'Ready to Decorate!'
If you've ever seen a couple marry in the shade of a gazebo, you know that it is a charming sight to behold. The lovely flowers, lights and draped fabric on the outdoor structure leave guests with a collection of beautiful memories of a couple's special day. Since I'm a big fan of gazebos, I thought I would use this week's blog to delve into the topic of DIY gazebo wedding decorations.
Ten of the Most Memorable DIY Gazebo Wedding Ideas
1. Hang Crepe Paper Rose Balls. This is one of the simplest gazebo wedding decorations to be found. The materials are inexpensive and easy to find. Also, you can use any color crepe paper that you want. The balls can be hung on the railings, posts, or from the ceiling area of the gazebo to set an elegant atmosphere. I included a tutorial below on how to make crepe paper rose balls for your gazebo wedding.
2. Vines and Flowers. Decorate your venue by loosely wrapping ivy vines around the railings and frame. Be sure to wind them around the knee braces, as well. You can use artificial ivy vines or purchase some real ones. Attach several small bouquets of flowers and baby's breath to the vining at each corner of the structure. Roses, daisies or hydrangeas are all appealing floral options.
3. Simple White Lights. A few strings of white Christmas lights are an elegant addition to a gazebo. DIY enthusiasts of all levels can accomplish the task of hanging these lights around the edge of the roof and the knee braces as well as the railings of the structure.
4. Flowers and Streamers. Sometimes the simplest gazebo wedding decorations are the best. Hang streamers from the ceiling and rails of your outdoor structure then, attach bunches of flowers in a matching color to the posts. A pairing of white roses and white streamers is one idea. Streamers waving in the breeze will add to the peaceful tone of the ceremony.
5. Draped in White Tulle. White tulle is a soft fabric that is easy to find at a craft store and is invaluable in the task of decorating a gazebo. DIY fans will love finding ways of draping this fabric in an elegant fashion around the entryway and elsewhere on the structure. A small gathering of flowers added here and there can be the finishing touch for this idea.
6. Lavender Everywhere! If you love the look and fragrance of wild lavender, I suggest tying together big bunches of lavender and securing each bunch with thin purple ribbon. Then, attach bunches to the posts of the structure. Drape tulle in a matching or complementary shade of purple all around the outer part of the top beam on the structure.
7. Chair Sashes. Don't forget the chairs for the guests. Wrap each chair in colorful tulle fabric to add to the style of the occasion. I included a helpful chair-wrapping tutorial below.
8. Loose Rose Petals. This is a decorating idea for the aisle of a gazebo wedding. Scatter rose petals on the aisle leading up to the gazebo. The aisle may be a simple white carpet, a brick path or even plain grass. Scattered rose petals are a nice touch on any type of aisle.
9. Hang Some Paper Lanterns. This is another one of those gazebo wedding ideas that is an inexpensive option for couples. The best thing about hanging paper lanterns around a gazebo is that they are available in many colors and shapes. Some couples prefer a gathering of white, oval-shaped paper lanterns while others prefer a collection of paper lanterns in greens, oranges, yellows and blues.
10. A Gathering of Glass Prisms. Hanging glass prisms from the ceiling and railings of the outdoor structure is a simple way to dress up the venue. You may want to go with heart-shaped prisms in a variety of sizes. As the guests watch the wedding ceremony, the sun's rays will cause the prisms to sparkle as they slowly turn with every light breeze.
I hope these ideas give you some creative inspiration. Thanks for reading!-Alan
Shoulda Had a Storage Shed!
Sometimes people who aren't fortunate enough to have a storage shed or garage on their property have to resort to putting their things in a rental storage locker. I've heard that in some cases these storage units are abandoned by their owners for any number of reasons. After a time, the owner of the unit may choose to auction off the items left behind by the renters. I thought I'd use this week's blog to show you some of the strange/ridiculous items that have been found in abandoned storage lockers. Enjoy!
