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  1. Choosing Snow and Wind Rated Buildings for Added Protection

    Choosing Snow and Wind Rated Buildings for Added Protection

    If you live in an area that gets a lot of wind and snow, it’s important to choose your outdoor storage buildings carefully. Understanding wind and snow ratings and making sure you choose structures that are built for your climate will help you avoid some significant problems – like a roof collapse.

    Not sure what these terms mean or how to choose a snow and wind rated building? No problem! The following guide will explain everything you need to know.

    What Are Wind and Snow Ratings?

    The term “wind rating” refers to a structure’s ability to withstand high winds, such as those caused by a hurricane, tornado, or microburst. A snow rating refers to the weight a structure can hold without the worry of a roof collapse.   

    Wind loads are specified in miles per hour, while snow ratings are quoted in PSF (pounds per square foot).

    Understanding Snow Load Density

    Knowing the snow rating of a structure is only half the battle. It’s also important to understand approximately how much the snow that has accumulated on your structure weighs. While a light snow load typically weighs anywhere from five to 20 pounds per square foot, a packed snow load will weigh closer to 20 to 40 pounds per square foot.

    If the packed snow contains ice, it could weigh between 40 and 57 pounds per square foot, and ice on its own weighs about 57 pounds per square foot. It's important to consider this when determining the snow rating you need. 

    Snow Load Accumulation

    Snow accumulation rates will also impact your structure's performance. For example, if your roof gets five inches of snow in one day, but then the weather warms up, and some of it melts before it snows again, then accumulation might not be a concern. However, if temperatures remain low and the snow keeps falling, it can quickly accumulate and potentially cause some issues. 

    Snow Rating Considerations

    When considering a building’s

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  2. Winter Equipment Storage Solutions

    Winter Equipment Storage Solutions
    Whether you need your snow blower after a blizzard or just an ice scraper on a frosty morning, it’s so important to have all your winter equipment ready and accessible when you need it. However, it’s not just for convenience: when your winter equipment is protected from the snow, ice, sleet, and corrosive materials, it will work efficiently and will need to be replaced less often. From small storage sheds you can keep near your front or back door to detached garages you can keep in your backyard or on your driveway, there are many great portable storage options to keep your winter equipment safely stored and ready for use. Let’s look at some of our favorite types of units for winter equipment storage, and how you can use them to be ready when the next snowstorm hits:

    Deck Boxes and Small Metal Sheds for Quick Access to Winter Equipment

    When you’re hit with a snowstorm or your wet stairs, sidewalk, and driveway freeze over, there are certain items you may want to access quickly. For you, it may be essential items such as a snow shovel, roof rake, sand, and some sort of ice melt. Your kids may have a different idea: like toys that can be used for snow day fun. For both purposes, a deck boxes or a small metal sheds would be the ideal storage solution by the front or back door for snow and ice removal equipment, winter toys, and more. Here are some practical storage options that will even add to your front yard or backyard aesthetics:

    Spacemaker Deck Box

    Spacemaker’s tough and attractive steel deck boxes fit nicely on the front or back porch. Its top opening makes it very practical for keeping buckets of sand or bags of ice melt dry.
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  3. Winter Preparation: What to Do with Your Outdoor Items

    Winter Preparation: What to Do with Your Outdoor Items

    For many, winter time means the arrival of snow, ice, and bitter cold temperatures. This chilly weather means people spend less time outside, and more time staying warm by the fire. But that doesn't mean you should forget about protecting all your valuable belongings through this weather. Here are some great tips for winter preparation, and how you can make sure your outdoor items stay safe year-round.

    Winter Preparation for Your Vehicles

    Let’s face it: Vehicles are one of the priciest investments you make from year to year. Whether you have a large truck that helps you load gear for work, or a motorcycle you take out only on weekends, keeping your vehicle in good shape is important. One of the easiest ways you can do that, even through rough winter weather, is keeping it in a storage building. If you don’t want a storage solution with walls, but you want to keep the snow and ice off your vehicle, this carport from Arrow is versatile and easy to use. This can keep anything from your boat to your car safe. Wind and snow load rated, this carport is designed to withstand accumulate snowfall. The best part is, this will even be handy during the summer when you want to keep your car in the shade and out of those harmful UV rays that can wreak havoc on your paint job. This carport also includes:

    • Galvanized steel roof to protect against corrosion
    • Powder coated 2 in. tube frame
    • Self-drilling screws for easy installation out of the box

    Winter preparation is also important for your ATV or snowmobile. The Shed-in-a-Box is a great option to keep your outdoor vehicles safe when spa

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