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Portable BuildingsWhen it comes to choosing a storage building, do you go with brick and mortar or portable? For installation time, cost, and versatility, portable buildings have the upper hand. While construction of a brick-and-mortar garage requires building plans, purchasing materials, and obtaining a permit, a portable building includes all necessary parts and requires neither plans nor permit. Additionally, the portability factor is an asset: The structure can be installed practically anywhere, within building codes, on your property and can be taken down and set up in another location.

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For protecting a car, boat, RV, equipment, or similar investment, a portable building also ends up being significantly more affordable than constructing a garage from the ground up, and building plans and permits aside, the lower cost can be attributed to the parts used. All portable storage buildings consist of UV-resistant polyethylene covers and steel frames. The polyethylene, either on top of or fully surrounding the frame, keeps UV rays and water away from any vehicle or investment underneath. The frame, made out of galvanized or powder-coated heavy-duty structural steel, stays strong against heavy snow loads and high winds once anchored into the ground.

Anchoring is a key factor contributing to a portable building's strength; without it, the storage shelter has the potential to be blown over by the wind or collapse from snow buildup on the roof. To provide the full range of strength and protection, a portable storage building can be secured into the ground with an anchoring kit or set in cement during installation.

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Portable BuildingsWhen you look around Carport Depot, you may notice that portable storage buildings come in a variety of types, including valance and enclosed and in house, round, and barn shapes. For protecting your vehicles or investments, which one is best for your need? There's no one right shelter, but before you browse, think about why you need a portable building, including the investments that will be kept underneath. Also, consider the shelter's amount of usage and location.

First, is the vehicle underneath going to be used regularly, if not daily, or will it be housed seasonally? For the former, a valance building – one with open sides and a polyethylene cover on top – allows the user to pull in and back out easily; if full protection is needed at a later date, a valance shelter can be modified with side walls and end panels. If, however, a portable building is needed to store a vehicle, equipment, or any combination of investments, an enclosed structure is better geared toward your needs.

Additionally, if you live in an area that experiences a high level of precipitation, consider going with a round portable building; the arch shape allows rain and snow to simply roll down the sides, preventing buildup in the process. If the structure will be used year round, think about choosing a sturdier variety, such as a one with a square tube or galvanized steel frame.

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