Come wintertime, having the perfect outdoor storage building
for your vehicle and snow removal equipment is invaluable. Whether you’re storing your automobile or a snow blower, you can ensure your belongings will stay safe in a tarp building.
Strong, sturdy fabric garages and fabric sheds are excellent, affordable tarp buildings that can handle tough weather all year long. They’re great for keeping vehicles and plows ready for action, as well as for storing your offseason gear and equipment.
However, it’s important to make sure your tarp building is prepared for the possibility of snow or other winter weather. Before winter comes, fabric buildings need to be cleaned and inspected to confirm they are up to the task.
We recommend you take the following steps to make sure your tarp building stays in great condition this season.
Give Your Tarp Building a Full Pre-Season Inspection
When you glance at your fabric shed or garage, it may look like it’s in perfect condition. The cover may lay flat, the door may roll up and down, and the zippers may zip just fine. However, that alone doesn’t mean your tarp building is ready to take on a potentially long, harsh winter.
At the beginning of each season, including the winter, you should do a full inspection on your tarp building. Before the first snow comes in, you want to check for any tears or structural issues with your building. This way, you can proactively fix any issues before the wintry weather comes and potentially make any issues worse.
We recommend you take these steps to ensure your automobiles, winter equipment, and more will be sheltered from the elements:
Start by Properly Assembling Your Tarp Building
Whether your tarp building is up year-round or just seasonally, proper assembly is crucial for ensuring a sturdy, safe structure.
If you are putting your fabric shelter in time for winter, then simply follow your instruction manual
to a T. If you keep your storage unit up all year long, make sure the bolts on the frame are secure and the cover is taut to the frame.
We recommend that you give the cover of your shed or garage a quarterly inspection to ensure a proper fit. If the cover of your tarp building does not properly fit, the chance of it ripping or tearing will increase.
The cover should be taught like a drum, but not any looser or tighter. A fabric shed or garage cover should not be attached too loosely or too tightly. If there is slack in the webbing or it has a baggy appearance, then the cover is too loose. If significant strain against the ribs of the shelter is evident, then the cover could be too tight.
Your cover may fit perfect in the summer, but fit snugger to the frame in the winter. There’s a scientific reason for this, and it’s called thermal expansion. When your fabric cover gets warm, thermal expansion increases and causes the material to expand. When the material cools off, the thermal expansion decreases and causes the cover to shrink.
Determine what type of tarp building you have and what kind of cover tightening method it has. Then follow these directions to loosen the cover in the winter (or to tighten it if it’s too loosely attached):
Sliding Cross Rails:
Loosen the clamps on the cross rails and pull the cover taught against the ribs. Once the cover is taught, you can tighten the cross-rail clamps.
There is a ratchet at every bay that connects the cover rail and ratchet rail. If the cover is too tight, unlock the ratchet to give it some slack. When the cover is loose, give the ratchet a few clicks until the cover is taught.
Start at one end of the lacing and pull the rope in sections toward the other end. When you reach the end of the rope, untie it, pull the slack out, and re-tie that end.
Winter happens, and it’s not always pristine and friendly. Fierce winter storms will hit, and temperatures can fluctuate. Because of thermal expansion, it’s a great idea to give your cover a regular maintenance check during the winter.
Cover Repair or Replacement
Although tarp buildings are built strong and made to last, years of rough weather could potentially cause damage to a fabric cover. If you notice a tear, puncture, or rip, it’s important to fix it immediately.
You don’t need to order a new tarp building if your cover wears out, or you want a stronger cover. Replacement cover kits can be purchased for your ShelterLogic shed or garage.
Sometimes, some duct tape will fix a simple tear up to three inches long without a visible tape line. If you’ve had your structure for multiple years and you think it could benefit from a new cover, you can consider buying a replacement cover for your specific tarp building.
Choosing a Replacement Cover
Replacement covers for your ShelterLogic garage, shed, or storage building come in a variety of different cover weights and strengths. To help you choose the best replacement cover kit for your needs, we’ve created this comparison chart: