Winter Care and Maintenance

These buildings are not industrial grade shelters and, as such, some caution must be exercised under some winter storm conditions….

Please see the WINTER CARE page in our installation guide for additional information. We also have a Winter Care FAQ page with articles we have posted on this topic

BEWARE of this sequence which creates a “worst case scenario”:

Freezing rain, followed by dropping temperatures, Lots of snow followed by rainfall. It is easy to triple the weight of the snow load in 30 minutes.

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. We do our best to always point out applications where the capacity of the structure is being compromised. Extra hoops or thicker steel are an economical way to increase wind and snow load capacity. We take pride in the sturdy shelters we manufacture and supply, but must point out that we cannot warranty against weather conditions

Snow removal, when occasionally required, is a simple task. Uneven snow loading is deceiving, since the total weight is not a problem but the lateral force can cause the hoops to distort.It is rare to have any significant snow build up on the roofs; however,

DO NOT GO INSIDE A BUILDING WHERE THERE HAS BEEN OBVIOUS STRESS!
Be aware of these scenarios where excessive snow build up is possible and damage could follow:
A wet snowfall followed by dropping temperatures
A building 90° to the prevailing wind (drifts could form on the backside of the building)
A building attached to and situated downwind of a taller building (significant drifting)

A building 90° to another building that has a higher roof, could cause a surge in snow weight when the snow on the upper roof slides off.

Preventative measures for excessive snow build up (where possible):

Build structures inline with the prevailing wind
Build structures level from side to side to create uniform shedding
Do not attach your building to a larger existing building

Install a heat source to melt the snow

Economical additions to increase your structure’s snow resistance:

Install cable or tubular cross-ties at each pair of hoops, to create a triangle (when using cables there is no need to put them under tension)
Place wooden or metal support posts under the ridge. These can be suspended from the ridge with no more than ½” ground clearance. This will provide support as soon as there is load and structure movement will not dislodge your supports.

Use closer hoop spacing for the first 12’ section away from another bigger building

Pointers for removing snow:

NEVER remove all the snow from one side and then the other
Remove the snow off the top of your building before using a machine (snow blower, etc) along the sides

Use a padded piece of 1×4 wood on a pole (create a “T” shape) as the best tool for gently bumping the inside of the cover

BEWARE of this sequence which creates a “worst case scenario”:

Freezing rain, followed by dropping temperatures, Lots of snow followed by rainfall. It is easy to triple the weight of the snow load in 30 minutes.

Please call us if you have any questions about any of this. Thank you

Year End Reflections

To all our valued customers, potential customers, and followers,
A Letter From Norm, owner/manager

As 2019 comes to a close and I reflect on all that we as Multi Shelter Solutions have been able to accomplish, we indeed have a tremendous amount to the thankful for.

It is especially gratifying for all of the opportunities to serve our customer’s structure needs, help people figure out their challenges and hear positive responses.

We continue to receive a lot of inquiries as a result of customers recommending us to their neighbours and colleagues. For that we are also tremendously grateful.

2019 has been a year of significant change at Multi Shelter Solutions from a staff perspective. Gwen went into semi retirement in March and Kelly took over in the office. Kelly has been quick to learn and up to the challenge of handling many of the customer requests to the point that it was necessary to hire an additional person for the office. Many of you have been greeted by Maggie when you call. She has also been packing the hardware portion of the orders and handling items that are shipped via courier. We are looking at adding another person to the shop force in the spring to ensure that orders continue to be shipped promptly as Maggie expands her duties as well.

As we reflect on 2019, we also reflect on what we can do better. We intend to upgrade our assembly instructions based on the questions and feedback that we have received. We are going to have a more formal plan in place to thank those who do refer others to Multi Shelter Solutions and we are going to donate a portion of each structure order to a chosen charity each month. We will be posting these on our website with something about them. This is in part to our commitment of giving back .

Teaching customers and prospective customers has always been a priority at MSS, as well as a value of myself. We are intending to increase the videos and other interactions to make information available in a timely fashion. We welcome feedback so that we can do even better.

Have a wonderful Christmas season and we wish you a very prosperous New Year.

On behalf of the staff at Multi Shelter Solutions, we look forward to working with you more in 2020!

Norm Eygenraam