Winter Tips For Your Portable Garage or Carport

Winter is one of the most wildly unpredictable times of the year – especially in some parts of the nation. One day it could be snowing an inch an hour and the next day it may be bright and sunny outside.

Here in the Northeast, we have not yet faced a major storm, for the season – but rest assured at least one Nor’easter and some pretty massive windy days are still on the way in.

Here are things you can do to prepare for a big storm and- don’t forget, your cars and stored items are only as secure as your carport is. When the threat of winter is upon your area of the country, make sure that your portable garages and shelters are as safely secured as possible.

The first thing to do when bracing for a big storm is to begin double-checking how you have secured the legs of your portable garage to the ground. The anchors that you use should be properly screwed into the ground and if you are using the portable garage in a windy area, place cinder blocks, sandbags, or other support around the legs for further bracing. Check for any kind of erosion or rust on the support for your portable garage and/or carport – the last thing you want is for your portable shelter to collapse under the weight of a small amount of snow.

If a snowstorm is anticipated, be prepared to clear any snow, ice, or sleet away from the portable garage covering. Placing inordinate amounts of weight on the top of your portable shelter can compromise the integrity of the structure and can cause accidents. If you use your portable shelter to cover yourself while you work on projects, make sure someone is always around or at least in earshot – in case of an emergency, they can help you out.

This is especially important when tools are involved. Your safety is of the utmost concern, so protect yourself when working in the harsh seasons.

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What Makes a Portable Garage Snow-Rated?

When parking a vehicle inside a permanent garage isn’t an option, a portable storage building is an excellent alternative. Portable garages are built to be durable, but in some circumstances, a standard shelter doesn’t offer enough protection. 

If you live in a region that gets heavy snowfall and strong winds during the winter, you might need an especially tough storage building to keep your vehicle and other valuable possessions safe from the weather. A snow-rated portable garage is up to the task.

Our Shelters Have Strong Frames That Can Handle Winter Weather

Portable Garage Depot sells snow-rated storage buildings that are designed and constructed to handle the demands of rough winter weather. Their frames are made with galvanized steel that has undergone a triple-coating process. Our shelters’ steel frames can resist rust and corrosion. 

The frames have patented stabilizer blocks at each rib connection. They give a frame extra strength and stability to help it stand up to extreme weather conditions. Anchors keep a shelter firmly planted on the ground, even in fierce winds.

Our industrial-strength storage buildings can withstand winds topping 100 miles per hour. They can handle both balanced and unbalanced snow loads of 40 to 60 pounds per square inch, as well as driving rain. 

Our Covers Can Stand up to the Elements

Portable Garage Depot offers snow-rated shelters with polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) covers in various thicknesses. You can select the one that best suits your needs and budget.

The covers on our snow-rated portable shelters are UV treated on both the inside and outside. Our storage buildings have a Ratchet Tite tensioning system that holds the cover securely in place. 

You can choose from several colors. You can find one that will complement the color of your home or, if you would rather not have your portable garage be noticeable to people on the street, you can select a color that will blend in with the trees and bushes in your yard.

Get a Quote for a Snow-Rated Storage Building

We understand that our customers have a wide range of storage needs, and we offer shelters that can be used to protect one or more vehicles, ranging from cars and trucks to boats and RVs. No matter what type of vehicle you need to shield from winter weather, you can find the right storage building at Portable Garage Depot. Contact us today to learn more about our snow-rated shelters, discuss your needs, and get a quote.

Season Your Firewood Twice as Fast with a Seasoning Shed

Firewood has to be seasoned, or allowed to thoroughly dry out before it’s burned. Keeping firewood outside under a tarp is one way to season it, but a seasoning shed can help the wood dry out faster.

Why It’s Important to Season Firewood

Wood contains moisture. Burning wood that hasn’t had an opportunity to dry out can be problematic. 

First of all, you might have a hard time getting it to light. Also, burning wood that’s damp releases more creosote than burning dry wood. Creosote is a flammable substance that can build up inside a chimney. 

