An Insider Guide to Picking the Right Portable Garage

If you need space to store one or more vehicles, tools, or livestock, but you don’t have the time or money to build a permanent structure, a portable garage is an excellent alternative. You can find many options online in a variety of sizes and materials. Here are some things to consider so you can make the right choice.

What Will You Store?

The first thing you need to think about is what you want to store in a portable garage. If you want a garage to shelter a car, truck, RV, or boat, measure the length and height of the vehicle so you can choose a large enough portable garage.

If you want to shelter two vehicles, make sure there will be enough room to park them with space for people to walk around and open the doors. Choose a portable garage with one large door or two smaller doors so you can move both vehicles in and out easily.

If you need to store landscaping tools and equipment, such as a lawnmower, rakes, and garden shears, you can go with a smaller portable garage. If you need a place to house animals, such as horses and livestock, you can put a portable garage in a pasture and leave the door open so the animals can come and go as they please to escape the sun, rain, and cold temperatures.

Where Will You Put Your Portable Garage?

Consider the size and layout of your property. You might want to buy a portable garage to store two vehicles, but if your yard isn’t big enough, or if there is no way to maneuver the vehicles in and out because of another structure in the way, it simply won’t work. You might need to choose a different size or location for a portable garage or move another structure in your yard, or you might be able to find a way to fit two smaller garages in different areas on your property.

Pay for a Quality Garage

Be sure to pick a portable garage made from durable materials. A steel frame can help the garage stand up to strong winds, and a polyethylene cover can protect whatever you store inside from rain, snow, and the sun’s UV rays.

Portable garages vary in price depending on several factors, such as size, height, and materials. Think of a portable garage as an investment. You are better off paying more up front to purchase a shelter that can stand up to the elements for several years than to buy a cheaper one and worry about it falling down.

Order a Portable Garage

A portable garage can keep your vehicles, tools, or animals safe. Before you buy one, think carefully about how and where you will use it and select the one that best suits your needs. Portable Garage Depot offers a wide selection of shelters in many sizes and styles that are made with quality materials. Place your order today.

Replacement Covers: Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late!

Portable garages are great for so many reasons: They’re affordable, versatile, easy to move and they don’t require you to break ground and build a permanent structure to get protected storage.

Even with long-lasting polyethylene covers that resist tears, over time, it’s inevitable that normal wear will compromise the integrity of the cover.

Here’s why it make sense to get a replacement cover even if you don’t have a tear.

Outside of normal weathering, Mother Nature could also bring a nasty, windy storm and a branch from a tree could hypothetically come ripping through the cover.

Be prepared for these situations by buying a replacement cover in advance of any issues and storing it away for safe keeping.

It’s easy to take down an old, worn cover and simply put the new cover on in the same positioning. You’ll want to also take inventory of the frame and other parts to ensure they’re still in working order as well.

Then the only thing you have to do is keep a regular eye on your portable garage going forward to guarantee its longevity.

You can also consider a different style cover when you order a replacement. If it’s made to fit your style frame, you may want to consider a zip-up door or a cover that’s made to last longer – the options are endless.

At Portable Garage Depot, we offer a selection of replacement cover options for your dwelling. From a multitude of sizes and style selections, our goal is to help you keep your property protected. Get instant, convenient year-round storage and protection for cars, trucks, ATV, motorcycles, boats, equipment and much more.

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How to Pick The Best Portable Garage Gift This Holiday

If you’ve been thinking about surprising your friend or family member with a portable garage this holiday season, then congratulations: you’ve settled on a gift that is very hard to top!

As it is with most gift purchases, it’s important that you select a portable garage that fits the needs of the person you want to buy it for. For example, you probably shouldn’t buy a portable shed for someone who would get more value out of a portable greenhouse. Consider all the options before you buy.

If you’re a little confused about which portable garage to get, don’t worry–we’re here to help! Here are 3 tips to help you choose a portable garage to gift to your loved one this holiday season.

1. Figure Out What They Need to Protect

Before you even start browsing, think about what it is that this person needs to house. Do they need to protect their car from the elements? Do they have a boat? An impressive collection of tools? Livestock or animals that they want to keep safe? Maybe they throw parties often. Think: do their guests need shelter from unexpected storms?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions, then you’re off to a good start. If your friend has a boat, then you should be looking at boat shelters. If they have amassed lots of tools, then a portable shed would be ideal. If they have goats or outside cats, then look at portable animal shelters. Get the idea? Good. Now let’s dive a little deeper.

