A Beginner’s Guide To Purchasing A Portable Shelter

Author: Pacific Rim Shelters |


Shelter is one of the basic necessities of life and essential to preserving your property. However, with multiple options out there and not all portable shelter systems are built the same, it is crucial to be aware of what to look for and safeguard yourself, your equipment, and vehicles. Shelter solutions are even more critical come winter and harsh weather as this can lead to the damage of expensive stored items. 

To ensure your equipment and vehicles are always protected against the elements, you must use shelters to their full potential. To take you through this step by step and show you how to choose the suitable shelter for your operation Pacific Rim Shelters, has put together a guide to train end-users on how to choose and avail of the best quality portable shelters. By following this guide, you will learn how to protect your valuable equipment and property and get the most out of working with us.

Getting Started

Determine the area or space you have available to install the shelter
To figure out how big your shelter needs to be, you must measure the length and width of the space. Remember, you will need the surface to be larger than the shelter itself. Usually, 6”-12” will be sufficient. 

Decide on flooring, roofing, and color options
When it comes to flooring options, you can choose from packed soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt. Similarly, roof types should be considered. Vertical is best for areas where snow needs to slide off naturally. You also get to choose from ten metal colors. Your roof, walls, and trim can be mixed colors to suit your needs and taste.

Next Steps

Decide whether you will DIY install or have your shelter professionally installed
This decision has much significance. You could attempt DIY shelter installation as a DIY install manual is provided for each kit, and additional assistance is provided by phone or site visit if necessary. However, while taking on the task yourself will undoubtedly save you money, the benefits of professional service are that they are quick and competent at installs. Also, they can adjust the build if fences or other obstacles are close by. These are advantages that should not be overlooked.

Order the correct size of shelter
This is determined by measuring the height, length, and width of the items you are storing. Don’t forget to measure the highest object such as vents, satellite receivers, and air conditioners. For freedom of movement and protection from the elements, an extra 2 feet on both sides and length are recommended, and at least one-foot height clearance is always a good idea.

Know your area’s bylaws concerning portable shelters
Finally, one last piece of advice. It is wise to know your area’s bylaws concerning portable shelters so that you stay compliant. Building bylaws are a set of rules under which the construction of a building needs to take place. The laws regulate coverage, height, architectural design, and safety measures to protect buildings against natural disasters such as earthquakes and hazards such as fire and structural failures. Understanding that ‘portable’, often means with many municipalities, that the unit can be taken down and removed within 24 hours. This is an important point to remember.

Advice From Us
Be certain of the shelter size and specifications you plan on ordering. Additionally, it would help if you also considered what it will take to make the surface area relatively level.

Remember that storms rarely come straight down, so consider side panels or full walls to protect your stored items. All in all, you should consider whether your portable shelter can withstand the weather in your area. For this, you need to take into account wind velocity and the amount of snowfall you receive in your area.

At Pacific Rim Shelters, our goal is to exceed your expectations. As the go-to experts in Courtenay, B.C, for all your portable shelter needs, you can feel confident your equipment and possessions are safe with us. We have successfully serviced Vancouver Island residents with portable metal shelters since 2018. We offer an affordable, practical solution to protect your investment against the sun, wind, rain, and snow. Our services are available to all residents on Vancouver Island and other areas in British Columbia.

Visit our website to learn more or contact Pacific Rim Shelters today

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