The Fifteen Most Ridiculous Things Ever Found in Storage Lockers
- A Lamp Made in the Shape of a Flamingo. Picture a skinny, bright pink floor lamp with a matching pink lamp shade perched on the head of the flamingo.
- A Large Cardboard Box of Men's Shoes. The box included sneakers, work boots and loafers. This would never be categorized as a strange find except that all of the shoes were for the left foot!
- A Collection of Twelve Stuffed Cats. Not cute stuffed animals from the department store, but deceased cats that had paid a visit to a taxidermist. Yikes!
- An Antique Roll Top Desk. This desk was found in a storage unit and auctioned off in a sale. The new owner found a hidden compartment in the desk with a diamond ring inside it. I bet that renter wishes he or she had invested in some garage storage space.
- Three Ten Speed Bicycles with No Wheels!
- A Shopping Cart from a Grocery Store. Once again, this is not such a strange thing to find in an abandoned storage locker unless it has ten mannequin arms in its basket!
- A Refrigerator Loaded with Packages of Rotting Hamburger. Must have forgotten about the refrigerator's need for electricity!
- A Shoe Box Full of Eyeglasses with No Lenses in Them.
- A Fur Coat. This coat was dyed black with a white stripe down the middle of its back. I don't know about you, but I will pass on a skunk inspired winter coat!
- A King Size Mattress. This mattress had been cut in half with the help of a chainsaw, so I guess you could call it two singles.
- Four Wooden Chairs Arranged Around a Round Kitchen Table. This would've been a great find if all the legs of the kitchen table hadn't been cut off! A storage shed could have been a big help for the prior owner of this kitchen table!
- A Saxophone with Several Hundred Dollar Bills Stuffed Up Inside It.
- A Painting of a Beautiful Hillside Covered with Flowers. This is not a strange thing to find in a storage locker, but the old-fashioned key taped beneath one loose edge of the print causes one to wonder...
- A Doorless Dishwasher Filled with Broken Cups and Plates.
- A Locked Box. Fortunately, the key was found on the floor in the abandoned unit. The excited new owner of the box hurriedly opened it up to find a single rubber mouse inside it.
Well, I hope some of these discoveries gave you a couple of good laughs. If these people had owned garage storage space, they might still have their treasures. Thanks for reading!-Alan
"Get Rid of the Clutter and Get Your Car Back in the Garage Again"
A garage sale helps you to accomplish two things. First, you can get rid of items that are taking up your valuable garage storage space. Secondly, you have the chance to make a little bit of money on these items as they leave your home. In this week's blog, I want to share seven garage sale tips that can help make your sale day a success!
1. Employ Creative Garage Sale Advertising
When it comes to garage sales, the name of the game is attracting as much attention as possible. The more people you can attract to your garage sale, the better your chances are of selling your items. Consequently, one of the most important steps of garage sale preparation is advertising your sale. I suggest you go big and colorful on your garage sale advertising. Post your signs in places where many people travel. Make sure that all of your printing is clear and readable. Along with your address and the date of the sale, you may want to include a few of the highlights. An antique chair, a dog house, brand name children's clothing, toys and video games are all examples of items that grab people's attention. I recommend that you make your garage sale advertising unique and funny so it will make a lasting impression.
2. Pretend You Own a Store
Garage sale preparation can be more fun if you pretend like your garage storage space is a retail store. For instance, if you have lots of men's and women's clothing, put items in their own area of the garage. Also, arrange the items according to color. Put all of the red items together, all of the green ones together, etc. This makes for a neat and organized display. Create a special table for kid's toys, video games and books. You can even hang signs over each area so people will think they are shopping in a department store!
3. Highlight Your Most Appealing Items
If you have an item that will attract a lot of attention, put it in a prominent place. For instance, if you have an antique loveseat with a beautiful cushion, put it out where shoppers will see it right away. Attach a balloon or streamers to it if necessary. A person may stop at your sale to look at the loveseat, and then proceed to browse through your other items.
