How to Choose The Right Metal Carport For Your Needs
While a carport is a significant purchase, it’s an investment that can last many years-and protect other investments in the process, ranging from your car to your boat to your RV. At Carport Super Center, we offer a wide breadth of metal carport options. However, what’s most important to us is ensuring that you get the best carport possible, one that fits your specific needs.
When purchasing a new metal carport, there are a variety of factors to take into account. Here are the five you should consider when making your decision: from your car to your boat to your RV. At Carport Super Center, we offer a wide breadth of metal carport options. However, what’s most important to us is ensuring that you get the best carport possible, one that fits your specific needs.
When purchasing a new metal carport, there are a variety of factors to take into account. Here are the five you should consider when making your decision:
- Vehicle Type: When it comes to carports, the options are almost limitless. One way to narrow down those options right off the bat is by focusing on what vehicles you’d like covered. We have single- and double-car carports, but we also offer options big enough to handle farm equipment likes trucks and tractors.
- Location: The site for your metal carport will also be crucial in determining the best fit. You’ll need a level space, and knowing the available acreage will allow you to bring the best possible options into focus.
- Weather: Where you live definitely dictates what metal carport will suit your specific needs. If you simply need sun and rain protection, you can make a decision based on that. But if you live in a part of the country that sees heavy snowfall, or high winds, then that needs to be taken into account.
- Certification: This is where local regulations come into play, and they can vary state to state. When you’re custom-building a metal carport, we can work with your local inspector to ensure that your building plans are up to snuff, and that any regulatory demands are met accordingly.
- Style: While customization starts with filling your specific need, you do have aesthetic choices to make, ranging from roof style to color. Ultimately, you can have a metal carport built to protect your vehicles, but one that perfectly complements your home, too.
Your Specific Need Will Help Determine Your Carport Roof Style
Once you’ve taken the five factors above into account, typically one of the first big decisions is determining what type of roof style will fit your needs best. No matter your choice, your metal carport will have the structural integrity and functionality to protect your vehicle, but your budget and climate will ultimately determine the best fit.
Regular Style: The most economical of the three options, the regular style roof has rounded eves, with the roof panels running horizontally from the front to the back of the building. This style is perfect for protecting your vehicles from mild elements like sunshine and light rain, but won’t suffice if you reside in a place that experiences heavy rains and high winds.
Boxed Eave Style: Engineered to provide the coverage you need while maintaining a traditional look, the boxed eve style has panels that run from front to back, much like the regular style. More affordable than the vertical roof style, this option works well if you need added protection from high winds-but probably isn’t enough if you see heavy snowfall or rain.
Vertical Roof Style: While our vertical style design is the most durable, we believe it’s also the best-looking all-around option. The panels on this style run vertically, attaching to hat channels, giving it unparalleled strength. Most importantly, this design allows snow and rainwater to exit off the sides, ensuring the carport isn’t weighed down, and that your vehicles are protected in even the harshest climates.
The Perfect Carport Size Will Ensure Full Vehicle Coverage
What you’re protecting is an important aspect of your metal carport purchase. To ensure you have appropriate coverage-or if you know you have another vehicle purchase on the horizon-taking the time to consider three different carport measurements will help you make the best decision on overall carport size.
Width: Carports come in a wide range of standards, starting at 12′ and going all the way up to 40′. While a width of 12′ will provide protection for a single vehicle, you’ll need a width of at least 26′ to cover three. And, for larger trucks and tractors, this could stretch to 40′.
Length: With length, the number of vehicles matters, but there are other questions, too: Do you need additional storage? Are you only storing cars? Are you planning on a boat purchase in the future? Once you know the answers to these questions, the right length will be clear.
Side Height: When determining height, you can’t just measure from the highest point of the roof to the ground. Carport height must be measured on all sides to ensure your car, boat, or RV has plenty of clearance for even the lowest point of your metal carport roof. .
Your Metal Carport is Completely Customizable
We offer a full spectrum of color options for your metal carport. Color aside, there are a variety of other ways to customize your metal carport:
Steel Gauge Framing: Most metal carports are offered in 12- or 14-gauge steel framing. While 14-gauge is considered the industry standard, once we know more about your needs and climate, we can make a recommendation.
Side Panels: While side panels offer more overall protection for your vehicles, they help reinforce the framing of your metal carport, too. This customization is especially important for taller carports.
Gable Ends: Gable ends serve two purposes: they can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your metal carport since the frame and braces will be hidden, and they offer additional framing support as well.
J-Trim: While on the surface J-trim seems like a pure decorative choice, its also provides function. Since sharp panel edges are concealed, it works as a safety feature, especially for families with children.
Bows and Trusses: Bows and trusses also offer support to your carport, working inside the roof and alongside the structure to provide added stability.
Anchors: For additional structural integrity, your metal carport can be anchored to the ground-whether that’s dirt, a slab, or poured concrete.
Obviously, when purchasing a metal carport there are many factors to consider, and, beyond that, multiple ways to customize it, too. Our carport reps are here to answer any questions, and, once you’ve made a decision on your carport, they’ll be with you every step of the way until installation.