Archive for July 25th, 2017

Protecting an RV from Weather Damage

Those who invest a great deal of money in their recreational vehicles usually look to protect their investment from the elements. The sun, rain, hail and wind can cause costly damage to a pop up camper, a fifth wheel trailer or a motor home.

The sun will oxide and fade the finish of the RV, as well as heat the interior to unbearable temperatures. Hail will leave pock marked indentations in the roof and siding and is nearly impossible to remove. Wind can produce falling limbs that can break windshields, windows and roofs. Considering the cost of an RV and the potential repair costs due to weather damage, a certain degree of protection is a priority for owners.

Some may seek to have their vehicle stored offsite at a storage facility or on the property of another. But monthly rental costs at a storage facility can quickly add up to several thousand dollars per year, provided one is available.

An enclosed garage is another option but may be cost prohibited to some. A garage requires a concrete foundation, a great deal of lumber, exterior side, roofing shingles and electrical wiring. A building large enough to store an RV 30 feet or longer will be a substantial construction project. In some areas, building restrictions may prohibit construction so large in residential neighborhoods.

Many RV owners are now considering metal car ports to provide storage for their campers and motorhomes. A carport is a prefabricated structure consisting of a metal frame and metal panels for roofing and siding.

Metal RV carports will consist of a roof to cover the RV and partial or full sides. The metal panels are prefinished at the factory. Because the finish is applied under factory conditions as opposed to onsite, it is a more durable coating. Predrilled holes for attaching the panels to the frame are performed at the factory and the hardware should come with the kit.

Those with minimal mechanical ability can often erect the carport without the use of professional building trade workers. If skilled tradesmen are used, the structure will be completed in less time than a garage. One can be constructed with or without a concrete foundation. A fully constructed metal RV building is often less than half of the construction cost of a similarly sized garage. So for those seeking to keep their RV out of the elements but wish to do economically, the metal building is often the method of choice.

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Flat Roof

Whenever I am planning of something the one that I always talked about regarding the design is my eldest daughter who is now in Grade 11 with Stem strands. While we were talking, I told her that I will be extending the living room, I will be putting an additional bedroom and will extend also the kitchen. I know she is very excited so she was checking what is the design for the extension and she inserted that the roof should be flat so it will be unique. And it will be the preparation for a 2nd floor since she really likes to have a storey house.

While Mj was suggesting, I am now imagining what she’d really like, I even walked to the neighborhood to find what is Mj really trying to say. I figured out something though, it will be a flat roof from the kitchen to the living room. I hope my money will be ready because I can’t wait.

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