4. Price Everything in a Clear Way
One of the best garage sale tips I can give you is to make sure everything has a price tag. Now, just because there is a price on something doesn't mean a shopper won't try to bargain with you. I suggest you bargain with people unless you really believe the item is worth the price you put on it. Keep in mind your goal of reclaiming your storage space.
5. Make Up Some Fun Item Descriptions
I think that people like seeing creative signs on items in a garage sale. For example, if you have a huge fluffy Saint Bernard stuffed animal with sad eyes you can hang a sign on it that reads, 'Needs a new home. Doesn't eat much.' Or, if you have a collection of cookware for sale you could make a sign that reads, 'Cookware Perfect for the Queen of Cuisine!' Imaginative signs can get people to take a second look at your items and bring you a step closer to an uncluttered storage space.
6. Dress Up a Mannequin and Put It Out Front
If you have a lot of clothing in your sale, you may want to dress a mannequin in a stylish outfit and put him or her out front. This can get more attention for your sale and prompt people to pull in for a look. For additional effect, hang a sign around the mannequin's neck advertising any name brand clothing you have in your sale.
7. Have Refreshments and a Table for Little Kids
Refreshments such as lemonade, cookies and chips are a fun addition to a sale. You can even make a few more dollars by selling these to visitors. If it's a hot morning, you may consider having water available for free to keep people from leaving early because of the heat.
Oftentimes, moms bring their kids with them when they visit garage sales. I suggest putting up a kid's table with toys and puzzles on it that will entertain little ones. Keeping kids busy will give their moms more time to browse your sale.
I've gone ahead and compiled a few more resources for you on planning garage sales.
After your sale is over, I suggest that you give any unsold items to a local charity such as Goodwill. These leftover items may be of use to others and giving them away stops you from pushing them back into your garage. Thanks for reading!-Alan
Do you get buried in an avalanche of miscellaneous 'stuff' every time you open a closet door or cabinet in your home? If the answer is yes, I think it's time for a garage sale! Having a garage sale is an easy and fun way to rid yourself of items in your home that you never use. Also, a sale is a great way to relieve yourself of items that you think you may use at some point, but in your heart you know you won't. For this week's blog, I have some garage sale tips that reveal nine of the best places to look in your home for items to put into your sale. I also outline some ways you can make preparing for the sale simple and efficient.
Some Great Places to Look in Your Home for Garage Sale Items
The Front Hall Closet
Oftentimes, the front hall closet serves as the storage place for winter coats, jackets, hats, ball caps and gloves. I suggest you look here in search of items that the kids have outgrown. You may find that you have a cute pair of Scooby-Doo mittens that your son wore in kindergarten. Now that your son is sixteen, it's safe to say he no longer needs them. Setting up a section in your garage sale for cold weather apparel is an effective way to display gently used winter outerwear.
The Closet in the Kids' Room
This is one of the best garage sale tips I can offer you. So, stir up your courage and dig through the items that have been shoved into the back of your kids' closets. You may find things that are particularly popular items to sell such as board games, old video games and toys that the kids have outgrown. A big part of garage sale preparation is taking the time to make sure that board games have all of their pieces and toys have all of their parts. Not surprisingly, toys in good shape are desirable to shoppers with a lot of kids. Cleaning the dust off these items after they've been in a kid's version of storage can also help boost their appeal to shoppers.
The Drawer Beneath the Oven
I've found this drawer to be a place where many kitchen-related gifts from friends and family end up. Some of the contents you find may include a waffle iron that was used one time, a S'mores maker or a crepe maker. With a quick wash, these items can look brand new and enticing to shoppers with a love of preparing delicious treats.
Storage Drawers in the Garage
In the garage storage drawers beneath your work counter you can find lots of miscellaneous yet useful items including a new pair of work gloves you didn't need, an extra hammer or a tape measure. Also, remember that power tools get attention at a sale. An old drill found in a garage storage drawer could fetch a good price. Displaying all of these items beneath a sign that says 'Organize Your Garage' can really grab shoppers' attention. By the way, watch out for spiders.
