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A Guide to Buying Boat Covers

Boating is a popular pastime in the Tennessee River Valley. However, the region simply doesn’t allow for fun on the lake all year round. As the days get colder and the lakes freeze over, your boat needs somewhere safe to stay. You could opt to pay exorbitant storage fees, or you could take matters into your own hands with a boat carport. At Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings, we provide homeowners with quality outdoor buildings, many of which can be adapted for boat storage. Learn more about boat storage through our guide for choosing the best shelter.

Boat under metal carport

Figure Out Your Specific Needs

The first step to selecting a boat shelter is determining your specific needs. Buying a storage building is more than just picking out the first one you see. You’ll need to know the size of your boat and the specifics of the location you plan to install the shelter. It’s also a good idea to account for the climate where you live—will your shelter have to contend with lots of heavy rain and strong winds? Do you live at a higher elevation and deal with plenty of snow? Each of these factors will be important as you decide on materials for your boat shed.

Recognize the Benefits of a Boat Garage

Before you decide to commit to buying a metal building, be sure to get familiar with the numerous benefits. Installing a boat garage can go a long way to protecting your boat, even when the elements aren’t in your favor. Here are just a few advantages of investing in a sturdy boat cover:

  • Curb Appeal: Leaving your boat outside, either in the front or back of your home, can diminish the appearance of your home. Improve curb appeal by storing your boat safely.
  • Convenience: You won’t have to drive all the way out to a storage unit to pick up your boat in the summer! Having an on-site boat cover is the gold standard in convenience.
  • Weather Protection: When the spring rain and winter snow hit, you’ll want your boat protected. Even without full enclosure, a boat cover can keep it safe from the elements.
  • Overall Security: A boat left out in the open is a beacon for thieves and vandals. Storing your boat indoors improves the overall security of your property.
  • Extra Storage: A boat carport isn’t just for pontoon storage! Your garage or carport can serve as a place for landscaping tools, seasonal items, and outdoor grills.

Know the Types of Boat Shelters

As you shop around for boat shelters, you’ll find an array of different options. Perhaps a simple boat shed will be enough for your pontoon, or maybe you prefer something with better security. Whatever the case for you, Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings has a boat cover to get the job done. Get familiar with these main types of boat shelters:

  • Carport: Carports stand on their own. They’re open on at least one side and come with several customization options.
  • Garage: If you prefer full enclosure, consider a boat garage. We offer several pre-engineered galvanized steel framed structures that provide plenty of space for storage. You’ll be able to keep your boat and all its supplies in one place.

Consider These Key Factors Before You Buy

Are you ready to add a pontoon boat cover to your property? Before you invest in a carport or garage, be sure to consider a range of factors. Having these details in mind as you shop will ensure you get the exact product you need. Here’s what to think about as you explore your options:


Material is one of the first things you’ll need to consider as you search for the ideal boat shelter. You could opt for a metal structure with all the sturdiness and stability you need. However, some homeowners choose wooden buildings because of their aesthetic appeal. If you’re not sure which to pick, feel free to discuss materials with our knowledgeable team.


Carports and garages come in a variety of sizes, but make sure to accurately measure your boat before making a purchase. You wouldn’t want to get a new metal building only to find it isn’t big enough for all your boating supplies. Let us know how much you plan to store, and we can recommend a reasonable size.

Boat under metal cover on gravel


Enclosure is the biggest difference between carports and garages. If you’re fine with partial enclosure, it’s most cost-effective to go with a carport. But if you’d feel more secure with full enclosure, a garage is your best option.


Of course, budget is a big deal whenever you’re doing a home improvement project. Fortunately, Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings has carports and garages for all price points. Let us know your financial constraints, and we’ll work to find a product that fits within your budget.

Get Help From Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings

Typical boat storage solutions cost an arm and a leg. Instead of paying high storage rental rates, purchase your own garage or carport to keep your boat safe throughout the year. The team at Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings would be glad to help you find the boat shelter that perfectly meets your needs. We have carports of all sizes and can discuss customization options along the way. Contact us to start shopping our outstanding products.

Start Building Now

Have an idea for a carport or metal building but aren’t sure how it will look once it’s constructed? No problem. Our online builder tool allows you to view a 3D rendering of your ideas before putting them into action. Use this tool to customize your structure, preview it, and receive an individualized quote!

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