Common Mistakes Made When Buying A Portable Shelter

Author: Pacific Rim Shelters |


When it comes to protecting your valuable possessions from the elements, buying a shelter can be a great solution. However, there are several mistakes that people make when purchasing a portable shelter. At Pacific Rim Shelters, we understand the importance of protecting your investment, and we offer custom-designed, portable, all-metal structures that are built to last. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common mistakes people make when buying a shelter and how to avoid them.

Buying the least expensive shelter

While a lower price may seem attractive, it can also mean that the shelter is not made of quality materials and/or is missing important structural parts. At Pacific Rim Shelters, we use only high-quality, North American steel in our all-metal structures, ensuring that your investment is protected for years to come.

Buying a shelter without considering the weather in your area

It’s important to consider the weather in your area when choosing a shelter. Tarped units with a light framework are not suitable for areas with occasional high winds and/or major snowfall. Our shelters are designed by a structural engineer and are built to withstand the heavy wet snowfalls and high winds that are known to the west coast of British Columbia.

Buying a shelter with cover material that deteriorates with UV rays

Lightweight shelters with canvas or plastic roofing material are at risk of having their fibers broken down by UV rays, weakening their ability to withstand wind, snow, and hail storms. Our all-metal structures are designed to withstand all weather conditions, including UV rays.

Buying a unit that is too small

Purchasing the correct size is crucial for the proper protection of expensive stored items. A shelter that is too short or too narrow can allow debris and rain to blow into the shelter, potentially damaging the stored items. Through our numerous questions, we will help to determine the correct size of the shelter that will successfully protect your investment from the ever changing elements.

Misjudging the height and width required

Measuring your unit’s highest point and giving yourself an extra foot of height is important. Our team at Pacific Rim Shelters will do the calculations for you to ensure you have the correct fit. We consider the measurements of your stored unit, the potential use of the shelter, and the pitch of the shelter’s roof.

Not preparing the site or installing the shelter properly

A shelter is only as good as its base. At Pacific Rim Shelters, we ensure that the base is at least 6” wider than the bottom rails to prevent washing away and undermining the base rails. A blue chip/gravel base is a great cover to keep your unit clean from the soil base. The shelters come as a DIY kit. It is very important to follow the instruction manual along with the ‘easy install tip sheet.’ When in doubt, call us; we are here to help. We also offer custom installation by our competent installation crew.

If you are looking for custom-designed, portable, all-metal structures on Vancouver Island, reach out to us at Pacific Rim Shelters. We offer an affordable, practical solution that will protect your investment against the sun, wind, rain, and snow. Our reputation for knowledge, quality, and customer service is what sets us apart. Our goal is to ensure that every customer is happy with their all-metal structure, which has been designed to their specific needs and budget. We offer our products and services to people across Courtenay, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Victoria, Langford, Tofino, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, and the surrounding areas.

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