If you’re just starting to research carports, there are three main types to consider:
Metal Carports – These are the ones that we focus on the most at metalcarportsandkits.com. Metal carports are extremely durable, with steel and aluminium being the most popular options. They also offer surprisingly good value for money and can start from as little as $800 – a good investment for a solid structure that is easy to assemble and will last for many years. Metal carports are suitable for any kind of climate.
Canopy Style and Fabric Carports – If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to consider a canopy style carport. Whilst they don’t offer as much protection, they are great if you live somewhere south that has a mild climate all year around, or your focus is on overhead protection. They also have the advantage of being easy to remove and replace should you feel like a change of look. The majority of canopy carports don’t come with sides, but usually look more attractive than traditional carports. If you rent, your landlord might be more amenable to this kind of carport. There are two kinds of canopy-style carports; those which are attached to the side of your house, and those which are free-standing in gazebo style. If you’re considering a fabric-style carport, consider if you can attach it to the ground before researching further.
Portable Detached Carports – A little more flexible than metal carports, portable carports are usually made with steel and have heavy duty covers which make them ideal for storing boats, cars, bicycles and similar expensive vehicles. If you would prefer a freestanding structure, then this type of carport is ideal for you. It is very similar to owning a garage or other metal building, but is quicker and easier to construct as well as being a lot cheaper.
If you have more than one vehicle then you will probably want to opt for a metal carport as they provide more flexibility in terms of space (often in height as well as width). More traditional carports are also available, but these require more maintenance, aren’t as hardwearing and don’t last as long, which is why metal carports are a more practical solution. Canopies are also a good choice if you’re on a tight budget or want a short-term solution.