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.

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!

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.

Using a Portable Shelter for Summer Storage

The summer months present a perfect opportunity to enjoy the yard again. To get outside and spend time with your children, pets, and friends in the fresh air. As any homeowner knows, this can also be a lot of work. There’s lawn to mow, weeds to pull and patio furniture to clean if you want your backyard to be an inviting oasis.

Then there’s the fact that you have to store all of these extra tools and items you have out in the yard somewhere else so you have access and can actually use the space. In these situation, the perfect solution is a portable shelter.

While portable shelters are terrific to have year-round they’re especially beneficial in the summer months for storage because it means less clutter in the year, somewhere safe to keep tools and equipment and more importantly, a lower cost to do so.

Portable shelters are the affordable and mobile alternative to having to construct a dedicated garage or barn on your property. Those require permits and construction crews to assemble, but a portable shed can be put up with a few people and taken down and stored away when not in use.

If you live in an area that only gets a few months of nice summer weather a year, then it’s especially important that you can enjoy that time to the fullest. Don’t spend another summer avoiding going outdoors because you can’t stand the site of your lawn.

Shelters Of America offers both temporary and permanent portable garage and carport buildings. Made of the highest quality galvanized steel frames and long lasting polyethylene covers – it will last for years.

Get a portable shelter, clean and organize and get out there to enjoy!

Tips for Storing Your RV During Usage Season

Summer is almost here, and many families will be setting out on vacation in an RV. Those trips may only last a week or two, and during the rest of the season, the RV will need to be kept in storage. Here are some tips to protect your camper when you aren’t using it.

Keep Moisture out to Prevent Mold

If moisture accumulates inside an RV in storage, it can lead to mold. The presence of mold could create a health hazard for your family and could make the RV unusable for the remainder of the summer. The best way to ventilate the interior of an RV and keep it dry is to leave the vents in the roof open while the vehicle is not being used. Don’t completely seal off the windows because if water leaks into the RV, the lack of ventilation and air circulation can lead to mold.

Keep Pests out of Your RV

Insects and rodents can enter an RV in storage through tiny holes. Once inside, they can chew through the interior, including electrical wires, which can cause major damage and may render the RV inoperable. They can also leave urine and feces, which can affect human health.

Walk around the RV and cover or screen any openings on the outside. Pay particular attention to the plumbing vents, refrigerator vents, furnace exhaust, and air intake piping. Remove any potential food sources from the RV after you return home from your trip and before you put the vehicle in storage to avoid attracting pests.

Where to Store Your RV This Summer

An RV should be stored in a secure location. A garage is ideal, but most people don’t have a space large enough for a vehicle of that size. If you don’t want to pay to keep your RV at a storage yard, you can store it on your property.

A portable shelter is a good alternative to a traditional garage. It can be set up on a level surface and can protect your RV from rain, wind, rodents, and insects so it will be in excellent condition the next time you decide to take a family trip this summer.

Shelters of America offers portable garages in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit virtually every need. We even have shelters that are large enough to accommodate an RV. Our portable storage buildings have steel support frames and polyethylene covers to protect vehicles from the elements. Order a portable garage from Shelters of America today to keep your RV safe.

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.

Order a Boat Shelter in Time for the Spring Season

The winter months have covered much of the nation in cold blankets of snow. However, in less than 30 days, the first day of spring will be here and for many outdoor enthusiasts, it means getting the spring and summer toys ready to use.

For boat lovers, taking them out of storage, cleaning and prepping them for the first outing on the water is an important early step in the season. With just 4 short weeks until the season rolls around for many, now’s the time to order a portable shelter for your boat.

Easily set up the portable shelter in your yard and get to work. Protect your boat and get it in clean and working condition and keep it somewhere that you don’t have to worry about passing eyes, weather ruining the interiors and to keep you warm while you sneak outdoors to give it some updates even with the cold temps still hitting much of the nation.

Shelters of America offers portable boat shelters made of high-grade steel frames and covers that attach to the frame. The triple-layer polyethylene and rip-stop fabric have fade blockers and anti-fungal agents so your shelter always looks great while protecting your boat.

Keep it up for the season to place your boat when you return home after a day on the water and take it down when you no longer need it. That’s the beauty of portable shelters.

