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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Do you have the size I Need?
  • A: We custom-build our Shelter kits so you can tell us what size you need and we will make it for you. Sizes available: Width from 8' to 30', Height from 7' to 20', and to 100' long.
    We also have a large selection of Shelter Logic pre-made kits.
  • Q: How long do they last?
  • A: Our lifetime Galvanized Steel corners and fittings are made of 1-7/8" O.D. 16 gage thick wall metal pipe. The legs and roof rafters are made with 1-5/8" O.D. 16 gage thick wall galvanized pipe. This is the same pipe used for Cyclone chain-link fencing, so it is made to withstand weather and lasts many years.
    The cover material comes with 2 year, 5 year, and 10 year prorated warranty. The 2 year usually last 5-7 years, the 5 year last 12-15 plus, and the 10 year last 20 plus years.
  • Q: Can they take the wind and snow?
  • A: Our Shelters do well in severe snow and wind conditions when they are installed properly. We build them with extra rafters and a stepper pitched roof than most shelters. We anchor the shelter to concrete or pavement with bolted metal foot pads or strong metal "T" posts driven into the ground and U-bolted to the metal framework, insuring stability in windy conditions.
  • Q: What is the cover made of?
  • A: Three Shelter Cover Choices
    Good - Heavy-duty polyethylene cover. 12 x 12 mesh, 6.8 Oz./sq. yd., 15 mills, 4-layer, commercial-grade and comes with a 2-year prorated warranty, silver or silver/white
    Better - Industrial-grade Super Heavy Duty polyethylene cover. One of the best polytarps on the market with 14 X 14 mesh count, double thick thread, 50% thicker at 23 mil, corner-reinforced, solid brass grommets 18" apart, 11 Oz./sq. yd., ultra violet 5% treated, 100% sun block, waterproof, mildew and rot resistant. Usually lasts 12-15 years and comes with a 5-year prorated warranty. Navy grey.
    Best - A commercial-grade vinyl cover. 18 oz./sq. yd., 10 yr. prorated warranty, green, red, white, blue, or white.
  • Q: How hard are they to assemble?
  • A: The Weather-Shield Shelter kit is designed for easy assembly by two men on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Q: Why two kinds of Weather-Shield Shelter kits?
  • A: One for delivery in western Washington and the other for shipping. The later does not include the pipe to save on shipping cost. It is cheaper to buy the pipe locally. We include instruction on size and were to buy them.
  • Q: Do they require a building permit?
  • A: In most cases no permit is required because the are considered a temporary structure.
  • Q: How soon can I get it?
  • A: In most cases it is shipped within 7-10 from the time you order it.
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  • Prepare Your RV for Storage

    There is nothing like getting away from it all in your RV. Wonderful places to go, new things to see. But when the fun is over it is time to put the RV away, often for an extended period. What is the best way to store it to be sure it will be ready for your next adventure?

    It is important to prepare you RV for storage. Start with cleaning the exterior. Clean the roof first working your way down. Don't forget the tires. Use warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft brush on the entire body. The goal of cleaning the roof is to remove the white chalky residue that sometimes marks the exterior after a heavy rain. If your vehicle has a rubber roof there is an oxidized layer to protect the surface and you would not want to scrub too hard. Just get the chalky white build-up. If your RV has been parked under trees you might have a problem with bird droppings and tree sap. Prior to washing, liberally spray the infected area with an oily base like spray cooking oil or WD40. Leave this on for approximately 10 minutes and then wash as usual. Once the RV is clean and dry, it is ready for storage.

    Incorrect storage is one of the main causes of RV damage. Typically, RVs are stored outdoors and exposed to the unrelenting elements of nature - including Sun damaging ultraviolet rays, precipitation, freezing, humidity, salty ocean air and oxidation - in addition to rodents, insects and other critters.

