Crystal Carport May 03rd, 2018 - 11:09:36
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.
All construction projects, including carport construction projects, benefit from planning and forethought. There are a number of factors to consider when doing the advance planning for your carport. Careful thought and planning of a carport will pay dividends in the future. The failure to put effort into proper planning will undoubtedly result in a finished carport that fails to meet your needs and/or exceeds your budget. Among the factors that should be considered include the following: 1. Obtaining carport plans. There are a number of different ways to obtain decent and reasonably priced carport plans. You might design and plan your carport yourself. You can buy a package of pre-designed architectural plans in any home improvement store or over the internet. Alternatively, you could buy a pre-fabricated carport kit. Another option is to hire a local contractor who will design the carport on your behalf. Whatever you do make sure you have some confirmed plans before starting construction.
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.
Carports may not be a necessity, but they definitely have more advantages than disadvantages if installed in line with professional guidelines. Although materials such as wood have been employed in making carports both presently and in the past, there seems to be a preference for metal carports to wooden carports. This seems to be due to the fact that wooden carports are often exorbitant. A good metal carport can be made from materials like steel or aluminum. Another good material which can be used is alumawood, but its major disadvantage is that it is very heavy and this can make you incur extra transportation cost in the event that you are getting one. Metal carports made with steel are often stronger than others made from other metals like aluminum because of the ruggedness and strength of steel.