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.

Shelters of America offers top of the line truck, boat and car covers, instant shelters, garage kits, portable shelters and garages, carports, and so much more. With galvanized steel frames and Polyethylene covers, these shelters are made to last. Shop our selection today!

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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Stop Ruining Your Valuables, Get a Portable Garage

Keeping the items we enjoy in good condition is a pretty standard move. After all, what good is that boat you like to take out onto the water and show off on summer afternoons if it’s tattered looking or the interior mechanics aren’t working properly because it spent an entire winter bracing the elements and sitting in your backyard? Same goes for your car, motorcycle and other things that could potentially take a beating without some kind of protection from wind, snow, sun and other factors.

Portable garages take the financial burden off your shoulders by offering a safe and easy way to store things in your yard without having to call a contractor over or break ground and build a permanent structure.

Portable garages are also a great option if you’re looking for a dwelling that can serve multiple purposes like extra space for gardening in seasons when you’re not storing things, or a place to host an outdoor part. Alternatively, it can also can be taken down and tucked away when not in use and make the rest of your property available to you again for other uses.

Buying options or potable garages include full or partial coverage, vents and other choices, depending on what will be stored. Either way you’ll want to be sure the portable garage comes with a heavy duty steel frame and tear resistant polyethylene material for a cover. This will prolong the life and use of the dwelling for many seasons. Even if natural wear and tear happen over time, the covers can also easily be changed so you can continue to use the portable garage.

At Portable Garage Depot, you can find garage and carport products available in a myriad of sizes to accommodate anything that needs protection – temporary or permanent and products ship nationwide.

How to Get Rid of Yard Clutter: 3 Tips

For some homeowners, memories of their backyard as a prime space for entertaining guests and relaxing is just that – a distant memory.

There’s no use having an amazing backyard you cannot enjoy because it’s piled with stuff – some broken and some you may actually use – crowding the space. Getting rid of yard clutter is the best way to take back the enjoyment you once had with your yard.

Here are 3 tips to get rid of lawn clutter right now.

Big Clean Up

Rent a dumpster and go through what’s broken, what hasn’t been used in a long time and what you can toss, sell or donate. Once you’ve eliminated mess and unnecessary items, you’ll have space to start cleaning and seeing your grass again. Imagine that – a backyard that can actually be used for enjoyment. Maybe even a barbecue before the cold weather comes around.

Mow & Trim

backyard oasisOne of the reasons your yard might look messy is because you haven’t taken care of the grounds. If you don’t want to hire a professional to spruce up the space, roll up your sleeves and pick up leaves and sticks, clip the grass and cut back or remove any dead and overgrown plants and weeds. Consider a fresh coat of paint on fences that look tattered or power washing patio and furniture to give it new life.

Get a Portable Storage Shelter

Keeping your valuable items and extras in a safe place in your yard is the best way to stay neat and organized. The great thing about portable storage shelters is that you can pick the location, and it doesn’t have to stay there. If you need seasonal storage you can take it down at the end of the season, and if you want to change the usages from storing lawn equipment to a place to have an outdoor party, you can do that too with a portable shelter.

Shelters of America offers instant storage buildings with galvanized steel frames to ensure you get true all-weather protection from damage caused by sun, wind, rain, ice and snow. See a full list of our products.

Reminder: Order Carport Replacement Covers Before Winter

Portable Garage Shelters for Disaster Recovery

Protecting your vehicle or other precious possessions that are stored outdoors over the winter months is important. Especially if you’re concerned about wear or damage from the elements.

If you’re current carport canopy cover has seen its day and needs replacing, you’ll want to consider getting that done before the winter temperatures and inclement weather make their way around.

Replace a Damaged Cover

Even materials made to last will eventually need to be upgraded over time. Patches to cover small holes are an easy fix, but larger issues in a carport covers will put the integrity of the apparatus at risk and can even render it useless for protecting your investments.

The good news is a steel frame will outlast that kind of wear and tear so you’ll only need to replace the cover. When buying a new replacement cover for your carport consider the material, size and usage you’ll require. A heavy-duty polyethylene material is strong enough to resist UV rays, is waterproof and comes in various sizes and color options.

Upgraded Protection

This is also an opportune time to think about if you’d like to get more out of your covered shelter. If you’ve been thinking about having additional coverage from your carport, now’s the time to opt for the full enclosure kits which provide optimal protection from the elements. With additional panels for the sides and front and back of the frame, you’ll be sure to keep all moisture and other debris from entering the area and protect whatever valuables you house for several months at a time. When the season is over, you can simply take the shelter down or use it for other storage needs.

