Shelter Your Vehicle With A Carport

The carport has become the ideal alternative to a garage for many people who want to gain some extra storage space as well as shelter their vehicles from the sun and rain, but are unable to afford the price of building a full sized garage. Although if you happen to live in an area that gets harsh winters the carport might not be ideal. While you can buy carport kits that are essentially just garages, these kits can cost as much as, or more than a brick or wooden garage. Keep in mind that you will still need a concrete base, and if you want walls on it then the price will keep on rising.

A simple style carport is still the most popular choice by far, but the choice of carport designs is staggering. You are really only going to limited by your own imagination if you build a carport from scratch, but you can choose from a number of different construction kits as well. The internet has got loads of carport design ideas on offer for any keen do it yourselfer.

Carports can be found that can accommodate up to three vehicles normally, the most simple design is basically a roof that is supported by six posts stuck into a solid base. Some of the bigger models may come with storage built into the carport and some may even have a shed or workshop at the back of it, on some of the more expensive designs you may see porch extensions that run into the back yard and across the rear of your home, meaning you can get from your home to your vehicles while avoiding the worst of the weather.

Unless you happen to be a skilled builder or you are buying a kit with good instructions I would leave the installation to a professional. If you carport is attached to your home or has an electrical supply or plumbing in some case you will need the work to be looked at by an approved inspector.

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