Groovy Yurts Update
The most sacred part of the yurt, connecting the earth to the sky! The toono holds the yurt together, and is customizable to different finishes.
Top & Side Covers
The yurt walls and roof are covered with fabric & materials that come in ranges of durability options, all built to withstand harsh weather conditions.
The yurt usually comes with one complete layer of Mongolian felt insulation (sheep wool). Depending on your location and purposes, you may want to add a second layer for your yurt.
The core structural components - all made of wood (Tamarack and Siberian pine) - include the dome (toono), the central poles (bagaans who support the toono), as well as the huns (rafters) and lattice walls (khaanas)
Yurts are not built into the ground! The float on a circular platform (optional) which is easily transported & assembled yet holds well with the overall structure.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the life span of an Authentic Mongolian yurt and is there a warranty?
Mongolians say it will last up to 100 years. On our side, we do our very best to select quality materials for our yurts allowing them to adapt efficiently to the more humid North American climates. With a little care, the wood structure and felt insulation will last dozens of years. Should you have any trouble with the outside canvas cover after a few years, please call us as these are items we carry in stock and offer replacements at very affordable prices.
Our yurts are all handmade and do not come with a warranty as such. Although we care to source the best possible quality materials for our yurts, we cannot guarantee what, how and where they will be used. However, we are always available for advice, spare parts, or questions in the event of a problem or concern.
The outside canvas cover is the most likely part of the yurt to age, especially in more humid climates. We offer a 10 year “at cost” warranty on all our outside canvas covers. Even if you had to change it twice during the life of your yurt, it would still be far less expensive than any other covering on the market. Our canvas outside covers provide a healthier alternative to other fabrics like vinyl, for example!
Do your yurts resist strong winds and snow loads?
Yurts have been developed in a country with an extreme climate. They are aerodynamic and resist the strongest winds, although they’re normally not anchored to the ground (Mongolians do not want to hurt the Earth). In case of extreme winds, Mongolians usually attach a big stone to the rope that hangs from the centre of the tonoo (central dome). You can use a ring bolted to your platform. Also, make sure that the yurt is “air proof” on the ground and that there’s no risk for the wind to rush from underneath the yurt. We have a lot of experience to share on the subject and you might find more info in our installation notice.
If the yurt is well installed, it should normally resist heavy snow loads. But for more safety, we advise our customers to regularly get rid of the snow on the roof. Should you leave the yurt unattended for a longer period and fear heavy snow falls, you can always place two additional central post under the tonoo at 6 and 12 o’clock on yurts up to 6 walls.
Are the yurts waterproof?
We actually sell yurts that are made of almost 100% natural material. Our cotton based canvas is of very good quality and is water resistant. In certain cases of prolonged rains or long lasting melting snow, you might experience some humid spots here and there. Although not always 100% natural, here are a few ways to adapt your yurt to extreme humid conditions:
- In general, we strongly recommend placing a layer of house wrap (We use a combination of Mento 1000 on the roof and Tyvek on the walls. Ask us about our Mento Exclusive) between the felt and the outside cover on the roof and walls. These house wraps are not organic, but TYVEK for example claims to be completely biodegradable. You can also purchase a house wrap directly with your new yurt.
- If you’re not using the above-mentioned wrapping and see humid spots after heavy rains, heat the yurt for 30 min with a good wood fire in the stove.
- Waterproof the seams (or even the whole outside cover) regularly, every year for example. Especially in cold winter climates, ventilation is crucial as excess of humidity can build up under the cold surface of the house wrap.
Are there windows in your yurts?
The toono (central dome) which is very wide in an authentic Mongolian yurt and brings natural light all around the yurt. In addition, we introduced a double window door frame (together with the main door) as a standard on all our yurts, allowing to close the yurt and have a view outside, without compromising too much the original Mongolian look. We leave it to the customer to add glass, plexiglass, screen or a combination of those or can supply these as an option. However, you can also order a certain amount of windows or additional doors, depending on the yurt’s diameter. Our toonos (central domes) are all equipped on their front half with 4 window frames covered with a very basic clear vinyl cover (one of them having a hole for the stove pipe). The other half is usually covered with the urgh (top flap). For more light, you can very easily cover the rest of the toono with Lexan (high quaity Plexiglas). We sell clear vinyl top flaps as an alternative option for light and optimal rain protection of the toono.
We now offer bow windows for our yurts from a 4-wall (16ft) to a 12-wall (40ft) size. Our bow windows are sold in sections that are either fixed (do not open) or ones that do open. Up to 3 sections can be connected together to create a larger bow window. Only a limited number of sections can be added to a yurt. It is possible to install a bow window in an existing yurt.