    Since most RVs sit idle more than they are used, it's important to protect the exterior during storage. If you can't keep your RV inside a build there are inexpensive temporary shelters or at the very least obtain a quality RV cover for it, and use it every chance you get. Keep the outside clean and waxed and inspect the roof frequently for damage, signs of leaks around vents and air conditioners, and repair immediately. It really does pay to deal with damage before it causes further problems. RV weather protection is a must.

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    How to Choose the Right Tarp

    Poly Tarp (Polyethylene Tarpaulin)

    Poly Tarp Construction:
    Poly Tarps are typically made of multiple layers with a woven, mesh fabric sandwiched between two or more polyethylene sheets. Polyethylene is the same material used in cables, pipes, and molded containers. It accounts for the largest portion of recycled plastics (recycle codes 1, 2, and 3). There are many other features that should be considered as well when evaluating your purchase. Consider the following list of tarp features before deciding on the right tarp for your application.

    * Tarp Thickness - This is the actual thickness of the tarp measured in mils (1/1000 of an inch). The larger the number, the thicker the tarp. Typical lightweight, blue tarps found in most retail or hardware stores are about 6 mils. If you are planning a heavy duty use, such as covering a carport, consider a heavy duty tarp at 11 to 12 mils or a super heavy duty tarp at 23 mils.

    * Size - The specified sizes of poly tarps may not be the actual measured size. Tarp sizes will vary from one manufacturer to another. Be sure to check the description of the tarp. Tarps will typically be 4 to 6 inches smaller in each direction than the specified size. If a tarp is specified to be 10 feet, the actual size will be 9 ft 6 in to 9 ft 8 in. This is due to the fact that tarps are cut to size and then hemmed at the edges. The hem uses up some of the original width leaving the tarp slightly smaller than specified.

    * Lamination - Most poly tarps are constructed with a mesh fabric laminated between at least two layers of polyethylene film. Some heavy duty and super heavy duty tarps will have an additional layer of black polyethylene laminated in the center to prevent sun rays from penetrating the tarp.

    * Mesh Fabric - The mesh fabric specification is the number of threads per square inch. An 8X8 mesh count would mean 8 threads per inch in both the horizontal and vertical direction. Heavier duty tarps will have from 12 to 16 threads per inch. The thread weight may also be specified in denier. Denier is the weight in grams of 9000 ft of thread. The larger the denier, the heavier the thread. Denier is not always specified, but generally the heavier duty the tarp, the larger the thread.

    * Grommets - Grommets are metal rings lining a small hole at the edge of a tarp to accommodate the attachment of cords or bungees to the tarp. Spacing of grommets will vary from 18 inches to 36 inches depending on the grade of the tarp. Higher grade tarps will have the grommets spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Grommets may be made of aluminum (rust proof but not the strongest), brass (rust proof and strong), or plated steel (rust resistant and strong). The most durable and rustproof grommets for outdoor use are brass.

    * Reinforcement - Tarps may have additional reinforcement around the perimeter of the tarp to help prevent ripping and tearing. There are four main types of reinforcement.

    o Corner reinforcement - The higher the grade of tarp, the more likely you will find heavy reinforcement in the corners. Corner reinforcement helps prevent tearing out of the corner grommets and will extend the life of your tarp.

    o Perimeter rope - This is a rope which has been sewn inside the hem at the edge of the tarp to add reinforcement strength to the tarp.

    o Hem - The hem is formed by folding the edge of the tarp back onto the tarp and then stitching the entire hemmed area. Most poly tarps have a hem.

    o Grommet reinforcement - In addition to the corners some tarps have additional reinforcement at each grommet sometimes called a patch. This reinforcement is added to the hem area of the tarp and is typically only available in the heaviest duty tarps. Note that some heavy duty tarps may use additional reinforcement in the hem to improve grommet strength and will not have the perimeter rope.

    * UV Treated - This is a chemical treatment done when manufacturing the tarp to help protect degradation of the poly tarp from UV rays.

    * Waterproof - Most poly tarps are waterproof. The laminated film layers of polyethylene are naturally waterproof. However, some screen poly tarps designed for truck bed covers and sun screens are not waterproof.

