Visit Portable Garage Depot at The Big E!!!

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Portable Garage Depot is the leader in instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits. Their products provide instant storage to protect any and all of your investments from the damaging weather elements. You can see many of their portable storage products this September at The Big E!

The Big E is a yearly fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It runs for 17 days and guests can see shows, go on rides, and visit hundreds of vendors. This year, you can visit Portable Garage Depot at The Big E between September 13th and the 29th. Come check out many of their portable garages, portable carports, and portable shelters.

Portable Garage Depot offers affordable and reliable all-weather storage for cars, motorcycles, trucks, RV’s, campers, boats, and more. Their garage plans can also be built as storage for equipment, tractors, tools, hay, horse shelters, and anything else you need to keep protected.portable garage

All of Portable Garage Depot’s custom garage and carport frames are made from either powder coated or galvanized steel tubing, depending on the model. Each portable garage cover is made of a durable, UV resistant, layered polyethylene material and is available in a variety of colors. The strong frame and durable cover allows all of Portable Garage Depot’s products to withstand the toughest weather, providing full protection for your investments. They also offer several different types of surface anchors to accommodate all surface applications.

Portable Garage Depot is a leading manufacturer’s distributor of portable storage products that ships nationwide. They offer a wide variety of shelter and storage options, with something for every need. Come down to The Big E this September to see many of their portable garages and shelters in person!

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The Portable Garage: A Jack of All Trades

Portable GaragePortable garages are a like a Jack of all trades. No matter what your storage needs are, there is a portable garage that you can use. Portable garages come in so many different styles and sizes to provide for a wide range of applications. There are portable garages that can store a car, truck, RV, equipment, animals, and much more.

There are portable garages that are designed specifically for storing cars and trucks. They come in many different sizes to fit anything from a Mini Cooper to an Escalade. You can also choose from rounded, barn, or house style portable garages. If you need to store more than one vehicle, you can get portable garages that are up to 30 feet wide. Whether you need daily storage for a vehicle you use every day or want to store all winter long, a portable garage is a great way to protect your vehicle from the outdoor elements.

If you have an RV, camper, or boat, a portable garage is a great place to store either when you are not using them. The sun’s harmful Ultraviolet rays will damage and fade the paint on any of these investments. Portable Garage RVProtect them from the sun by parking them under a portable garage. In the winter, a portable garage is a great way to keep your RV, camper, or boat from being exposed to the elements.

If you own a farm or have a lot of equipment, you can store them daily inside a portable garage. Easily store and remove any of your equipment and protect them when you are not using them. Rain and snow can cause rust or mildew build up. Protect your investment by storing them inside a portable garage every day.

ATVs and dirt bikes can deteriorate over time if you do not upkeep them. Storing them outside can be detrimental to an all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, or even motorcycle. Give them protection from the elements with special smaller portable garages that are designed to house such items.Animal Shelter Portable Garage

Do you have animals at your home or farm? Use a portable garage designed as an animal shelter to give your horse, livestock, or pets a place to be protected from the elements. The animal shelter portable garages will provide shade and a place to stay dry. Treat your animals right and have an animal shelter set up on your property.

As you can see, portable garages can prove beneficial in a number of applications. Feel assured that your investments are stored safely with a portable garage. Affordable, reliable, and multi-functional, a portable garage is a great addition to any property.

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Benefits of Portable Garages

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There are many reasons purchasing a portable garage is a great idea. The benefits of having one at your home are endless. They are easy to build, flexible, and portable. Whether you need a place for a vehicle to protect it from the elements or need some extra storage space, you could benefit from a portable garage.

One of the most obvious benefits of a portable garage is their portability. You can place it in different locations on your property, lend it to a friend, or bring it with you if you move to a new home. In the winter, you can store a vehicle in the backyard, and when the warm weather comes, you can move the garage to the front of the house for easy in and out access.

A second benefit of having a portable garage is the simplicity of its design. This makes them easy to set up and take down. They can be set up in one location and taken down and moved, if necessary. In an emergency situation, they can be erected in a short period of time. They do not require any drilling, digging, or cutting.

Another benefit of the portable garage is its cost. In comparison to having a full garage built, they are extremely inexpensive. You can get a portable garage for as little as a few hundred bucks, all the way up to a few thousand. The price dPortable Garage RVepends on size and quality. Having a full permanent garage built will take time and will cost you at least 10 times what a portable garage would cost.

Lastly, portable garages come with heavy duty polyethylene tarps that will provide great protection for its contents. The repel water and Ultraviolet Rays that could damage the items you are storing. You can store anything from an RV to lawn equipment inside of a portable garage. There are so many different sizes that you can find the best portable garage for your needs.

If you need storage for a vehicle, equipment, or even some seasonal decorations, you should purchase a portable garage. Not only are they inexpensive and easy to build, but they are easily moved between locations. Know that your personal items are well protected inside of a portable garage.

