Does installation really take only 1-2 days!?! Yes. Ok, a really big cover may take 3 days. And any site or foundation work is extra.
We build the kit at our shop so that it's mostly pre-built by the time we show up at your house. It should take about 1-2 days for most covers. And that will be done about 3-4 weeks after your deposit/permit.
Contact your local Dealer to schedule a more specific date.
How strong are these Viking Covers? Really, really, really strong...
It's simply a matter of spacing the legs closer together to obtain a higher load rating.
Usually there's a minimum roof load rating of 30#, that's enough to hold up your entire car. But they have been built as high as 130# roof snow load, which could hold up all your neighbor's cars. However, we still recommend parking UNDER the cover, not ON TOP of it.
The legs are also bolted down to concrete or foundation, depending on your local requirements, and are meant to withstand a 90 mph wind load rating.
What's the frame made out of? All wood is purchased new from locally available sources. And we always use only high-quality #2 or better lumber.
Can it be painted or stained? Yep!
You can either do it yourself...or... Ask your Dealer, they may provide this as an additional service.
Can I put walls on it...you know, like a garage? Yep again!
Typically you just put horizontal 2x6 wall purlins between the legs at 16-24" o.c. Local regulations may have additional requirements that you should be familiar with.
What roof colors are available? We buy locally available metal roofing, and most any standard color is available.
Contact your Dealer for specific color options.
What's the Guarantee? Most Dealers offer: "12-month If-there's-a-problem-Call-Us"
MORE IMPORTANT: If you have a problem, Call. Dealers are really helpful and want to make your life easy
Can these covers be installed during the winter? Yes, they can typically be installed during the winter. Talk with your local dealer about how to handle issues of snow, frozen ground, etc.
Why don't you use Pressure Treated Wood? Pressure Treated wood is made of white wood and then cut with slots so that the preservative will penetrate the wood. The end result is that pressure treated wood is a LOT WEAKER than standard lumber.
We do call for you to install a pressure treated sill plate on each leg to help protect the wood longer. And we recommend that the wood be preserved with stain or paint as needed.
DEALER Frequently Asked Question
For those looking to become a Viking Dealer
Do you offer a refund if the business plan doesn't work for me? Absolutely! We're so sure this will work for you, that we offer a FULL REFUND of the price you paid for the plan within the first 30 days of purchase.
This will cancel your license so that you are no longer legally allowed to use the concepts, the design, or any variations thereof.
I'm worried about competition, what legal protections are there? Viking Covers are fully copyright protected and trademarked. We also pursue additional legal protections when beneficial.
Only licensed Dealers, who purchased a business plan, are allowed to use the frame design and any of the marketing material...including the business plan.
The most practical protection comes from the entire plan being figured out and demonstrated. The fabrication & installation would be very difficult to reproduce correctly.
IF YOU SEE A SIMILARLY DESIGNED COVER PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN INVESTIGATE LEGAL ACTION.
Why are you offering the business plan...instead of just expanding? This is a business built best on a local network. Each market is unique, and each building jurisdiction has different requirements.
To build the kits far away and ship them to a customers site is cost prohibitive.
There is a demand for these premium products and the need is unmet. It will take some dedicated effort to develop the business, and the plan shows you what we've done.
How long does it take to run out of sales and saturate the local market? The original market has been selling hot & heavy for 4 years with no end in sight. In sales and marketing, that's a good thing!
New Customers move into the area. Some need a year or two to finally purchase. Others make the decision to protect their new Boat or RV.
If people are still building homes and buying new vehicles... then there's a growing demand for a Viking Cover
Are these Viking Covers Pre-Engineered? The original design was engineered to withstand a 50# roof snow-load and meet a 90 mph wind-load rating. Since then, we have increased the strength and streamlined the process.
Each local building department has different requirements for a free-standing carport. It's possible, in many areas, that no permit or review is needed. It's up to each Dealer to determine the requirements for their own local area.
Should I Sub-Contract? How much should I pay? If you want to grow your business into new market areas, or if you have lots of local sales, then eventually you'll need to hire some help.
Most Licensees have found that it is best to hire people on a "per kit" sub-contract basis. Do this only as you need to free up some of your time and don't make promises about future work. The tasks most likely to be sub-contracted are Fabrication & Installation.
Most sub-contractors will initially over-bid the project because they do not understand how clear the directions are and how simple the installation is. Until they have experience with the cover they feel that it will take twice as long as it should.
We recommend that when it's time to get some help, hire them by the hour and work with them for 1-2 kits so they have a good understanding of what's required. Then get a bid for future work. More detailed pricing recommendations are included in the business plan.
Can these covers be installed during the winter?
Short Answer: Yes
Longer Answer: A Viking Cover can be installed in any type of weather...particularly if installed on concrete. When putting them directly on frozen ground then you may need to come back in the spring to re-level & install the steel stakes.
This business model is not required to be seasonal ... however, if your winters are really harsh with lots of snow then it's likely your customers will not be calling for a quote. Most customers assume that you wont' be able to install if there's snow on the ground, so the business will get slow during the winter months in harsh areas. If the weather is not too severe then you should consider advertising your ability to put up a carport. If your area has more snow, then you may decide to just shut down for a few months and restart your advertising at the end of winter.
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