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How to Keep Your Carport Looking Like New

A portable, fabric carport from Mytee Products is a great tool for protecting your car or household equipment from the elements. We sell carports and storage buildings in a variety of styles and sizes that can accommodate everything from the family minivan to a full-sized RV. We encourage you to browse our inventory while you are here.

Like anything else, taking good care of your carport will keep it looking like new for years. Just a few, simple  maintenance practices will add years to the life of your carport by minimizing the damage caused by weather and time. Below are some helpful tips that we generally recommend to our customers.

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Cleaning the Canopy

The fabric used for manufacturing portable carports is usually either polyethylene (PE) or polyester. We prefer PE because of its strength, durability, and weather resistance. In either case, you are going to want to keep the canopy clean if you want your carport to look like new for as long as you own it.

Routine cleaning can be accomplished with warm, soapy water and a light detergent. Good detergent choices include things like laundry and dish soap. A gentle car wash detergent will also work well. The one thing you do not want to use on your canopy is bleach. Bleach damages all sorts of canopy fabrics along with stitching material.

Also make a point to stick with nonabrasive cleaning solutions. You should reserve abrasive scrubbing for persistent stains and mold or fungus growth.

Cleaning the Frame

Our carport frames are made of heavy-duty, galvanized steel for maximum strength and weather resistance. But even galvanized steel needs to be cleaned from time to time. Thankfully, doing so is simple.

Surface dirt can be washed away with a mild detergent and some warm water. You could clean the frame the same way you wash your car: gently wipe dirt with the soapy rag then spray everything off with a garden hose. If your cleaning has to take into account more aggressive stains or things like oil and grease, you will need more than just soapy water.

You can purchase commercial steel cleaners normally used in the kitchen. These can be applied with an old rag and gently wiped away. As an alternative, you can use distilled white vinegar and boiling water. Just be sure to use protective gloves so you do not burn yourself.

When you’re done cleaning, be sure to wipe away any remaining water so as to prevent rust or water stains. A thick, dry cloth is all you need. Vinegar can be used to remove water stains should you miss any water during the drying process.

Additional Carport Maintenance

The steel frame is the skeleton of your portable carport. You should be addressing general maintenance in addition to just cleaning the frame. This includes regularly inspecting all the fasteners and joints. Make sure to tighten any loose fasteners right away. You also want to check whatever means are employed to fix the canopy to the frame. Make sure all of them are secure.

Should the fabric of your canopy tear or develop a hole, don’t panic. PE fabric can be repaired with a commercially available patch kit. Just clean the area around the hole or tear and apply the patch according to the instructions on the packaging. It is fairly simple.

You have invested a significant amount of money in your carport. Do not let that money go to waste by not taking good care of your investment. By cleaning and maintaining your carport on a regular schedule, you will keep it looking and working like new for years.


Hay Storage: 3 Reasons to Choose a Temporary Storage Building

The arrival of spring has farmers who grow hay already starting to think about the first cutting of the season. They are also thinking about hay storage at the end of the year, especially if what was left over from last season went bad. It turns out that a farmer’s choice of storage partially determines whether he/she will get full value for the crop throughout the late autumn and winter.

 

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Some growers choose to leave their hay completely unprotected. This is an option if you sell quickly enough not to have bales lying around for too long. However, when storage is needed, growers have several options:

•Permanent structures like barns and garages
•Temporary storage buildings
•Covering bales in large tarps.

Mytee Products sells a number of different models of temporary, freestanding buildings. We believe this is the best option unless you have a permanent structure like a barn or garage. Temporary buildings made of PE fabric and galvanized steel framing offer many advantages over storing hay under tarps.

Here are three reasons for choosing a temporary storage building:

Temporary Buildings are Flexible

You may purchase a temporary storage building with the intent of using it to store hay. That’s great. But you will likely not have a full crop stored throughout the year. Storage will be at a maximum just after cutting, but what you have in store will gradually diminish as hay is sold or used on your farm. The good news is that you can use the empty space for other things.

Temporary buildings are incredibly flexible. They can be used for storing a variety of things from hay to farming equipment. What’s more, they can be moved around your property as you see fit. You can erect your building where ever it makes the most sense for whatever purpose you need it.

Temporary Buildings Are Better for Airflow

It is important that stored hay is allowed to breathe. If a stack of hay is not exposed to good airflow, moisture can build up very quickly, leading to combustion or mold growth. Both can easily devastate a crop with little effort.

