Adapting your portable carport

1 Comment

As an alternative to spending time and money building a garage it has become increasingly popular to invest in a portable carport which can be modified to suit the householder’s needs and therefore enjoy the benefits without the cost.

The most basic carports are structures which have four posts and a frame but just by adding sides the frame will begin to look more attractive and will give more protection. When choosing sides it obviously depends on such factors as how durable you want the carport to be, if you are looking for something aesthetically pleasing, whether you want it to blend with the house or stand out and, of course, how much you want to spend.

Heavy duty canvas or nylon is probably the most affordable material to use for sides and, as campers will know, tents help keep out the worst elements such as wind, rain, snow or hailstones. However, it depends on how long you expect the sides to last and whether it suits your taste or needs.


Cheap Carports, Metal Carports and Wholesale Carports, oh my!


We’ve published lots of posts since we launched three months ago, and had some great feedback and enquiries from visitors. In case you missed anything, we’ve decided to list our most popular posts with a little explanation – so here it is; the great post round up!

Portable Metal Carports – What do you need to consider when buying a metal carport, and what’s the difference between a regular metal carport and a portable metal carport?

Prefabricated Carports – Also known as carport kits, prefabricated carports are a great way to save money and get your carport installed fast.

Carports Inspiration – Our photo post was very popular; a lot of visitors appreciated the visuals to see what kind of carport designs are out there and to get some ideas.

Heavy Duty Metal Carports – Find out about durable metal carports and what benefits they have.

Metal Carports vs Timber Carports – Although we mostly focus on metal carports, we took a look at timber carports to see how they compare.

Modern Carport Designs – Another extremely popular post, find out about different carport styles and carport designs.

Carports Kits – An introduction to carport kits for beginners.

Finding used carports for sale – It’s cheaper to buy a second hand carport, but where can you find them? What do you need to consider when buying second hand? We answer these questions and more!

Aluminum Carports and Kits – Known as aluminium carports and kits to our global friends, this post looks at the benefits of specifically aluminum carports and their benefits.

Freestanding vs attached carports – When to buy a freestanding carport, and when to buy an attached carport.

Metal Buildings – Steel Buildings – We haven’t focused on steel buildings or metal buildings as much, but this is a post on why you may want one.

Modern Carport Designs


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.