Plan Now and Enjoy the Nice Weather!

While we are enjoying the nice weather of the summer, it’s always a great time to be thinking of your late summer and fall projects. Often we hear people rueful that they were not able to get their structure up before snowfall since winter always sneaks up. What better time to plan for those projects than now!

We have many wonderful weather days for installing, rather than having to settle with a less than ideal day to put the building up and especially fasten the cover down. Friends and neighbours would likely be more willing to help as well.

These buildings are great for storing the hay and other equipment for your farm. They can cover your swimming pool to extend your season into late fall/early winter. Park your RV, boat or other fun summer toys over the winter to keep them protected. Plan for a garage so this will be the year you don’t need to brush snow off your vehicle. There are so many great uses, call us today to discuss your project requirements and out there ideas!

The International Plowing Match is on our doorstep this year in Harriston and the fall will certainly be a busy time here at Multi Shelters. We would love to help you with your 2016 project, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Solar Powered Inflator Fan Update & Alternative

We have been continuing to get many inquiries about solar powering the inflator fan for greenhouses and livestock buildings, which is used to put air between two layers of plastic roof cover. For the last year we have been experimenting with a solar collecting package to determine what is required, while we work to keep our interested customers updated along the way.

The first thing that must be emphasized, is that you MUST use a squirrel cage type of fan and not a propeller type. The propeller type can not continuously run against back pressure.

The output required will be determined by the size of the greenhouse or livestock building. Our regular 110 volt fan draws .25 amp and puts out 80 cfm. Some small buildings can use a smaller fan and some of the bigger ones require our double output fan which gives 130 cfm.

Our inflator fan works quite well going through an invertor. Any 12 or 24 volt fans which we have tried have been extremely noisy and therefore not feasible.

The biggest challenge which we encountered, is that the specific time the fan is needed the most for heat insulation, is also the time where there is the least capacity for generating power.

We used a single solar collector and a single battery and there was simply not a quick enough capacity for the battery to hold charge when we had several consecutive cloudy days in December/January

To add another solar collector to an already fairly expensive package, really becomes prohibitive and can deter from moving forward with it.

Based on this experience, we wanted to offer an alternative that balanced economy with feasibility. We have come up with a way where the extra roof plastic can be used on the inside of the structure.

This means that you would not need the inflator fan but still have the effect of double plastic with the air pocket for better heat efficiency. This system does require a bit of extra “fiddling” but the net cost will be a little less.

1. The structure is covered with a single layer of plastic just the same as you would if you were only doing a single layer.
2. Take the second piece of plastic inside the greenhouse and fold it double lengthwise.
3. This double plastic will be attached to the underside of the ridge using the same aluminum as you would use to fasten the plastic to the roll up pipe.
4. Next remove the purlins from the one side of the structure and after you have pushed over the plastic, reinstall the purlins under the plastic. You will be pushing the bolts through the plastic.
5. The plastic will be fastened with wirelock to the underside of the end hoops.

We have already had some customers try this out and are very happy with the result. Please call us with any questions or to discuss your specific application and situation where you might use this. We would be happy to help you with your project!

Roll up Sides Q&A *revised*

We have had many questions recently about our roll up sides so we made some tutorial videos. Please enjoy and let us know any comments you may have. You can also watch them all on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBUPJhbi2DLs0UYSo0FRwwi0pMo51PV80

As always, we are available for any questions that come up, so feel free to email multisheltersales@gmail.com or call our office 1-866-838-6729 Thanks!

*edit* we apologize the links on the last post didn’t work, they have been fixed

Featured: Airplane Hangars

stu's airplane hangarThese structures can be customized to accommodate the wingspan of ultralites while still accounting for snow shedding and wind bracing. We have now shipped buildings for this application all over North America!

The challenge encountered when putting a shelter over an aircraft is that the wingspan is often greater then the overall length. Generally speaking, this would require a more expensive structure. When a building is wider, it would also be higher and catch more wind. For ultra lights and other such light aircraft, one alternative is to make a very low dolly which would allow you to move your craft into the structure sideways.

Since most available buildings are taller then they need to be, the profile can easily be modified to create a little more width. When increasing width you will decrease the snow shedding ability. This occasionally necessitates reduced hoop spacing.

