Popular Terms for Carports
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.