Livestock Shelter or Greenhouse?

One of the questions we are often presented with has to do with customers wanting a structure for dual purpose. In itself, this could be considered as a wise strategy to get multiple uses for a building so that it can be used closer to year round.

The question which needs to be asked is “Are these complimentary applications?

One of these dual applications is for greenhouses and livestock shelters. There are a lot of similarities between the two with the most prominent ones being a double roof cover with air between and that they often have roll up sides.

Where the problem arises is that when you have a greenhouse, there MUST be a clear cover to allow the proper spectrum of light to come through to allow plant growth to occur. This level of light comes with heat which can easily be a problem for animals.

For a livestock shelter 90% of the battle is keeping them dry and out of the wind, cool is better then warm. If your animals will only be in the shelter during inclement weather, you will likely have more leeway in dealing with heat.

We have had customers who cover with single clear during growing season and the put an extra layer of white during the animal housing.

If you have any questions or concerns on how you plan to use your shelter, please call or email for extra input.

Important Update from MSS

4/6/20 With the pandemic being such a rapidly evolving situation, Multi Shelter Solutions is being vigilant for new and changing requirements. Please stay tuned to our website and facebook pages for the most up to date information on restrictions and closures. Please read the following information carefully and fully. Thank you.

We hope everyone reading this is keeping safe at home. Our admiration goes out to front line workers who are allowing our society to keep functioning as best as it can. Our hearts go out to all those affected, individually, or from those close to you, by this situation.

Due to the new restrictions put out by the Ontario government, we can no longer deliver some of our products to some locations. Please see a full list below. This is subject to change as the government changes their policies and the pandemic evolves.

We are grateful to still be considered an essential business for some applications and as such are able to stay open and producing some structures. We are taking our part of the responsibility to curtail this virus very seriously. The health and well being of our employees, customers and community at large continues to be our highest priority. We have modified our procedures to reflect the current government regulations and our commitments.

We are here to discuss your requirements and help you in planning your project.
Please note that the only restriction is on some deliveries and pick ups which are classified as non essential. We are in the middle of our busiest time, and with added protocol and procedures, it is best to email in any non-urgent requests, and we will get back to you within the week. You are still able to phone, but please keep in mind, phoning will not allow you to “jump the queue” any faster than email, and could result in more delays for everyone.

ALLOWED

Deliveries of all greenhouses to all properties
Deliveries of livestock shelters and storage buildings to farms
Deliveries of any shelter to an essential business which is open
Discussion of all structures and your projects via phone/email/video conferencing

NOT ALLOWED

Deliveries of garages, boat and R.V. shelters, swimming pool enclosures, and other non agricultural/non essential structures to non agricultural land is prohibited
Deliveries of any product to a facility or property that is closed is prohibited
Shop visits/Pick ups/Site visits are not allowed

Please note that if we are not allowed to deliver, under the “stay at home” regulation, you are not allowed to pick up either.

We understand the inconvenience this may be causing, but emphasize this is for the greater good, and the sooner we are able to follow the precautions and safety rules set in place, the sooner we can come through this and resume all deliveries and visits again. The more we work together, the quicker we will come out of this.

We are grateful that our greenhouses and agricultural buildings are part of the food supply chain and therefore were are considered an essential service. We are grateful to all those who have entrusted us with their shelter and greenhouse requirements. We look forward to working with you on all your 2020 projects. Stay safe, connected and healthy.

~Norm and the Multi Shelters Team

Livestock Shelter or Greenhouse?

One of the questions we are often presented with has to do with customers wanting a structure for dual purpose. In itself, this could be considered as a wise strategy to get multiple uses for a building so that it can be used closer to year round.

The question which needs to be asked is “Are these complimentary applications?

One of these dual applications is for greenhouses and livestock shelters. There are a lot of similarities between the two with the most prominent ones being a double roof cover with air between and that they often have roll up sides.

Where the problem arises is that when you have a greenhouse, there MUST be a clear cover to allow the proper spectrum of light to come through to allow plant growth to occur. This level of light comes with heat which can easily be a problem for animals.

For a livestock shelter 90% of the battle is keeping them dry and out of the wind, cool is better then warm. If your animals will only be in the shelter during inclement weather, you will likely have more leeway in dealing with heat.

We have had customers who cover with single clear during growing season and the put an extra layer of white during the animal housing.

If you have any questions or concerns on how you plan to use your shelter, please call or email for extra input.

Goat & Livestock Shelters

goats happy & content

Animals thrive in a greenhouse type environment benefiting from

  • being dry
  • being out of the wind and in the light, without being in the direct sun
  • The cushion of air created by the inflator fan will reduce the condensation
  • Roll up sides are added for easy natural ventilation. Usually customers attach a snow fence or netting to the inside of the arch so the animals do not come in contact with the cover or run away when the sides are rolled up. A short wall is also an option.
  • A white tarp covering may be used in situations where the animals are going in and out on their own accord when they require shelter.

Read more on our livestock page for more information

Plan Now & 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 fall is always a busy time here at Multi Shelters. We would love to help you with your 2019 project, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Who is Multi Shelter Solutions?

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Manufacturing & distributing economical shelters for all your growing, housing and storage requirements.

Using our 43 years experience in greenhouse, shelter operations and construction, allow us to help you find creative solutions to your shelter requirements.

Proudly owned and operated by Norman Eygenraam, this family oriented business started in the Dundas, Ontario area and has moved up to Palmerston, Ontario for the last 15 years. Specializing in unique shelter construction, we don’t bend any steel before we get an order. We sit down with each customer to assess what their structure will be used for, and the location, and help you find the solution that will be most useful for your application. We have many standard variations to offer, and aren’t afraid to venture outside the box to get the right fit for you!

We don’t sell you a structure, we help you buy one!

With 43 years of experience in the industry, we don’t sell you a structure, we help you buy one!

Norm worked at a nursery operation in his 20s, at a time when cold frames were manually bent steel around a tractor rim. Later he started selling structures with a manufacturer outside Grimsby, Ontario. In 1989 he started his own greenhouse manufacturing business in Dundas Ontario. In 2005 he moved the operation to Palmerston and became Multi Shelter Solutions. The business focus has changed to include shelters for many more applications.

We bring all that experience to each and every call or email that we receive from potential and existing customers. We feel word of mouth is still the best advertising and strive to give personal attention to every request, from a small hobby shed to multiple large operations.

Our biggest selling point still remains that we don’t bend any steel before getting an order, so we are able to customize it to fit in just the right spot, or alter how it’s done for your unique request. That’s how we’ve come up with our “igloo” structure, the airplane hangars, our “flying” greenhouse that was lifted onto an apartment building, and more! We pride ourselves on being able to help you find your best shelter solution.

Multi Shelter Solutions offers an economical alternative with a flexibility that the larger competitors find hard to match. We have worked hard over these years to come up with a balance that provides the economy so many seek, while not sacrificing any quality of the structure or customer service. We can work with you to fit whatever budget you have in mind and publish sample prices freely for you to compare. Feel free to contact us for a custom quote for what you have in mind and we can work together to reach your goals.

With a friendly and helpful staff, we are big enough to serve you, but small enough to care & serve you well. Currently we have 7 employees & growing and are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Conversations often begin with 2 questions …

what are you trying to accomplish and what are you dealing with? We look forward to your call!