Why Your Next Utility Shelter Can be Portable

January 20th, 2013

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Adding space to your company need not be a time-consuming process. After all, time is money, and when you need a utility shelter quickly, a portable, cloth structure can be a great option. Now, before you discount the idea with visions of flimsy, easy-to-tear structures you may have seen before, keep in mind that not all portable structures are cut from the same cloth. There are some fantastic temporary structures that are nothing like your neighbor’s irritating carport flapping in the breeze. Check out the following reasons why your next utility shelter ought to be a portable structure.

Reason 1: Portable is Quick

The beauty of temporary structures is the speed at which you can get more space. Today’s structures are easy to assemble and often require not building permits. This means you can have a utility structure up long before your local permit board gets around to deciding if they think you should even have another building.

Reason 2: Portable is … Portable
Needs of any company change with time. Where you need a utility shelter today may be where you need new office space tomorrow. With a temporary structure you have the flexibility to change with your company.

Reason 3: Portable is Durable

The best temporary structures of today are a far cry from their predecessors. With corrosion-proof galvanized components, coated cloth covers, and superior engineering, today’s portable buildings are designed to last for many years, relatively untouched by the elements. The best fabric buildings come with warranties of five to ten years, not the one year warranty that you may have been thinking about.

Reason 4: Portable is Inexpensive

Calculate the cost of building permits and all the materials required for putting up a traditional utility shelter, then check out the costs of a custom-designed, quality-built portable structure; then do the math. Portable buildings are easier on the budget, while still providing the shelter and design elements your project requires.


Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Temporary Storage Buildings

January 19th, 2013

temporary storage building Need storage fast? Growing businesses have growing demands for storage, and the process of putting up new buildings can be time-consuming and expensive. The solution? When time and flexibility is paramount, a temporary storage building may be just the answer. Quality temporary storage buildings offer fantastic flexibility, ease of installation, and best of all, often require no building permit. But, with all the options out there, how do you know which is the best fit for your company?

  1. Check the Cover – there is a wide range of cover options for temporary storage buildings, and some are just not worth the money. Look for covers that have superior coatings that will resist mildew, are flame resistant, and will stand the wear and tear of the elements. Acrylic and PVDF coatings provide some of the most durable finishes.

 Other important cover features to look for are the color and translucency. Some companies only offer one option. Others feature black-out abilities, or structures that allow plenty of natural lighting. Do not settle for something that will not meet your needs.

  1. Getting In – how do you want to get into the structure? Do you want open ends, or do you need more protection? Quality companies will offer several choices and design a structure that opens and closes the way you want it.
  2. Investigate Support – even though the structure is temporary, you do not want it to blow away with the first breeze that comes along. Many of the cheapest temporary storage buildings have inferior structure materials that easily bend, or are difficult to anchor. Make sure that the structure you choose is made of high quality galvanized steel, resists corrosion, and features strong, easy to use fittings.
  3. Verify the Warranty – just because something is a great price does not mean it will stand the test of time. Maybe you only plan on using the structure a few months, but what if plans change; will the structure be able to withstand extended use? What if you want to use it again in the future? Look for a company that offers you warranties like those found at Shelter Structures of five to ten years, rather than a simple one year warranty.

A temporary storage building is still an investment for your company. Choosing wisely will help you avoid unnecessary frustration, difficulty, and more expense down the road. Whatever your industry, make sure you check out the options before you invest in a temporary storage solution.


On the Tap at Shelter Structures – History Preservation

January 18th, 2013

Any quality preserver or restorer knows that one of the most important things during the restoration process is ensuring no further damage is done to the building as a result of rain or other inclement weather while the building is vulnerable. W.L. Hailey took on such a task in Nashville, Tennessee and turned to Shelter Structures for help in providing the needed protection.

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The project at hand was the historic Water Treatment Plant in Nashville, which was in need of upgrading and rebuilding. The nature of the project meant that the interior of the building would be exposed. Shelter Structures was asked to provide a structure that would ensure the integrity of the building was preserved. A fabric structure is ideal for this purpose, as it can be custom designed to fit the exact specifications, is easy to assemble, and can be easily removed (and reused elsewhere) when the project reaches completion. In addition, it is a much cheaper option than building a conventional shelter over and existing building.

