Another thing to consider when buying and installing a carport is carport support posts. The posts work to hold up the roof of the carport, and therefore it’s essential that they are made of strong, high-quality materials and are installed properly – otherwise you risk damaging your car or other vehicles. Carport supports can break under pressure, and so it’s best to make sure you have fitted them correctly and that they offer good support. Always check your support posts following a period of bad weather to make sure they can still cope with the job, or if support posts are hit by moving vehicles or heavy objects as they can become unstable.
Unless you have carport support posts which are designed to be used on top of surfaces, which is less common, your carport support posts will extend below the ground, usually at least a foot deep. Metal carport supports can be extremely strong and hardy when installed properly and maintained well.
In addition to your carport support posts, you will need carport footings, which lie below the frost line of the soil and will be examined by a building inspector to confirm stability. You will also need carport anchors, which are again made out of metal and help to secure your carport further and prevent damages or accidents.
The final aspect of carport support is a roof support, which for most carports is a lengthy metal cylinder. This is essential for ensuring that your carport roof doesn’t collapse and is as strongly supported on the top as it is on the bottom.
When buying a carport, it’s important to check what’s included with the support posts as you may need to buy extra parts. If you’re purchasing a used carport, you’ll need to figure out if you need to replace any anchors or footings for security. The seller should be able to advise what is needed for your particular carport. Carport safety and support is extremely important, as not only do you risk expensive damage to cars, vans, bikes and anything else you may store under your carport, but it can be very dangerous for people walking underneath or using a carport almost as an extra room. To ensure your family and friends are safe and that your carport doesn’t end up being a liability, support your carport properly and always check with a professional if you’re unsure or something doesn’t feel quite right. It’s best to be safe than sorry.