At Carport Depot we offer high-quality portable shelters at affordable prices. To find the right structure for your storage needs, take a look through our vast selection and give us a call today.

Seasonal Storage: Here’s What You Should Know

If you live in a region where seasonal climate changes are great enough that storing possessions is a must, then you also understand the costs associated with storage. Whether it’s an antique car, motorcycle, boat or ATV, when the weather isn’t right, using these vehicles is impossible. However, failure to properly store them when not in use, also leaves them at risk for tons of damage.

The good news is that seasonal storage can be manageable if you weigh your options and make informed decisions. Portable garages and shelters are one way to save on costs while still protecting your precious assets from the elements.

Here are some other things to consider when it comes to seasonal storage.

motorcycle shelterSize

Depending if you’re storing one motorcycle, or an entire RV, you’ll need to think about size. That means knowing what area of your yard you can dedicate to a portable shelter and then buying one that is large enough to store your items. Measure both your items and add some buffer space around the shelter to choose one large enough.

car in carportUse

You’ll also have to consider various types of portable garage storage options depending what you are storing. For example, you might need something that’s completely enclosed to protect an antique car from snow or debris, but you could also use something open and just covered on top if it’s only a motorcycle or an ATV that you still want to have access to over those months. Before you selected a portable storage option, do your research and see what’s recommended for your specific item and best practices for proper storage.


Regardless of the type of toy you’re needing to put away for the season, the fact is that rain, wind and sun can cause serious damage. Choose shelters that are built with frames constructed using heavy-duty structural steel and that have waterproof, triple laminated polyethylene material for covers.

Portable Garage Depot offers instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits that help you to protect your investments from all the elements.  Choose from a number of do-it-yourself building kits to fit your needs. See our selection.

Winter Gardening Made Easy with Greenhouses

Gardening is a hobby many enjoy, especially over the summer months when it’s warm and the temperatures are just right. If you live in a region where winters are cold and snowy however, that hobby is limited only to those few, short months. Thankfully, there are alternatives to outdoor gardening that still make it possible to get your hands in the dirt and planting even if it’s snowing outside.

Greenhouses are a great option for those who love gardening and want to continue to grow flowers and vegetables throughout the winter.

Benefits of Greenhouses

What makes greenhouses great is that they can store things outdoors while still keeping them shielded from the elements. An added heat source also makes these structures perfect for temperature controlled growing or reducing other risk factors from extreme cold temperatures. Portable green houses are also a great way to have an extra shelter built right on your property while still keeping costs low.

Heat & Protection

Greenhouses that are constructed of durable frames and that use the proper covers can help gardens to grow fruitfully because they allow important sun and heat in, while keeping dangerous elements out. Whether you’re looking to start new plants from seedlings or continue to grow already mature crops, you can be sure that setting up a greenhouse can keep them thriving even through the cold seasons.

Shelters of America

Selecting options that allow for sunlight to bath plants and with ventilation options, works best when buying a greenhouse for winter gardening. Shelters of America offers greenhouse options in various sizes. They are easy to set-up and available for various needs and budgets. Also included are triple-layer, heat-bonded, rip-stop translucent covers that are waterproof and UV-treated on the inside and outside. Combined with all-steel frames, the greenhouses can withstand severe winter weather and let you keep your gardening hobby all year long. Check out our greenhouse selection.


Storing Your Boat for the Winter? Use a Carport

If you’re the lucky owner of a boat, then you know just how great it feels to be out on the open waters, sun glistening, enjoying your vessel. You also know the work and cost associated with keeping your boat operational. That’s why off-season storage should be an important focus.

Rental fees at marinas can be exorbitant. And then there is the worry over big storms and damage from the sun and debris. Save money, and keep your boat on your property, under a covered carport instead.

Here’s a closer look at the reasons you should opt for a carport to store your boat this winter.


After you’ve had your last thrill in the water for the season and you’ve removed the bilge drain, scrubbed the boat’s hull and deck, and let everything dry-up, it’s time to store and protect your costly investment over the winter months.

Boat canopies and metal carports that are designed for long-term storage are made with steel frames and come with UV-resistant, waterproof polyurethane covers. These features as well as an enclosed option, means you’ll be able to shield your boat from bad weather and damage while withstanding strong winds and weight from the snow.