2. Consider Size: How Much Space Do They Have?

Nobody wants to hear that their gift was returned because the recipient didn’t actually have space for it. Be strategic in your approach. If you want to keep this a secret, realize that you don’t have to keep everyone in the dark. For instance, if the gift is for your best friend, then ask their spouse, roommate, or parent to get ballpark measurements of the space you have in mind for it.

3. Be Mindful of Construction Materials

Most portable garages are composed of steel frames. As you browse and compare shelters, consider the diameter of the steel frame. Generally, the thicker the diameter, the sturdier the shelter will be; the drawback, however, is that thicker frames tend to command higher price tags, and are more difficult to transport. If you decided on a portable shed, for example, then chances are that the recipient will not need to transport it often, so it may be beneficial to opt for the more structurally sound option.

Now that you have the knowledge needed to pick the best portable garage for your friend or family member, check out what Portable Garage Depot has to offer for your holiday gift checklist!

Maintaining Tropical Plants in a Portable Shelter

If you have a green thumb and have enjoyed the last few warm summer months nurturing and growing beautiful plants, then you may be starting to feel sad about having to weed and prepare those plants for the cold winter. Depending on where you live, perennials go dormant but return again next year. There are plants that cannot withstand the cold temps though.

The options you have with those is to let them eventually wilt and die and toss them at the end of the season, or you could bring them indoors or somewhere they’re protected (like a portable shelter) so they can continue to thrive and live beautifully as they have been.

If bringing a forest of outdoor plants into your home living space is out of the question, then a portable garage or a greenhouse is just the thing you need for winter gardening bliss.

Keep reading for details on how to maintain tropical plants in a portable shelter.

Research Your Location

The first thing you should do before attempting to garden over the winter is to learn more about the zone you live in and what the temperature and ground freeze means for the livelihood of plants kept outdoors. Once you have a better understanding of which crops grow best in which seasons, you can begin to seek alternatives for taking those plants inside a shelter and getting them the proper care to survive despite outdoor temps.

Choose the Right Portable Shelter

Portable shelters are great options because they offer protection from the elements, they can be moved when not in use, and you don’t need to break ground to create a permanent space. With careful planning they can even be used as a greenhouse for plants and provide sunlight, warmth and even more intricate watering systems should you have the extra funds and want to get fancy.

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Tropical Plant Tips

In addition to taking tropical plants to an enclosed shelter, you should add some extra layers of security to protect the roots and keep the cold temps from burning them out. Add extra layers of mulch to the pots, fertilize and water at the right times and do your research on which areas of your property will bring in the most sunlight (a vital ingredient to healthy plant growth).

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Prepping Your Boat and Bike for Storage

With the cooler weather quickly approaching, you’ll most likely find that you don’t need your boat or bike anymore and you’ll need to place it in storage. Having a storage spot will not only help ensure that the boat or bike stays dry and warm but it’ll also give you the peace of mind until you’re ready to break the toys out once again in the spring. Here’s why a portable shelter is the best option for you and how you can prep your boat and bike for the treacherous winter conditions.

Why a portable shelter?

Unlike other storage options, portable shelters are not only moveable but they are also able to fit any shape or size of the toy, whether it be a rowboat or a fishing boat. You can also select a portable shelter made of galvanized steel which has a much longer lifespan than those made of powder coated steel if you desire. Other storage options can also be extremely expensive and will not be able to fit larger boats and toys. Portable shelters come in a variety of shapes and sizes to help avoid this.

Prepping your boat

Both winter weather conditions and long periods of storage can affect your boat meaning costly repairs and a lot of maintenance in the spring. Before storing your boat in your shelter, you will want to change the oil, fill the tank with gas, and refresh the coolant system. This will help prevent the corrosion of your engine as well as help the engine parts from freezing.

You will also want to disconnect the battery. Leaving the battery in will most likely cause it to drain and die. Instead, take it out and charge it every so often so that when it’s time to start boating again, it will be fully charged and ready to go.

Prepping your motorcycle

Much like a boat and RV, a motorcycle requires some maintenance before storage to help ensure that come warmer weather, it will be in drivable condition. You will want to top of the tank, get an oil change, and remove the battery but you will also want to fill your tires to the maximum recommended volume and rotate the front tire once a week. This will help prevent flat spots.

