For people in cold climates, the winter months can be a challenge. From finding a place to store equipment to simply having a protected area to park your car, winter brings difficulties that simply don’t exist in the summer. Fortunately, with the right carport on your property, you can mitigate some of these struggles and make life a little easier when the snow comes down.
With this post, we’d like to discuss carports that have been designed specifically to deal with winter conditions. What should you include in your new carport when you know rough winter weather is inevitable?
Four Key Features
While the ideal carport for your winter needs will depend on where you live and what you will use the carport for during those cold months, there are some features that apply across the board for winter use.
A Vertical Roof
This one is essential. If your carport has a horizontal roof orientation, snow will accumulate on the roof and it may stress the structure because of the weight. By going with a vertical roof instead, it’ll reduce the amount of snow that builds on the roof, bringing down the amount of weight that the structure has to bear.
Customize with Side Panels
A wide-open carport may be appealing in a warm and dry climate, but it leaves something to be desired when snow is in the forecast. With at least one of the sides of your carport protected, you’ll keep more of the elements out and get more use out of the structure overall. Even when winter gives way to summer, you might appreciate the added flexibility that comes with a fully enclosed garage for storage, workshop, and parking purposes.
You may also consider adding a roll-up door for added protection. You’ll be able to move large equipment or vehicles into the carport and then close the door behind you to lock out the adverse weather.
Carports can be flexible in their design and there are many possibilities for finding a design that works for you.
Tough winter weather requires a tough carport which is why shopping with a company like Carport Kingdom is such a good choice. We only build quality structures that can be expected to stand up to the elements. Don’t take your chances with a lesser carport company when quality products and a customizable design are available from Carport Kingdom.
While it’s possible to build metal carports on bare ground through the use of footings, that might not be the best approach if you live in a cold climate. When the winter weather moves in, the dirt “floor” under your carport could become muddy, slippery, and difficult to use. Instead, opt for a concrete slab to serve as the home for your carport.
Putting in a solid concrete slab as the foundation for your carport will make sure you have dry ground to walk and park on throughout the year, and it will allow for solid installation of the structure. There is more of an investment required upfront to add a concrete slab, but that investment is worth it when considering the added functionality that you gain.
Prepare for Winter
There is always another winter looming around the corner, so it’s important to get started on your new carport project as soon as possible. Of course, no matter the elements, Carport Kingdom will surely be able to help. Use our Build & Price tool or contact us directly to get started building your dream carport.