Wood that has been properly seasoned burns longer than damp wood. If you burn dry wood, you won’t have to get up as often to put another log on the fire, and your supply will last longer.

How to Season Firewood

For wood to dry out, it needs to be stored in a way that allows it to get plenty of air circulation. Logs should be stacked and covered to protect them from rain and snow, but the cover should be loose. If it’s too tight, that can restrict airflow and keep moisture trapped in the wood.

Seasoning firewood takes time. Depending on the moisture content in the wood, when it was cut, and how it’s stored, it might take several months to a year, and possibly longer, for wood to dry out enough to be used in a fireplace or wood stove.

How a Seasoning Shed Can Help Wood Dry out Faster

A seasoning shed from Portable Garage Depot has a translucent polyethylene cover that lets sunlight in and traps heat. A seasoning shed has a vapor barrier to protect firewood from moisture in the ground, as well as two zippered polyethylene door panels with screen vents that allow air to circulate freely. 

Where to Put a Seasoning Shed

When selecting a location for a seasoning shed, look for a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and airflow. Avoid a site near a wall or another structure that blocks wind. 

Make sure that your seasoning shed is a minimum of five feet away from your home. If it’s too close, termites and other pests that are drawn to the wood pile will be able to easily travel to your house. If they get inside, you can have a serious problem on your hands.

Store Your Firewood in a Seasoning Shed

A seasoning shed traps heat, protects firewood from moisture, and maximizes air circulation. Wood that’s stored inside a seasoning shed can dry out in a fraction of the time that it would take if the wood were simply stacked outside and covered with a tarp. 

Portable Garage Depot sells seasoning sheds that can create the ideal conditions for wood to dry out quickly. Order a seasoning shed today.

How to Choose the Right Portable Garage for Your Car

If you own a vehicle that you can’t store in a garage, a portable storage building can be the next best thing. It can protect your car from rain, snow, the sun’s ultraviolet rays, insects, and animals. 

Portable garages come in a range of sizes and designs. Here are some tips to help you choose the right one.

Select the Appropriate Size for Your Vehicle(s)

First of all, think about what you plan to store in the portable garage. If you only need space for one vehicle, your decision will be straightforward. You’ll just have to be sure that the shelter you choose is long enough, wide enough, and tall enough to enclose the car while leaving some space around it. 

If you want to keep two or more vehicles in a portable garage, things can get a bit tricky. You’ll have to think about the size of each individual vehicle and make sure that the shelter will be large enough to accommodate all of them while leaving space in between for people to walk around and open doors. 

Consider Your Other Storage Needs

Even though you’re planning to buy a portable garage to store a vehicle, that doesn’t mean that a car is the only thing you can keep in there. You might want to get a shelter that’s large enough to store your lawnmower and other equipment that you use to care for your property.

Plan Ahead

Don’t just focus on your current needs; think about how your needs might change in the future. For instance, if your child is going to get a driver’s license relatively soon, you might want to buy a larger storage building than you currently need so you’ll have enough space for an additional vehicle. Planning ahead can help you avoid the hassle and expense of buying another shelter later on.

Choose a Location

Think about where you’re going to put your portable garage. You might discover that your preferred location won’t work. There might not be enough space for a large shelter, or you might realize that maneuvering vehicles in and out would be challenging and impractical. You might have to select a different location, and possibly also a different size, for your storage building.

Order a Storage Shelter from Portable Garage Depot

A portable storage building is a practical and affordable way to protect your vehicles and other valuables. Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in various sizes to accommodate one or more vehicles and other belongings. Our shelters have durable steel frames and polyethylene covers that offer protection from the sun’s UV rays, moisture, and other potential sources of damage. Figure out which portable garage best suits your needs and place an order today.

3 Reasons to Stop Renting a Storage Unit and Invest in a Portable Garage

If you’re like most homeowners, you have boxes filled with holiday decorations and other odds and ends that you don’t use on a regular basis, but you don’t want to throw away, sell, or donate. Renting a storage unit is one way to keep those items safe, but a portable garage can be a better solution. Here’s why.