The Kitchen Pantry
Aside from canned goods and boxed cereal, a kitchen pantry can hold treasures to put into your sale. You may find a popcorn maker, extra utensils and several cute cooking aprons. You may be able to sell these items a little more easily if you put them into a single box and advertise it as 'Useful and Fun Kitchen Items!'
The Cabinets Beneath the Bathroom Sink
This may seem like a strange place to look for treasures to stick into your sale, but you may find items you completely forgot you had. For example, you may find an electric toothbrush that is still in its box, a collection of decorative soaps you received as a gift or an extra toilet brush that you bought on a whim. As long as the items are new, they may appeal to a visitor to your sale.
I'm guessing that the things you find in your basement may take up a lot of room at your sale. A basement holds lots of treasures such as picture frames, sheet music and classic magazine issues. Also, dishes and kitchen items are very popular with shoppers. Baby playpens and swings are useful baby-related items that often end up in the basement. In addition, books are a favorite item at a sale and they are a familiar sight on shelves in many basements.
The Junk Drawer in the Kitchen
I've noticed that many families have a version of this drawer in their kitchen. Check inside it. You may find things like new pencils, unopened pads of paper, key chains, CDs and pocket flashlights. CDs are one of the best things to sell at a garage sale. The other little doodads can play a surprisingly big part in your garage sale preparation activities.
On Top of the Refrigerator
Sometimes when there is nowhere else to put an item, it goes on top of the refrigerator. One example is a rotisserie. You may not be a person who uses a rotisserie, but didn't want to throw it away. Other examples of things you may find here are knife holders, extra ice cube trays and additional flashlights.
Finally, when you stumble upon an item you may wonder, who would buy it? Just remember the timeless quote: 'One man's trash is another man's treasure.' Happy selling!-Alan
Creating Drainage Around Your Storage Shed
There is an excellent chance that some of you have experienced flooding on your property. Maybe a flash flood left an inch or two of water behind in your basement or garage. Or, perhaps steady rain over the course of several days resulted in water coming in beneath the door of your garden shed. If you have dealt with flooding, I hope that the damage to your home or property was minimal. Fortunately, there are some ways of preparing for a flood that may help you to avoid damage to the outdoor structures on your property. In this week's blog, I'm outlining ways that you can protect your property against various types of floods.
Location is Important
When searching for a place to put your storage structure on your property, look for an area of elevated ground. By putting your shed or garage on an elevated area of land, rainwater will naturally flow away from the structure to lower ground. Alternatively, if you put your shed or garage beside a hill, the water will run off the hill and down into your structure causing damage. As the old saying goes, water seeks its own level. When it comes to any piece of property, flood risk increases for a structure that is situated on lower ground. This is why it's not wise to put any structure on a flood plain.
Create Proper Drainage
Sometimes the base of a shed or other outdoor structure can help to minimize damage from a flood. For instance, I recommend that you create a gravel base for your storage shed that's four to six inches in depth. It should extend out about two feet around the border of the shed. If you use ¾ inch blue stone gravel, you'll get a good amount of drainage. This type of gravel provides effective drainage for regular amounts of rainfall. The amount of drainage can vary depending on how heavy the rainfall is and how long it lasts. But, creating a place where water can drain around your shed is a proactive step in preparing for a flood.
In the Case of an Imminent Flood
Chances are, one day you'll see a weather report for your area that includes flooding. You've taken the above precautions, but are still a little nervous about possible damage. One thing you can do is to move any valuable items to a higher level within your storage structure. For instance, if you have rakes and other similar gardening tools in your shed, you can move them to an upper shelf or hang them on the wall. That way, they will be off the ground if a flash flood occurs and water comes into the shed.
You could also make sandbags to put against your garden shed or garage to keep water from seeping in. This takes some time, but if you have items in your shed or garage that you don't want to move this method may offer some protection for them. Ideally, making sandbags is a two person job so you may want to ask a neighbor to help. Your neighbor may even need some help with the same project!
