Crystal Carport April 26th, 2018 - 14:46:25
Getting the more expensive steel carport other than an aluminum carport can actually prove the cheaper option in the long run as its durability usually makes it outlive the aluminum carport. If you are a Do It Yourself (DIY) enthusiast, then you may want to build one yourself. This is very possible as installing a carport is quite easy as the kits include easy to understand guidelines to do this. The carport kits can be manufactured from alumawood, aluminum or steel. You can install your own carport using any of the carport kits, which are available in different forms of metal carports. You have carports that can be added as an extension to an already existing building or you can choose the freestanding models.
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.
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.
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.