Installation guidlines

We are always available to answer any of your questions

Before assembly, read all instructions. Follow the manual instructions provided with your Shelter.

For user friendly assembly, we have identified each individual component with the part code as indicated in the parts list. Please refer to the part code numbers and drawing to ensure problem free assembly.

Improper site preparation, assembly and maintenance may invalidate warranty and cause unnecessary and costly mistakes.

We highly recommend that a professional be hired to install your shelter, but if you choose to do it yourself, be very careful to follow the installation guidelines to avoid exposing your shelter to damage arising as a result of a faulty installation.

Things that can cause a shelter failure and result in voiding the warranty.

  1. A poor foundation and/or an improper install of base plates
  2. Misalignment of shelter frame. The frame must be square and all tubes must be in alignment with others.
  3. Not finishing the install
  4. Bolts, tensions wires not firmed snugged
  5. Tarps installed too loosely
  6. Lack of bi annual inspections and the tightening of tension wires, bolts and straps.

See: High wind and heavy snow care below


Depending on weather conditions, a 30′ x 40′ shelter can be installed over 2 days with a crew of 3 people. Larger buildings take longer and may require additional crew members for portions of the build.


All our units come with a detailed, step by step construction manual. We are always available to answer any of your questions.

Special Note: It’s necessary to tighten the roof fabric enough to avoid “hammocks” on the roof. Also re-tighten once or twice again after a few months of use. This is important when assembly is done in cold weather (autumn and winter) because the fabric is stiff. When the sun and warm weather returns it will make the fabric “slack” again, and needs to be re-tightened before next winter.

Warranty: Customer Installations

  1. All customer installed shelters are have a warranty limited to failure of parts.
  2. No shelters are covered under the warranty during high winds or heavy snow loads. The customer must be pro active in ensuring neither causes a structure failure. These conditions and care are listed [note where on the website they are listed]
  3. The installation of a shelter is critical to how it will stand up to heavy winds and snow. If the manufacturers installation guidelines are not adhered to, failure of the shelter could result in high winds and heavy snowfalls. If in doubt about any of the installation processes, please contact our office.
  4. Failure to do semi annual inspections of the shelter and tighten any loose straps or tension wires may cause issues with wind and snow.


There are several factors in selecting the right foundation, depending if you are looking to erect a temporary or permanent building.

Each arch comes with two anchor plates. Each anchor plate is pinned down by a heavy-duty bolt to ensure maximum security. It is recommended anchor plates be placed onto concrete. Recommended types of foundation materials to prevent sinking over time or shifting are:

  • concrete slab
  • concrete lock blocks
  • low-rise poured in place concrete walls
  • precast concrete slab sections
  • continuous concrete footers
  • screw piles
  • heavy timber
  • subgrade concrete pier footers


Each shelter has a different wind and snow rating depending upon the style and size of the shelter. See product descriptions for this information. Owners are responsible for removing snow immediately if it does not slide off by itself.

All shelters are designed to keep the elements out under most weather conditions, but unlike conventional construction these are a form of a tent and require that some precautions and common sense be used to protect your investment whenever heavy winds or heavy snowfalls are anticipated.

  1. High winds: Ensure the shelter is vented. Problems can occur if wind finds a way in on the wind side, but has no outlet. The best way to vent the shelter is to open the doors at each end of the shelter as this relieves pressure on the windward side and keeps the inside from ballooning.
  2. High winds: Ensure that all ratchet straps and turnbuckles and tension wires are tight. During particularly high wind gusts of 70 KPH and higher, keep checking the tension and tightening as required as occasionally the tarp vibration will loosen tension wires.
  3. Snow: These shelters will hold a reasonable snow load, and the roof slopes are designed to shed snow, but during heavy wet snow conditions every effort should be made to check the shelter to ensure large accumulations are not building up.
  4. Snow: Remove snow build up on the side walls as a result of snow sliding off the roof. This to relieve any pressure on the side walls frame and fabric
  5. Snow: Warming and freezing conditions. It’s best to remove any snow build up to avoid situations where the snow partially melts, then freezes. This can add extra weight and if a heavy snowfall occurs overnight, can cause major issues. When daytime melting and overnight freezing occurs, gentle prodding of the roof fabric with a blunt instrument should result in the build up sliding off.


1. Keep work area clean. Cluttered areas invite injuries. Do not set up near snow drifts, in slippery places, in high winds, or wet location. Never attempt to install in windy conditions.

2. Keep children away. All children should be kept away from the work area. Be aware of personal safety. Be careful not to pinch fingers with clips and tubes when assembling; when using makes sure there is adequate ventilation for exhaust and other dangerous fumes after the fabric is on.

3. Do not over reach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.

4. Do not assemble if under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read warning labels on prescription to determine if your judgment or reflexes are impaired while taking drugs.
IF there is any doubt, do not assemble.

5. Be aware of possible windy conditions. Remove the cover during a hurricane. Open the vents and doors in high wind situations. The trusses need to be installed securely before the fabric is installed.

6. Be careful with power and heat sources. Do not keep heat sources near the tarpaulin. Do not expose to open flame.