I think it's worthwhile to take the time to choose the best location for your storage structure on your property. Flood risk can't always be eliminated, but water damage from a flood can be lessened by taking a few extra precautions. Thanks for reading!-Alan
Carport on a Concrete Slab
Figuring out where to put a shed or a carport is one of the most exciting aspects of getting a new storage structure. I've found that there are some people who know exactly where they're going to put the new shed while others debate between two or three spots on their property. Well, whether you buy a shed or a carport, the area needs to be properly prepared for the arrival of the storage structure. I thought I would spend this week's blog explaining how to level your yard and prepare it for a carport or shed.
Foundation for a Garden Shed
When it comes to choosing a foundation for a garden shed, there are some people who immediately picture a concrete base. Other people may envision a gravel base for a backyard garden shed. The type of foundation you choose depends a lot on the environment. For instance, if you get a lot of rain, a concrete foundation is probably not the best idea for your shed. Water has a tendency to collect on the surface of concrete and may even pool in some places. The idea is to keep the water away from your shed. A gravel base allows water to drain into the ground. Furthermore, gravel is less expensive to use than concrete. Concrete is a durable type of material, but not necessary when creating a base for a garden shed.
Specifics of Putting Down a Gravel Foundation
I recommend that you put down four to six inches of gravel for the base. You can even frame the base with wooden rails so the gravel will stay in the area around your shed. Look at the specific dimensions of the shed you want to buy and make the gravel base two feet longer and two feet wider than the structure. This way you'll have a little room to walk around the structure and the extra space will help to keep the walls free of mud, dirt and other debris. You may want to choose gravel in the form of 3/4" blue stone. You are looking for gravel that will provide the most effective drainage. Once you dump the gravel and spread it with a rake, you can use a bubble string level to make sure it is evenly distributed. This is one of the most important parts of the process because if the gravel base is not level, you could have trouble opening and shutting the door of your shed. You certainly want to avoid scratching the bottom edge of the door on your new shed!
Foundation for a Carport
When thinking about how to level your yard for a carport, you may want to consider putting down a concrete slab. There are benefits that come with having a concrete slab. For one, you won't have to park in standing water. Tires can suffer wear and tear if they are forced to sit in water for long periods of time. By putting down a slab, your tires will be on top of the concrete and under the protection of the carport.
A Concrete Slab Base
The size of a concrete slab for a carport depends on the dimensions of the carport you choose. The dimensions of the concrete slab should be one foot shorter than the carport itself. An example would be if you decided on a carport measuring 12x31, you would need a concrete slab measuring 12x30.
If you are confident about your DIY skills, you can create the concrete slab yourself. Of course, it's more costly to hire professionals due to the labor and equipment, but if you are unsure about handling the job the cost may be worth it.
Finally, I'd like to mention that we anchor our Alan's Outlet carports to the ground whether they are on a concrete or gravel base. Thanks for reading!-Alan
Adding a Storage Building to Your Property
It's easy to get excited when you find the perfect storage structure to put on your property. Just imagine all of the extra space you'll have! You may want a shed to house all of those gardening supplies stacked in the basement or a carport to shelter your teenager's new vehicle. I'm always grateful when people look to Alan's Factory Outlet for a carport, shed, garage or other storage building. There are a few things to investigate before ordering a new addition to your property. For example, it's a wise idea to check into the zoning laws for your area. Zoning laws regulate the types of structures that are put or built on a piece of property. You'll need to find out the specific building laws of your city to see whether a permit is necessary to add a structure to your property. Sometimes the need for a permit is dictated by the size of the shed or building, however each city has its own guidelines. This week I'd like to spend a little time on the topic of zoning laws and how they may affect your plans to add a storage building to your property.
Getting the Right Information
When you have an idea of what sort of storage structure you want to order, I recommend that you take a look at your city's website . The Internet address will most likely end in .gov. Some cities clearly answer the question of whether a building permit is necessary for a prefabricated building. For those of you who prefer to address your questions to an actual person, I suggest you call the building department of your city's government. You'll likely find the phone number on the government website or on the government pages of your city's phone book. An administrator working in the building department will be able to answer your inquiries regarding building permit information.
