What can a portable garage be used for?
A portable garage is mainly used to secure bikes, vehicles and boats against adverse weather conditions and prying eyes. It can also double up as a workshop, greenhouse, or bulk storage for tools (spades, air compressors, propane garage heaters, what not) and supplies. Other models feature removable side panels for parties and picnics. Campers can use a portable garage for accommodation. It is also an impressive guest house for mothers-in-law; I am kidding. Well, mostly.
Features to consider while choosing a portable garage
To guarantee your money’s worth in terms of value, protection and durability, we have listed the features to consider when shopping for the best portable garage.
The material used will determine the strength and durability of the portable garage. It needs to be sturdy enough to withstand the natural elements through all seasons. Portable garages are made of steel, tin, aluminum, or polyester. Steel is the most durable, and also the heaviest. Polyester is light and flexible to use. Polyurethane and polyethylene canopies are tough enough to withstand harsh climate. Polyethylene also protects against harmful ultraviolet rays which can cause oxidation and premature discoloration. Steel is usually powder-coated to make it resistant to rust and corrosion and extend shelf life. The protective layer also reduces flammability. The heat-sealed material in Caravan Canopy Mega Domain Carport is a smart investment because it locks out moisture and prevents dents and discoloration. Consider the purpose, longevity, local climate and frequency of movement when selecting the best shelter for your vehicle.
Frames shape the portable car garage. The common material for portable garage frames is steel, galvanized and non-galvanized. The most important thing to consider when selecting a steel frame is the tube diameter because enhanced thickness improves stability and durability. It secures the canopy against wind, rain and hailstorms. However, very thick steel will also weigh more.
The ideal frame should be light, but strong. Steel should be galvanized or powder-coated to make it resistant to rust, peeling and corrosion. Aluminum is also a great alternative due to its light weight and easy assembly.
Silicone spray sealant offers added protection. A good frame should include several anchors for a more secure garage. Most open-air portable garages feature an angled roof design for easy drainage.
Weight is a vital component when selecting the best portable garage because it influences mobility. A heavy garage beats the purpose of portability. Weight is largely dictated by the material used to construct the garage, with steel being the heaviest. Aluminum, tin and polyester are light enough to be moved frequently. While light material may seem preferable, heavy material is able to take a pounding from snow loads, wind and heavy rain. Abba Patio Outdoor Carport Canopy combines spaciousness and portability while being fully collapsible. Consider how often you need to move the garage to choose the weight that accurately fits your requirements.
The best dimensions will be dictated by the size of items and storage space available. The portable garage should be roomy enough to accommodate your vehicle while allowing space for opening the doors, maneuvering or servicing it, especially if there are multiple vehicles. There should be sufficient clearance to factor in the height of the vehicle. Size will also depend on the purpose and logistics of the garage, whether as a tent for outdoor activities, a makeshift shed or a livestock pen. Open-air garages and those with detachable side panels can be expanded for larger space. You can include a loft for additional storage. For spacious storage, consider Caravan Canopy Mega Domain Carport which is 20-feet long, 10-feet wide and 6.8-feet high. ADVANCE OUTDOOR 10′ x 20′ Carport Canopy and Abba Patio Outdoor Carport Canopy are other voluminous options.
Ease of Installation
The best portable garage should be easy to assemble and dismantle. You don’t need to have prior skills to mount it. Manufacturers include instructional guides and anchor kits to simplify the process.
You might need to purchase additional tools to install garages on tougher surfaces, such as concrete. Consider the complexity of the structure, and the time, labor and tools required to set it up.
Ikuby Super Sturdy Heavy Duty Portable lockable Carport is lockable, collapsible and foldable for faster installation and disassembly.
Additional accessories increase functionality, and will depend on the brand and manufacturer. Majority of them have anchor kits that are prepackaged or bought separately to provide the portable garage with a solid foundation and support. The anchors are suitable for different grounds, from grass to gravel. For instance, concrete and lag bolts for installation on concrete surfaces. Abba Patio Outdoor Carport Canopy has an anchor kit which includes guy lines, stakes and bungee cords to tightly secure the cover to the frame. Others feature sidewall kits for full enclosure and further protection. Models like Outsunny Heavy Duty Enclosed Vehicle Shelter Carport have sidewalls with zipper entrances for easy entry and exit. Additional accessories may include legs and integrated footpads for extra stability. It is also a good idea to review the warranty to familiarize yourself with the length and terms of coverage.