Buying a Portable Garage Can Save You Money 

When you rent a storage unit, you have to pay a monthly rental fee. Even if you rent a small and inexpensive unit, that monthly cost can add up. 

If you buy a portable storage building, you’ll pay once and get a shelter that’s durable enough to last for several years. In the long run, investing in a storage building can cost you a lot less than you would pay for monthly storage unit rental fees.

You’ll Have Access to Your Belongings 24/7

If you keep things in a storage unit, it can be a hassle to get to them when you need them. You will have to drive to and from the storage facility, which might take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more. If the facility is only open during certain hours, you might have to rearrange your schedule or postpone a trip to your storage unit for several days.

With a portable garage, you won’t have to worry about any of that. Your belongings will be available to you at a moment’s notice. You’ll be able to simply walk outside, open up the storage shelter, and find what you need at any time, day or night.  

You’ll Have Room to Store Other Things in the Future

Often, people start out renting a small storage unit. As time goes by, they accumulate more stuff and discover that they need an additional unit, or they decide to upgrade to a larger unit. That means that their monthly storage costs increase, sometimes significantly.

If you decide to get a portable garage, you can buy a building that’s a bit bigger than you currently need. That way, when you inevitably discover that you need more storage space in the future, you’ll have a place to put things without spending any additional money.

Order a Portable Storage Building

Portable Garage Depot offers storage shelters in a variety of lengths, widths, and heights to suit our customers’ wide-ranging needs. You can buy a small building to store some boxes and other odds and ends, or you can invest in a shelter that’s large enough for one or more vehicles, plus boxes, lawn and garden tools, and other items. Take a look at our selection of shelters, figure out which will best suit your needs, and place your order today.

Backyard Organization Inspiration

Staying organized is a goal for most homeowners, but with busy schedules, it’s easy for things to get messy and cluttered. Organizing your backyard can keep your belongings in good condition, make it easier to find things when you need them, and prevent accidents and injuries. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Remove Trash and Clutter 

If you take a quick walk around your property, you may find trash left over from your last outdoor get-together and your children’s and pets’ toys strewn about. Throw away trash and pick up all the items that are scattered around the yard and shouldn’t be there. 

Take Stock of What You Have

One of the reasons why many people have trouble organizing is that they aren’t even sure what they own. If you go through all the tools and other belongings in your shed and garage, you may find things that you bought long ago and forgot you had. Figure out what to keep and sell, donate, or throw away things that you no longer need or want. Getting rid of those items will make it easier to organize the things that are important to you.

Choose a Storage Shelter

Once you know how much you have to store and the types of items you have, it will be easier to select a storage building. Whether you want to store one or more vehicles, you have lots of lawncare equipment, or you want to protect your patio furniture from rain and snow, you can find a shelter in an appropriate size at Portable Garage Depot. 

Decide Where to Put Your Storage Building

Selecting the right location for your portable garage is critical. It needs to be easily accessible, but it should also be in a place where it won’t take up too much space. You want to be sure that your family will still have plenty of room for outdoor gatherings and that your kids and pets will have enough space to play. 

Figure out How to Organize Your Portable Garage

Think about what you need to store. You may want to place small items in plastic storage containers and stack them or place them on shelves. If you need to store lawn and garden equipment, you may want to put tools that you will need in the current season near the front of the shelter and place others in the back. If you have holiday decorations or other seasonal items, you can place them at the back of the shelter or designate a corner for them. 

Order a Storage Building

The idea of getting your backyard organized may feel overwhelming, but once you get it done, you will appreciate how it makes life easier and less stressful. Order a storage shelter from Portable Garage Depot today.

Supply Shortage: Order a Portable Garage Now!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a portable shelter to store a vehicle or to keep your lawn and garden equipment or other supplies safe when the weather turns colder, you should place your order as soon as possible. COVID-19 has impacted supply chains, and the lead times for portable garages and replacement covers are around eight weeks.

How COVID-19 Has Affected the Portable Garage Industry

The pandemic has impacted several aspects of the economy. A worldwide shortage of shipping containers and shipping pallets has complicated logistics for the transportation of all sorts of products.

