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.

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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.

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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!

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.

 

Portable Shelters & Camping

The spring and summer months are the most common times of year to go camping. This fun activity offers a great opportunity to disconnect from our mobile devices and hectic lifestyle and reconnect with nature and family and friends. Whether you prefer to rough it out in the wilderness with bare necessities or park your RV at a more accommodating campground, there are ways having a portable shelter along for the ride (other than your tent) can be beneficial.

Here are some of the ways a portable shelter can make your camping experience more enjoyable.

Easy to Transport

“Pack lightly!”

That’s the advice you’ll typically get when you tell someone you’re going camping. After all, you’re there to enjoy nature and what it has to offer, not lug around half of your possessions. The great thing about portable shelters is that they are easy to transport. Depending on the type and size you can take them down and put them up without much effort and they can pack up nicely.  Carports and other smaller covered canopies are great for a covered picnic area and can remain pitched until your camping trip is over.

Protection from the Elements

Nothing’s worse than a day of fun outside spoiled by adverse weather conditions. Heavy rainfalls, beaming hot sun and windy conditions can all make being outside borderline unbearable. With a portable shelter, you’ll have adequate protection from the elements. Not only are they designed to retain heat if needed but with suitable ventilation standing under them makes sense when the weather isn’t cooperating. Give yourself a chance to dry off, eat with fewer flies around and get out of the harmful sun’s rays for a bit.

Shelters of America has everything you need to store and shelter your belongings. Our instant storage buildings are made with galvanized steel frames to ensure true All-Weather protection from sun, wind, rain, ice, and snow. Our inventory includes truck covers to instant shelters, boat covers, car garages, garage kits, portable shelters, portable garages, carports, car covers, portable buildings, motorcycle covers, metal carports and metal buildings.

When to Use Peak-style Storage Buildings

If you’ve been thinking about adding a portable shelter on your property, then you may already have some usage reasons in mind. Whether it’s to store a classic car over the winter, keep lawn equipment neat and protected or to start a greenhouse, there are endless possibilities when it comes to using portable shelters.

After you decide the use, you’ll need to find a building type best suited for those needs. Metal carports, enclosed shelters or peak style buildings are just some of the options to choose from.

For this post, we’ll be looking exclusively at peak-style storage buildings and the reasons to select this style.

Height

One of the top reasons people choose peak-style storage is to accommodate a very tall item being stored. An RV that’s put away during the colder months will work great under a peak-style storage building because it can be driven right in and out due to the higher ceiling and sizing.

Roof Style

Another common reason to choose a peak-style building is the shape of the roof and its ability to keep the elements away. Not only does the cover keep rain and snow from getting inside and damaging the contents of the portable shed, but it’s pointy top also flushes water off and away from the top of the dwelling so if you live in an area that gets large snow accumulations you don’t have to be so concerned about the weight causing the building to collapse onto your valuables.

Cover Quality

At Shelters of America, our peak-style storage shelters are made for superior durability. From frames made of 14 gauge 2.315 OD Allied Gatorshield structural steel tubing to 12.5-ounce, 24-millimeter thick rip-stop polyethylene material that has been treated to provide protection from the sun’s UV rays and a skylight and steel roll-up door with lock.

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Preventing Fires in Portable Shelters

Portable shelters are terrific because they offer additional storage space on the fly and without the need to break ground or build a permanent building. The uses are also extensive. From storing vehicles, to equipment and even livestock.

A common threat, especially in summer months, are fires. Here are some tips for preventing fires in portable shelters.

Understand the Risks

Depending on what you’ll be using your carport or portable shelter to store, you may have risks present regarding fires. Storing flammable materials for example, should be done safely, and using proper storage vessels. Another common threat such as live electrical wiring should be handled with care. Battery chargers, extension cords and other components should be considered.

The same is true if your storage will be packed with very dry materials like hay that can ignite quickly. All of these factors require proper precautions be taken when using portable storage to maintain them.