The shelters can also be used for other storage needs, a covered area to have a party and more – the uses are versatile and endless.

Shop our different sizes, shapes, and types on the site today!  

4 Things You Should Know about Portable Shelters

Storing our belongings for safekeeping is something we do naturally. You want to protect it from damage or theft. What happens though, when those values are very large, or cannot be brought indoors? It’s far too costly or impossible in many cases to construct a building from scratch that will permanently reside on the residence for storage. That’s when portable shelters come in to save the day.

Here are 4 things you should know about portable shelters and why they make the ultimate choice.

1.      Protection from the Elements

First, you’ve likely spent a lot of money to acquire the valuables in your life. Whether it’s a classic car you like to show off on the weekends, an RV or even pricing farming equipment, the last thing you want to do is put it at risk out in the open where the elements can cause it to tarnish, break and even become useless.

Portable shelters offer amazing protection from the elements and quality frames and covers can withstand even the strongest of wind and weather situations.

2.      Requires Only a Small Investment

Since you’re not having to break ground, pull permits and start a whole new construction, you’re also going to be saving a ton of money by going the portable shelter route. It’s important to not find the cheapest one out there but to choose a quality, named brand shelter to protect your investment and have a solution that withstands time and delivers the protection it’s advertised to.

3.      Great for On-the-Go Convenience

We talk a lot about using portable shelters in the yard as extra garage space, but they also make for great on-the-go storage and shelter. Take a smaller size portable shelter with you camping, to large sporting events or other times when outdoor weather is going to be a giant factor in your day. They provide instant, easy access to cover and can shield you from rain, sun, and other conditions.

4.      Versatile Uses

Speaking of using your portable shelter for more than just storage, many people are using these dwellings for other reasons too. Start a greenhouse in winter, host your next outdoor party under one and set-up a picnic where guests aren’t afraid to come out because a shelter is provided.  The opportunities are endless.

In the market for a portable garage? Shop Shelters of America for an array of options to meet your needs. From large dwellings to fit an RV to smaller options for lawn equipment and canopies for your outdoor parties.  SHOP NOW

4 Benefits To Owning A Portable Garage

If you need reliable, cost-effective storage space for your car, truck, boat, or supplies, then portable garages can be a life-saver. Why choose a portable garage over a stationary garage?

The beauty of portable garages is that you don’t necessarily have to choose between one or the other. In fact, many people benefit from having both. Why? Sometimes stationary garages and sheds are just not spacious enough.

Whether you are trying to decide between the two, or are considering a portable garage for any overflow that your stationary garage cannot house on its own, then you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s break down the 4 benefits offered exclusively by portable garages.

1. They’re Easy To Move & Install

They wouldn’t put the word “portable” in the name if it wasn’t true. When you plot out and build a stationary garage, it will stay in the same spot. If you decide to move a stationary garage, you would have to invest in some labor-intensive services. Even if you’re a hardened DIY advocate, moving your garage will take a lot of your own time and energy.

Conversely, portable garages are extremely easy to move and install. Don’t like where your extra furniture, car, or lawnmower is stored? No problem: just break it down and move it.

2. Versatility

What if you wanted to host a party? Making room for your guests to park while also protecting your valuables can be difficult in a pinch. With a portable garage, all you have to do is decide where it would fit best. Once you’ve settled on the right spot, then you can move it quite easily.

In addition, with this level of portability, you can offer to bring shelter with you to a friend’s house. Forget bringing a bottle of wine. Instead, bring something that everyone will appreciate, whether they realize or not.

3. No Permits Required

Since portable garages don’t need to stand on a foundation, no permits are required. This simple fact saves a lot of time and effort. With portable garages, you don’t have to worry about completing paperwork or following up with town hall; all you need is an even surface to deploy your anchor. Check with your town for any other requirements on placement and property distances.

4. Sturdy Protection

When most people see how easy it is to install and move portable garages, they often wonder if it really provides reliable protection for vehicles and valuable possessions. The answer? Yes, it does. Typically comprised of a steel frame and durable fabric, portable garages are well-equipped to withstand harsh weather conditions.  

Now that you understand the benefits of owning a portable garage, what are you waiting for? Shelters of America offers a variety of different portable garages and shelters to fit your unique needs. Experience supreme protection first-hand: shop today!