Carports can be helpful when you do not have enough room for vehicles, for instance in cases where the garage is not adequate as might happen in some cases when the number of cars increase in your home. Carports are also needed in other different applications such as agricultural and commercial settings.
One advantage of a carport over a traditional garage is that cost of constructing a garage will be six times than that of carport. Therefore, it can save you a lot of money. In addition, a traditional garage may take more time to construct compared to a carport. Besides, they are able to protect cars and vehicles from extreme heat, snow fall and rain or heavy winds just like garages.
That said, they can help regardless of the number of vehicles involved, the type of cars, and size. They also vary depending on how much space is available at the intended installation location, size of the vehicle and the building regulations in the locality.
Below is a list of the various carports possible:
1. Steel carports: These kinds of garage carports are some of the best and most durable as you might guess. Made of galvanized steel pillars and for roof, these kinds of carports have steel sheet and will stay in location regardless of heavy winds and even storms. However, this kind of carport is most expensive and the installation will not be that easy.
It is more suitable for those looking for a permanent carport.
It complements modern structures and therefore is very considerate if installing near other structures.
2. Tin carport: These are more considerate because they are less expensive to steel although again, they are less durable than steel. They are less durable because they can rust easily when exposed to moisture or rain.
Therefore, they are more considerate if you are looking for a carport that lasts only for a few years and you do not have to invest a lot of money into them. Another disadvantage is that their aesthetic appeal is not as good. These carport types can better be used as freestanding carports placed away from the house or corporate place.
They are more suitable for use as cover for haystacks to protect them from rain.
3. Wood carport: These kinds of garage carports are some of the best to have. It is more durable, very strong and elegant visually. The support poles are wooden. It is also very expensive when the wood is to be made termite resistant. Besides, some special skills may be needed to install wood carports.
4. Aluminum carports:These kinds of carports are low weight and thus the transportation and installation of material is easy and quicker. They are more suitable for a temporal carport and even for big event carports. They can also be used as shelter to horses although aluminum is not a very strong material and may not withstand high winds.
These kinds of carports are less expensive than steel and tin.