As an alternative to a garage, a carport provides a covering for a motorcycle, truck or automobile. The metal structure limits your vehicle's exposure to rain, snow, wind, hail and the effects of the sun. You may choose to erect your own carport or hire someone to do the job for you. General contractors and companies that build sheds are the most common options for building carports. When you are planning your project, knowing these terms will help you easily communicate with a salesperson or prospective builder.
Enclosed - A carport that has a roof and walls like a building, but is not attached to your home or business like most garages.
Canopy - A carport that consists of a metal roof supported by poles; Typically made from steel or aluminum, the canopy does not block the sides of the vehicle.
Prefabricate - A kit that contains the metal pieces for a carport that features standard dimensions and components.
Single - A carport big enough to accommodate one automobile or truck.
Double - A carport big enough to accommodate two automobiles or trucks that are parked side by side.
Custom - A carport that is built to order, allowing you to specify the size; If you're looking for a carport that's big enough for an apartment or condominium complex, you'll likely need a custom model. You can also order extra space with a custom model so you can use it for a storage shed.
Aluminum - A silver metal that is a natural element; Aluminum does not rust, but it may corrode or become damaged over time.
Steel - A silver metal made from iron that has been combined with carbon or another elements like manganese or chromium; Steel has the potential to rust unless it is chemically treated or painted to prevent it.
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Many older homes still have carports attached to the side. A carport is different from a garage because although it has a roof, the sides or front is often open. Think of it as a canopy for vehicles instead of a building.
Many carports are made of steel or metal. These materials are ideal because they can withstand large amounts of snow on top. If you do not like the look of steel or metal you can always have your carport painted.
You may choose to build a detached aluminum carport if you do not have a garage. Make sure that your town zoning allows you to have a unit built on your property.
Some more advanced carports have a small shed attached that can be used for storage. This shed and carport combos are usually custom made.
You may also find carports at business complexes where owners do not want clients to get wet while walking to the building.
Many community areas at private apartment and condominium complexes also offer carports. Sometimes there is an additional fee to reserve a spot in the carport as opposed to parking in a space out in the open.
Prefab units can be purchased and delivered to your property these units are smaller in size and work well for compact vehicles and motorcycles. If you are a truck owner, you need to make sure your truck will fit before ordering a prefab unit.
Having a partially enclosed carport can make it easier for you to access your vehicle in the snow and ice. You will not have to worry about hurting your back while cleaning off your vehicle. Your vehicle will be shielded from the weather.