Fabric covered storage tents have become one of the most common and flexible outdoor shelter alternatives when compared to the conventional wood frame, sheet metal, brick, and vinyl sheds. Frequent applications of these shelters include equipment, industrial, vehicle, and bulk material storage. In addition to the above uses, storage tents are used by contractors, farmers, landscapers, and government municipalities for a variety of applications. Some consumers may be misinformed of the durability that these polyethylene covered structures offer. With the proper care and maintenance, storage shelters and tents can provide many years of durable protection regardless of the environment. The article below provides some general information, however, please contact us with any questions on storage tents as we offer many sizes and optional accessories to accommodate customer needs.
The many advantages
There are a large number of advantages that storage tents offer when compared to traditional buildings. Cost, flexibility, and portability are a few of the benefits that consumers need to consider. When comparing the cost of a wood framed, vinyl sided, or metal sided building, a polyethylene covered storage tent is a portion of the cost. This is especially true when with larger storage shelters when the cost gap widens even further. Flexibility is another key benefit as tent structures can be quickly erected on any surface including concrete flat slabs, asphalt, dirt and even wood header walls which provide for added height when needed by the customer. In addition, storage tents traditionally do not require building permits for construction approval, however, it is strongly recommended to discuss with local zoning agents and authorities prior to purchasing these shelter related products. Portability is another significant advantage. Shelters and tents can be quickly taken down and erected at another location rather quickly and efficiently.
Details of the framework
Frames are typically manufactured from round or square structural steel tubing depending on the size and model. The steel tubing finish is typically painted or galvanized which offers a corrosion resistant protective finish. Most manufacturers utilize swaged tubing for the general frame construction. Swaged tubing consists of two pipes is which one end is “reduced” in outside diameter and inserts into another pipe which is in the original form (not reduced). The two pieces are then connected together using bolts, nuts and other fasteners. A number of other shelter fastening components such as brackets, connectors, and clamps are utilized to finalize the frame assembly. Storage tents are typically are “stand alone” structures which allows them to stand freely without the use of outside supports. Although storage tents are freely standing, anchors are required to secure to the mounting surface to prevent damage to the shelter and its contents.
Cover assembly to the frame
Covers are manufactured from coated polyethylene which is heat sealed at the seams for a water tight bond. Some manufacturers utilize other thermoplastic materials depending on the application. Regardless of the cover material that is applied, these materials can offer years of protection with correct care and maintenance. Covers are tightly secured to the frame utilizing a rugged tension mechanism that uses ratchet buckles and straps. Polyethylene pockets are heat fused into the storage tent covering on both sides extending the length of the tent. Steel piping or tubing is inserted into the fused pockets on both sides of the fabric cover. Durable weather proof straps are installed around the steel pocket pipes by carefully placing a slice into the pocket. The straps are then inserted into the ratchet buckles that are fastened to the bottom of the tent framework or wall the storage tent is fastened to. Tightening the ratchet buckles places tension on the tent covering to secure it tightly to the framework. It is important to keep the cover tight to the frame for a number of reasons. Loose covers can cause water and contaminant buildup on the outside of the shelter cover which can reduce durability and longevity. Tarp color options include green, white, brown, red, and gray. All storage tent covers have white interiors for added inside illumination which could potentially reduce energy cost if natural lighting is not used.
Securing to the mounting surface
Due to the inherent structural design of storage tents, it is important to properly secure the building to the mounting surface. Auger anchors are used for dirt, stone, and blacktop type mounting surfaces. The augers can be “twisted” into the dirt if conditions permit. If “twisting” is not an option, a hole may have to be dug to allow for auger installation. The augers are typically fastened to the tent using fasteners, brackets or turnbuckles. Most manufacturers require the anchors to be fastened to the frame on the inside of the shelter. The majority of storage tents have flat mounted foot bases on the bottom of each leg. Foot mounting plates provide “anti sink” conditions when placed on surfaces such as soft dirt and gravel. The foot mounting plates also typically have predrilled holes which can be utilized to fasten the storage tent to concrete slabs, header walls, and ecology blocks.
Accessories and end walls
Most tent structures have end wall panels and end wall 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. Service entry doors are typically also available for units that have end wall framing.
An easy to understand set of instructions is included with each storage shelter. The instructions manual has diagrams and photos for ease of understanding for the user. Smaller tents require common household tools such as wrenches, ladders, cordless drill, and a mallet. Larger shelters typically require a lift in addition to the items mentioned above. Please contact us with any questions that regarding the general construction of these flexible storage units.
Tent buildings and storage shelters can be shipped directly to the customer or place of business via LTL freight. Products are shipped in boxes or pallets depending on the model. We invite all prospective customers to view our large listing of storage tents for all of your storage needs.