Outdoor storage space is one of the most sought after items across the United States and other countries. As a result, consumers and business owners are always in search of the “most bang for their buck”. The cost for a conventional wood or steel framed building has become quite expensive as most consumers are quickly finding this out. In addition, the cost and time required to obtain building permits for a permanent structure has added to the frustration of many business owners and consumers who need outdoor storage space. Fabric covered hoop buildings have rapidly taken hold with as the cost efficient and durable solution for outdoor storage. Common applications of hoop buildings include equipment, vehicle, watercraft, agricultural, construction site, and bulk material storage. In addition the common consumer, hoop buildings are used by contractors, landscapers, utility companies, car detailers, and government agencies for a wide array of applications.
The many advantages
There are a number of significant advantages that hoop buildings offer when compared to traditional storage buildings. Cost, flexibility, and portability are a few of the benefits that need to be looked at. When comparing the cost of a wood frame, vinyl sided, or sheet metal building, a polyethylene covered hoop shed is a fraction of the cost. This is especially true when with larger buildings when the cost gap widens even more. Flexibility is another key benefit as these structures can be quickly constructed on any surface including concrete pads, asphalt, dirt, gravel, and even wood header walls for added internal clearance. In addition, carports traditionally do not require permits for construction approval, however, it is recommended to consult with local zoning committees prior to purchase. Portability is another significant advantage as hoop buildings can be dis-assembled and constructed at another location rather quickly.
Basic frame construction
Hoop building frames are manufactured from round or square structural steel tubing which is galvanized for corrosion resistance. Most manufacturers utilize swaged tubing for the basic construction. Swaged tubing consists of two pipes where one end is “reduced” in diameter and inserts into another pipe which has not been swaged. The two pieces are then fastened together using self tapping machine screws or bolts for a clean appearance. A variety of other fastening mechanisms such as bracketry, connectors, and clamps are used to completely assemble the hoop building frame. Hoop structures are typically freestanding in nature which allows them to stand freely without the use of outside supporting devices. Although these canopies are freestanding, anchors are required to secure them to a mounting surface such as dirt, gravel, concrete, or asphalt.
Durable covers are manufactured from woven coated polyethylene which is heat sealed at the seams for a water proof joint. Regardless of the building cover material that is utilized, these materials can offer years of protection with correct care and maintenance. Covers are tensioned tightly to the hoop building frame utilizing a rugged ratchet tensioning system that uses ratchets and straps. Pockets are thermally welded into the cover on both sides extending the length of the structure. Steel pipe is inserted into the pockets on both sides of the cover. Polyester straps installed around the steel pipe in the pocket by carefully placing a slice into the pocket. The straps are then inserted into steel ratchets that are secured to the bottom of the frame or wall the structure on which the structure is mounted. Tightening the steel ratchets places tension on the cover in every direction. Proper care and maintenance involves keeping the cover tight to the frame. Loose covers can cause water and debris buildup in certain areas which can reduce the life of the cover. Simply verifying cover tightness one time per year should be sufficient to confirm this. It is also important to keep debris such as sharp objects from collecting on the cover as this can reduce cover life expectancy.
Required anchor details
Due to the inherent design of hoop buildings, it is important to correctly anchor the structure to its mounting surface. Steel auger or twist anchors are typically utilized for dirt, gravel, and asphalt surfaces. The majority of these shelters will include steel base mounting plates with predrilled mounting holes. The mounting holes allow the building to be properly secured to wood headers, concrete pads, and steel I beams. The mounting plates also help to prevent the hoop building from sinking on soft surfaces such as sand and dirt.
Sizes and applications
Each consumer ultimately has a different situation when deciding the size of hoop building that is required to meet their storage needs. Regardless of the size, we feature a large selection ranging from 10’ wide to 42’ wide. Smaller units are typically used for backyard and utility projects for homeowners. Larger units are used for equipment, grain, vehicle, watercraft, warehousing, and manufacturing storage. We invite all prospective consumers to view our large selection of hoop building products which are conveniently organized by size to the left.