What’s the best way to protect your precious vehicle from hail, storms or falling branches? A carport is a great solution as it not only protects your car but can also be used for storage.
It’s been raining for days and you’re sick of the thunderstorms. You know your new car is safe from things like hail or falling branches, but with a garage it can also serve as storage!
A nice two-in-one: protect your vehicle AND use its space to store other items. With an enclosed shelter (like a garages) that has metal roofing, not only are both confined spaces protected against storms – they will have more ventilation than if left open air without protection
How to choose between Carport and garage?
If you’re in the market for a new carport or garage, there are many factors to consider before making your final decision. Here is a list of things which might help guide your thoughts:
Size – typical garages can easily house two cars and offer more storage space than most people need on their own property. If you drive an SUV that barely fits into one stall at work with its doors all open wide, this could be important to take into consideration when deciding what size would suit best for home use as well; however if it’s just yourself living in the single-family dwelling then having less room may not matter too much because they typically come with plenty of extra features such as air conditioning units installed inside them.
- How much space is there?
- How much protection is important to you? Should the building be lockable?
- Would you like to use the carport or the garage for other purposes?
- How much do you want to spend?
The right place for your carport or garage?
Should you choose a carport or garage? First, pick the ideal place on your property.
On the one hand, there should be enough space upwards, but on the other hand, the surface should also be suitable. The ideal place is a combination of both the above-mentioned factors.
How much protection do you need?
If you only want to protect your vehicle from hail, falling branches, or sticky pollen, a carport is all you need. If the carport is on a house wall or is protected by a hedge on the side, your vehicle may even remain ice-free.
Depending on the area you live in, it may be necessary to protect your car from even theft. This protection can of course only be guaranteed by a garage. A lockable garage door not only secures your vehicle but also enables you to use it as storage space.
Carport costs vs. Garage costs
Due to the low cost of materials, a carport is often the cheaper option compared to a garage.
If you’re looking for a less expensive option to store your vehicle, try building an inexpensive carport. You can save on costs by purchasing materials and constructing the structure yourself; however, be sure that you have some basic understanding of carpentry beforehand so as not to make costly mistakes!
Planning a carport: what size is required?
Choosing a carport is like choosing the perfect pair of shoes. It’s all about finding something that fits your needs and looks good on you. Choosing a carport can be challenging, but with these tips it’ll get easier to find one that suits your requirements:
For small and medium cars
- 3 to 4 meters wide
- 5 to 7 meters in length
- 20 to 3 meters in height
A little more space has to be planned for luxury cars and limousines.
Double carports offer the appropriate space for larger vehicles by providing additional space. This can be used, for example, for parking bicycles or for storing.
If you need the carport not only as a storage space for your vehicle but also as a tool shed or bicycle shelter, then go for a bigger size.
Carport material: wood or metal?
You should also think about the material of the carport. Carports made of wood are mostly pre-impregnated but are more susceptible to weather, fungus, and pests in the long run.
An aluminum or steel carport, on the other hand, is less in need of care, but also more expensive.
Advantages of an aluminum carport:
- Easy care
- Durable and corrosion-resistant
- Stable statics
- Optional translucent (glass roof)
- Modern design
- Most aluminum carports are pre-painted
- Low weight
Advantages of a wooden carport:
- Natural look
- Cheap price
The right flooring for your carport
The planning of the flooring also depends on how you want to use your carport or your garage. In addition to the load of the vehicle, this is also exposed to the weather in a carport.
Layers of gravel, paving stones/lawn chambers, and concrete provide a non-slip and level foundation.