A carport is the perfect option for when you’re looking to protect your vehicle. Whether you’ve got an old model, or a shiny new car, it’s a no-brainer to want to make sure that your car is shielded from the elements when not in use. Oftentimes some properties don’t have a good garage or carport option, though – and that’s where a carport comes in! Carports can be made from a variety of materials, but the best option is still simply a steel carport, due to its high quality, durability, and versatility!
Wondering what to consider when building a carport? Look no further than this handy guide of all things carport!
[H2] The first step of any carport installation: finding where to place your carport
Properties come in all shapes and sizes. Carports need to be strategically placed, so that means having a look around your property to find the best spot for the carport. Whether it’s where an old carport currently sits, or if you’ve got extra, unused space such as the side of the property or a front lawn, evaluating your existing options can help you make the decision. And remember, carports work best on flat and level areas!
[H2] Carport sizes: how big or small can it be?
Of course, one of the things you need to consider is whether or not your car will fit in the carport you’re considering. So make sure to take your measurements, and give yourself a wide clearance so that your vehicle can go in and out without fuss. For carport installations, it’s best not to leave your project to guesswork, especially if you’re working on a carport for multiple cars. Getting a professional installer might be a good idea so you can find out what size of a carport you might need – if you’ve got a little more space, maybe getting a bigger carport can suit your requirements, too, especially since carports can also be repurposed as additional outdoor living spaces such as entertainment areas or outdoor dining.
[H2] Matching styles and materials for a cohesive look
Another factor for carport installations is making sure that your new outdoor living solution looks cohesive with the rest of your home’s facade. For some this means sourcing the same materials such as bricks and roofing, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case – steel carports are available in a wide variety of shades and styles to suit any home, from traditional to modern spaces. Choose from flat roof, gable roofs, and everything in between – after all, if you’re getting a custom carport, might as well make sure it adds to the aesthetic and feel of your property!
[H2] Weather-proofed and tested
Make sure to install carports that have been weather-proofed and tested in Australian conditions to ensure that they will last the test of time! The last thing you’d want is to invest in this new space, only for the materials to break down in the next few years due to being unable to withstand the heat and the rain as the seasons pass.
[H2] Shades and colours to match your dream home look
Professionals suggest that using the same colours as your home’s facade will help to create a cohesive look. But if you’re installing a carport years after acquiring your home or rental, it can be difficult to find the perfect colour match. Instead, going for a complementary shade can actually be beneficial – it ensures a contemporary look while still creating a great balance that levels up the street appeal of your home.
[H2] Check with your local council
It’s best to double check with your local council about any additional installations you’re wanting to add onto your property. This includes carport installations too! There may be some restrictions in place so make sure that your carport will comply with the regulations set, and submit your paperwork as early as possible to prevent issues with scheduling. And while it can be tempting to go ahead and install without council approval, it might cause issues in the future if you ever decide to sell your home as you’re required to declare unapproved structures! Working with an experienced professional installer means that they’ll be able to provide advice and help you organise building permits, too, so keep that in mind!
With any new outdoor living solution, there’s always the question of cost. One way to get a feel for how much you need to budget for a carport is to get quotes from your local manufacturers and installers. This will help you not only install the best carport for your needs, but also keeps you informed, so you know you’re getting the best value for your money. Make sure that materials, installation, and any other additional fees are included in the quote, and look at your quotes with a keen eye: even if it’s the cheapest, is it the high quality? Even if it’s the most expensive, is it the best value? This also helps you find the right people to deal with so that you can be confident that your carport will not only look good, but last for the years to come.
[H2] Don’t hesitate to call a professional
While some carports can be installed via DIY, if you’re concerned and want some peace of mind, it might actually be better for both your wallet and your confidence to go with an expert. The professionals will not only know how to properly install your new carport, but will be able to provide advice on how to create functional and visually appealing outdoor space. Plus, you’d have the added bonus of not having to worry about building your own structure, so you can enjoy your carport with little downtime!