In many parts of the country, boats are necessity for industry, such as fishing, but boats are even used as seasonal and vacationing vehicles. But what should you do when it’s too cold to go for a boat ride? One option that many do is to put the boat in some kind of storage. When looking into storage options for a boat, the possibilities are several, with some claiming to be better than others. The basic four basic types of storage for a boat are often putting it in a garage, tarping it, getting it shrink wrapped, or storing it in a boat canopy. While both tarping and shrink wrapping a boat are temporary and may lead to dry rot or mildew under the cover when in storage for several months, what do you do when you don’t own a garage?
As a portable shelter has several options for use, one is to use it as a boat shelter for the several months when the boat is in storage. Boat shelters are designed like a portable garage, with a galvanized steel frame and a polyethylene canopy. In the case of many boat shelters, the canopy surrounds the vehicle on all sides. When you want a shelter to keep out the elements, boat shelters are treated to be waterproof, UV resistant, mildew resistant, and rot resistant. In many cases, the polyethylene canopy on these shelters is also fire resistant. In addition, as the canopy keeps out the elements, the structure still allows for air circulation, so mildew and dry rot won’t form on the vehicle while in storage.
Keeping your boat in storage during the colder months is important to have it last for several years. When not covered properly, the UV rays can fade the paint and make some plastic parts crack, while water can accumulate on the surface and cause mildew built up – not to mention small animals can get to the vehicle and make it their home. While the boat is in storage, check on it periodically to see that no small animals have found their way inside and that no mildew has built up on the surface. As most boat canopies have a zipper or roll up front door, the boat can stay in the shelter in this case.
Even for the avid horticulturalist, having a glass greenhouse can be difficult to maintain. Not to mention, whenever you need to transport plants to a show or festival, the shelter can’t go with you. One option to still have a high-quality greenhouse that is easily transported is to set up a portable greenhouse. Much like any portable shelter, portable greenhouses are made of a galvanized steel frame that supports a polyethylene canopy. The polyethylene tarp, in this case, is partially transparent, allowing some light to pass through the surface. If you’re a budding horticulturalist, one of these structures can be beneficial, as well, and can evolve your gardening from only a seasonal endeavor to one that lasts all year round.
What about adjusting temperature? One of the benefits of owning a greenhouse is that plants can be grown all year long. With glass greenhouses, the inside can be heated naturally and, to alleviate some of the heat, vents are added. This same design is added to many portable greenhouses. Two possible portable greenhouse designs include polycarbonate and polyethylene panels. When completely closed, these structures retain heat inside but, in warmer months, to cool off the plants, vents are added to the roofs. With the temperature outside, the vents can be adjusted to the plants’ needs.
As with all types of portable shelters, portable greenhouses come in a number of shapes and sizes. Rounded and peaked roofs are two designs used across all portable shelters, and these, too, are applied to greenhouses in large and small sizes. For your personal garden, smaller portable greenhouses can be put together. But, if you need an industrial-size greenhouse for growing vegetables or plants in the winter month, rounded roof industrial-size portable greenhouses can be installed to cover a large area of up to 20 feet by 26 feet.
You have a car you want protected from the elements, but, at the same time, you don’t have a brick and mortar garage. Building a brick-and-mortar garage requires planning and zoning on your property, not to mention a large amount of money, to have it built. An alternative to building a brand new garage attached to your house is to have a portable garage. A portable garage, also known as a carport, can be put in a variety of locations on your property – wherever your car will go. As part of the product’s name is “portable,” this structure can be set up and taken down but, like a traditional garage, the structure is strong enough to protect your car and other investments you put in the shelter.
A portable garage is a sturdy structure made from a galvanized steel frame and a canopy of heavy-duty polyethylene. While the steel structure is strong and treated to prevent corrosion, the polyethylene canopy protects the car, essentially, while in the carport. As a canopy, one of these polyethylene tarps is made from a high denier count, rip-proof material that is treated to be waterproof, rot resistant, mildew resistant, and UV resistant. When it comes to your vehicle, this means that the shelter will keep out the water and sun from damaging your car. As the shelter allows for some air circulation, mildew and dry rot won’t form on your car while under a portable garage.
Another benefit of using a portable garage is that the structure isn’t permanent. If, at some point, you decide to purchase another car or a seasonal vehicle, one of these structures can be expanded by use of portable garage kits to accommodate two or more vehicles. In addition, one of these structures can be the same as an ordinary garage and, if you choose to use the structure as a storage or work shed, your additional investments will be protected.