Much of the country has seen several inches, if not feet, of snow over the last month. In each instance, you end up having to dig out your car and scrape off any ice. Even then, the vehicle, with its wheels suck to a patch of ice below, may not move. Not every home is designed with a garage, but that does not mean your vehicle, be it a car, boat, or RV, needs to go unprotected. If you are looking for an affordable solution for protecting your vehicle, consider portable canopies.
Designed from a galvanized or powder-coated steel frame and a polyethylene tarp, canopies have an enclosed valance style. Although each one keeps out the elements, valance canopies tend to be better for everyday vehicles, such as your car, while enclosed designs offer full coverage and long-term storage for seasonal vehicles. When anchored into the ground, the steel frame holds up against high winds – these, too, have been present this past winter – and heavy snow. An unanchored frame, however, does not offer as much protection and may collapse in inclement weather.
The polyethylene tarp also offers a set of protected properties. Made out of rip-stop polyethylene, each heavy-duty tarp is rated to be waterproof, mildew resistant, rot proof, and UV resistant. Some tarps are also rated to be fire retardant.
With this setup, canopies hold up to all types of weather, ranging from rain to snow, and keep out UV rays and water, both of which damage the surface of a vehicle over time. Particularly for seasonal vehicles, consistent moisture and UV exposure fades and cracks the surface and causes mold, mildew, or dry rot to build up. Each canopy, additionally, does not lock in moisture, and air can circulate inside to prevent any buildup on the surface of the vehicle.
If you decide that canopies are the right storage option for your vehicle, think about your storage needs first. Are you looking for a carport to cover your everyday vehicle? If so, a car just needs to pull up under a carport and is protected from water and UV exposure. If you own a boat or RV, however, and need to keep it in storage for several months at a time, an enclosed canopy provides the full coverage the vehicle needs.