We had an interesting question via email recently, which to put it simply was ‘Are metal carports better than wood?’. Ultimately it comes down to your budget and the final look that you want. Assuming that you don’t want to specifically match your carport to your buildings and you’re not at the mercy of local regulations, then you’re pretty much free to choose either way.

At metalcarportsandkits.com, we do particularly like metal carports for the reason that they are a lot more durable and long lasting. Surprisingly enough, they are also often much cheaper than wooden carports even though they are made from high-quality steel.

If the environment is a concern for you, then you should choose a responsibly sourced wooden carport from as close by as possible. Timber carports can have a nicer look and blend into traditional, rural and historical environments more easily. However, you can disguise an ugly carport easily enough using vines and other climbing plants – just be sure they have a good base and strong roots to make the distance. If you’re going down this route then you may as well purchase a steel carport or an aluminium carport, which will last longer and almost always be cheaper. Aluminum carport assembly is easier than steel carport assembly simply because the carport is more lightweight.

Another advantage of metal carports over wooden carports is that they require less maintenance. Wood carports will benefit from being properly treated, painted and varnished, with top ups on a yearly basis, for best protection against the elements. Whether you decide to go for a metal or wooden carport, remember to check guarantees, returns policy, the lay of the land and the size of it before you buy a carport.