Crestline Considerations: Making the Most of your Storage Shelter
Last week we took a look at the Crestline Truss Arch Shelter, a large storage structure that is a semi-permanent installation for superior strength. We covered the different styles and options, and also explained that pesky “semi-permanent” part. Since we’ve gotten you a little more interested (I mean, come on, you’re reading the second blog on them after all), we decided it’d be a good time to talk about what you’ll need to figure out if you’re going to go the Crestline route.
Area of Coverage
Common knowledge to anyone who has had to invest in any kind of storage area previously, you’re going to have to know how big you can go on your plot. It does no one any good to buy a shelter that is too big for your land allowance, nor is it helpful if you can’t fit all that you need covered into a shelter that’s too small. Assess your existing or future installation so that you know how big you can go, and also how big you need to go.
Container or Freestanding
The main difference in operation between these two styles is how open the structure ends up being. Any container version of the Crestline will have an open back and front, as it is exceptionally difficult to create any kind of closure that extends to the ground. These provide a strong roof over the length of the shipping containers, and so should only be used to provide canopy protection as opposed to complete coverage.
Freestanding, while providing end walls for added sheltering, also require more room and hardware to create the wall sections. For easier use, one end wall on a Freestanding Crestline has a retractable fabric door.
To Arch or Not to Arch
Deciding on whether or not to arch boils down to one specific comparison – do you need more vertical space, or more structural support?
The major benefit of the arched side comes from the stability and frame strength that this shape provides. All stresses, instead of pushing straight down, travel along the arch to the bases on either side to equally distribute weight and pressure.
It’s difficult to use a slope-sided structure to store box-shaped items. From factory machinery to storage bins or even wooden pallets, the square-peg-round-hole conundrum can be easily rectified with a Crestline having vertical sides. While the eaves of the tent still curve once you reach that height, straight sides give you better access to space close to the walls for taller or stackable objects.
With all of this considered, you can now choose the Crestline for you with ease! In case you have any further questions on the structures, you can email us at [email protected] or give us a ring at 44-115-794-0041. We’ll be glad to help you out with any additional information you need.