Building Permits

A question that we are asked regularly is “Do I need a building permit for this building?” The simple answer is “Generally, yes”. And to get a permit for one of our structures, you need to have engineered drawings from us. However, there is seldom a month where we do not hear a strange interpretation of some rule which we have not heard before.

There continues to be a huge variation in the interpretation of the rules. This goes beyond the fact that certain areas get more snow and wind then others and therefore require sturdier buildings.

It is difficult to understand why identically fabricated building, installed on nearby locations, can run into a problem simply because of what they are using the building for. As an example, in one week, we received calls from two prospective customers, the first had been given a 10 page form to fill out and the other was ready to order his building since he had been specifically told “you do not need a permit for a tent”.

In most municipalities these buildings are classified as low human occupancy, temporary buildings. We have engineer approved drawings for a number of our standard buildings as governed by the Farm Building Code.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification on any point of confusion. It is your responsibility to verify these things before building. We are not familiar with regulations in each municipality. Please see more information on our Building Permits Page

Swimming Pools as Season Extenders & More….

Installing a greenhouse over a swimming pool is a cost effective and simple way to significantly increase the use of your investment. Even with an unheated pool, you will be extending the swimming time by a minimum of three months. This is accomplished due to the greater heat efficiency which is created by the double poly cover.

During the swim time you will have up to 75% decrease in chlorine use and a 75% decrease in sweeping time. The roll up sides will make the temperature comfortable during the day time with adequate ventilation. By closing the roll up sides in the evening you will eliminate the cool evening breezes and control the bugs.

With the wide variety of shapes and sizes available, almost every pool can be covered. The experience can be further enhanced with adding a spa or change house area. A wide variety of ends are available depending on the aesthetics or requirements.

Featured Product: Swimming Pool Enclosures

swimmingCovering your pool gives you benefits other than extending your swimming season. It significantly reduces the amount of chlorine that is used during the season as well as the need to sweep your pool as often. Enjoy swimming without the mosquitoes! The typical package is sold with a double clear cover and a roll up side wall kit. The structure can be fastened directly to your deck or anchored beside the concrete. Consider placing the structure off center to create extra walking/lounging space along one side.

See our Swimming Pool Enclosures page for more information

Giving Back Greenhouse Opportunity

Multi Shelters values working with communities to help with charity and non-profit situations needing an extra boost of help, that we can give back whenever possible.

We have a wonderful opportunity coming up next week that we would like to share with you. Norm has been working closely with Johnny Theriault School and the community of Aroland First Nations, north of Thunder Bay. They are receiving a 20×48 Greenhouse for the school to use for teaching, and the community for fresh food. The community is quite excited for this opportunity and we are grateful to be part of the anticipation.

We would like to thank Breakfast Club of Canada for the opportunity of partnering with them to supply this greenhouse project. Norm will have to opportunity of meeting with the children and will be able to explain how this greenhouse will be used to produce some local fresh food.

We feel very grateful and fortunate to be involved with projects like this.

You’re invited! *MSS OPEN HOUSE*

**edit** The Open House was quite a success and we thank everyone for coming out. Prize winners have been contacted and Food Bank Donations donated. 2017 will be the last Friday of May again, so save the date!

May 27, 2016
10am-4pm
Come out for our BBQ and ask any questions you may have, face to face
Meet the people behind MSS & see where the structures are made
There will be prize draws and giveaways, and food!
We will be running workshops and Q&A throughout the day and hope you can attend
11am-Considerations for Purchasing Your Structure
1pm-How to Care for Your Structure after Purchase

It should be a fun time, last year was great! We look forward to seeing you out

Multi Shelters Website Updates

Here at Multi Shelter Solutions, we do our best to provide flexibility in choices, quality of service and excellent value for the money. Due to some significant increases we have received on the galvanized tubular steel that our hoops are manufactured from, we have needed to raise our prices, effective immediately. The prices that you will see on the current application web pages are the correct and up to date ones.

We have also added some sample prices for replacing the roof covers to the website as well so that you will be able to anticipate those costs down the road. These are only meant as examples, and as always you’re free to give us a call for your specific project.

Finally, it is with a sense of amazement and gratitude that we see how many people are using our website as their primary research tool for figuring out their next building purchase. There has been over 100,000 views now in approximately 20 months. Your feedback is appreciated!

Thank you for your patience and loyalty. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you on your next shelter project!