Yurt FAQs 2017-05-12T15:01:37+00:00

Yurt FAQs

Who installs my yurt?
Most Colorado Yurt customers set up their yurt themselves with a group of friends. You will receive an instruction manual with your yurt. It takes you step by step through the setup process and lists helpful tips (instructions can be seen here). Phone support is also available Monday through Friday should you have questions.

You may choose a contractor to set up your yurt. Often it will be the same contractor you hire to build your yurt platform.

If you are within 400 miles of our shop in Montrose, Colorado we have an installation crew that can install your yurt. Call 800.288.3190 for details and pricing.

How long does it take to set up a yurt?
Set-up time depends on the size of the yurt, the skill of your crew and the options you’ve selected. Generally speaking, once you have your platform finished, the actual yurt installation takes from one to five days.

How long do yurts last?
The wooden framework of the yurt will last indefinitely. The fabric cover of the yurt will generally last eight to fifteen years depending on the severity of UV rays in your climate.
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You can order replacement components for your yurt from us. Pricing is here: Yurt Replacement Parts and Components Price List

How do I care for my yurt once it is up?
You may want to occasionally wash the walls and roof with a very mild soap and a garden hose. Never pressure wash the fabric cover of your yurt as this can cause irreparable damage. Especially in harsh climates, it is a good idea to recoat the outside surface of the doors every few years with a wood stain or polyurethane for protection against the weather.
For more info, view our PDF: Caring for your Colorado Yurt Fabric Wall

Will my yurt require a building permit?
Building code requirements vary from community to community. It is best to check with your local authorities prior to your yurt purchase. Yurts are classified by permitting authorities in different ways, including as a permanent structure or a temporary structure. They may also be viewed as an out building much like a garage or storage building. The best way to start is by taking our brochure, suggested deck plans and information about snow loads and wind capacities to your local planning and zoning office. If they need more information, we can provide you with engineering data compiled by a Colorado based engineering firm. In some cases the permitting office will require that the engineering data be wet stamped (certified) by an engineer from your state. We can provide this for most states in the U.S.

Can yurts be connected together or with other structures?
Some customers choose to locate a bedroom, bathroom or office in a second yurt or other structure. Attaching these to the main yurt can be as simple as building a breezeway between the two. This may also be accomplished by building a hallway between door frames of both structures.

Bathrooms and Kitchens
It’s not difficult to partition off a bathroom in a yurt. The kitchen can be located on the opposite side of a stud wall so the water source can be shared. Venting is most often directed through the yurt wall. Plumbing lines are generally brought up through the floor.

It’s also possible to utilize a composting toilet. This option is a great choice if there is no access to sewer lines. You may order a SunMar composting toilet from The Colorado Yurt Company when you order your yurt.

Occasionally yurt owners will choose to put their bathroom in a second attached or detached yurt or even in a separate wood frame structure.

Utilities
Electrical lines and plumbing can be run to any location under your yurt and brought up through the floor.

Heating and Cooling
Upgrading to an insulation package will vastly improve efficiency for heating and cooling your yurt.

Heating a yurt is most often accomplished with a wood or gas stove vented through the yurt wall. Radiant in-floor heating is also becoming popular and is an efficient, even way to heat the yurt.

There are ways to keep your yurt cool in warmer weather. Perhaps most important is providing good ventilation through careful window and door placement and adding a Euro-dome Lifter to your yurt. If electricity is available, you may want to install an evaporative swamp cooler, an air conditioner, or a ductless mini-split ac unit.

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Platforms

What kind of platform or deck does my yurt require?
You are responsible for building the platform. It is not included in your yurt kit. We are happy to provide you deck plans. These are especially useful in helping calculate your deck costs.

Your yurt is designed to be built on a circular, raised platform that is the same diameter as your yurt. The platform will have a flexible bender board attached around the outside and extending a few inches above the platform floor. This platform may stand alone or may be placed on top of an oversized deck giving you room on the outside for sitting areas and making it easier to roll up the window flaps. If your landscape is fairly level, a concrete circular platform is also an option.

Learn more about yurt deck designs here. We offer free deck plans that can be downloaded here.

Will my yurt come with a floor?
You are responsible for the flooring in your yurt. Rigid foam insulation can be used under the yurt floor.

Can my yurt sit directly on the ground?
The yurt does not maintain its structural integrity if placed directly on the ground.

Shipping

How much will it cost to ship my yurt?
Yurt shipping costs depend on many factors including your shipping location, size of your yurt and options selected. The costs vary widely from around $600 – $1,500 in the U.S. Overseas shipments run higher. To get an accurate idea of what shipping costs will be, give us a call at 800.288.3190.

How long will it take to get my yurt?
We handcraft each yurt after you place your order. You pick your fabrics, window placements, snow and wind load options and other details. Our lead time can be as little as a few weeks, and as much as a few months. Our work load can be somewhat seasonal, but ordering early is always a good idea. Time in transit may range from 2-7 days in the U.S. up to a month or more for some overseas shipments. Please call 800.288.3190 to get an accurate ship date based on our current production schedule.

How will you ship my yurt?
We usually ship yurts by freight truck. The yurt components are protected by crates which may be removed from the truck by a forklift you provide. If you don’t have access to a forklift, crates can be disassembled with a cordless screwdriver. Once the crate is disassembled, the yurt components can be removed piece by piece. It is helpful to have at least two people and a couple of cordless screwdrivers available during this process. When your yurt is shipped we provide you with tracking numbers and the phone number for the trucking terminal so you may get a better idea of your delivery time.

Can I pick my yurt up at The Colorado Yurt Company?
You can pick your yurt up at The Colorado Yurt Company, providing you have an adequate vehicle to transport the yurt. We are required to collect Montrose city taxes on your yurt if you pick it up directly from us. In most cases, when all costs are considered it is less expensive if we ship the yurt to you. If you want a comparison – pick up versus shipping – call 800.288.3190.