If the Answer is Yes
After you ask your city's officials about the construction laws, you may find that you need a permit to make an addition to your property. The next step is to fill out an application for a permit. Generally, the questions on the application deal with what type of work you want done, where the structure will be, and the dimensions of the structure, among other important details. There is often a fee that goes along with the application. After the application is filled out and turned in, it may take one or two weeks for the city to consider whether to grant the permit.
Consequences of Not Researching Local Construction Laws
It's worth taking a bit of time to check into local building laws before adding a storage structure to your property. If you add a structure to your property and find that it violates some zoning law, it can result in a fine from the city. You may even have to arrange to move the structure. In short, you can save yourself a lot of headaches by doing a little research before ordering your structure.
I hope this has helped you to get a better picture of how building laws can affect your plans of adding a storage building to your property. Thanks for reading. -Alan
Give Your Car Shelter from the Elements
A car with a tarp on it that's parked beside a house or in a parking space has a tendency to attract some attention from passers-by. Is it a sporty little number from the 1960s? Or, maybe it's a late model luxury car that's practically a member of the owner's family. One thing is for certain, a vehicle wearing a car tarp is cherished by its owner. But, does a tarp offer a car an adequate amount of protection when it's parked out in the open air? This week, I'd like to take a look at some of the risks of putting a tarp on a car and leaving it out in the open at any time of the year.
The Trouble with Cheap Tarps
There are plenty of problems that can arise if you throw a cheap tarp over your car and leave it parked outside in your driveway or yard. For one, a cheap tarp may not fit your car in a secure way. I wouldn't recommend just buying the first tarp you find without properly researching. A car tarp that is too big can start to flap around in the wind. If the tarp rubs up against the sides of the car, it can damage the paint job. Furthermore, a tarp that is too big may drag on the ground. If temperatures drop, a moist tarp can freeze to the ground. If you have to pull the tarp away from the ground as well as the body of the car, it may damage the car's finish. Not surprisingly, if a car tarp is too big for a vehicle, it may blow off the car leaving it exposed to nature's elements.
Alternatively, a car tarp that is too small doesn't provide complete cover for the vehicle. You could spend endless amounts of time adjusting the tarp and still not get it to fit in a secure way. In short, ill-fitting car tarps shouldn't be relied on for protection.
Cheap tarps are sometimes made of substandard materials. These materials may not have the durability to stand up to the rain, snow and hail that your car may encounter when sitting in the open air. Also, car tarps made with cheap materials may let in moisture resulting in mold growth. Unfortunately, if you don't check your car on a regular basis this mold growth may continue for weeks or even months.
The Benefits of Using a Tarp and Parking the Vehicle Under/In a Storage Structure
A shelter such as a metal garage can give your covered car the extra element of protection it needs. A classic or beloved car that's wearing a tarp and parked in a garage will have twice the protection from the rain, hail, wind and snow. A tarp of the right size will even protect it from falling dust! Bird droppings and the strong rays of the sun will be a non-issue if a car wearing a tarp is parked inside a garage. You won't have to worry about the tarp blowing off in the middle of the night. In addition, parking the car on a concrete slab in a garage will keep the tires from sitting in standing water.
A car wearing a tarp of the proper size that's parked underneath a carport also has protection from the snow, rain, hail, wind and sun. A carport even keeps the frost off of an uncovered car! Storing a car underneath this type of shelter allows for easy access to the vehicle.
Finally, if you want to keep your car in good shape throughout the year give it the advantage of two layers of protection against the elements. Your car will appreciate your efforts! Thanks for reading.-Alan
A Dependable RV Carport
Perhaps you're someone who loves traveling the open roads in a fully-equipped RV. You have a refrigerator, a sofa, a microwave and, most importantly, your family traveling with you in comfort. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me! Of course, you want to protect your RV while it's parked at home so you'll be ready for the next on the road adventure. So, I'm going to dedicate this week's blog to talking about RV carports and how to choose one that suits the needs of your recreational vehicle.
