alyse heskett. Carports. May 26th , 2017.
What is the purpose or the car port? What needs will be served by the carport? Carports generally provide shelter for a car. However, other people use carports as a porch cover or a shaded playing area for their children. Is the carport intended to protect the car from the sun or is it to protect from the snow? Are walls necessary to achieve your intended purposes ie. prevent wind and/or snow drifts? Are you expecting to store things safely in the carport. Will you need an area for cupboards? Make a list of goals you want to meet with your carport.
There are generally 2 basic types of metal carports. There are stand alone carports and car ports that attach to your house or another structure. Within these 2 general categories of carports there are some sub-categories that pertain to the type of roof. Those carports that are stand alone carports tend to have shed or gable roves. Those carports that attach to the house tend to be flat roof carports or single slope or lean to carports. All types of carports serve specific purposes and none are better than the others.
Obtaining carport plans. There are a number of different ways to obtain decent and reasonably priced carport plans. You might design and plan your carport yourself. You can buy a package of pre-designed architectural plans in any home improvement store or over the internet. Alternatively, you could buy a pre-fabricated carport kit. Another option is to hire a local contractor who will design the carport on your behalf. Whatever you do make sure you have some confirmed plans before starting construction.
A home built mostly with wood may do better aesthetically with a wooden carport rather than metal carports. Although alumawood; a metal that looks like wood can be used in place of wood to make wood looking metal carports, the major disadvantage with this type of metal is that it is heavy which can increase your cost of transportation.