The Instant Garage: A Quick and Easy Solution To Your Auto Storage Needs
Sales of instant car shelters and canopies have exploded in the past couple of
years, primarily among those who have a need for additional outdoor vehicle storage
or a utility shelter, but who don't want the aggravation and cost of erecting
a permanent building.
one of the big reasons people choose an instant car garage over a permanent structure
is cost savings.
quality pop up shelters available for $200-400. A fully enclosed fabric garage
goes for $400 and up. Even the largest sheltor models, designed to completely
enclose your motor home, are far less expensive than almost any comparable fixed
Yet speed and flexibility
is the name of the game for most buyers.
What's Makes Instant Garages.... "Instant" ?
can call it a pop up garage. But no, it doesn't simply open itself up like an
umbrella. It is, however, designed to provide reasonably quick and easy setup,
with a minimumor preparation.
Setup: If you have a helper, a standard size 10x20 shelter can be completely
assembled in a few hours. Even the largest RV canopies can be erected in a day.
Convenience: Every canvas garage kit comes with all the necessary assembly
parts. Unless you want to make it a permanent part of your landscape, there is
no need for a foundation, and no attachment to a permanent building.
In addition to easy setup, you now have a portable car shelter that can be disassembled
and moved just as quickly, giving you a 'garage in a box'. Move it whenever circumstances
require, or take it with you when you leave.
How About A Little Creativity ?
portability, along with easy setup and take-down, lets you turn your shelter into
much more than just a temporary garage. The options are limited only by your imagination,
so consider the following:
- A shed
to store tools or garden equipment
work or hobby shop
- Winter protection
for your boat or other recreational vehicle
or garden work area
- Bicycle or motorcycle
consider it a place for people too. Today's carport canopies have become an attractive
and functional place for family and friends to gather when protection from the
rain or hot sun is needed.
About Durability ?
fabric garages are produced with stronger materials, and lighter but sturdy frames.
Of course they do not have the structural strength of a permanent building. But
here 3 areas to consider in making your selection.
The frames in almost all canopies are heavy-duty galvanized or powder-coated steel,
and measure 1 3/8 to 2 inches in diameter. Even the smallest frames are 20 gauge
steel, and some go as heavy as 15 gauge. Frames are durable, rust-resistant, and
will probably last longer than you'll own the shelter.
The canvas cover is a strong polyethylene material, with a double or triple vinyl
laminate that resists extreme weather, pollution, and UV damage. Even the least
expensive coverings are made with 6oz poly material, and should give you several
good years of service. Canopy garages made with the heavier grade 10 oz rip-stop
polyethylene canvas are even stronger. This is almost 2x the weight of premium
silver poly tarps, and will last many more years.
Kits: Temporary anchors or foot pads are usually included. But you'll add
much greater stability and longer life by also ordering a set of permanent anchors.
Whichever shelter you choose, always opt for the hook or clamp auger anchors.
Instant garage kits are often viewed
as temporary garage storage, but they are also built for long term use. Many people
buy one for their car, only to find themselves still using it in other ways, for
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