If you’re not sure what kind of portable shelter is right for you, we have a custom quote form that allows us to get a sense of what storage shelter you need. You can also contact us at Shelters of America and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Getting Your RV or Camper Ready for Winter

While fall is just beginning and winter seems very far away, it’s really right around the corner. And while many travel south to avoid the freezing weather, many RV owners choose to store their RV for the cold months. If this is you, there are a few things to do to protect your ride.

Here are some steps to take to get your RV ready for winter and ready to be stored.

Prepare the Plumbing

You’ll want to prepare your plumbing from freezing which means draining all the tanks, draining the water heater, and draining the fresh water. If your RV has a washer/dryer and ice maker, you will also want to follow the manufacturer’s steps to protect those appliances. You will then want to use an RV antifreeze or air pressure to blow out all the remaining water. Antifreeze is the surest method to guarantee that your pipes will not freeze.

Decide What to Do with the Battery

There are a few options when it comes to the RV battery. If you’re not storing the RV in a location where AC power is available then it’s best to take the starting battery out and store it in a place where it won’t freeze. A discharged battery is more likely to freeze than a full one so if possible, charge it about once a month. If you don’t wish to disconnect from your RV, then it’s important to disconnect them. This will help keep the battery from draining. Again, you will want to top off the charge about once a month to help it from freezing.

Fill Gas & Get an Oil change

While it may seem a bit strange to fill your RV up with gas before storing it, it will help prevent condensation in the tank. As for the oil change, used motor oil contains acidic compounds that can cause corrosion and damage inside the damage.

Cover it up!

Most importantly, use a portable garage to store your RV. While it may be tempting to just throw a tarp over your RV, the plain plastic allows moisture to build up which means bad news. A portable garage, made of heavy-duty structural steel frames, can withstand heavy winds, rain, and snow. Plus, when you’re not using them for your RV, they also double as a storage space for your equipment, tools, tractors, etc.

There are so many storage options for your RV’s and other toys. Ready to buy? Have questions? Contact us at Portable Garage Depot and we can answer any questions that you might have!

Minimize Clutter in Your Home Just in Time for the Holidays

In case you haven’t realized, we’re only 3 short months away from the holiday season (two if Thanksgiving is the commencement of holiday season in your home.)  If you’re hosting guests and events over the course of these weeks, you may be getting into a panic thinking about how you’ll ever clear room out of the guest beds or where you’ll put all the clutter you’ve accumulated over the summer so it’s not an eyesore during festivities.

Portable Garages are the Answer

Add storage to your property that’s out of sight from guests and that gives you the extra space you need during these months to store the gifts, decorations and that unforgiving mother-in-law who will be surveying your cleaning abilities.

The dwellings can be set-up and easily taken down when not in use and best of all, they can be set back in your yard away from your nicely decorated exterior. After the guests are long gone and warm weather rolls around you can even decide to leave the portable garage up and use it to store lawn equipment or as a shaded area for any outdoor parties or picnics, you host.

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Portable Garage Depot offers instant, temporary carports, portable garages, building kits and more. All frames are made of powder coated or galvanized steel tubing and have covers made of durable layered Polyethylene in a variety of color options. This material helps stop ripping and tears and can withstand the elements. We also provide the anchors you’ll need to keep the portable garage in place wherever you decide to install it.

Enjoy the holiday season for once. Leave the mess out of sight and enjoy the party with your guests.

 

3 Tips to Get Your Portable Garage Organized Before Fall

New seasons represent weather changes for many. Depending on where you live, the end of summer means colder temps, adverse weather conditions and protecting your valuables from the elements is a must. The change from summer to fall is a move from cruising around on your motorcycle, in your classic car, boat or your RV and storing those items until next year.

Portable garages make terrific additions to your property for this purpose of safe storage. They shield your valuables from damaging wind, ice and more and help you preserve them until you can use them again.

Before your toys into the portable garage for safekeeping, it’s a good idea to clean and clear the space for optimal storage conditions. Here are 3 tips to get your carport organized before fall.

Make Ample Time

If you’re someone who waits until the last minute to get things done and works well under pressure, this isn’t the time to use those skills. You want to set aside ample time to get your portable garage situation cleaned up and ready for winter storage. Starting now, a few months in advance of those weather conditions makes the most sense.

