Prefabricated carports, also known as carport kits, are a fast and easy way to get your own carport. Contrary to popular belief, you can have your carport designed exactly how you want it, with a custom design rather than an ‘off the shelf’, cookie-cutter carport design. There are lots of advantages to getting a prefabricated carport; it’s a good compromise between having to create your own from scratch and the more expensive option of getting a professional to design and build your carport for you.
There is lots of advice about building your own carport online, including a series of helpful YouTube videos you can watch. However, as long as you get your carport kit created at a reputable company, you should have all the parts and instructions you need to build your own carport.
Prefabricated carports aren’t particularly expensive, though the cost will depend on the size, type and complexity of your carport. Timber carports will be cheaper but they aren’t as durable as metal carports. One of the best materials for a prefabricated carport is steel, although aluminium is also a good option if you’re concerned with weight or you’re having your kit shipped to you.
If your prefabricated carport is being delivered by a local company, don’t feel guilty about asking them questions about the installation when they drop off your carport kit. Just because they aren’t installing it for you doesn’t mean they won’t be happy to answer a few questions, particularly if the prefab carport you ordered was an expensive one. Equally, don’t feel pushed in to having a professional install your carport for you. As carport kits often seem intimidating at first glance, despite being easy to put together, you may feel that you’ve taken on a job that’s too big for you to handle. Just remember that a prefabricated carport may look like a huge job to put together, but in fact it’s quite simple. All you need is patience, good weather, and a friend to help out. Putting together your own carport can save a lot of money, which means you can opt for a higher quality or bigger prefab carport as you’re saving on installation costs.