Frequently Asked Questions
These are some frequently asked questions about yurts.
How do I pay?
When you're buying a used yurt, you want to pay at the time of pickup after you have fully inspected the structure for damage. This includes roof-tears, UV Light fade, frame splits, and if possible you want to verify the structure is still waterproof.
How big are yurts when packed up?
Yurt lattices are very heavy compared to other tent-like structures. You want to bring a truck with a long bed and at least two experienced yurt builders in order to transport the yurt.
What should a used yurt cost?
Used yurts that are considered to be in excellent condition are frequently sold for 45% of their retail cost. The catch is that you have to travel to pick the yurt up and you will typically need help dissembling and packing the structure. We recommend having 4 people present for the process along with ladders of the appropriate height if you aren't very experienced with yurts.
Is yurt financing available?
Not really. You may be able to purchase a yurt using a personal loan depending on your income to debt ratio and other factors.
How can I repair a damaged yurt?
Modern waterproof yurts are fabricating using mostly two materials, 1.) Pine lumber, and 2.) vinyl coated tarp. The process of repairing a yurt typically requires replacement of warn or damaged materials. While vinyl tarp itself is affordable, the vinyl craft-work required to build a conical yurt roof is a specialized task.
This question gets asked a lot and the best answer is that the temperature outside the yurt is nowhere as important as the humidity inside of the structure. Modern yurts therefore use roof ventilation in the form of a hole in the roof with a rain cover. Sometimes this is an acrylic dome or a standard powered roofing vent supported by 2x4 wood and over the compression ring assembly. In my opinion, yurts do not fair too well in hot environments without improved ventilation such as high powered fans and air conditioners. Insulating yurts greatly increases to cost making them less economically feasible when comparing to the material cost of newly built homes with similar square footage.
By Wikipedia definition: A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia.
With that said, a modern yurts definition would be a structure consisting of a cross-lattice 1x2 pine wall expanded into a cylindrical shape. Rafters are then placed along the top of this wall and they are secured with vertical supports and aircraft cable. These rafters are typically 1x2 or 2x4 lumber and they meet in the center of the structure at a raised height to impose a slope on the roof. These rafters meet in the middle at a compression ring, which is often a wooden circle with notches that fit the rafter rings perfectly. The outer material is typically a vinyl covered tarp material specially crafted by the industries experts into a reservoir cover that encapsulates the structure. Under-neath this cover is often a secondary cotton-canvas layer primarily used for aesthetics. A new yurt installation with modern amenities and a platform often cost $80,000.