In the portable garage industry specifically, high demand has led to a shortage of materials used to manufacture covers. Companies that produce portable shelters are also facing a shortage of workers and struggling to fill open positions.

All of this has impacted the availability of portable garages and replacement covers. Manufacturers are struggling to produce enough covers to keep pace with demand, and even when garages and covers are available, it’s more difficult than usual to get them to distributors and on to customers.

What This Means for You

If you want to buy a portable shelter to protect your belongings from winter snow, ice, and extreme temperatures and to keep animals away, don’t wait. Figure out which type of shelter you want, choose a size, and place your order. If you act quickly, you should be able to receive the portable garage you need and get it set up before the temperature drops and snow starts to fall.

Order a Shelter from Portable Garage Depot

Consumers choose portable storage shelters for a variety of reasons. Some don’t have a garage and need an inexpensive alternative. Others have a garage, but vehicles and other items take up the bulk of the space. They, therefore, need another location to store another vehicle or a lawnmower, leaf blower, rakes, and boxes filled with holiday decorations or other things that they don’t use frequently.

Portable Garage Depot sells shelters that are designed with a wide range of needs in mind. You can select a small shelter that you can tuck in a corner of your yard and use to store odds and ends or a larger garage that can house one or more vehicles. If you have a tall vehicle, such as an RV, you can find a shelter at an appropriate height.

Some of our shelters have openings at both ends to make it easy to get a large vehicle in and out safely. You can customize your portable shelter with vents, anchors, and other accessories so that it perfectly suits your needs. Look through the shelters and accessories we offer and place your order today.

Patio Storage Solutions That Won’t Break the Bank or Take up Valuable Space

If you have lawn and garden equipment, firewood, or a small vehicle that you need to store on your property, you may be struggling to figure out where to put it. Portable Garage Depot sells storage buildings in a range of sizes and designs, including ones that can fit on a patio, to protect your valuable belongings from weather, animals, and insects.

Small Vehicles

If you have a vehicle that can fit on your patio, such as a motorcycle, a canopy or carport can provide the protection you need. We offer pop-up canopies that can clamp to any flat surface, including a patio, and serve as a portable carport to shield one or more vehicles from the elements and from animals that might chew wires.

Our canopies are made with polyester fabric that is water-repellant and that is treated to resist damage from the sun’s UV rays, as well as mildew. They come in an array of colors and a variety of sizes so you can store larger vehicles if your patio has enough space.

Lawn and Garden Tools

We offer small storage shelters that can fit on a patio and shield your lawnmower, landscaping tools, seeds, mulch, and fertilizer from the elements. They can also protect animal feed and hay from rodents and insects.

Our storage shelters are made with powder-coated or galvanized steel frames that provide a sturdy structure to stand up to strong winds. The polyethylene covers offer protection from rain and snow that could cause rust and damage to electrical equipment and cause agricultural products to rot, as well as protection from the sun’s UV rays that could cause equipment to crack and fade.

Firewood

If you chop wood to burn in a fireplace or wood stove in the winter, you can store it on a firewood rack on your patio. Portable Garage Depot offers firewood racks with polyester covers that lower part to protect the wood from rain and snow while allowing it to breathe, which is important for seasoned firewood.

Our firewood racks are available in several sizes, from four to 12 feet in length, so you can choose one that’s appropriate for the amount of wood you need to store and the amount of space you have available on your patio. The steel frames can be adjusted to customize the width and height to suit the amount of wood you have.

Choose the Right Storage Shelter for Your Patio

Whether you need to store a vehicle, landscaping equipment, firewood, or agricultural products, protection from moisture, sun, animals, and insects is essential. Portable Garage Depot offers a variety of storage buildings to meet your needs. We understand that not everyone needs a large storage space or has a lot of room in a yard, which is why we offer shelters that can fit in a small area, such as on a patio. Our storage buildings are affordable and long-lasting, so you can be confident that you’re making a good investment. Order a storage shelter today.

Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

During the holiday season, many people struggle to figure out what to give their loved ones as gifts. Some men are particularly hard to shop for since they seem to have everything they want and need. One thing many people wish they had more of is storage space. If there is a man in your life who seems to have it all, consider getting him a portable garage.

Give Him a Place to Keep His Vehicles Safe

For guys who enjoy collecting or restoring cars, storage space can be hard to come by. A garage may not have enough room for all his vehicles, especially if his spouse or partner also has a car.

A portable garage is a simple and convenient solution. A shelter can be set up quickly and easily in the backyard or in another location to provide instant storage and to protect his prized vehicles from rain, snow, and cold temperatures.

Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in a wide range of sizes and styles to keep one or more vehicles safe from the elements. If your man has a boat or RV, no problem. We have shelters that are high enough to accommodate large vehicles. The best part is that a portable garage costs a fraction of what your loved one might have to spend to build or extend a garage or to put a vehicle in storage.

Important Portable Garage Features

Our portable garages have frames crafted with heavy-duty structural steel to stand up to strong wind and other harsh weather conditions. The covers are made with waterproof triple-laminated polyethylene to protect the shelter’s contents from rain and snow that could cause rust. The covers are also UV-resistant to prevent the sun from causing the paint to fade or peel.

Keeping a portable garage secure is essential to prevent it from blowing away. Portable Garage Depot sells anchors that can keep a shelter firmly attached to the ground, whether it’s covered with grass, dirt, asphalt, or gravel.

Our portable shelters have rollup or zipper doors to make it easy to move vehicles in and out. We also sell vents that can let airflow in and out of a portable garage to prevent a buildup of humidity that could damage a vehicle or attract insects.

The Perfect Gift for a Man Who Is Hard to Shop for

If you have a special man in your life and you’re struggling to find the right gift because he seems to have everything, ask yourself if he could use more space to store his most valuable possessions. If so, get him a storage shelter from Portable Garage Depot. Place your order today.

Equine Hay Storage Tips for Winter

Horses benefit from spending time outdoors and getting plenty of exercises and fresh air, but weather conditions can change significantly throughout the day. Like other animals, horses can suffer heatstroke and frostbite if they are outside in extreme weather without protection.

Horses consume large quantities of hay each day. If you have several horses, you may have hundreds of bails of hay delivered at one time. You need a place to store hay to keep it dry and to protect it from mold, rot, and insects.

Protect Your Horses and Hay

You don’t want to keep your horses cooped up in a barn all day if it will be hot or rainy for a few hours, and it can be difficult and time-consuming to round them up and bring them from a pasture into the barn when the weather becomes unpleasant. Setting up a portable shelter in the field to provide your horses with protection from harsh weather whenever they need it is a simple solution.

With a portable garage in a pasture, horses can decide on their own when to go inside to seek out shelter and when to return to the fresh air outside. If the temperature drops, horses can gather inside the shelter and keep each other warm by sharing body heat.

A portable shelter can also be used elsewhere on your farm to store hay. If your barn doesn’t have a hayloft, you don’t have to spend money to add one or build a large storage shed. A portable garage can provide plenty of space and protection for hay bails at a fraction of the cost of building a loft or shed.

Choose the Right Shelter for Your Farm

Portable Garage Depot offers durable shelters in a range of sizes that are ideal for use on a horse farm. We offer run-in sheds with sturdy steel tubing frames and fitted covers. A run-in shed can be placed in a field to protect your horses from rain, snow, and heat. A white interior provides plenty of ambient lighting. These shelters can also be used to store hay.

Portable Garage Depot’s corral shelters can be used to shield horses from the weather or to store hay or farm equipment. A shelter can attach to your existing corral gate or fence to create a space to protect your horses. Our corral shelters have a universal cover that fits most round, square, and oval panel tube profiles and is fade- and moisture-resistant. The frame has a powder-coated finish to resist rust.

Protecting your horses from extreme weather and shielding the hay they eat from moisture and insects is essential to keep your animals healthy. Order one or more portable shelters for your horse farm from Portable Garage Depot today.