Portable Metal Carports

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As strange as they may initially sound, there’s a growing market for portable metal carports. Portable carports are great for holiday homes, weekends away, short vacations and so on. If you’re renting a house, buy a portable carport so you can take it with you when you leave. Or maybe you want to share a carport with a neighbour, or lend it to a friend. Whatever you want to use your portable carport for, you can easily dismantle it, transport it, and set it up again in a different location without any difficulties.

When buying a portable metal carport, you need to consider what kind of ground you will be using it on. In order to stay balanced and stable, you will need to buy a carport with adjustable legs. However, most portable carports available today don’t allow for much adjustment and so aren’t suitable for use on uneven land. This is also true for carports that require baserails or baseplates, as although they will support your carport effectively and appropriately, then are not suitable for use on bumpy ground. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about this, so assess the area you want to place the carport beforehand, and try to place it on an artificial flat surface such as a driveway or concrete slab if possible. If there are strong winds in the location, then the carport will need to be secured as much as possible. If you’re intending to use your metal carport for a long period of time, for example outside a holiday home or a rented home with a long lease, you will probably be better off looking at a permanent metal carport, although the prices may be considerably more.

You can expect to find portable carports up to about forty feet in width, which is a pretty substantial size. You can easily buy a portable carport which will fit a truck or two. It’s particularly good if you do a lot of travelling but still require a good sized carport with adequate protection for your vehicles. If you’re looking for a smaller solution, you can buy an eighteen by twenty carport for under $700, which will fit up to two cars comfortably.

Heavy Duty Metal Carports

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Whilst heavy duty metal carports are most widely used commercially – for industries such as farming – they are becoming increasingly popular for home use and semi-commercial use. Heavy duty metal carports are best suited to areas which experience inclement weather as they provide added protection against the elements. If you are looking at a four-walled heavy duty metal carport, then they can provide as much protection as a steel building or garage with quality materials and good construction. In these instances, you could use a heavy duty carport to store valuables securely and minimise the risk of theft or damage. Expensive tools and other gardening equipment are perfect for this if you can spare the space.

Heavy duty carports are always created from metal, and if you aren’t concerned about weight (either for shipping or supports), then steel is likely to be your best option. Aluminum is also a great choice.

For maximum protection, you will want to ensure that your heavy duty metal carport is finished to a high standard and is maintained according to the instructions regarding cleaning, how to take care of the finish, etc. However, if you are not concerned with how your metal carport looks, then you can just simply leave it to take care of itself. A well-designed heavy duty metal carport will last a lifetime if it isn’t exposed to extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes or tornadoes. Heavy duty metal carports can also help you to increase the value of your land or home as there is less work and hassle for a buyer requiring a carport or extra outdoor storage.

If you’re looking for a heavy duty carport that will last several decades, doing the research beforehand makes all the difference. Personal recommendations of a company can go a long way, but make sure the company hasn’t changed hands in the mean time or you may be dealing with a completely different setup. Whilst heavy duty metal carports cost more, in the long run they will save you time, hassle and potentially the expense of installing a another carport further down the line. For this reason, heavy duty carports are a good investment for those who are serious about the vehicles and outdoor storage space.

Metal Carports vs Timber Carports

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One of the questions we get asked a lot is, ‘What kind of carport should I buy – metal or timber?’ Obviously we’re more biased towards metal carports here, but timber carports have their place too. Whilst they aren’t as hardwearing as metal carports, they can look more attractive in rural settings. They also have the advantage of being easy to paint should you fancy a different look. They can also be better for the environment, assuming that your wood carport is sourced in a friendly way from a sustainable source. (As a side note, second hand carports, whether metal or wood, are a better choice if you’re concerned about the environmental factor).

Timber carports are often cheaper than metal carports, but the flip side is that they don’t tend to last as long. If you just have a single vehicle then a timber carport may well be a good option. If you live in a region which has well-defined seasons with cold winters and hot summers, then a metal carport will be more durable and benefits from not expanding and contracting like a timber carport does.

If you want a solution that will last up to a decade and you’re on a budget, then you could do a lot worse than a timber carport. Although you will need to stain the wood every few years and ensure you treat it properly, a timber carport fits in well with most home designs and is often easier to construct. Be careful when buying second hand to ensure that your timber carport is in good condition and still has life left in it. Whilst timber carports are harder to keep clean, particularly if you live in an area with lots of overhanging trees or birds, they don’t get hot like metal carports do, and so may be a wiser choice if you have children or animals in the area.

To sum it up, whether you buy a timber carport or a metal carport, it’s ultimately up to you to decide which works best for your situation. If you want a solution that will last decades and money is not a huge factor for you, we’d recommend choosing a metal carport. If you’re on a tight budget and you want something which will suit the décor of your home straight out of the box, a timber carport will probably be your best bet.

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