Carports can provide protection for vehicles, boats, and other pieces of equipment by keeping them under cover. A carport will protect your possessions not only from storm and environmental damage but also from theft and vandalism. Once you have made the decision to build a carport you will be faced with a whole new realm of choices. From the paperwork down to the nitty gritty design decisions, it is a good idea to make a check list to keep the process in order and flowing smoothly.
The regulations and requirements for the installation of a carport will be different for not only each state but for each council. Some have very strict guidelines as to the style and positioning of the carport, and some won’t allow it at all. So be sure to gain the appropriate approvals from the correct channels.
On some properties there may be only one available position for a carport, but for many people a decision about where to place the carport will be necessary. Placing the structure against one wall of the house will not only save space but can also provide a comfortable patio that is protected from the heat and weather. Locating the carport next to the kitchen or laundry can make for convenient access to the house from the car on a rainy day. Or perhaps you could position the carport in a sunny area with back yard access. Your design might include lattice to grow a vine and provide an attractive screen while still allowing for air flow.
Carports come in all shapes and sizes to suit all kinds of budgets. Once you have established what kind of money you can invest in a carport, decisions on design, style and features can then be worked out. Perhaps you require extra height, a slanted roof or an enclosed building with a garage door. The inclusion of windows, automatic doors, lights and fittings will affect the over all cost of the project.
Once you have a defined budget and a design for the carport, the choice of materials is the next step. Carports can be constructed with plastic, aluminium, steel or timber. Each material will bring with it a certain look, and certainly each material appears on different positions on the price scale. It is always good advice to purchase the best quality you can afford. This ensures a more durable structure and ultimately a stronger and more attractive carport. The roof options are yet another choice that must be made. The roof can be clear or coloured PVC, it can be corrugated iron or it can tiled. Another final material that may or may not come into you decision making process is windows. There are many types or windows available ranging from the type of frame, to the type of glass and even dressing options. The good news is that there is a material option that will suit your budget.
Once the carport has been approved by the relevant bodies, allocated an appropriate position on your property and your budget has been established, you can then move on to all of the choices available to you regarding the design and scale of your structure. The shape and style of your carport will affected by it’s purpose, whether you are housing cars, boats, motorbikes or gardening equipment.