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.