When you use tarps to cover your hay, airflow is always a concern. It is not a concern with a temporary storage building. You can stack your hay in such a way as to leave plenty of room on the sides and top to allow for the free movement of air.

Temporary Buildings Are Inexpensive

Let us say you have stored your hay under tarps in the past with unfavorable results. Now you are trying to decide whether to purchase a temporary storage building or erect a pole barn. Guess which option will cost the least?

One of the primary advantages of temporary storage buildings is their cost. They are relatively inexpensive when compared to permanent structures. Unless you absolutely know for sure that a barn or garage will pay for itself in the years after construction, it might be better to invest in a temporary storage building instead.

Another thing to consider is the cost of insurance. Constructing a new barn or garage is going to add to your property insurance – perhaps significantly depending on the size of the structure. There are no such insurance increases with temporary storage buildings. A temporary storage building would be covered under your current homeowner’s insurance.

Another haying season is now upon us. If you are looking for a new way to store your hay this season, we recommend a new temporary storage building from MyTee Products.


5 Things to Know About Carport Assembling

Purchasing a DIY carport from Mytee Products is an inexpensive way to provide ‘temporary’ shelter for your car, RV, boat, or outdoor equipment. Our carports come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate multiple needs. From single carports to units capable of housing multiple vehicles, we have just what you need for temporary storage.

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As a courtesy to our customers, we have listed below five of the most commonly asked questions about carport assembly. The below answers should help you better understand the basic principles of installing and using a fabric carport built on a galvanized steel frame.

1. What tools are required for assembly?

Assembling your carport depends a lot on the model you choose. However, basic hand tools should be all you need in addition to a safe ladder and a few helping hands. Most of our carports can be assembled with the following tools:

• Tape measure
• Adjustable wrench
• Ratchet and socket set
• Rubber mallet
• Utility knife.

Be advised that the instructions that come with our carports include a list of the tools needed. Be sure to have a solid ladder and safety glasses and gloves for everyone who will be involved in the installation. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. How long does carport assembly take?

Again, this depends on the model you choose. The smallest carport for single car use can be installed in 2 to 4 hours. The largest units may take 6 to 8 hours, or longer, depending on the conditions you are working under. We advise setting aside an entire day regardless of the size of your carport. Setting aside this much time just makes it easier to address unexpected problems that may come up.

3. Are weight bags required for assembly?

Weight bags are usually only applicable to small canopies that will not be affixed to the ground or a concrete slab. In the case of our carports, no additional weight is necessary. Our carports are fixed to the ground using base plates and tent pegs. Tent pegs can be replaced by bolts for applications using a concrete slab or frozen ground.

4. Can carports be installed on sloping ground?

Technically, you could install a carport on sloping ground if you have the engineering knowledge to do so. We highly recommend you do not. Choose ground that is as level and flat as you can find. Flat, level ground makes it a lot easier to keep your installation square and the eventual load on the frame stable.

5. Are building permits required for installation?

The carports we sell are typically classified as temporary structures. Therefore, it is not likely you would need a building permit for carport installation on your property. But this is not a guarantee. You should definitely consult your local controlling authority for information regarding codes and permitting.

In the unlikely event that you do need a building permit, the documentation included with your carport will be of help. The building permit will probably require some sort of documentation of the land, where you intend to erect your carport, how it will be affixed to the ground, etc.

Mytee Products is thrilled to be able to offer our customers a full selection of temporary carports. Each of the carports we sell is constructed of high-quality materials including PE fabric and galvanized steel framing. Carports come with everything you need for complete installation – with the obvious exception of tools. For more information about our carports, do not hesitate to contact us to speak with one of our helpful sales representatives.


Maintaining Carports and Storage Structures in the Winter

Last month we introduced you to our new selection of carports and storage structures with a blog post offering general tips on how to use them. We discussed things such as positioning and local permitting issues. With winter setting in, we want to expand the discussion to specifically address winter concerns. Portable carports and storage buildings are suitable for most weather conditions, but there are some things that need to be paid attention to if you live in an environment that experiences harsh winter weather.

As we discussed in our previous post, snow is a major concern. Portable carports and storage structures are almost always built with an A-frame roof or a semi-dome design. This is on purpose. All of these designs are such that snow and rain fall off them very easily. But the designs are not foolproof. In especially heavy snowstorms where several inches are falling every hour, it is possible for snow to accumulate.