Mike Petty of Petty Construction said that the temporary structure would be moved twice during the restoration, allowing work to continue without weather delays or damage to the building. Sometimes history is best preserved by using today’s most modern technology: soundly designed structural elements coupled with weatherproof, coated coverings. Although the builders of the Water Treatment Plant may not have known of the materials used by Shelter Structures, we think they would have approved of the protection it offered their careful workmanship. When it comes to the complexity of history preservation, Shelter Structures stands up to the test.


Modern Fabric Structures: Distant Relatives of the old “Big Top”

January 18th, 2013

fabric structures If you are like most people of this age, your knowledge of the “Big Top” circus tents of yesteryear is limited to storybook tales. But from those tales come a valuable lesson for today: the strength, durability, and flexibility of fabric structures. Today’s fabric structures may not resemble the colorful construction of the old “Big Top,” but they offer many of the same advantages with added benefit from the technology of today. Research has given lighter materials without sacrificing important structural features, making these structures fantastic solutions for many temporary shelter needs.

 Timeless Tradition Improved

So, what makes today’s fabric structures different from those of yesteryear? While the list may be long, consider these distinctive features that give a whole new meaning to the word “tent:”

  • Coated Material – anything exposed to the ravages of sun, wind, and rain will fade, weaken, and disintegrate with time. Today’s best structure coverings are coated with acrylic or PVDF top coats, making them resistant to mildew and extending their lifespan. The best carry warranties of up to ten years.
  • Galvanized Frames – a structure is only as strong as its framework, and today’s fabric structures depend on well-designed systems that provide incredible strength, allowing for large spans without interior posts.
  • Easy Installation – ratchets, straps, and other design elements make it easy to put up a cloth covering that is tight and smooth. Sags and flapping edges are not in the vocabulary of today’s quality portable shelters.
  • Custom Design – whether you plan to start a circus, or simply create an outdoor conference center for your business, beautiful, modern structures can be created to meet your specifications and needs.

Beauty, Flexibility, and Durability

The fabric structures of today can be an integral part of your grounds design. Not only are they practical and functional, but their appearance can actually add eye appeal to their surroundings, helping to break up the look of brick, steel, glass, or cement, and provide an easy solution for your temporary structure needs.


What Aircraft Hangars were Meant to Be

January 17th, 2013

aircraft hangar's from shelter structures are whatever size you need them to be While Aircraft hangars may multiple uses, their primary purpose is to protect your aircraft from harsh weather elements. A structure that will do this perfectly without compromising the safety of your aircraft is the ideal hangar. A good hangar should withstand strong winds, hurricanes and even earthquakes. They should also be adaptable to other features, such as containing offices and workshops. Quality portable buildings can fit the bill of the perfect aircraft hanger, without breaking the budget.

Size Considerations

Aircraft hangers come in a range of sizes, depending on the size of aircraft it is intended to service. From the small commuter plane to the giant 747, the basic requirements of a hanger is the same. The beauty of today’s portable buildings lies in their ability to cover large spans without interior support posts. This allows them to accommodate various sizes without hindering accessibility.


Obviously, hangers need to have large openings. However, you may also want additional access doors for personnel and smaller vehicles. A portable building gives you that flexibility. With a wide variety of opening options available, your hanger can have the right openings in all the right places.

Flexible Design

While a portable building used to mean a generic size, and limited features, today’s buildings offer almost limitless flexibility. Possible features for aircraft hangers include:

  • Lighting – various UL approved lighting packages can be installed, providing lighting where your want it.
  • Lightning Protection – using the same technology used by the U.S. Air force, portable hangers can have added protection for your valuable investment.
  • Wheels – need a hanger that can be moved? A portable structure offers the flexibility of being able to relocate a hanger without having to demolish it.

The best hangars are easy to install and very affordable. The company you choose to build your structure should have expert advisers to help you choose the best hangar suitable for your needs and budget. They should provide you with good honest advice and be willing to work with you to meet your specifications. They should offer aircraft hangers the way they were meant to be for your personal, business, or flying club needs.