Why Select a Rounded Portable Garage for Winter?

round portable garageAnyone seeking out a portable building, either for the first time or again after several years, sees three basic types of models on the market: standard peak frames, barn style, and rounded. Out of these, why would a rounded design particularly benefit a homeowner?

Winters vary from region to region in the U.S. Some areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, may experience frequent cold rainfalls or snow, while the Northeast is no stranger to blizzards. When precipitation, rather than colder, dry conditions, has a greater, more frequent likelihood of occurring, a rounded portable garage gives the following assets:

A Curved Surface

Although a very obvious characteristic, the rounded surface is more than a streamlined form: Specifically, it allows precipitation to roll down. When a few feet of snow are expected to fall, it’s better for accumulation to occur on the ground, instead of on top of a shelter. Too-heavy accumulation, especially with some of the major storms experienced in the Northeast, could result in collapse.

Snow’s not the only weather-related concern, of course. Winters often see rain pour and then freeze. Similar to reducing snow accumulation, ice is far better on the ground than bearing its weight on the polyethylene and metal design of your portable garage.

Full Enclosure

Winter is one of those times a homeowner puts an RV or boat in for storage, where it remains for at least six months. Rather than modify a peaked valance shelter with side walls and door panels, rounded portable garages already come equipped with such characteristics. Beyond the front and back panels, a polyethylene cover arches from one side to the next, providing just the right level of protection to keep out harmful moisture and UV rays.


For the buyer, the rounded frame comes in a choice of helpful configurations: Some large enough to accommodate an RV’s height, and others long or wide enough to house two or more vehicles front-to-back or side to side. In both and more instances, the right height, width, and length with an ideal shape can be found before winter begins officially.

Large-Size Rounded Roof Shelters

The previous post was about peaked roof shelters on a larger scale, also referred to as industrial size shelters, and rounded roof shelters can be found on this scale, as well. At this height, rounded roof shelters are used for all of the same purposes as the peaked shelters from before, but merely the shape is different. If you’re looking for an alternative to constructing a new barn, one of these industrial sized shelters can be constructed instead. As with all types of portable storage buildings, these can be expanded over time if you need to add any additional vehicles, equipment, or other investments and don’t have enough storage space.

The typical rounded roof portable garage most are familiar with is the smaller sized shelter, which is usually the longer shelters used for RVs and other seasonal vehicle storage. These shelters are longer than they are wide. Barn-style rounded roof shelters, on the other hand, have the opposite type of dimensions, with the width being longer or equal to the length. In terms of storing vehicles, however, the vehicles, be it RVs or farm equipment, should be able to fit inside one of these shelters. Doors, in the case of these shelters, are at least twelve feet high. Larger vehicles needing to fit into the canopy will need larger doors.

With the last industrial sized shelter mentioned on this blog, the doors were insulated aluminum roll-up doors. This, however, is somewhat of an anomaly in terms of portable shelter construction, and usually the standard roll up or zipper doors are made from the same polyethylene material as the rest of the shelter. All of these rounded roof shelters have attached roll up or zipper doors made from the same heavy-duty polyethylene treated to be UV resistant and waterproof.

Rounded Roof Portable Garages

Portable garages come in several shapes, some of which may accommodate your needs better than others. One common type of portable storage building is a rounded roof shelter, which has a tall, curved frame and is usually used for longer vehicles like RVs. Smaller versions are available but, generally, portable garages with rounded roofs are used for longer vehicles. The frame for this shelter, which can be seen in the Shelters of America YouTube video below, is essentially composed of curved pieces of galvanized steel – all of the same size – connected together by straight pieces of steel.

Rounded roof portable garages have the same composition as other types of portable shelters, with a galvanized steel frame and a polyethylene canopy. Rounded roof portable buildings are better suited to certain climates, however. In general, a portable garage frame and canopy should withstand faster winds and large amounts of snow or rain, but rounded roof portable garages are better suited for people needing storage in areas experiencing large rain and snow falls. The rounded design allows snow or rain to simply roll off the roof and not accumulate on top.

In terms of assembly, as you can see by the video above, the polyethylene canopy stretches from one side to the other, once the frame as been assembled. As a shelter, this fully-enclosed design, as soon as you add back and front polyethylene zipper doors, is ideal for protecting vehicles or other investments that will be in storage for several months. This includes RVs, boats, motorcycles, and farm equipment. For all-around coverage, the polyethylene canopy keeps out UV rays and is waterproof and, being somewhat breathable, allows air to circulate and prevent mildew and dry rot from forming on the vehicle.