Clear Clutter

The first thing you should do before stuffing any more things into the already crowded storage space is to clean it up. Clear the clutter, discard what is no longer needed or used and spend some time raking, leaf blowing and getting rid of loose dirt and debris that can cause issues to the cosmetic integrity of your valuables when stored. A good rule of thumb is to create a pile for the items you’re sorting. Categorize them by “Keep”, “Toss” and “Sell/Donate” and you may even make some pocket change in the process. A clean and cleared portable garage can also be easily inspected for any rips or tear or issues with the frame that should be addressed before heavy snowfalls and bad weather come around.

Plan a Layout

With a cleared and cleaned portable garage space, you can also take the necessary time to plan a layout for the items you’ll need to store over the winter months. Getting your car, motorcycle and lawn equipment into the portable garage space isn’t a hassle when you’ve take the time to carefully plan.

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4 Reasons to Get a Portable Garage for Fall

Can you believe we’re already halfway through July? Before we know it, it’ll be pumpkin spice and bonfire season again and for many of us, a new cold season will begin. Right now, if you walk into any retail location you’ll likely find aisles lined with pumpkins and maybe even some holiday trinkets.

While it may seem too early to be thinking about the winter seasons, it’s not too early to be prepared. Even if you don’t care about swapping out your front door wreath, you might want to consider how you protect your summer vehicles over theses season. You know that classic car you love driving around right now? Or that four-wheeler you’ve been taking out on adventures.

Come cold season you’ll be wishing you had somewhere safe to store it. A portable garage offers the perfect option here are 4 reasons to pick one up while it’s still early.

1.      Dependable Protection

Depending on where on the map you’re located, you may be faced with unique challenges as far as weather and outdoor conditions come these later months in the year. From hurricanes to snow storms, blizzard and worse, there is a chance that any cars or other valuable property kept outdoors will be put at risk. Cold temps and the weight of heavy snows can all become an issue. A portable garage will shelter your valuable by providing a sturdy cover that withstands weight and winds.

2.      Shelter from the Elements

Speaking of bad weather. Did you know that the sun’s rays are so damaging they can cause cosmetic as well as mechanical issues, even when it’s not hot out? Then there’s also the issue with flying debris like branches in tornado and hurricane weather or dangerous ice and hail that can happen in the winter. All of these can shatter windows and dent cars. Protect your precious items with a portable garage made of galvanized steel and durable layered Polyethylene covers.

3.      Cost Effective

The fact that you can take down and store a portable shelter isn’t the only perk it offers. The dwelling is also far more cost efficient because you don’t have to break ground and lay concrete to have a permanent structure added on your property.

4.      Easy Maintenance

Wear and tear over time and extreme conditions may cause your portable garage cover to tear. Getting a replacement cover is easy and you can have a functioning storage area in no time.

Shop Portable Garage Depot for a huge selection of portable garage types, shapes and sizes. Looking for something for a more light-duty task? We have affordable easy-up outdoor canopies too and backyard party tents perfect for parties, picnics, barbeques, and flea markets.

Turn a Portable Garage into a She Shed

Having a portable storage area in your own backyard serves a multitude of purposes. From a place to store your classic cars to somewhere for lawn equipment to be kept. There is also the added benefit of being able to take down and move these buildings when they are no longer needed. In addition to traditional uses, people today are finding new and inventive ways to make use of portable garages.

One way to transform these shelters into useful space is to turn it into a “She Shed.”

“She Sheds,” as the name infers, are dwellings that are usually occupied by women when they are enjoying downtime or doing tasks that they enjoy. Similar to the “man cave” the idea is to have time in a space that’s all your own away from the kids and other tasks around the house to just relax.

She Sheds can vary from a crafting space to a yoga and meditation area or a place with dainty décor and comfortable seating. Whatever is most pleasing to the owner and affords them the time away in their own space and enjoying the backyard like never before possible.

Building a new permanent space for this area however is costly and requires permits and breaking ground.

A portable garage makes the perfect way to create the backyard retreat.

Not only are portable garages durable and protective, they can also be moved and taken down when the season has passed or there is no longer need for that space of the yard to be occupied.

Portable Garage Depot carries a range of instant, all weather building kits for instant storage and protection for your investments from the elements. In addition to do it yourself garage design building kits we also have storage sheds made of high quality powder coated steel with UV resistant covers that can be used for equipment, tractors, tools, sand and salt piles, hay storage, portable horse shelters, run in sheds and so much more.

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