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What Makes Up a Portable Garage?

portable garageAs youíre shopping around for portable garages, youíll likely come across a handful of familiar components. Knowing what each shelter is made of, and the strength of those parts, assists with making a better decision in picking out the right portable garage, so take the following into consideration:

Powder-Coated Steel

Youíll frequently encounter this material in a description about the shelterís frame. Typically, manufacturers use this material for lightweight and temporary structures, such as pop-up canopies and seasonal-use or temporary portable garages.

For this part to be created, a dry powder is applied directly to the steel, usually through an electrostatic process, and is then cured by heat. The result is a coating thatís significantly harder and thicker than conventional paint; however, as the powder isnít chemically bonded directly to the steel, repeat and long-term exposure to the elements eventually makes it chip off, resulting in rusting.

Galvanized Steel

Heavy-duty shelters, including fully metal carports, incorporate this material for the frame. What differentiates it from the powder-coated option listed above? For galvanized steel to be created, a protective zinc coating is applied to the outside. Usually, the steel is submerged in zinc, and a chemical bond results, ultimately preventing long-term rusting and corrosion. Additionally, the strength of the zinc exterior further prevents scratches and other damage directly to the steel.

As galvanized steel can handle years of exposure to the elements, itís usually reserved for some of the toughest, long-term, year-round shelters.

Heavy-Duty Polyethylene

In addition to the frame, portable garages come with a cover, which fully extends over to create an enclosed shelter or is applied to the roof with a slight valance overhang. In either instance, manufacturers create this cover out of heavy-duty polyethylene, a woven material ranging from 9 oz. to 15 oz. in thickness.

The physical strength isnít this materialís only asset, however. Along with the construction, heavy-duty polyethylene is waterproof and UV resistant, ultimately preventing the elements from damaging your investment underneath, and further protects against dry rot, mold, and mildew buildup, as moisture is allowed to escape.

With these factors involved, which type of shelter is best for your needs? To find one, start browsing Portable Garage Depotís extensive selection for the right match.


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