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February 4, 2020
So, you want to add a carport to your property? That’s great! You won’t be surprised to learn that at Carport Kingdom, we think carports are one of the best investments you can make to improve the functionality of your property.
While deciding that you want a carport is a good start, you’re still a long way from the finish line. There are a variety of styles to choose from before you order a carport, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of your options. Take a look at this ultimate guide to carport styles so you can make an informed decision, and then design a custom structure with our Build & Price tool!
Desgin Your Carport
Perhaps the first choice you’ll need to make in this process is what material you’d like your carport to be made of. However, at Carport Kingdom, we sell metal carports. We use this material because of the many benefits it provides as compared to wood. While wood is great for many purposes, it has some disadvantages. Specifically, it usually takes longer to build a wooden carport and it is often expensive. Also, there is more ongoing maintenance involved with a wooden structure, and you may run into more design limitations.
When you first think of a carport, you might be picturing an open-sided structure that has only a roof and supports. That’s one popular option for sure, but it’s far from the only choice on the table. You can also add walls to your carport to better protect what’s inside from the weather. For instance, if you have a special vehicle that you want to keep away from rain, wind, and debris, a carport with at least one side wall would be a great choice. Walls also provide more possibilities for how your carport can be used in the future.
There are two main styles of carport roofs: horizontal and vertical. Even if you aren’t a carport expert, you can easily tell one from the other just by looking from ground level. If the roof panels are running from side to side – from the front of the carport to the back – you are looking at a horizontal roof. On the other hand, if the panels are running up and down, you have a vertical roof.
The main advantage of picking a horizontal roof is cost, as this type of carport is generally less expensive than a model with a vertical roof. However, if you have the room in your budget to upgrade to a vertical roof, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a structure that is better prepared to handle adverse weather conditions. The vertical orientation of the panels shed rain and snow efficiently, making this a good choice for anyone living in an area with a harsh climate.
It would be a big mistake to overlook this last key point. Before you order your carport, make sure it is the right size for all that you plan to do with it. If you are just going to park a single vehicle, a one car carport will be just fine. However, if you’d like to have enough room to park another car, or if you also want to use the space for storage or other purposes, you’ll need to take that into account before finalizing the dimensions. Depending on the space you have available on your property, you might want to build the carport a little bigger than what your current needs require, as you may come across other uses for it in the future.
We hope this ultimate guide to carport styles has assisted you! But, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the options in front of you, don’t worry – just contact Carport Kingdom and we will be happy to help. Or, if you’re ready to start this project, simply begin designing your carport now with our Build & Price tool!