Are you looking for an attractive structure to shelter one, two, or even three vehicles? Metal carports are the perfect solution to protect ATVs, cars, trucks, tractors, or anything in between. And unlike carports of the past, modern technology allows metal carport manufacturers to produce high-quality, hassle-free materials and a wide variety of options that are aesthetically pleasing and offer superior protection from the elements.
With so many metal carports for sale out there, how do you decide which is best for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself when shopping for metal carport kits or custom metal carports for your property:
Many carport manufacturers will customize carport design plans to fit your unique needs. Will you be storing one vehicle or multiple vehicles? What are the sizes of your vehicles? These are questions you will want to have answers to before shopping for steel carports. Here are some general guidelines, but custom metal carports can go up to 40’ in width. Contact our customer service representatives to determine the best dimensions for your needs.
Standard Width Guidelines
12’—Single car, truck or RV
18’—Two compact cars
20’—Two midsized cars
22’—Two full sized cars, trucks or SUV
24’—Two full or oversized cars or trucks
26’—Three mid sized cars or trucks
Where will the metal carport installation take place? Be sure that if you are having your metal carport professionally installed, there is adequate space for the installation team to access the site and set up the metal carport frame. The surface should also be clear of debris/brush and leveled prior to installation.
Do you live in an area that experiences harsh weather like heavy snowfall, high winds, or sideways-blowing rain? In these cases, you can customize metal carport structures by adding side panels for added protection, choosing a 12-gauge steel to handle heavy snow loads, and selecting the best anchors to keep your carport securely fixed to the foundation. If you are in a high wind area, we always recommend a concrete foundation to anchor your carport to.
Local building regulations in your area may require that your metal carport be certified to handle a certain amount of snow or wind, so it is important that you contact your local government office to find out if certification is needed prior to purchasing your metal carport. If certification is needed, contact the carport company you will be working with to get the necessary paperwork.
There are so many options to pick from when customizing the look of your carport!
Gable ends give your carport a finished look and provide metal carport frames with additional support to better withstand strong winds and harsh weather conditions.
You can add side panels to your carport for added stability and strength. Side panels give your vehicles more protection from damaging wind gusts, blowing rain/snow, and flying debris.
Bows and trusses can be added to the inside of your roof and along the sides of your carport to make your metal carport or RV carport stronger.
J-trim is a decorative trim that gives panel edges a finished look and keeps the panel edges from being exposed for added safety.
A very important option, the type of anchors you choose will depend on your carport building plans, the base you are using, the weather in your area, and whether or not your steel carport needs to be certified.
Carport Central has a wide variety of steel carport kits and steel carports for sale, and metal carport prices vary depending on the factors listed in this post. For additional details regarding your carport options, check out our carport buying guide. Need help deciding? Our friendly, knowledgeable customer service representatives can help you choose the best metal carports for your needs and budget. Contact us online or give us a call at (844) 860-4950 to get started.