Crystal Carport April 16th, 2018 - 15:12:42
Alumawood is made of aluminum but looks and feels like wood. Metal carports can also be made out of steel or insulated polystyrene foam swathe in steel or in aluminum. Of all the materials mentioned, the cheapest by far is steel. Galvanized steel normally possesses a zinc coating which prevents corrosive elements such as salt water and acid containing liquids from eating the carport frame. This is one of the most important considerations before deciding what material to use in building a carport. Another is the thickness of the metal. Naturally, the thicker the material the longer the carport will last. Whatever the type of metal used, a carport can only be good when it is constructed in the most efficient way. Usually, a carport employing a single piece of construction to support the roof is the best. It adds strength to the whole structure and enhances the overall appearance of the carport.
Stand alone metal carports are used for many purposes. They can be used as shelters for holding a picnic in the backyard of your home or cottage. A double carport can easily accommodate a BBQ area and a few picnic tables. In order to provide protection from mosquitoes and the weather, a plain netting or screen can be used. Depending on the number of vehicles, the size of the carport can easily be adjusted. RVs and boats can be stored in bigger carports. Carports are also used to keep livestock in many areas. Carports are especially useful in winter when snow keeps falling and accumulating. Parking your car in a carport will eliminate the need to dig out your vehicle from the snow and ice which may envelop it on all sides, particularly, if it is kept in the open.
The delineation between house and carport should not be clearly marked or it will look like the carport is not an integral part of your house. You want your home and carport to look as though they blend together as one. Another reason is related to functionality of the roof line. If you live in an area that has a great deal of annual snow fall you will want to make sure that the ice will not gather between your house and the carport. In the spring thaw, the runoff melted snow will need a clear and direct path to escape to the ground. You do not want the water from the melted ice to puddle against your home. Exposing your masonry work to standing water is a sure way to prematurely age and damage your brick work.
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.