Portable garages are some of the more popular portable buildings on the market. As building a brick-and-mortar garage is somewhat cost prohibitive, not to mention the space doesn’t expand, portable garages are an economical option if you need storage space – or more storage space for an already-full standard garage. One of these structures is composed of a steel frame and a polyethylene canopy that is UV resistant and waterproof. As garages often need to accommodate more than one vehicle, portable garages are available in a number of shapes and styles to protect your investments from the elements accordingly.
Portable Garage Basic Info
The basic design of a portable garage consists of a powder-coated steel frame and a polyethylene canopy. While the steel itself is protected against the elements, so is the canopy. The material is heavy-duty polyethylene, which has been treated to be protective. This includes being waterproof, UV resistant, mildew, and rot resistant and, for some models, fire retardant according to California fire codes. When protecting, the polyethylene canopy on the portable garage should withstand winds and average to heavy rainfalls without tearing. In addition, as the outside of the canopy shields, the material and shelter still have some breathability and, as a result, air can circulate in the shelter to prevent mold, mildew, or dry rot from forming on the vehicle’s surface.
More Info on Portable Garage
Portable garages come in a number of shapes and sizes to fit all of your storage needs. The average portable garage is shaped like a shed with a peaked roof, but other common designs include rounded roof shelters. Some more shelters are shaped like small barns or like tool sheds with all-around canopy walls. If you need a fully-enclosed portable garage shelter, some of the all-enclosed canopies have either zipper or roll up doors to protect your investments fully during months in storage.
RVs can also come handy
RVs are a common type of seasonal vehicle, and, as with all seasonal vehicles, it needs to be in storage for part of the year. If you don’t have a garage at home large enough to house an RV during the colder part of the year, one option is to use an RV shelter or a portable building large enough for an RV. Typically, the portable buildings used for sheltering RVs are rounded roof canopies, which, in this case, are longer and higher than a typical portable garage. One of these shelters offers a fully-enclosed space for your RV to protect it from exposure to the elements for several months.
When left outside for several months, an RV can have mildew build up on the surface due to moisture and can have the surface fade and crack from UV exposure. In fact, if left outside long enough, interior plastic portions of an RV can crack from UV exposure. Having the vehicle covered can help it last for several years. When an RV is stored in a portable building, the building keeps out the UV rays and moisture, as the polyethylene canopy is treated to be waterproof and UV resistant. Inside, air is able to circulate, and this prevents moisture and dry rot from forming on the surface.
For choosing the proper RV shelter, the dimensions of the vehicle need to be measured first. This includes the height, width, and length of the vehicle, and any appendages, such as roof vents, need to be taken into account, too. The shelter surrounding the RV needs some space, as well, as, while the RV is in storage, someone will need to go inside and check on it occasionally to make sure no dry rot or mildew has formed and that no smaller animals are living in the shelter.