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    Portable Buildings Protect Your Valuables from the Elements
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    Garages in a full Range of sizes that suit any need.
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    Party Tents Keep Guests Dry and Comfortable at events.
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    Livestock Shelters provide all season protection for animals.
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Versatile, durable, and inexpensive, portable garage shelters have been gaining popularity over the years as an innovative storage solution. These shelters have countless uses. People use them to house their vehicles, shelter their greenhouses, store their equipment, hold their parties - and even keep their horses. If you’re reading this guide, it's no doubt you’ve already become intrigued by these possibilities and want to explore the option of buying a shelter. That leaves only one question in your mind: ‘Which portable garage is best for me?’

Since portable shelters are so versatile, they come with many options. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the new information. This brief guide will try to narrow down what you want and what to buy. Here are 4 tips to get you started on picking out the best portable garage shelter for your needs:

1. Know your needs, plan your budget

Portable garage shelters provide equally durable, more versatile, and less expensive alternatives to traditional storage facilities. Depending on your needs, prices range from several hundred dollars to a couple thousand. So before you get started on the search itself, you need to first set a budget for yourself. The best way to plan out your budget is to focus it around your needs: the purpose of the shelter. A portable garage used to store tools may be more affordable than one used to house vehicles. Know your needs, plan your budget, then you can dive right into the search.

2. Size matters - Know what you’re working with

When picking out the size of your portable garage shelter, you need to ask yourself three questions. The first and foremost: How much space do you have available? Before even starting your search for the right portable garage shelter, you need to pick out a location for it. You have to know exactly what you’re working with. If you wind up buying a shelter for your RV and it can’t fit into your backyard, you’ll have wasted your time, energy, and resources.

After figuring out your available space, you need to identify the shelter’s purpose. What are you protecting? Is the shelter intended for a vehicle, such as a car, a motorcycle, or even a boat? Or are you using the shelter as a makeshift greenhouse or equipment shed? Is the shelter meant for holding garden parties, or will it serve as the pen of your livestock? All of the above? Whatever the case, you first need to identify the shelter’s purpose before you can pick out its size. A shelter for a motorcycle will have very different dimensions than one intended to keep a greenhouse.

Which leads us to the final question: what are the measurements of the thing you intend to shelter? These dimensions don’t necessarily need to be specific. You can get away with a rough estimate, so long as you also account for movement room when figuring out how much space everything will take up. For example, if you’re going to use the shelter for a car, you need to know the car’s height so you can make sure it will have enough clearance. You also should account for the space you’ll need to open the car doors.

3. Pay attention to the construction materials

Incredibly important: pay attention to construction materials when picking out a shelter for yourself. Garage shelters with frames and covers composed of different materials differ in strength, weight, price, and other attributes - some will be more useful to you than others.

Portable garage shelters generally use steel frames designed to strike a balance between durability and lightness. As you compare different shelter brands, check the diameter of the steel frames. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the larger the diameter, the stronger and sturdier the shelter will be. However, if you’re on a budget, you might want to stay away from frames with thicker diameters. They tend to be more expensive. Also, their heaviness may also prove inconvenient if you intent to move your shelter around a lot. Stick to the larger diameter frames only if you can afford it, or if you’re going to set up your shelter for long periods of time.

Now for the covers. Portable garage shelter covers tend to be made of polyester or polyethylene. The difference between them is, like with the frames, price versus durability. Polyethylene covers, while more expensive, better filters out UV rays and last longer than polyester ones. When looking at covers, consider how the weather may affect your shelter. A place with lots of sunshine or rain can damage your cover over time, so you might want to get the polyethylene cover for its durability.

4. Use accessories to help get the most out of your garage shelter

When choosing a garage shelter, you must also consider accessories to enhance them or provide added protection. For example, anchor kits. Garage shelters lack foundations. If they’re not properly anchored to the ground, they risk being overturned by the wind. To prevent this from happening, you can buy different kinds of anchor kits depending on your needs.
  • Auger-style anchors utilize a corkscrew design that make them good choices for shelters placed over grass, asphalt, clay, and unpacked soil. They can be removed and reused, making them perfect for shelters that constantly switch locations.
  • Hook anchors, however, find better use in permanent installations since they cannot be reused. They have more versatility than auger-style anchors and can be used in asphalt, grass, clay, gravel, and rocky soil.
Apart from anchor kits, you may also want to look into sidewall and enclosure kits for added weather protection. These kits basically turn your portable shelter into one that looks and functions more like a traditional storage facility with three walls and a door. Sidewalls provide bug protection and also afford an extra layer of privacy, perfect for outdoor parties.
Canopy Benefits are not just present when planning an outdoor party; they can become a part of your regular outdoor shelter. The fixtures are very versatile and they can help you to create a backyard space where you can enjoy spending hours protected from both the sun and rain. If you have a pool in your backyard, having a spot where you can relax after your swim will help to enhance the atmosphere while keeping away the sunburn. A canopy that is lighted up will create a cozy and alluring area for evening parties.

Good reasons to buy a canopy

There are several good reasons to invest in an outdoor canopy, the best one being the fact that you can extend your time outdoors even when the weather is not pleasant. The outdoor canopies offer protection from the weather as well as annoying insects. Creating a shady space in your yard will give you a beautiful sanctuary where you can relax and enjoy the fresh outdoor atmosphere. The canopies come in different sizes and styles to suit any needs.

Selecting outdoor canopies

There are several factors to consider when choosing the best party canopy for your home. The first consideration is the best size. Think about the space that you have in your backyard, as well as how you intend to use the canopy. If you just need a space where you can relax and read, you do not have to invest in a large canopy. On the other hand, if you are looking to create an area where you can entertain, a larger canopy will serve you better. An expert seller can help you to make the best choice.

Think about the installation

It helps to choose a canopy that is easy to assemble. This is especially important when you need to set up and take down the shelter regularly. If you are looking for a portable canopy that you can use in different locations, easy set up and take down is essential. Many people choose a canopy that they can take with them when they go for picnics or travel for gatherings in different locations. A portable canopy that has fewer parts will be easy to assemble and you will not need expert help to use the shelter.

Choosing the best canopy style

Think about the type or style of gazebo that you want for your backyard when choosing the canopy. If you want some privacy, a canopy with sidewalls will work perfectly. Apart from creating a cozy and private spot, it will also help to keep away insects. To prevent too much heat buildup, look for designs where the sidewalls can be rolled up or tied back when needed. A gazebo that is both walled and lighted can also create a good space to work.

If you are looking for a canopy for an existing gazebo, make sure that you buy a size that will fit into the frame. It is a good idea to look for a canopy that is both functional attractive. This will help to enhance your home setting. Look for a shelter that will work well with your landscaping and make sure that it is durable and made from the best materials for safety.
 

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