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How to build the perfect metal carport to fit your needs

By Carport Charlie   |   Posted In: Carports

Metal Carports

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.




What to Consider When Purchasing a Metal Carport

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:

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

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 GuidelinesStandard Metal Garage

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

  1. Where will your new steel carport be installed?

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.

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

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.

  1. Will your carport need to be certified?

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.

  1. What kind of look are you going for?

There are so many options to pick from when customizing the look of your carport!

Here are the basics:

Roof Styles

  • Regular (good) – This is the most economical roof style and it is best suited for climates that don’t have strong winds and heavy rain/snow. This type of roof is perfect for protection from intense sun exposure.
  • Boxed Eve (better) – Also referred to as the A-frame design, this roof style has horizontal roof panels which are good for areas that can get heavy winds, but not heavy snow or rain.
  • Vertical (best) – Is your area prone to heavy rain and snow? In this case, Carport Central recommends the vertical roof style. Its A-frame design and vertical roof panels are ideal for efficiently directing rain and snow off the roof.

Gable Ends

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.

Side Panels

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

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.


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