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Using Carports to Maximize Space and Save Money

Aside from being incredibly useful for storing your vehicle, carports are also an excellent way to protect your vehicles from harsh weather conditions.  This is a particularly effective means of storing oddly-shaped vehicles, motorcycles and other utilities (i.e. lawnmower), even during the worst, coldest day of winter. For example, if you restore old hot rods and have run out of room to store all of your finished vehicles, you could put a carport in your backyard or right next to your existing garage – that way you could easily move the car back and forth if further work was needed.

Carports are extremely useful for those who reside in small houses or even mobile homes, providing an area to store vehicles without taking up too much space.  People who live in trailer parks don’t usually get too much space, so carports are an exceptional way to store any kind of vehicle or machine that needs to be protected from the weather, damage or other such circumstance.

Putting in carports instead of building onto existing garages, homes or other structures can save thousands of dollars.  Conservative estimates place the cost of building a brand-new two-car garage in the area of $12,000 to $20,000 dollars.  Depending on your personal carport needs, this cost can be reduced in a huge way, with carports costing literally thousands of dollars less than the price you would pay to have a garage put onto your property.

Even if you have plenty of garage space at your home, a carport can be an effective means to store vehicles, so that you can utilize your garage as a workshop during major home renovation or other such project.  You won’t have to fumble around various vehicles and other materials during your work – the cars and vehicles that would normally be in your way will be safely stored away from the harsh elements that can cause severe damage.  If you need more space around your home or need a way to store your vehicle in a cost-effective manner, then a carport might be the right option for you.

Companies Going Green With Solar Carports

Since we previously wrote about solar carports in this blog, there has been a serious increase in interest in this technology. The abundant amount of free and clean energy generated by these carports has proven to be essential to the development of electric cars and hybrids. Recently, a slew of attention has been heaped onto companies supporting the construction of these energy-generating carports all over the country and the world.

This article talks about the adoption of solar carports at Kyocera Corporation in Japan, which was fitted with solar carports by Envision Solar, a nationwide developer of these types of carports. On the other side of the globe, the New York Institute of Technology just received an award for adding solar carports to their campuses all over New York, staring with Central Islip campus and continuing with Old Westbury campus as well. According to the article, these types of photovoltaic panel-covered carports could be commercially successful on a large-scale, national and international level, particularly as car technology moves towards fully-electric driven vehicles. The success of other companies’ adoption of solar carports has driven a massive increase in these types of projects – one example is seen at Cathay Bank in California, who just signed a large contract with PermaCity Solar to develop carports for its corporate center.

Green technology is a hot topic and solar carports are part of the new school of sustainable energy systems. As electric cars begin to be developed and introduced to the world, there will be a need for massive sustainable energy development – the reliance on coal and other emissive energy sources will need to change to continue the progress of green technology represented by electric powered cars. Solar carports will prove to be an excellent source of this kind of energy.

Permits are a Necessity for Carports

Have you ever considered what goes into setting up a carport on your property? Purchasing the shelter is only part of the picture. Many cities and towns consider adding a carport, portable garage, or shed-like building to be the addition of a new structure – even if you don’t set it in the ground. Because of this, a permit often needs to be obtained before the structure is erected. We’ve discussed a few times on this blog in regards to local ordinances for such structures, and, while these need to be consulted before you purchase a carport or similar structure, securing a permit is the next step before the shelter is put into the ground.

A recent article discusses which types of shelters need permits. Shelters, like carports, aren’t the only outdoor projects needing permits, however. As the linked article above explains, nearly all outdoor projects and additions require a permit. This includes adding a fence, shed, patios, porches, carports, and any accessory structures. Additionally, many interior home improvements, such as remodeling or adding a hot water heater, require permits, too. The only exception to this is a playhouse, but every open or enclosed structure added to the back, front, or side of your home needs a permit before being added.

Obtaining a permit isn’t difficult. As the article explains, you need to present your plans for the shelter or other improvements and to pay a small fee. The fee, however, can vary, if it is needed. In the towns used for the article, local laws specify that structures covering an area less than 120 square feet do not need a permit. For your carport, this would be a 12 x 10 square foot building. Structures larger than this may need to pay $50 dollars or more. Not paying a permit will result in a doubled fee.

Carports a Newly Popular Item

Are carports “cool” again? While trends in storage don’t change at the speed of fashion, certain structures have their heyday. While carports and other portable garage structures have been in use since the 1930s, the present is seeing resurgence in their use. Why now and not a decade before? Trends don’t always have an explanation, although a recent article gives some insight into their recent popularity with suburban homeowners. Mainly, as garages become more than a place to store cars and, instead, a place for lounging and activities, the cars are moved outside but they still need shelter.

As the article above explains, carports aren’t entirely replacing traditional garages in the suburbs and, instead, are more of a supplement. New homeowners in the suburbs, particularly those who have arrived from the city, see the potential the brick-and-mortar garage space offers not only for storage purposes but also as a lounge area – consider it a secondary living room – and activity or work space. The one or two cars inside end up being an impediment and, instead, are put outside. Rather than let the sun, water, and birds damage them, a carport is put over a vehicle. Additionally, those looking to move storage out of the brick-and-mortar garage may set up a separate enclosed shed, as well.

