Crystal Carport May 03rd, 2018 - 11:14:05
Lean to carports tend to look more natural and blended into your home than a flat roof. Matching the pitch of the roofs is very important. If the roof lines march then the two roofs look like they are meant to be together. This element of the carport design is particularly important for older homes. With respect to heritage homes the chose of carport is critical and those areas will have strict zoning by-laws that restrict any addition. Most additions in those areas will need to fit with the original look of the house Flat roof carports have one undeniable benefit over the other types of carport roofs. These structures can be used as a base for a second story.
An experienced contractor could probably do the job in one day. Using the roof as a deck or even the base for a second story addition is made easier if there is a pre-existing window over looking the carport location. Changing this window into a doorway is a easy proposition both work-wise and financially. These structures are also not limited to small spaces and be stand alone structures. Consider location of your new carport in relation to the purpose. Building in a small space might limit your choices. Once the carport is constructed you will have to look at it for a long time. Make a careful choice. A lean to carport or a single slope carport might suit your needs best.
2. 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. 3. What building permit requirements and possible building restrictions exist in your community. Do you have a copy of the local building codes? Are you even allowed to build a carport on your property? For aesthetic and preservation purposes many heritage communities severely restrict additions to existing structures. There are costs and waiting periods associated with obtaining building permits so make sure you know what these are before you start to build.
However, if you feel you are not up to the task of setting up your own carport, you should get professional help which will be at a fee. It will still pay off as this will prevent you from wrongly installing your metal carport to the detriment of its durability and possible warranty benefits if such need arises. You also need to do some evaluation to confirm if what you really need is a steel metal type carport. Your considerations should be guided by (a) wind speed in the area where it will be installed, as this will confirm if this type of carport is necessary (b) What you want to use the carport for, as carports can be used for various things (c) the strength of the metal carport you want to buy, et al. Information about the strength can be gotten from frame gauge of the carport. This information should also be checked even when you want to get a steel carport, since the number indicated there informs you of how strong this carport is, which consequently, tells you to what extent it can withstand challenging weather conditions. The higher the number indicated here the stronger the carport.