Pay Attention to the Dimensions
When shopping for an RV carport, you should take into account the size of the RV itself. Grab a tape measure and a friend to help you measure the dimensions of your RV. As you measure the length, be sure that you include parts that extend from the body of the vehicle such as the bumper and the ladder. At Alan's Outlet, we have a selection of RV carports that includes open-sided designs as well as partially and completely enclosed ones. If you opt for one of our RV carport kits that is enclosed, then you'll probably want to allow yourself a few feet of walk around room inside the structure. Ideally, you want to give yourself an adequate amount of space for both moving around inside the carport as well as backing in.
The width of your vehicle is another thing to consider as you shop for an RV carport. With the help of a friend, take an accurate measurement of the width of the RV. Open the door of the RV to see how much space it needs to swing freely inside the structure. Even with an open carport design, you may want to allow yourself some extra space for storage within the shelter.
Measuring the height of the RV is very important. Some RV's have a satellite and air conditioning unit on the roof so include those items in the measurement. An RV carport should offer plenty of space above the vehicle.
Choose Your Roof Style
At Alan's Outlet, we want your RV to be protected from the rain, hail, snow and other elements that Mother Nature has to offer. In addition to supplying our customers with dependable RV carports, we also give them options as to the design of the carport's roof. Two of those options are the boxed eave and the regular style. Both of these designs offer protection and visual appeal. If you choose a vertical roof style, you're purchasing a design that features vertical sheeting that allows snow to slide off instead of accumulating. You may want to give a vertical roof style some thought if you live in an area with lots of snowfall.
Not a One Size Fits All Selection
Finally, when you buy one of our customizable RV carport kits, you can dictate the style, size and even the color of the structure. You may have a clear vision of what sort of carport you want for your RV. If you aren't sure, we're glad to help you find answers to your questions. Feel free to send me an email or give us a phone call. Thanks for reading and safe travels! Alan
'A Metal Carport Perfect for Two Cars'
Hello everyone! This week's blog is all about carports. Getting a carport is an excellent idea for anyone who wants to protect their vehicles and equipment from the rain, snow, hail, strong winds and even the sunlight. If you're thinking about ordering a carport, you may be wondering what kind to get. At Alan's, we have lots of carport designs to choose from. Let's take a look at some of the things you should consider while perusing my selection of carports for sale.
What Sort of Vehicles Do You Have?
There are different carport designs made to shelter different types of vehicles. Perhaps your family needs shelter for just one compact car or small truck. A regular style carport that measures 12x21 would be an appropriate choice. Alternatively, a family who owns a large truck as well as a minivan would need a larger carport that can accommodate bigger vehicles. If you own several heavy duty trucks or maybe some large pieces of farm equipment, you may want to look at the triple wide carport designs. On my website, I provide a list of the dimensions and prices of all of my carports for sale.
What about the Future?
I recommend that you keep the future in mind as you're considering all of the options. Do you plan to purchase another vehicle or two? Do you want to use your carport for other items in addition to a car or truck? The answers to these questions can help you to choose a carport that will fulfill your vehicle storage needs now as well as your storage needs in the future.
If you do end up sheltering several vehicles, you may find that the concrete pad beneath the carport is becoming stained with oil that's leaking from a vehicle. This is a common occurrence. Fortunately, there are methods for removing oil from concrete. By removing these stains, you are helping to keep your carport area looking its best.
What's the Weather Like Out There?
As you are considering the various carports, think about the weather you deal with each year. Perhaps you have a lot of snowfall. If you do, a carport with a vertical style roof would be a good choice. The vertical design of the roof's sheeting allows snow to slide off instead of piling up. Maybe you live in an area that experiences several hailstorms a year. A carport with any type of roof including the vertical, boxed eave or regular style can protect vehicles in the midst of a powerful hail storm. If the place where you live has a lot of rainfall, a carport can prove to be an invaluable purchase. You can load and unload items from your car's trunk under the protection of dependable shelter.
I hope I've shown you the valuable benefits that a carport can offer. Thanks for reading! -Alan