American consumers, contractors, agricultural professionals and business owners are always in search of a cost efficient outdoor storage alternative when compared to traditional wood, brick, and metal sided structures. Quonset tents have quickly become one of the most popular methods of shelter as they have thousands of uses. Common applications of these portable quonset tent structures include equipment, industrial, vehicle, and agricultural storage. In addition to the above uses, quonset tents are used by contractors, landscapers, utility companies, car detailers, and government agencies for a wide array of applications. View our Youtube video which offers and variety of photos for your viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHbzOXfljdM
The benefits over traditional buildings
There are a number of significant advantages quonset tents offer when compared to traditional structures. Cost, flexibility, and portability are a few of the advantages that need to be considered. When comparing the cost of a wood, vinyl, or metal sheds, a polyethylene covered quonset tent is a fraction of the cost. This is especially true when with larger quonset structures when the cost gap widens significantly. Flexibility is another key advantage as tent structures can be quickly erected on any surface including concrete pads, asphalt, dirt, gravel, and even wood header walls for added height. In addition, these structures traditionally do not require permits for construction approval, however, it is recommended to consult with local authorities prior to purchase. Portability is another significant advantage. Quonset tents can be dis-assembled and erected at another location rather quickly and efficiently.
Quonset frames are manufactured from round structural steel tubing which offers a galvanized or painted coating for corrosion resistance. Most manufacturers utilize swaged tubing for the basic frame construction. Swaged tubing consists of two pipes where one end is “reduced” in diameter and inserts into another pipe. The two pieces are then fastened together using self tapping machine screws, bolts, or other fasteners. A variety of other fastening hardware such as brackets, connectors, and clamps are used to completely assemble the frame. Quonset tents are typically freestanding in nature which allows them to stand freely without the use of outside supporting devices. Although these tents are freestanding, anchors are required to secure to a mounting surface such as dirt, concrete, or asphalt.
Cover specifications and manufacturing
Tent covers are manufactured from woven coated polyethylene which is thermally fused at the seams for a water tight seal. Some manufacturers utilize poly vinyl chloride (PVC) for the protective cover. Regardless of the cover material that is utilized, these materials can offer years of protection with proper care and maintenance. Covers are tensioned tightly to the frame utilizing a rugged tension system that uses ratchets and straps. Pockets are fused into the quonset tent 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 are wrapped around the steel pipe by carefully placing a slice into the pocket. The straps are then inserted into steel ratchet buckles that are fastened to the bottom of the quonset frame or wall the structure is mounted on. Tightening the ratchet buckles places tension on the tent cover in all directions. It is important to keep the cover tight to the frame. Loose covers can cause water and debris buildup on the exterior of the cover which can reduce the life of the cover. Colors options include green, white, tan, and gray. All quonset tent covers have white interior colors for added inside illumination.
Types of anchoring systems
Due to the inherent design of quonset buildings, it is important to properly secure the structure to its mounting surface. Auger anchors are used for dirt, gravel, and asphalt type mounting surfaces. The augers can be “twisted” into the dirt or buried upon completion of a hole being dug. The auger anchors can be fastened to the tent using cables, brackets, or turnbuckles. Most manufacturers require the anchors to be fastened to the frame on the inside of the structure. The majority of these structures have flat mounted base plates on the bottom of each leg. Flat based mounting plates provide “anti sink” properties when placed on surfaces such as dirt and gravel. The flat based mounting plates also typically have predrilled holes which can be utilized to fasten the quonset tent to concrete pads, wood header walls, concrete blocks, and steel rails.
Option and end panels
Most quonset structures have end panels and supporting frames available for a completely enclosed tent structure. Steel end frame kits and panels typically have available door options such as steel doors which provide added durability and zipper panels for a cost efficient entry option. Entry doors are typically also available. Vent kits are available for completely enclosed tent structures to help alleviate any moisture issues.
Each unit includes an easy to understand instruction manual. Smaller tents require common household tools such as wrenches, ladders, cordless drill, and a mallet. Larger structures typically require a lift in addition to the items mentioned above. Shipment directly to the customer is done via LTL freight in boxes or pallets depending on the model. We invite all prospective customers to view our large listing of quonset tents as noted by size to the left. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding these cost efficient products.