An outdoor storage building can help keep your space organized and protect your valuable property. However, a permanent structure offers limited versatility and can be expensive. If you need reliable and convenient temporary shed storage, a storage shed could be the perfect solution!
These portable buildings are simple to build and easy to transport. They’re lightweight and highly versatile but are also durable and built to last. The following guide will cover everything you need to know about portable buildings, including the most important features and benefits, creative uses for them, and how to choose the perfect portable building for your needs. Let’s get started!
What Is an Outdoor Storage Building?
A tarp building, sometimes called a “hoop building,” is typically made of a metal frame covered with fabric or “tarp.” The tarp is tensioned or tightened onto the frame using heavy-duty strapping or ratchets.
These buildings come in a wide range of sizes, making them perfect for anything from storing small equipment to bulk inventory storage.
Whether you are looking to store smaller items like gardening supplies, or large vehicles, ShelterLogic Group has a storage building for any space and budget. Choose from a variety of durable outdoor storage sheds, garages, carports and even custom storage shelters manufactured to stand up to rough weather that make your backyard storage hassle-free.
Benefits of Using a Storage Shed or Garage
While permanent shed storage solutions certainly have their place, once you experience the flexibility offered by a fabric shed, you may never look back. You can set them up and take them down any time the need arises, allowing you to bring them with you to events or move them around your property to serve your exact needs at that time. This versatility can save you from the extra cost of having to buy multiple portable buildings.
Since they’re considered “temporary and portable,” you typically won’t need a building permit for your tarp building. Choose a high-quality option, and you’ll have the confidence of knowing the structure is weather-resistant and easy to maintain.
Not only does a tarp building prevent you from having to make a long-term commitment, but it’s also easy to repurpose them. If you no longer need your shed for storage, you can find another creative use for it. This makes them perfect for anyone who wants extra shed storage on their property without having to worry about potential changes in the future.
If you need more space, you can also add on to your existing portable buildings. This will allow you to easily increase your storage capacity or expand your operations without having to do a complete overhaul.
Common Uses for Tarp Buildings and Portable Sheds
Storing equipment and vehicles is the most common use for a storage shed or fabric garage. However, there are many other creative uses for portable buildings. Here's a look at some of the most common.
Storing Livestock Feed
If you have animals, you may find that you can save a significant amount of money by purchasing their feed in bulk. However, if you don’t protect it from the elements, you could end up wasting your money. Storing your livestock feed in a quality storage shed will keep it dry, help you avoid mold, and protect it from hungry critters.
Off-Season Gear Storage
Tarp buildings are perfect for storing landscaping equipment and supplies during the off-season. They’re also great for storing holiday décor, sports gear, pool toys, patio furniture, and other seasonal items. If you’re tired of trying to cram everything in the attic or garage when you no longer need it, adding a storage shed to your property is a great idea!
Leaving your vehicle out in the elements is will quickly take its toll. Rain, snow, and hail can all lead to paint damage, corrosion, and damage to your suspension, drivetrain, and electrical system. If you don’t have a permanent garage on our property, adding a temporary garage or a carport is a cost-effective solution that will help keep your vehicles looking their best. You can also use your tarp building to safely store ATVs, RVs, boats, motorcycles, and more.
Does your business stock up on inventory for the holidays or need extra supplies for the busy season? If so, adding a tarp building to your property can help you deal with shed storage issues. This is far more cost-effective than renting an off-site shed storage unit.
Choosing the Perfect Outdoor Storage Building
Now that you’re aware of some of the creative ways to use a portable building, you might wonder how to select the right outdoor storage building for your needs. To help you decide, take a look at some of ShelterLogic Group’s most popular portable buildings and the best uses for them.
Garage in a Box
If you’re looking for a simple and affordable way to keep your vehicles safe from the elements, ShelterLogic’s Garage in a Box is an excellent option. The Compact model is perfect for small or medium cars and small trucks. If you have a larger vehicle, you'll want the SUV/truck model, which is larger and offers more clearance.
Both are made with an all-steel frame that is powder-coated with a premium thermoset finish that prevents corrosion, rust, chipping, and peeling. The cover is made of triple-layer rip-stop polyethylene with UV treatment and antifungal agents. These elements combine to create a durable product that will provide dependable performance year after year.
Need to store lawn and garden equipment, patio furniture, pool supplies, ATVs, or small tractors? Consider a ShelterCoat garage. It comes in three different styles: barn-style, round, or with a peaked roof. This building also features two double-zippered doors, one in the front and one in the rear. This allows for both simple shed storage and easy access.
ShelterCoat garages also come in a wide range of sizes, making them ideal for anything from storing small items in the backyard to bulk inventory storage.
If you’re looking for a ton of flexibility and customization options, check out the ShelterTech line of portable buildings. This brand offers the greatest range of sizes and roof styles in its class, so you can easily design your structure to meet your exact needs. They’re also expandable, so you can extend the space without any long-term interruptions.
Every ShelterTech product is made in the USA with U.S.-certified galvanized steel. The SP Series of ShelterTech buildings is also wind and snow rated and designed to stand up to the harshest winter weather.
Looking for reliable vehicle storage that has incredible wind and snow ratings? Check out the ShelterTube garage. It features an industrial-grade square tube steel frame and a 100% waterproof, UV-treated cover that is available in standard, heavy-duty, or ultra-duty strength. It also offers a wind speed rating of 80 MPH and a snow/ground load rating of 43 pounds per square foot.
The two zipper doors on either end make drive-through access easy, and the eight-foot height allows users to fit large vehicles through the doors with no issues. Prefer roll-up doors? No worries! A conversion kit is also included.
The AutoShelter Instant Garage is an excellent option for compact storage of lawn and garden equipment, tractors, ATVs, jet skis, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and other grown-up toys. It’s also ideal for wood storage and other types of bulk storage. This is a solidly constructed and affordable fabric structure that offers plenty of flexibility. You can choose either the standard style or a round-top, which is excellent for keeping rain and snow from collecting on the roof.
If speed and efficiency are important for you, the AccelaFrame Garage might be your best option. It features patented quick assembly technology and comes in a wide range of sizes ranging from 12 x 10 x 9 all the way to 12 x 100 x 9. In most cases, you can put these garages together in less than an hour!
AccelaFrame garages are durable, sturdy, and strong. Just choose the right size for your needs, and you can enjoy same-day protection for your ATV, car, truck, or boat.
For a stylish and functional way to protect your vehicles from the elements, carports are an affordable and simple option for any property. These shelters are a practical solution for storing anything from boats to outdoor furniture.
The Arrow Carport is specifically designed with inclement weather in mind. They can withstand 100 MPH winds and a snow load of 35 PSF, and come with a 10-year warranty! You can customize the width and length of your Arrow Carport, from 10 or 12 ft. wide, all the way up to 100 ft. long.