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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, simpleĀ  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.


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.