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How to Prevent Condensation From Forming in Your Carport

metal carportCondensation – when small droplets of water accumulate inside or on a surface – has potential to occur inside your carport. Unfortunately, depending upon your building’s configuration, there might not be many places for the water to escape. When vapor continues to collect on the roof and walls, rust may form, resulting in damage to your shelter’s frame.

Often, condensation happens because of a significant temperature difference between your carport’s interior and the weather outdoors. Water, then, condenses on the cooler surface, accumulating and even eventually pooling there. While you can’t change these circumstances, there are a few factors to consider:

1. Insulation

If condensation’s occurring in a fully metal building, some experts recommend adding insulation to your shelter. However, be alert to the material you use: Fiberglass and blown insulation both may grow mold. So, when modifying your shelter, it’s best to seal either material from the outside air with vinyl or a vapor barrier.

2. Construction

Did you know that moisture escapes from concrete? When you don’t give the concrete floor below a chance to cure, or dry long enough, after pouring it, the water eventually evaporates. Yet, with the shelter on top, it has nowhere to go, so it ends up collecting inside your carport’s interior.

3. Lack of Ventilation

Moisture could simply be collecting inside your carport because of where it’s placed and how it’s used. Does water pool or drain nearby? Is it a structure regularly used by animals – for instance, as a horse shelter or run-in shed – or by humans, for instance, as a work shed for several hours each day? All of these instances raise the shelter’s internal temperature, which, in turn causes moisture to collect. The solution, in this case, is relatively simple. For portable shelters, simply install a vent on one end to allow moisture to escape. Whether you’re looking for a full carport or need a ventilation kit, Portable Garage Depot’s here to assist your sheltering needs. Browse our store’s selection of portable buildings and accessories today.

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