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Withstand a Rocky Mountain Winter with Our Backyard Canopy Solution

Colorado resident John Sanford was looking for a multipurpose canopy to use in his backyard. He found his solution in the high-quality WeatherPort® outdoor event facility from Alaska Structures®.

After buying a house about five years ago, John decided to buy some kind of movable structure to put up in his backyard. His main requirements were that it be structurally sound and designed to last — Colorado winters would wreak havoc on anything of inferior quality.

If possible, John also wanted to find a structure that was American-made.

John searched for options online and came across Alaska Structure’s brand: WeatherPort. After reading reviews of the Canopy Series, he was impressed with the quality of the structures. “I just like well-made things,” John explained.

He eventually decided to purchase a four-sided canopy structure.

John followed the directions for setup and, with the help of his nephew, was able to get the frame up in around an hour without any problems.

Although the original purchase included just the canopy, John ended up purchasing side curtains later on to help keep out bad weather during the winter. He opted for two solid curtains, one with a zipper door, and one with a window.

John’s canopy has served various purposes over the years. Initially, it covered an outdoor cement patio, but when he purchased a hot tub and built a new patio later on, it was moved and used as a hot tub enclosure. Putting the side curtains down in the winter allows for year-round use.

During the five-plus years that John has had the canopy structure, it has seen some pretty bad weather. The Denver metro area in which John lives experiences regular hail storms and often gets 100 mph winds. “It sees all kinds of weather and we have not had any issues from it,” John explained. “We’ve had to replace our roof; we’ve had car damage and windows broken. Pretty much everything else that’s exposed has seen damage from the storms, but not the high-quality WeatherPort® outdoor event facility from Alaska Structures®”.

A period of widespread regional drought even caused a 500-pound tree branch to fall 10 or 15 feet onto the canopy. Local arborists were booked for weeks because of all the damage in the area, so six weeks passed before the branch could be cut up and removed.

Nevertheless, the canopy emerged unscathed: John remarked that “the steel frame was not damaged at all,” and the exterior architectural fabric had “barely a scratch.”

When asked how he feels about his WeatherPort purchase, John said that he and his family are “absolutely happy” with it. “We love it,” he went on. “We’re definitely considering making at least one more and possibly two more purchases somewhere down the road.”

WeatherPort® is a brand of high-quality fabric buildings from Alaska Structures®. If you are interested in learning more about our fabric buildings and remote camp systems please contact us by calling +1-907-344-1565 or completing our online form to request a consultation.