    * Mildew and Rot Resistant - Since polyethylene is water proof it also is very resistant to rot and mildew.

    * Flame Retardant - No poly tarp is flame-proof and should not be used near open flames or other heat sources. Some flame retardant tarps are available. If you are purchasing a flame retardant tarp, be sure you know and understand the specifications.

    * Sun Blocking - Sun blocking tarps have an additional layer of black polyethylene and black mesh threads to form a light blocking tarp.

    * Color - Tarps come in a wide range of colors all of which will not be covered here. Some tarps have special features that may be required for your application.

    o Silver Sun Blocker - These specialty tarps are designed with black polyethylene and black mesh laminated between silver poly on one side and either a light or dark poly on the other depending on the manufacturer. The key feature of these tarps is that they block the sun light, and are cooler underneath in the summer. These tarps are great for canopies and carports.

    o White - These tarps are great in that they provide some shade but allow some natural light to come through. Applications include wedding receptions, dining canopies and vendor booths.

    o Clear - Clear poly tarps are great anywhere you need to have a lot of light but still need to have protection from the weather such as green houses.

    o Blue, Green, Brown - These tarps have no special color features but are great utility tarps for use in general construction or landscape maintenance.

    o Orange, Red, Yellow - These brightly colored tarps are used where high visibility is preferred.

    Special Canopy Tarps
    Specialty poly tarps are tarps that are cut and sewn to meet a special requirement. These include peak drop or end cap tarps and valance tarps. These types of tarps have all the same features of standard rectangle or square tarps plus they are designed for a specific canopy function.

    Peak Drop or End Cap tarps - These tarps are cut to cover the peak end of the canopy. When ordering one of these tarps it is important to know the exact dimensions of your canopy and the style of the peak (low, medium or high). If you are designing your own canopy and plan to use an end cap tarp it would be a good idea to check out available sizes before you start your design. They can be ordered with and without zippers that act like a door entry.

    Valance Poly Tarps - Valance canopy tarps are designed to cover the top of the canopy frame with a flap (the valance) that hangs down over the side by 8 - 10 inches giving a cleaner and more finished look to a canopy. Side tarps and end cap tarps can be tucked up under the valance to provide more protection from rain. The sizing on a valance tarp is for the main part of the tarp, not accounting for the valance portion. Actual sizes on valance tarps are typically short by 2-4 inches of specified sizes in both directions. Valance tarps are not recommended for use with low peak canopy designs as they do not have enough slope to guarantee water run off over the frame edge. If used on low peak canopies, there is a risk of water accumulating on the top of the canopy causing either tarp damages or collapsing the canopy frame.

    Replacement Tarps - Replacement of existing canopy tarps is common since canopy frames outlast tarps. Many retail stores that sell canopy kits do not sell replacement tarps or you may want to get a higher quality tarp. Ordering a replacement tarp is easy at

    Poly Tarp Comparison Table: This table is intended to provide a quick comparison of typical tarp features. It is not based on any known document or specification but was compiled from many online sources. Use this as a guideline not as an actual specification.

    Light Weigh Medium Weight Heavy duty Super Heavy Duty
    Thickness 5-6 mil 9-10 mil 11-12 mil 23-24 mil
    Laminate layers 3 3 3-4 3-4
    Mesh Count 8 x 8 / sq in. 10 x 10 / sq in. 12 to 14 / sq in. 16x16 / sq in.
    Mesh Denier 800 1000 1200
    Weight (per sq.yrd) 2 to 3 oz. 4.5 oz. 6 oz. 11 to 12 oz.
    Grommet spacing 18-36 in. 18-36 in. 18 in. 18 in.
    Grommet type Varies Varies Brass Brass
    Rope Available Available Available Hem reinforced
    UV Treated Available Available Available Available
    Waterproof Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Rot resistant Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Mildew resistant Yes Yes Yes Yes

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