Crystal Carport May 03rd, 2018 - 11:07:10
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.
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.
Using a trim on the carports overhang will give it a more defined look that may compliment the exterior designs and colors of your home. The usual trim for a carport is a corner trim of about three inches. It is attached to the high rib part of your panel with the use of screws and having the same color as your metal trim. A "Jamb Trim" or "J-Trim" is used along the bottom part of a carport. These trims are placed by the bottom side of a carport so that it can match the corner trims that you may put along an overhang. J-Trims should be tucked under the bottom of the last panel. It will be screwed using screws having the same color as the metal panel. It can be attached onto the bottom part of the panel that has the J-Trim. It can also be placed underneath and up to the metal carport frame. Back enclosures are used for closing off an end of a carport. It can also be used for your carports end portions. It is used to add protection against elements like the wind. Back enclosures can make your carport look like more of a garage while giving your carport added strength and protection.
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.