If you keep any type of vehicle on your property, then building a carport might be a good idea. A metal carport can help provide your vehicle or vehicles with the protection they need against the elements. They also remain open on all sides, meaning that access to your vehicle won’t be restricted, which it can be in a garage.
If you’re thinking about building a carport on your property, then there’s a good chance you have a few questions that you’ll want to have answered first. The following carport guide will help answer some of the most common questions about installing a carport on your property.
Is a Carport Right for Me?
The primary reason to build a carport is to protect one or more of your vehicles from the elements. Your other option is to build a garage, which protection and security. If you’re not concerned with increasing the security of your vehicles, then a carport is a more budget-friendly solution. Additionally, you can always enclose your carport at a later date should you change your mind.
Will a Carport Add Value to My Home?
Whenever you build another structure on your property, you’ll want to ensure that it adds value to your home. With that in mind, the following are a few ways in which a carport can add value to your home:
- Added Protection: Your vehicles are valuable assets. Simply keeping them out in the open will expose them to the elements, which can result in damage over time. Such damage can be costly to repair. Building a carport on your property can help protect your vehicles against long-term exposure to the elements, thereby helping to prevent damage.
- Variety: Steel carports are available in various styles and sizes. As a result, you can find an option that complements the look and style of your existing home, thereby increasing the curb appeal of your property.
- Lower Costs: Building a carport is typically less expensive than building a garage. As carports are open on all sides, there are fewer materials to buy and less construction involved.
Does a Carport Really Protect My Car?
Leaving your car exposed to the elements will cause wear and tear over time that can be expensive to fix. For example, regular exposure to rain, snow, and ice can all cause damage to different parts of the car, such as the paint, tires, and rubber seals around its windows and doors. They can also cause rusting and other corrosion issues.
Even exposure to the sun can cause damage if your car is left outside long enough. Constant exposure to the sun can cause the paint to fade or peel and can cause your interior to fade as well. A carport covers your car and protects it from these elements, thereby helping to extend its life and prevent costly damage.
Single, Double, and Triple Carports
Steel carports can be customized to any size you need. If you are unsure, the typical options are single, double, and triple. A single carport is for one car, a double is for two, and a triple is for three. The main difference between these types of carports is their width. A single carport is typically 12 feet wide, a double carport is between 18 and 24 feet wide, and a triple carport is between 26 and 30 feet wide.
It’s worth noting that you can use the extra space for all types of things, whether it’s for additional storage or even outdoor entertaining space.
Advantages of Steel Carports
Carports can be built from various materials, including wood, aluminum, and steel. However, steel carports have several advantages over the other options. The following are a few of the advantages of building a steel carport:
- Steel is stronger than wood and aluminum and will last much longer than carports built out of other materials.
- Steel is more durable than wood and aluminum and is not as susceptible to damage.
- Steel is easier to maintain than other materials due to its resistance to pests, fire, and mold.
- Steel carports can be prefabricated, which means they are easier to assemble than carports made from other materials.
What Can I Store Under a Carport?
It’s important to note that carports can be customized, which means that their dimensions can be tailored to meet your specific needs. As such, a carport doesn’t have to be just for cars. In fact, there are many other things you can store under a carport, including:
- Boats: Your boat must be protected against the elements. As such, a carport is the perfect solution since it will make taking your boat off your property easy.
- RVs: RVs tend to be tall and long, making it almost impossible to store in a garage. However, a carport can be designed to be big enough to protect an entire RV.
- Sea-Doos: Just like boats, Sea-Doos must be protected from the elements when not in use. A carport is an ideal solution since it will keep your Sea-Doo safe and dry.
- Pickup trucks: Pickup trucks tend to be in constant use. A carport provides the perfect amount of protection. Because it’s open, loading and unloading your truck is easy.
- Use as a deck or porch cover: Carports don’t have to be just for protecting vehicles. You can also build a carport for other purposes, such as to provide cover for your porch or deck.
Let Future Buildings Help You Get Your Ideal Carport
Adding a carport to your property can be hugely beneficial, especially if you’re concerned about protecting your vehicles from wear and tear caused by long-term exposure to the elements. Future Buildings offer a wide range of metal carport kits that can be customized to meet your specific needs, and we prefabricate our carport kits using Galvalume Plus™ steel, one of the highest-quality steels available on the market today.