Crystal Carport April 16th, 2018 - 15:14:27
Metal carport kits are the cheapest and easiest way of constructing a new carport. The kits come with full and detailed instructions and most can be constructed with a day or two using only the most basic of household tools. These pre-fab carport kits are generally made out of steel or aluminum and come with everything you will need to complete the construction process. There are generally 2 basic types of metal carports. There are stand alone carports and car ports that attach to your house or another structure. Within these 2 general categories of carports there are some sub-categories that pertain to the type of roof. Those carports that are stand alone carports tend to have shed or gable roves. Those carports that attach to the house tend to be flat roof carports or single slope or lean to carports.
All types of carports serve specific purposes and none are better than the others. Metal carport kits are not just used to protect cars these days. People are using carports for all sorts of purposes. These days many lean to metal carports are used as awnings to cover front porches and side patios. It is only upon closer inspection that you even notice that these structures are actually carports. Metal carports that attach to the house also provide great covered play areas for children. With the addition of a small fence, these carports provide the perfect sheltered outdoor play area for children. Stand alone metal carports can be used as a gazebo or picnic area shelter in your backyard or at your cottage.
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.
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.