Metal Carport Kits


Metal carport kits contain everything you need for building your own carport from scratch. Carport kits are more often than not prefabricated carports, although there are some companies who will make a carport to your specification and then ship it out. Always contact the company directly to get a quote, because online prices frequently include carport installation costs. Bear in mind that you will need plenty of space to construct your carport as well as a toolset to get the carport constructed. A bit of good weather doesn’t hurt either!

Carport kit

A typical carport kit will include the complete frame for your carport along with support posts and of course the instructions. A downpipe will usually be included along with built-in gutters to handle rainfall easily and direct it off your carport effectively. Supports and posts will have pre-drilled joining points to make your carport construction even faster, and make your carport easier to piece together initially.

Building your carport

It’s much easier to build a carport with a couple of friends or colleagues on hand to help, particularly as you will be dealing with long/tall pieces of metal or wood. Unpack your kit carefully to avoid damaging any pieces, and count and check everything beforehand against the instructions, carport plans and delivery information to make sure your time isn’t wasted before you get started. Carport companies will usually be happy to send out any extras or replacements for you, especially as you have spent a considerable amount of money, so that’s worth considering. Remember that they aren’t your personal support team though and don’t call up with annoying questions!

Disposing of carport materials

Once you’ve completed your carport kit build, make sure you clean up after yourself. Everyone has a responsibility for the environment, so make sure that any plastic sheeting and packaging is disposed of carefully and recycled where possible. You may end up with offcuts if you’ve purchased a wood carport kit, and if the wood is untreated you can leave it to degrade on soil or grass.

Carport Parts


Carports, and in particular carport kits, consist of a variety of different parts. This article looks at the different pieces you may encounter when building your own carport from a carport kit. If you are looking to replace carport ports for an existing carport you own, then be sure to check measurements and brands before ordering your carport parts. For safety reasons it’s best to get professional advice, particularly if you’re working with fundamental carport parts such as carport support posts.

Carport Roof

The roof is the biggest part of your carport, and the part most on display, so choosing it requires some thought. You may choose to have a carport canopy made out of canvas or other fabric, a plastic roof, a metal roof, a wooden carport roof. There are no real limitations on your carport roof, it really depends on your location and needs which type you go for. Stronger carport roofs are recommended for areas with severe winter weather conditions, so a light plastic roof is not a good option for areas with heavy snowfall. Likewise, a criss-cross wooden roof may look more attractive than other types of carport roof, but it is not very practical if you want to protect your car. A canopy is easier to replace when you get bored of the colour or it needs repairing, but again this depends on the type of carport you have and how much maintenance time you’re willing to put in.

Carport Support Posts

The most important part of your carport kit, carport support posts will keep your carport standing securely. For that reason it’s best to read your carport kit instructions thoroughly before beginning to construct your carport. Carport assembly is not difficult, but to prevent damage to your cars and other vehicles, it’s essential that you get the foundations right. Find out more about carport support posts.

Carport Assembly

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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.

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