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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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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Fabric vs. Metal Carports

If having a brick-and-mortar garage is not financially or physically possible, you don’t have to keep your valuables outside facing the elements and getting damaged. Carports and portable shelters are the perfect, affordable option for storing these items. The best part, they can be moved and taken down as needed so you’re not forced to use the space forever if you don’t want to.

These structures are durable and made of galvanized or powder-coated heavy-duty structural steel. Depending on your needs and how long you’ll be storing items under the carport, you can choose a fabric (polyethylene) or metal cover.

Here’s a closer look at both options.

The Pros and Cons of Fabric Carports

The great thing about polyethylene covers is they can easily be replaced if they are ever torn without having to toss the whole investment you’ve made in the shelter. They also come in a variety of color and style options and replacement covers can also be added if further protection is needed. It’s as easy as getting a full enclosure kit and adding it on.

When Metal Carports Make Sense

If the plans are to keep the carport in place protecting a car, truck, RV or equipment for a long period of time, then you may want to go with a metal carport. These are made out of galvanized steel and created specifically for long-term durability outdoors. Metal is also an environmentally friendly product that’s fully recyclable and performs well in all weather conditions. They are not susceptible to rot, fire or termites like other building materials. Options from 12- to 30-foot wide metal carports and various heights are available.

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3 Easy Tips for Winter Portable Shelters

If you live in one of the areas of the U.S. where seasonal weather changes include extremely cold temps and precipitation over the winter months, then you probably already understand how important it is to have a garage or storage area for your car and other outdoor valuables.

Snow, while pretty to look at, can do some serious damage. It’s cold, heavy, wet and can cut like glass if frozen solid. This isn’t a good mix if you have a classic car, boat, motorcycle of other costly toy sitting in your yard unused during these months.

Thankfully, portable shelters offer an affordable and temporary way to shelter your valuables from the elements over these months. Keeping this structure in good condition and keeping your items safe is key.

Here are 3 easy things you should do to maintain a portable shelter in the winter.

Check Condition

Before the harsh winter weather rolls in, be sure to check that there are no tears in the cover. Especially if you have already used it for a few seasons or have had it up for a while. Natural wear and tear or the sun can eventually cause tears. This is an easy fix with a replacement cover. You should also check for any erosion or rust on the support poles as this can lead to a collapse under the weight of a small amount of snow.

Secure Portable Shelter

Along with snow, the winter typically brings strong winds. To secure the legs of your portable shelter to the ground, you should have anchors that are properly screwed into the ground as well as consider the use of additional cinder blocks, sand bags or other support items to help keep the legs braced whenever excessive winds are forecasted.

Keep it Cleared

One of the very important things you’ll need to do to keep the integrity of your portable shelter over the winter months is to keep it cleared of snow and debris. Once large amounts of snow have fallen, you should head outdoors and use a roof rake or other method to clear the weight from the top of the shelter. If there is too much weight sitting atop the structure, it can cause collapses and other accidents.

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Permits, Codes & Things to Consider with Portable Shelters

If you’ve decided to opt for a portable shelter for extra storage on your property, congratulations on making the most affordable and flexible choice possible when it comes to adding storage space on your property.

While you won’t have to invest in heavy machinery to break the ground and build a permanent dwelling, you may still need to get in touch with local zoning authorities to be sure there aren’t any codes or permits required.

Size Matters

One thing that may affect whether or not you can have a portable garage or other shelter in your local area is the size. Since areas vary in their regulations it’s best to check with your local area for accurate sizes while deciding on which portable shelter you get. Once you know the size, you can start looking at other measurements like ordinances on how far you can place a portable shelter from a house, the roadway, or other property lines.

Permanent vs. Portable

Depending on who you talk to, the definitions of permanent and portable structures can be varied. While you’re probably not pouring cement to cast your portable dwelling into the ground, there may still be some who consider it a “permanent” type of dwelling on your property. Again, to get the most accurate building codes you should contact a local office for your specific needs. Typically, pop-up canopy style shelters are not considered permanent and a safe option if it will do for your project. Then you don’t have to worry about permits.

Getting a Permit for a Portable Shelter

If you’ll be purchasing a portable garage or shelter and know you’re local town requires a permit, getting one isn’t too difficult. You’ll only need to visit the local office along with the plans and measurements of the project and pay a fee for the permit.

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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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