Will a Metal Carport Help or Hurt The Value of My Home?

By Jay Lara   |   Posted In: Carports

30x26 Vertical Roof Carport

When deciding whether to add a carport, many property owners worry about the impact on the value of their home and property. It is true that poorly-constructed carports, or those in disrepair, can be an eye sore. On the other hand, well-constructed custom metal carports can be a great selling feature and can even save you money on home insurance, given their added level of protection.


6 Tips to Getting the Most Value from Metal Carports


So how do you choose a carport that adds value to your property? Listed below are many factors to consider when looking at custom carport designs, and how to get the best value:

  1. Choose a high-quality steel carport.

Most metal carports manufactured today are either steel or aluminum; for the strongest, most weather-resistant material, you should go with steel. Many manufacturers offer varying degrees of steel “gauge,” or thickness – the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. It is important to go with a lower gauge for your carport if you live in an area prone to severe weather. With today’s galvanization process, steel materials are rust-resistant and require little regular maintenance.

  1. Consider placing the carport next to the house, garage, or barn.

Metal carports are effective at shielding vehicles and other valuables from the elements and placing your carport beside another structure opens a variety of additional selling points. First, it allows your metal carport to be a shelter as you enter and exit your vehicle. Second, the carport is versatile enough to be used for other purposes, including as a sheltered workspace or outdoor entertaining area. Third, an engineered metal carport can easily be converted into an enclosed metal garage if you opt for the added protection and security of a fully-enclosed space.

  1. Pick a color that complements your home.

There is a wide variety of custom colors offered today for the roof, trim, gables and side panels; this makes it easy to find the perfect colors to match your current color scheme.

  1. Go with a concrete slab base.

Create a solid foundation for your new carport by choosing a concrete base; not only does it have a more “finished” look, but it also provides more stability!

  1. Choose your metal carport style carefully.

To help choose one of the many carport styles available today, you can go check out our buying guide to find out all the possible custom options we offer! An additional help could be checking out neighborhood carports to see what styles you might prefer for your own home.

  1. Add eco-friendly features to your steel carport plans.Metal Garages

To save money and reduce your ecological footprint, you can add solar panels to the roof of your carport. Are you in an area with a persistent water shortage? You could add gutters to your metal carport to channel water into a rain barrel or other container to water your plants or garden!

Carport Central, a leading provider of quality steel carports in the United States, offers an amazing selection of styles and customization options for your new carport. If you are looking to save some money, you can purchase one of our metal carport kits for pickup and self-installation at a discount.

Having trouble choosing the best carport for your property? No problem. One of our knowledgeable building specialists can help you find the perfect custom carport or custom metal building to fit your needs. Just give us a call at (980) 321-9898 with any questions or concerns you may have.


  • Jay Lara

    Jay Lara is COO of Carport Central, and brings nearly 20 years of metal building industry experience. He’s worked in every aspect of the business, ranging from engineering to design to fabrication to installation to sales, and he’s passionate about bridging the gap between B2B and B2C for the metal buildings market.

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