Site Preparation Tips for Portable Garages

A portable garage can stand up to harsh weather conditions and keep vehicles and other valuables safe, but it must be set up correctly to do its job. Properly preparing the site is a critical part of the process.

Clearing Debris and Leveling the Ground

The first step is to clear the area where you want to set up your storage building. Get rid of any trash, tree branches, rocks, pinecones, and other debris that might get in the way.

After you’ve cleared the site, you’ll have to make sure that the ground is level. If it’s not, you might have to use a rake or add soil to create an even surface for your portable garage.

Addressing Soil Compaction and Drainage

The area where you plan to put up your shelter will need to have good drainage. If it doesn’t, the site might flood when it rains or when snow melts. That can damage or destroy the building’s contents and possibly damage other structures, including your home’s foundation.

When soil is compacted, it’s hard for water to seep into the ground. An area with compacted soil is likely to have standing water after a rainstorm and can experience erosion over time.

Aerating is one way to deal with compacted soil. The process involves removing small plugs of soil. You can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.

Creating a Stable Base for the Portable Garage

Your storage building will need a secure base to keep the structure stable. One option is to hire a contractor to pour concrete for a slab foundation. If you’re a skilled DIYer, you can create your own foundation with wood or paving stones. 

Crushed stone is also a popular material for a foundation, in part because it promotes drainage. You can build a retaining wall around the spot where you plan to set up the portable garage, spread a layer of crushed stone, then set up the storage shelter. 

Find the Portable Garage That Suits Your Needs

A portable shelter can give you the extra storage space you need without the hassles and price tag associated with building a shed or expanding your garage. Before you order a portable shelter, think carefully about which size will work best for you. 

Figure out what you want to store in the garage, how you will arrange those items, and how much space they will take up. Remember to give yourself some additional square footage to move around. Once you know what size shelter you need, you can compare different colors and optional features and place an order with Portable Garage Depot.