How Carports Fare in Comparison to Garages

Residential car portMany homeowners consider installing structures in their property for parking and additional storage space. Garages and carports serve this purpose and can be attached to a home or stand freely on a property. Carports are steel structures with semi-covered fabric. They normally adopt an open-style structure and consist of a roof supported by posts and beams.

Purpose of Garages and Carports

Carports and garages are both versatile and can be used for multiple purposes. Beyond use for vehicle storage, they can provide equipment protection, bulk storage, and off-season gear storage. Garages can include a workspace with tools and equipment laid out. Carports can be used as a shade for your patio, pavilion and outdoor workspaces. They can also house entertainment venues, especially when unexpected weather drives guests away from an outdoor party. Your carport can provide cover and serve as protection from the rain or snow.

Advantages of a Carport

Garages are traditional solutions for creating more space in a property. They are also permanent and can provide complete security from theft and the elements. However, carports hold several advantages over these permanent and fixed structures. Before deciding on the construction of a garage or a carport, you need to take price, property space, and intended use into consideration.

Carports are a lot cheaper than enclosed garages because they use fewer materials. You also have more design options when it comes to carports. For instance, the roof can be flat, pitched, or garbled. There are steel and wood options when it comes to deciding on the material to use for frame and roofing.

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In addition, the structures of a carport do not have the same foundations garages have. You do not need to account for the weight of a concrete slab. As such, a carport can easily be disassembled and moved to suit your changing needs. They also involve quick installation. Setup can take a day or two so you can immediately take advantage of the storage space it provides.  You also won’t be impacted too much by the construction process.

Carports can be placed anywhere in a property and are subject to fewer building regulations and codes than garages. Flexibility and ease of movement, however, still depend on the materials used and the size of the carport.

Protection and Durability

Garage structures provide your vehicles greater coverage, concealment, and protection compared to carports. Installing lockable doors offers secure protection against theft. You can store tools, garden equipment, and sporting goods here without concern they will be stolen. Carports, on the other hand, are less private. They have an open-style structure and do not offer the same protection benefits as garages.

A carport can protect your parked vehicles from damage from elements like rain, sun, hail, snow, and wind. However, they may not keep vehicles safe from extreme temperatures, sideways rain, and wind-driven dust. Garages still provide the ultimate protection against these elements.

Before you decide the best way to protect your vehicles or to create additional space in your property, consider the main use of garage and carport structures and determine whether you will need protection on a permanent or a temporary basis.