garage Organization Tips You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Most homeowners think of their garage in one of 2 ways: As a place to keep the cars or somewhere to store all the junk that you don’t know what to do with.

It’s just been this way for many years for many, but today, with people like Marie Kondo and other mindfulness practices gaining ground, there’s a push to clear out our physical spaces and make room for more joy in our lives.

Getting rid of all of our things isn’t always that easy. Sometimes the boxes in the garage contain sentimental items like your child’s art projects. They’ve since gone off to college and you want to keep them to share with your grandchildren. Or, perhaps holiday decorations are kept here.

Either way, when it comes time to organizing and tidying up the area so it can be used for better things and walked through without fear of everything coming tumbling down, we’ve got some tips for you.

Here are some garage organization tips you probably haven’t thought of.

Consider Display and Layout

Thanks to the Internet, there are a plethora of research and inspiration photos to use for coming up with an idea for your garage. Clearing the clutter for goodwill requires an idea of how you’d like to use the space and what it will look like. When you’re motivated by the functionality of use of the space it will be easier to get out there and get organized.

Hang Everything

Nothing makes a room look smaller and messier than clutter all over the floor. Even if you’ve been stacking boxes around the outer perimeter of the garage floors, chances are those boxes haven’t been touched for a while. You’re not just losing valuable walking space, moisture from the ground could also be damaging items inside the box. The solution? Hang everything. Invest in shelving, get bike hooks and storage racks. Take everything and hang it up and away from the floor for an instant transformation.

Get a Portable Garage

If you’ve done all of the above and still have stuff you don’t know what to do with but aren’t ready to toss, it’s time to consider a portable garage. This is a cost-efficient option that allows you to add more storage space on your property that isn’t permanent. Just move it or take it down when it’s no longer needed.

Portable Garage Depot is your trusted resource for all-weather protection for your investments against weather elements. Our custom portable garage frames are made from powder-coated or galvanized steel tubing and the durable covers come in a variety of colors made of layered Polyethylene to stop rips from happening. We also offer a variety of surface anchors to accommodate all surface applications. SHOP NOW!

Do I Need an Engineered Truss Building?

Deciding to add another commercial building on your property can be costly. If you’ve been doing your research then you know you have options when it comes to on-site storage and the types of buildings you could use for your needs.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to store salt, farm equipment or want an arena for horses, there are certain building types and regulations you’ll have to consider first.

If you’ve been wondering whether or not you may need an engineered truss building, we’re here to help.

Here are some top considerations before purchasing.

Do You Need to Lower Costs?

If keeping costs low is a key target in the new construction of a building on your site, then trusses are a great option. In addition to being faster and easier to construct than traditional roofs, you can also purchase pre-fabricated trusses to speed up project completion times and reduce costs.

Does Your Building Code Require It?

Staying in compliance with all local, state and national building codes is important. Many industries and locations will require a certain style roof and will even dictate size restrictions. It’s important to become familiar with these prior to beginning a build to avoid penalties and fines.

Are You in a Hurricane Zone?

One of the great things about the truss system is that it’s a rood system that’s built stronger than traditional methods meaning they can withstand things like heavy loads and strong winds. If you’re in a location that’s constantly hit by hurricanes and other weather events, going with an engineered truss building makes sense.

Shelters of America is here to help. We offer heavy-duty arch and engineered buildings. Get in touch today to order or learn more!

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!