Ice & Snow with Portable Garages: 6 Must-Do Steps
A portable garage becomes essential for keeping your car, boat, RV, or motorcycle dry throughout winter. Yet, while the structure ensures the snow, rain, and UV rays stay out, itís important to be alert: Too much snow or ice accumulating on top can make the shelter sag or collapse.
Certain portable garages handle precipitation better than others. A rounded or vertical roof building, for instance, offers a curved surface, which, in turn, allows most rain and snow to fall down the sides. Yet, for the other options out there Ė peaked and barn-style Ė youíll have to consider:
Cleaning Off the Snow & Ice Before They Build Up
After a light snow fall, donít just let the snow sit there, believing that itíll just melt. Especially in colder climates, thereís a major chance itíll sit there until the next storm or, if the weather warms up, freeze again as a sheet of ice.
In this instance, itís best to take a push broom or roof rake and walk up a ladder until you can reach the shelterís top. Then:
1. Brush the snow toward you, so that it falls to the ground.
2. Once itís on the ground, shovel it out of the way, so it doesnít create an obstruction.
3. If the roof has ice patches, use the same shovel to break them up and scoop them down.
Of course, while you need to keep the snow to a minimum, your shelterís strength is the first line of defense. A portable garage thatís not ready to handle winterís conditions wonít be of much use when the winds quickly whip by or the flakes coat everything in sight.
So, when you hear about an impending storm on the weather channel, check your structure for:
4. Strength and stability Ė The frame shouldnít be drooping or leaning to one side.
5. Protection Ė The cover shouldnít have any holes.
6. Drainage Ė Any drainage or gutters on or by the shelter must be cleaned to avoid blocking and freezing.
If your shelter doesnít seem quite ready, repair it with a replacement cover or new beams and supports.
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