One of the questions we get asked a lot is, ‘What kind of carport should I buy – metal or timber?’ Obviously we’re more biased towards metal carports here, but timber carports have their place too. Whilst they aren’t as hardwearing as metal carports, they can look more attractive in rural settings. They also have the advantage of being easy to paint should you fancy a different look. They can also be better for the environment, assuming that your wood carport is sourced in a friendly way from a sustainable source. (As a side note, second hand carports, whether metal or wood, are a better choice if you’re concerned about the environmental factor).

Timber carports are often cheaper than metal carports, but the flip side is that they don’t tend to last as long. If you just have a single vehicle then a timber carport may well be a good option. If you live in a region which has well-defined seasons with cold winters and hot summers, then a metal carport will be more durable and benefits from not expanding and contracting like a timber carport does.

If you want a solution that will last up to a decade and you’re on a budget, then you could do a lot worse than a timber carport. Although you will need to stain the wood every few years and ensure you treat it properly, a timber carport fits in well with most home designs and is often easier to construct. Be careful when buying second hand to ensure that your timber carport is in good condition and still has life left in it. Whilst timber carports are harder to keep clean, particularly if you live in an area with lots of overhanging trees or birds, they don’t get hot like metal carports do, and so may be a wiser choice if you have children or animals in the area.

To sum it up, whether you buy a timber carport or a metal carport, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which works best for your situation. If you want a solution that will last decades and money is not a huge factor for you, we’d recommend choosing a metal carport. If you’re on a tight budget and you want something which will suit the décor of your home straight out of the box, a timber carport will probably be your best bet.