Since boats come in all different sizes and lengths, it can be hard to predict whether or not a brick and mortar permanent storage location is the right choice. Getting a portable dwelling makes it easy to measure accurately, assemble and choose the location where you’d like to store your boat. You don’t get that kind of versatility when you have to make or rent a spot at a permanent structure.

As an added benefit, carports can be used for more than storing your boat in off season, they can even be used for an outdoor get together with tables and chairs – the possibilities or endless. If you don’t need it though, you can also take it apart and store it away until next season.

Cost Savings

With all of the options a carport offers, it’s easy to see you’re getting the best bang for your buck. The cost savings alone by not having to get permits drawn up and purchased and the fees to have a permanent shelter constructed are important to consider. Also many marinas have expensive dock harbor and dry dock fees. With a portable garage shelter, you can make a one-time purchase and quickly make a return on that investment.

At Carport Depot we have high-quality portable shelters at affordable prices. Check out our vast selection and find the right structure for your storage needs today. Get a quote.

Get Firewood Ready for Winter with a Portable Garage

Keeping a warm fire going in your home makes it cozy on those blustery, cold winter days and nights – which will be here before we know it. Heating your home with firewood is also a great way to cut down on heating costs. But wood that’s wet won’t burn effectively and leaving it outside is sometimes the only option.

Don’t let this deter you from enjoying a cozy fire this winter. A portable garage shelter is an easy way to keep firewood protected from the elements and ready to use at a moment’s notice.

Here are a few options to consider for storing your firewood this winter.

Firewood Rack & Cover

An affordable option for keeping your firewood dry and safe when not in use are firewood racks. This option can be used to store chopped wood off of the ground and keep it covered and protected from the elements. Firewood racks come in a range of lengths and sizes and can be set-up anywhere it’s convenient in a user’s yard.  A breathable polyester cover that can be unzipped or that covers only part of the wood is also a great option because it also allows the wood to breathe and stay seasoned.

shed for seasoning firewoodSeasoning Shed

The best kind of wood for burning a great fire indoors is seasoned firewood. Not only does it eliminate the hassle of smoke, but it also crackles and shimmers pleasantly when it is perfectly dried. To speed up the process involved in seasoning firewood, and to protect it best, you can invest in a seasoning shed. These dwellings are specifically designed for keeping wood dry. Most of these types of sheds will come with a vapor barrier floor to block out moisture while also keeping condensation to a minimum.  Other options like a polyethylene translucent fabric allows more light to enter into the shed and the heat it creates will speed up the drying of firewood.

As we head straight into the winter months, now’s a great time to get your firewood ready before inclement weather hits. Check out the various options available for purchase at

Seasonal Portable Garage Storage Ideas

If you live in a state that has changing temperatures each season, then you’re already aware of the benefits of protecting your outdoor investments when they aren’t in use.

Portable garages and shelters are the perfect solution when you can’t build a brick and mortar storage area for these items. They are beneficial because they can be easily taken down when not in use and because they cost significantly less than building a permanent structure.

Here are some seasonal portable garage storage ideas to consider.

Patio Furniture

Patio furniture that lets you enjoy the warm summer months eating al fresco and entertaining guests in your backyard oasis costs a pretty penny. Leaving them out in the winter months when they aren’t being used can cause damage, pose issues if wind strengths are bad enough, and can even unnecessarily shatter, fade or rip if not well cared for. In a covered dwelling you’ll be able to preserve the integrity of these items so they can be used again next season in the same condition you left them.


No matter what season we’re in, firewood should be dry in order to burn properly. Bringing large loads of wood indoors poses issues of unwelcomed critters and guests, so it is much better left outside until it’s being used. A portable garage shelter is the perfect place to store firewood to keep it dry and allow it to get seasoned for the winter. Remember to also place firewood on a rack to keep it off of the damp floor as it dries out.


If you have livestock, you’ll also need to consider a safe place to keep your animals protected from the elements. With a livestock storage shelter you’ll have somewhere safe and sturdy to keep animals when the weather outdoors is too much for them to bare. There are also structures that can be built to create an indoor riding arena for horses or storing of farm equipment.

Most portable garage structures have a canopy, a galvanized steel frame and are treated to be UV and rot resistant as well as waterproof. At Shelters of America we have instant storage shelters in a variety of colors & styles to match what you are looking for. Contact us today to learn more.