Carport Plans

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If you’re buying a carport kit or simply want to buy and install your own carport, it’s best to have a carport plan to work from the outset. The worst thing you can do is to waste money on carport plans that are unsuitable for the materials or ground you’re working with.

At the other end of the scale, buying carport plans and then failing to get the carport materials together can be an expensive mistake too. The best way to keep your carport costs down is to make sure you co-ordinate carport plans, carport materials and carport assembly together.

Choosing Carport Plans

The internet is home to a vast range of great carport plans, both free and paid. Free carport plans are much rarer and harder to come across, and it’s best not to compromise if they don’t quite fit your requirements. It’s much better to spend the dollars on your perfect carport plan and get the finished look and storage that you’re after.

Free Carport Plans

Carport plans start at around the $150 mark and can go up to $300 or more. As you can imagine, this can add a substantial amount on to the final cost of your carport or building project. Carport plans sites usually have an image of the finished carport and size measurements so you can check if it’s the right size for your space. Before purchasing plans, have a look at the free carport plans available online, or try asking a friend to save some money.

Lowes carports

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If you’re looking for somewhere to buy your carport, then you could do a lot worse than Lowes. They carry a good range of metal carports with Arrow and VersaTube steel. They ship to all of the US with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, and the prices are very reasonable.

Why buy a Lowes carport?

A Lowes carport kit is great if you’re looking for an inexpensive metal carport that is still extremely strong and durable. Made from steel, they are produced in the USA and carry guarantees of up to twenty years. The Lowes website lists all the exact prices and dimensions along with the features of each individual carport to make it easy for you to decide if any fit the bill.

There are also a few different designs to choose from, including flat roofed carports and dome shaped carports. However, the carport designs are all standard, so if you’re looking for something different or you want a custom size to make the best use of your space, then Lowes may not be the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re just wanting to buy a carport quickly and easily, then Lowes carports offer you choice with little thought needed. The checkout process is simple, so your metal carport can be on its way to you in just a few clicks – ideal if you’re currently experiencing a period of inclement weather or you need to replace a damaged carport in a hurry.

Lowes carport assembly

All the necessary parts of Lowes carports kits – including both Arrow and VersaTube carport kits – are predrilled and ready for you to assemble. The Arrow carports even include an assembly DVD to give you a visual guide so you can put together your prefabricated carport with ease.
At such a good price, Lowes metal carports are a good buy for a second home or temporary vehicle storage solution.

Carport Support Posts

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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.

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