Crystal Carport May 03rd, 2018 - 11:00:29
Car owners care so much about their vehicles and are willing to pay the price just to keep them away from harsh conditions of the environment. They look for ways to keep their means of transportation from being damaged. Since not every home is built with a garage and not all car owners can afford to have their own garages at home, they look for alternative solutions to protect their cars. And the solution is a carport. Carports are structures specifically designed for the purpose of protecting cars, vans, trucks and other types of vehicles. These structures are constructed in a free standing position. Some exceptions are mounted on a wall. A carport does not have a complete wall enclosure unlike other structures. Carports are basically intended for car owners who want to have their vehicles protected.
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.
4. Carport construction material. Do you want the carport to compliment your house (which might cost extra money in lumber and brick)? Many people prefer wooden carports but most pre-fab kits are only available in steel. Do you need the strength of a steel carport or will aluminum suffice? 5. Where will your carport be situated on your property? Try to think of the pros and cons of different potential locations before making a final decision. If the car port is beside your house you can share a mutual wall and thereby save some money. Will the carport add to the beauty of your home or detract from the appearance of your home? Perhaps it would be best for your carport to be a stand alone structure near your house or behind the house.