As so many carport kits are custom-made, you have the opportunity to create your perfect carport design whether you’re buying your kit online or getting a local professional in. Your carport should be based on practicality first and foremost, particularly if it’s for general use and you may be using it in a completely different way three or four years down the line. Having to replace a carport can add unwanted extra cost, and as good quality metal carports can last a lifetime, there’s no reason why you should need to fully replace one other than poor design (or natural disasters!).

Firstly, you need to make sure that your carport is big enough. It sounds obvious, but many people only factor in one or two existing vehicles rather than vehicles they are likely to purchase in the future, for example a van for business or a car for a teenager. If you have the space, a bigger carport is often a better option although it may be slightly more expensive up front.

Modern carport design allows you to create a carport that matches the style and appearance of your home, whether you opt for an attached carport or a detached one. These types of carport designs are more likely to stand the test of time, although if you don’t mind replacing your carport every few years, you could follow the design trends. From a practical perspective, designing or buying an enclosed metal structure doesn’t mean you have to settle for an unattractive carport. You can purchase an a-frame roof and quality windows and doors to make your carport look good, and add your own personal touch in terms of utilising plants and climbers to hide the less attractive parts of your carport. Be creative!

If you live in an area which is prone to inclement weather, make sure your carport has a modern frame and is designed to hold up in poor conditions. Although you can never be prepared for every possible situation, modern carports are designed with excellent supports both inside and out to bear reasonably bad weather.