How to Choose the Perfect Metal Carport to Fit Your Needs

By Jay Lara   |   Posted In: Carports

Metal Carports

Are you looking for the best structure to shelter your vehicles? Metal carports are the perfect solution to protect cars, trucks, or anything else! Unlike carports of the past, modern technology allows manufacturers to produce high-quality, hassle-free materials with a wide variety of options that offer protection from the elements.


What to Consider When Purchasing a Metal Carport

With such a variety of metal carports for sale, how do you decide which is best for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself before purchasing:

  1. What vehicle(s) will you be storing?

Will you be storing one vehicle or multiple? What are the sizes of your vehicles? These are questions you will want to have answers to before shopping for a carport.  Here are some of our general guidelines, you can contact one of our friendly building specialists to determine the best dimensions for your needs:

Standard Width Guidelines

12’—Single car, truck or RV

18’—Two compact cars

20’—Two mid-sized cars

22’—Two full sized cars, trucks or SUV

24’—Two full or over-sized cars or trucks

26’—Three mid-sized cars or trucks

  1. Where will your new steel carport be installed?

Be sure that if you are having your metal carport professionally installed, there is enough space for the installation team to access the site and set up the metal carport. The surface should be clear of debris and leveled prior to installation.

  1. What’s the weather like in your area?

Do you live in an area that experiences harsh weather such as high winds or heavy snowfalls? You can increase the protection of your carport by adding side panels, choosing the best gauge, and selecting the appropriate anchors for your foundation.

  1. Will your carport needs to be certified?

Prior to installation, you will need to contact your local government office to find out if your building will need to be certified. If certification is needed, you will need to inform a building specialist at Carport Central to get the necessary paperwork.

  1. What kind of look are you going for?

With such a variety of customization options available, you can design a carport to match your specific needs and tastes.

Here are the Basics:

Roof Styles

  • Regular (good) – This is the most economical roof style. Regular Roof Style Carports are best suited for climates that don’t have strong winds, heavy rain or snow.
  • Boxed Eave (better) – Also referred to as the A-frame design, this style has horizontal roof panels which are good for areas that get heavy winds, but not for heavy snow or rain.
  • Vertical (best) – Is your area prone to heavy rain or snow? If so, Carport Central recommends the vertical roof style. Its A-frame design and vertical roof panels are ideal for keeping rain and snow off the roof.

Gable Ends

Gable ends give your carport a finished look and provide the frames with additional support to hold up against strong winds and harsh weather conditions.

Side Panels

You can add side panels to your carport for added stability and strength. Side panels give your vehicles even more protection from damaging wind gusts, blowing rain or snow, and flying debris!

Bows and Trusses

Bows and trusses can be added to the inside of your roof or along the sides of your carport to give additional strength.


J-trim is a decorative trim that gives panel edges a finished look, it also keeps the panel edges from being exposed for added safety.


The type of anchors you choose will depend on your building plans, the base you are using, the weather in your area, and whether your steel carport needs to be certified.

Carport Central has a wide variety of steel carport kits and custom carports for sale; prices vary depending on the factors listed above. For additional details regarding your carport options, check out our carport buying guide! Need help deciding? One of our friendly building specialists can help you choose the best metal carport that fits your needs AND your budget! Contact us online or give us a call at (980) 321-9898 to get started today.


  • 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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