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Preventing one of these structures from collapsing under the weight of heavy snow requires getting the snow off the roof as quickly as possible. The easiest way to accomplish this is to simply tap the underside gently with a broom or the snow brush from your car. Gravity will do the rest. If your structure is already bowing under the weight of the snow, it may not be safe to walk underneath. In that case, using a push broom gently on the exterior can solve the problem.

Anchoring Your Structure

It is imperative to anchor your carport or storage structure at least on the four corners. It’s even better if you can anchor along the sides as well. Anchors, by way of stakes driven into the ground, provide the structural integrity your carport needs to withstand windy conditions. Where winter is concerned, here is the most important thing you need to know: any stakes you drive into the ground may become immovable once a hard freeze sets in.

This is good in the sense that a hard freeze will prevent stakes from being pulled up even under very windy conditions. It is bad in the sense that stakes unable to flex with the wind may increase the chances of a carport’s material ripping or the metal frame bending if winds are extreme. Such conditions are rare, but they are possible. The solution is to use a two or three half-hitch knot on your anchor ropes. This kind of knot allows you to adjust the tension without having to move your anchors or the structure itself.

Extreme Temperatures

All of the carports and storage buildings we sell are manufactured using high-quality PVC fabric on top of galvanized steel frames. They will handle most winter weather without a problem. Having said that, extremely cold temperatures can make PVC fabric somewhat brittle. If your structure will be exposed to subzero temperatures for more than a day or so, it’s important that the fabric is secure enough to prevent it from moving in the wind. Otherwise, a combination of wind and ice can result in cracking.

If you can erect your portable carport or storage structure using a permanent building as a windbreaker, you will be better off in all four seasons. Keeping the wind at bay will go rather far in extending the life of your structure.

We invite you to browse our entire selection of portable carports and storage structures. Mytee Products has been supplying truck drivers and property owners with high-quality products like these for more than 30 years. All of our products are backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.


Tips for Using Portable Carport and Storage Buildings

Mytee Products is proud to have added portable carport and storage buildings to our inventory of valuable products. We believe these structures are perfect for a variety of needs ranging from hay storage to protecting your car or truck. At the same time, they are affordable and easy to setup and cuse. We currently have four different models in our inventory.

As with anything else, there are right and wrong ways to use a portable carport or storage building. Below is a selection of tips designed to help you, make the best use of your structure, for as long as you own it.

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Quality Materials and Craftsmanship

The first and most important tip is to make sure you invest in a product made of quality materials and craftsmanship. Remember, your carport or storage building will have to withstand all that Mother Nature throws at it. This is not something to take lightly as every season has extremer conditions. Mytee Products has chosen an inventory line made with durable components such as galvanized steel and heavy duty, UV resistant fabrics. Aluminum is another option, but we believe steel makes the best material for a rugged and sturdy frame that will not rust.

Consider Positioning Carefully

Avoid the temptation of positioning your carport or storage structure based solely on convenience. Convenience is a factor, but there are other things to consider as well. For example, consider a property in a lightning prone state such as Florida. Any location visited by frequent lightning is a location in which you should avoid placing your structure near a tree. The last thing you need is for lightning to strike your favorite oak tree and crush your carport at the same time. Be sure to account for wind as well.

Anchor Your Structure Firmly

A heavy-duty hay storage structure may seem weighty enough at more than 700 pounds. However, you would be surprised at how easily such a structure can be picked up by a stiff wind. Every portable carport and storage building needs to be firmly anchored according to manufacturer’s instructions. The structure you choose may only need anchors at the four corners, or it may need to be anchored around the entire perimeter. Be sure to follow all the recommendations found in the owner’s manual that comes with your structure.

Be Aware of Roof Concerns

A high-quality carport or storage structure should be able to withstand the elements under normal conditions. Nevertheless, there are times when owners need to do a little extra to protect their units. For example, an unusually heavy snowstorm consisting of wet, heavy spring snow could be enough to collapse your structure if you don’t make an effort to remove any accumulated snow. Fortunately, carports and storage structures tend to have slanted or rounded roofs that make snow accumulation difficult. You should not have a problem most of the time. Nonetheless, if snow does accumulate, clean it off quickly.

Local Planning Approval

Depending on where you reside & where your structure will be located,you may or may not require local planning approval for a carport or storage structure. Before you make any kind of investment, check with your local planning board or zoning office. If approval is needed, it is usually a relatively simple matter involving submitting a simple diagram and paying a planning fee. If planning approval is not required in your area, you have lost nothing by asking.

Portable carport and storage structures are an excellent way to make use of outdoor space without investing in permanent structures. We invite you to look at our entire inventory of high quality, portable structures.