Why Wait Until Spring?

In an ideal world, we would have nothing to do in the summer but have time to build the extra space we need for growing, storage or livestock housing requirements.

The reality is, that is seldom how things work, but many of the people that we talk to are intimidated by the possibility of building either in winter or when times are less then ideal.

When your Plan A won’t work there are actually many other options when it comes to scheduling putting up your building.

During late fall, winter or early spring, you will need to be a bit more selective as to the days you will be working, but it can be accommodated. It will not be as convenient, but that does not mean you have to do without that extra required space for the upcoming year.

The first thing we need from you is a bit of information to have a good understanding of the area you are working with. This will allow us to advise you on how to get a proper foundation in.

The phrase “there is no such thing as too many anchors” is even more applicable during inclement weather.

After that, you simply pick your days when you work outside or you simply work shorter days.

Unless you hit it very lucky with an abnormally perfect cover day, the reality is, is that the cover will not go on perfectly. This is ok since there are ways of overcoming this as well.

We have additional information on our website to work with temporarily securing a loose cover and the process of retightening a cover once warmer weather comes. We will have short videos explaining this process up shortly. Any possible inconvenience of having to do this retightening will be more than offset by the convenience of having that extra space now, rather then trying to accommodate building later.

We look forward to working though your challenges with you

February Features! *Winter and Your Structures*

We have a number of resources on our website to help you with taking care of our structure over winter. We have compiled a list of “Greatest Hits” below, that you can review at your leisure and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions if you are unsure or can’t find what you’re looking for. We are always happy to help.

The best place to start is the Winter Care Pages in our instruction manual.

We also have: Winter FAQs

Winter Care & Maintenance
Important notes for various situations
Our structures are designed in a gothic shape with a slippery cover to be lightweight and snow resistant. This encourages the snow to slide off quickly. This is not an industrial high snow load building….
Weather Cautions
These buildings are not industrial grade shelters and, as such, some caution must be exercised under some winter storm conditions….
Winter Storm & Your Structures
Many areas have been hit with freezing rain today and even though it has generally not been enough to warrant concern for the structures, it is a good time to recap some common things when dealing with ice on buildings….
Putting up Structures after the Snowfall
There always seems to be so much pressure and panic at this time to get a building before winter. The only thing that is important to get done sooner then later is the foundation work. There will be lots of decent weather days between now and Christmas to get the job done….
Retightening a Loose Structure Cover
Re-tightening a cover does not have to be done in one day. Taking a short cut will leave you with more wrinkles. Areas with wrinkles will flutter more and cause stress points.
This will also cause the cover to deteriorate quicker……
Temporary Fix for a Loose Cover
There are a number of instances where a cover will need to be installed in less than ideal conditions. This can be either be on a windy day or in the cold (-10C or worse) and the job simply can not wait.
Cold Weather Poly Install
If you were one of the many people who, last fall, were faced with putting the cover on in less than ideal weather, you will be looking at significant wrinkles once the weather starts to warm up.
You will need to tighten the cover to prevent premature wear due to flapping in the wind…..
Season Extension: Hanley Caterpillar Tunnels
The real lure of these buildings is their low cost and simplicity to move. Generally the area is prepared in advance and then the tunnel is moved over the area when the planting is to be done…..

Please see our previous post for our new Giving Back initiatives, and check out the Giving Back website page for more of the projects we’ve been involved with. If you know of a project or organization that could fit the criteria, please connect us, we’d love to help if we can!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Family Day! We hope you and your family are staying warm, and getting excited for the upcoming spring and growing season! We look forward to working with you on your projects in 2020!