Do you love your vehicle and want to better protect it from things such as storms, hail, or falling branches? With a carport or garage, you not only protect your car but can also use it as a storage facility.

How to choose between Carport and garage?

Whether a carport or a garage is the right decision for you, depends on many factors. Apart from your preferences, pay attention to the following factors, which we will explain in detail below.

  • 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?

Whether you want to have a carport or a garage, first you have to decide on the ideal place on the 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. You could also save additional costs by building yourself.

However, it should be noted that you should plan carefully and have a certain basic understanding of the craft.

Planning a carport: what size is required?

When choosing a suitable carport, you should take your requirements into account.

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.