Perform Periodic Safety Checks

Even if you’ve properly stored items, it’s not a do it once and forget it thing. The risk of fire is very serious. Tanks can crack, fuel can leak and a spark can fly across a distance. All of these scenarios can pose an issue of fire in your portable shelter. It’s important to perform regular safety checks of the shelter. Ensuring nothing flammable is out of place or that conditions inside haven’t changed.

Choose the Best Shelter for Your Usage

Since there are a number of ways to use portable storage, you should consider what you’ll be storing. If there are highly flammable materials being stored, or if the potential to catch fire is greater you may want to consider a metal carport which can resist flames and is long lasting.

Shelters of America provides truck covers, instant shelters, boat covers, car garages, garage kits, metal carports and more. The instant storage buildings are made of galvanized steel frames to ensure true all-weather protection from sun, wind, rain, ice and snow.

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How to Store Your Snowmobile Over The Summer

For most parts of the country, cold weather and snow are now far behind us. That means, time to put away the winter toys and store them until next season. If you’re an adventure seeker who likes to spend your leisure time riding a snowmobile, you’ll want to store it properly so you can get back out and ride come next season.

Perhaps you have a summer toy – a motorcycle, or ATV that you’ve kept stored over the winter. If so, you can swap them out. Or this may be your first season with a toy and you may be considering your options.

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A portable shelter is the perfect choice. It’s not only more affordable than renting storage space or having to build an additional garage on your property, but it can also be temporary and taken down and stored away when not in use.

Here are the necessary steps to take to store your snowmobile over the summer.

Clean Up

Before you put your winter toy away for the season, you should take care to clean and remove any dirt and debris that’s built up over the winter months. Even if it appears clean, it’s important to give it one last wash down with warm soap and water to ensure that all eroding salt is off.

You don’t just want to clean the snowmobile itself, but also the area its’ going to be stored. Make sure there is no damage to the cover on the portable shelter like rips and tears and that all particles and dust are cleaned out before you put your vehicle in for storage.

Prevent Damage

Depending what part of the country you live in, your vehicle may be tucked away for quite a few months. Over that time period there are chances that critters can get in and that ground conditions can change – both leading to damage.

Use moth balls in areas where critters may go – like under the hood. Also hoist the vehicle up off the floor. It’s advised that the springs be removed and a jack stand be put under the rear bumper with a wooden box on the front to keep tension off the suspension while it’s stored and to keep it from being damaged by changing conditions at ground level.

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Tips to Secure Portable Shelters During Windy Conditions

Portable Shelters are a terrific option when you need a quick, affordable storage solution during seasonal weather changes or for other reasons. They help protect your belonging from the elements and can be left erected for long periods of time, or easily taken down and stored away for future use.

If you plan to use your portable shelter during the winter months you may be concerned with extreme weather and the possibility of your shelter becoming damaged. However, there are things you can do to help further strengthen the support and placement of the portable garage to withstand these extreme conditions.

Here are some tips for dealing with extra windy conditions.

The Problem with Wind

While you may not think wind is as serious a threat as a snow storm or heavy rains, it is actually one of the most destructive of the natural elements. Given enough force, wind has the potential to pull trees from their roots or move houses. Even simple winds can become an issue for portable shelters if they are not secured properly.

Flying debris, shelters that tear and break, and worse, are all possible in windy conditions.

How to Secure Your Shelter

The best way to protect your shelter during strong winds is to reinforce it with additional support and ensure it is properly and tightly in place. First, if strong winds are an issue that you’ll encounter frequently, it might make sense to opt for a metal shelter or something with a bit more durability. You should also be checking your structure regularly to ensure anchors and tie-downs are in place. Things can loosen overtime and adjustments may be required. Doing so in advance of a storm or windy forecast can go a long way in keeping your shelter in place.

Another great tip is to opt for the side wall panel additions on a carport. These will enclose the space and leave less room for air to get underneath the structure and potentially lift it from the ground. It will also create a shield from any other flying debris that’s gone airborne and could strike your valuables.

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