Carports, of course, are one of the most efficient structures for covering a vehicle and for storage. No matter if you use a fully metal or metal and polyethylene structure, the roof and sturdy sides keep out UV rays and moisture. Additionally, such a structure can be converted into one that gives full coverage by adding side walls and zipper doors. This way, seasonal vehicles, such as boats or RVs, will receive full protection inside, as will any other items inside the structure.

More About Carports and Snow

Over the past two months, many Southern states have been experiencing unusual amounts of snowfalls. And, as a result, one common occurrence has been carports in these states collapsing from the amount of ice and snow accumulating on top. Two recent news stories regarding carports and snow in Little Rock, Arkansas, pose the question, “Is it an old carport or is it the owner’s fault?” In all instances, the resulting collapse may be a combination of these two. Owners need to realize the carport should be fixed, especially when snow is approaching, and the carport itself, over time, may naturally fall into a state of disrepair.

In one instance, a woman looked outside her home to find the metal beams of her carport twisted. Although the condition of her carport isn’t mentioned in the article, it can be assumed that the carport wasn’t in an ideal condition, particularly because the roof of the structure collapsed onto her vehicles. Nevertheless, snowfalls causing carports to collapse often mean the structure itself wasn’t anchored properly – this can cause it to not withstand 50 pounds of snow on the roof – or the structure was simply too old.

On the other hand, when multiple cars are protected by a carport, the structure should be sturdy. At an apartment complex also in Little Rock, a carport collapsed onto 45 cars. Most of these were damaged as a result, and those who own the building aren’t claiming responsibility. Others, according to the article, claim this large structure was “unsound.” In any case, snow should always be cleaned off a carport, particularly when a structure can only support about fifty pounds of it. Ice, additionally, compounds to the weight the structure may experience. Regardless of the state of the carport, the responsibility of cleaning it and preventing snow damage is up to those who own the property.

All the Benefits of a Carport

A recent article praises the benefits for carports. And, really, it’s about time that such structures are praised in the media. While various types of portable shelters exist, carports are some of the most requested, particularly for everyday use. If you own a carport, be it a fully metal model or a metal and polyethylene structure, you’re probably aware of all the benefits, particularly when it comes to protecting your car from UV rays and snow. Of course, most of these protective properties really only work when the carport is properly anchored. Anyone who owns a carport knows that all models need to be anchored in the dirt or in concrete.

Regardless of whether you get a rounded roof or peaked carport, anchorage is important for it to withstand heavy snowfalls and strong winds. In the case that a carport isn’t properly anchored — and this is seen nearly any time a snowfall or winds hit an area of the South or Southwest — the roof of the structure collapses or the frame may topple over, exposing the vehicle or, worse, falling on top of it and causing damage. In all cases, the legs of a carport should be set in concrete or attached to some kind of metal anchor on a dirt surface.

Aside from anchoring these structures, the frame is what keeps a carport protective and effective. Each one, regardless of type, is made from galvanized steel. Roofs on fully metal carports are also made from this material and then coated with silicon. Polyethylene carports, on the other hand, have a canopy in addition to the metal frame, and this material is treated to be UV resistant and waterproof, as well as mold and mildew proof inside and out. In all instances a carport is used, the structure protects the vehicle from any snowfalls, water damage, and damage due to UV rays.

What is a Carport?

In the portable shelter industry, a carport is essentially the same thing as a portable garage: a galvanized steel structure with a heavy-duty polyethylene canopy roof. However, the term “carport” often refers to any structure that protects a car. In some cases, a carport is built directly into a building as a metal or mortar structure that shelters cars from the elements temporarily. In the case of portable shelters, carports come in polyethylene and metal roof varieties, but both designs to the same type of job. In addition, unlike a carport built into your house or building, one of these portable designs can be placed anywhere on your property that your car can access.

The structure of all carports is composed of a galvanized steel frame and a roof that keeps out the rain and the sun. The structure, additionally, allows air to circulate around the vehicle. In the case of polyethylene canopy carports, the canopy is heavy-duty polyethylene and treated to be waterproof, UV resistant, rot resistant, and mildew resistant. In many cases, the canopy is also fire resistant. A metal canopy has all of these same properties with a steel roof. The air circulation beneath the roof prevents mildew and dry rot from forming on the vehicle.

In terms of purchasing a portable carport, both polyethylene and metal carports will do the job. If you’re looking for a long-term temporary structure, a metal carport will generally last ten to fifteen years before needing a replacement. Polyethylene canopy carports, on the other hand, will need a canopy replacement at some point but, if you’re considering expanding your carport at a later date to accommodate more vehicles or storage, a polyethylene canopy carport allows more structure flexibility. By taking your storage needs into consideration, one of these structures will be able to protect all of your investments.