Shapes and Types of Portable Garages

Portable garages are seen as an economical option to building a brick-and-mortar structure. But, if you go to any portable garage and canopy retailer, you’ll find that this structure comes in a number of shapes, although the structure appears to have the same composition. On a basic level, portable garage and canopy structures come in peaked roof, rounded roof, and barn-shaped varieties. To add some variation, the peaked structures, which are often carports, don’t always have sides, but this simply depends on your needs for the structure. Of course, the use for the structure determines what shape you’ll need, but so does your location, as some structures are better suited for colder climates.

Peaked roof designs are the most common structure for portable storage buildings. A peaked style portable building has a house shape. Although some designs may have steeper peaks than others, a peaked structure is ideal for moderate climates. In general, this means areas that receive moderate amounts of rain and snow during the year. Although the polyethylene canopy material is treated to be UV resistant and waterproof, water or snow may build up on top of the structure. In addition, peaked structures can be used for everyday and long-term storage of vehicles. Long-term storage, however, requires the structure to be fully enclosed for all-around protection. Portable garages with only a polyethylene canopy roof are typically used as carports.

Rounded roof designs are also common, especially as long-term shelter for seasonal vehicles. Rounded portable garages in general have a sturdier frame with a fully-enclosed canopy, but the shape of the frame itself is designed better for climates that experience more rain or snow than average. The curved surface allows water or snow to roll off the surface and not build up.

Barn-shaped portable garages essentially have the same function and style as a standard peaked roof structure but these, because of their shape, are reserved for farm equipment, generally. The shelter is somewhat wider than a standard peak structure, which allows for wider farm equipment to fit inside.

Where you live and what needs to be covered determines what kind of structure you’ll need for your home. In addition, zoning laws also come into play, and before contacting a retailer of portable garages, find out what, if any, specifications are listed in local zoning laws.