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The Benefits of Metal Carports

Metal carports are becoming increasingly popular in homes and it is little wonder why. They are an inexpensive option when compared to the cost of building a garage. If you want to build a metal carport though, there are a few things you should consider before embarking on the project. These include size, attachment, thickness and anchors. This article explores some of these issues in more depth.

Size: when buying a metal carport kit, it is important to consider the size of the structure. They can be found in many different sizes and can often accommodate one or two family sized cars. If you choose, however, you can find some metal carports that are large enough to to house campers or RV’s. A carport can also be chosen based on the number of legs it has. Smaller designs will often have six, whereas the medium sized will have eight and large ten.

Attachment: This is one of the first things you must consider prior to the purchase of any carports. Some are designed to be free standing which basically means that the posts will support the whole structure. Others can be designed as a lean to, to fix to the side of the house, often with a sloping roof to allow water to drain away from the house.

Thickness: Metal carport kits come in various levels of thickness which can affect its stability. The thicker the sheet metal, which is usually steel, will provide for a more sturdier building. If you live in areas of snow then a thicker frame is advisable to support the potentially heavy burden of a roof layered with snow. Also if you live in ares susceptible to high winds, even hurricanes, you will need a more sturdy construction. It will often mean the carport is more expensive though, but often worth it in the long term.

Anchors: One of the most important, yet overlooked, details is the anchoring of the carport. This can be achieved with a number of methods including screw in or stake anchors or even ropes. They can also be anchored with metal feet which is usually the best option when the carport sits on concrete. a less reliable and sometimes used method is to use weighted bags filled with sand. I would advise going with a more permanent anchoring of the metal carport.

Type: There are a number of types of carport materials to look at when buying. The most durable and least expensive is the steel variety. They can also be made from aluminum or wood. An interesting material is Alumawood which is actually aluminum made to look like wood.

These tips can help you when looking for metal carports and ensure that you get something that is suitable for you and will give you years of reliable service.

Types of Carport Available

In may place when winter is around the corner it is a good idea to look at protection of your car and other household items and no better place to look than the carport. If you are sick of digging your car out from under the snow or having to de-ice the windows on a freezing cold morning or night then a place to store your car is vital. If you cannot afford the cost of a garage build then a carport could be the solution.


Materials and building techniques have changed and carport kits are now much more sophisticated than they used to be. There are many different styles and designs to choose from as well as the materials from which you can have it constructed. They come in different colors, price ranges, sizes and they can be found fully enclosed or open. It is even possible to match one to your house, using similar materials.

The following lists the more common kinds of carports that can be found:

Polyethylene Carports:

carportIf the are you live in is not subject to extremes of weather then a soft top plastic carport may be the answer. Polyethylene is a very durable material but for overall resilience and strength they provide little competition for the aluminium and steel varieties. These types are very useful, however, for portable or temporary carports.

Aluminum Carports:

Aluminium is a very strong and sturdy material when compared to polyethylene or polyester. They can be fitted with extras such as, gutters, drainage systems, windows and doors and come in many different styles and colors. They are quite inexpensive and can often be constructed by yourself with the minimum of tools. Their main downside is that they are not as strong or sturdy as a carport made from steel.

Metal Carport:

A carport made from steel is very strong and sturdy and now come with rust proof protection. They produce the best carports available to buy. They come at a higher price but they will lat much longer.

Not only will metal carports provide extra functional capabilities to the home they will also often enhance the appearance and can add value to the house. In many ways they are a perfect substitute for a permanent garage. They will not only add value to your house, a carport will also protect the investment in your vehicle or car and help preserve its value.