When it's cold outdoors, your vehicles need shelter. That seemingly-innocent rain in the middle of the day may freeze and turn to ice on your car's windows. Or, one morning, you may wake up to a foot of snow on the ground – and right on top of your vehicle. Before you face the day, you need to dig yourself out and break up the ice. If you do not own a garage, will these be the fates of your vehicles?
You do not have to settle for “good enough.” Instead of calculating the money needed to construct a brick-and-mortar garage, look at portable car canopies. Designed from steel frames and a polyethylene tarps, canopies are sturdy structures that hold up to snow and wind and keep out UV rays and moisture.
The galvanized or powder-coated steel frame for each canopy is designed to hold up to high winds – we have encountered these on many occasions this winter – and snow. Once anchored into the ground, the canopy provides its ultimate form of protection for the vehicle below. If the shelter is not anchored, however, the weather may topple it over or, worse, make it cave in.
The polyethylene tarp also has its own set of properties. Made out of heavy-duty, rip-stop polyethylene, the tarp is treated to be UV resistant, waterproof, mildew resistant, and rot proof. No matter if the tarp is used for a valance or enclosed-style canopy, it keeps out UV rays and moisture, both of which damage the surface of a vehicle over time.
If left outdoors, boats and RVs – two seasonal vehicles requiring long-term storage in winter – are consistently exposed to UV rays and moisture. Accumulating on the surface, water wears away the paint and allows mildew, dry rot, and mold to form. UV rays, similarly, fade and crack the surface and can damage internal parts. If your seasonal vehicle is kept inside a canopy, it is sentered from both of these elements and will give you more use.