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Carports: Flexible Protection for All Sorts of Needs

Traditionally, carports were designed for protecting vehicles (and their passengers) from the negative impacts of inclement weather. And to that end, carports are still great for that, if you’re looking for a reliable way to shelter your vehicle or vehicles from rain, snow, direct UV exposure, and other natural threats.

You’ve no doubt heard the term “carport” used to describe a shelter you’ve seen. But what is a carport, exactly? At its most basic definition, a carport is an open-air, roofed structure that’s designed for covering a vehicle or vehicles. A carport can be attached to another building, or it can be a free-standing structure. What types of vehicles can a carport cover? Everything from cars, to trucks, to SUVs, RVs, boats, trailers, motorcycles, tractors, ATVs, and more.

Need an outdoor shelter for some other specific applications? Carports are easy to adapt for meeting a number of needs. And a carport can be constructed from several different construction materials, but steel carports have been shown to be the strongest and most durable.

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Popular Categories of Carports

There are LOTS of different carport sizes, designs, and categories out there. Here are just a few of the most popular carport types that are available and in current demand:

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Regular Roof Carport – Regular roof carports have a familiar, rounded look, and the roof itself comes with standard horizontal paneling. A regular roof is one of the most economical options available, but doesn’t come highly recommended in terms of its ability to provide effective protection from severe storms, heavy winds, or significant snow accumulations.

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A-Frame Horizontal Roof Carport – An A-frame (or boxed-eave roof) carport is another common option. People tend to like the A-frame roof design, because it comes much closer to resembling the look of a standard house roof. The A-frame design also offers a little more stability. Like the regular roof, an A-frame roof comes standard with horizontal roof paneling.

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Vertical Roof Carport – When it comes to a carport roof, the vertical roof is really your best option. It offers the strongest design and most reliable performance, in comparison with other roof types. A vertical carport comes with additional structural reinforcements and anchors, and also features vertical paneling which is better at shedding both precipitation and debris.

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One Car Carport – A one-car carport does what you’d expect; it’s designed to cover one car or truck effectively. Most single carports start out at dimensions of 12’W and 20’L, but the exact carport size is customizable. A 1-car carport is also good for sheltering mowers, lawn equipment, garden equipment, sports equipment, etc.

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Two Car Carport – Two-car carports are also commonly known as double carports, and they’re generally designed to shelter two-passenger vehicles. 2-car metal carports are a popular choice for property owners who have two vehicles that need covering. These larger carports also offer more flexibility in terms of how you can use your carport space.

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Three Car Carport – Three-car or triple carports are great because they’re large enough to shelter three standard passenger vehicles side-by-side. But because of its extra square footage, a 3-car carport can also be used to accommodate a range of other uses, as the need arises. Great for hosting neighborhood cookouts, outdoor events, and more!

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Two Car Carport with Storage – A two-car carport with storage is a nice option for those who only have two vehicles to cover, but would like to build in some specific space for other specific outdoor storage needs. These carports tend to be similar in size to triple carports, but with more multipurpose usage in mind.

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Carport Garage Combo – How’d you like to have both a carport for outdoor storage, and a garage for indoor storage? With a carport/garage combination building, you can! Many property owners appreciate the ability to simply add a lean-to structure to one side of their garage, thus creating a garage/carport combo.

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Side Entry Carport – If you’ve only got a smaller lot to work with, a side-entry garage allows you to create multiple garage bays with nice ease of access, all at a minimum of required building space. Side-entry garages also work well for housing tire shops, auto body shops, and automotive service centers.

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Utility Carport – Perhaps your primary need is for an open-air carport, but you’d also love to be able to build in a portion of fully-enclosed space inside. For a building application like this, a utility carport is really a perfect solution. The size of both your carport and your enclosed utility area are really up to you!

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RV Carport – It’s like a regular carport, only taller! An RV carport is specially designed to accommodate higher-profile vehicles like RVs, motorhomes, buses, large tractors, and the like. And if you’re an RV owner, it’s important to have a way to protect your vehicle investment from the elements when you’re not out on the open road.

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Boat or Motorhome Carport – A boat or motorhome carport is really just a variation of a typical RV carport design. Modern carports constructed with modern materials can be customized to suit any needed height, width, or length dimensions for parking pretty much any type of land vehicle, water vehicle, or vehicle & trailer combination.

Benefits of Owning a Carport

There are honestly many reasons to own a carport, and there are many benefits you can enjoy by having a carport installed on your property. Here are just a few:

Protect your vehicles from weather threats

This is probably the first reason that comes to mind – carports are great for covering cars! Today’s cars, trucks, and SUVs are anything but cheap, so it’s more important than ever to keep your vehicle investments as safe and protected as possible from the many threats of Mother Nature.

Customizable to fit any type of vehicle

And carports aren’t just great for covering cars and trucks. With the right design and engineering, a modern carport can be created to cover ANY type of vehicle, from RVs, to motorhomes, to boats, to buses, to tractors, to combine harvesters, and more. If it moves on wheels, it can be safely parked underneath a carport!

More convenient than offsite storage

Sure, you can keep vehicles and other items offsite – but that isn’t particularly convenient, and the monthly rental charges can get downright expensive. A carport installed on your own property is much more convenient to access. Plus, once you’ve paid off your building, you won’t ever have to worry about offsite space rental fees again!

Fully accessible on all sides

The defining structural characteristic of a carport is the roof overhead – side walls are completely optional. One of the nice things about having a roof-only structure is that it’s easy to access, thus making it easier to pull in your vehicles from any direction.

Multipurpose usage possibilities

A carport can be much more than just a carport, too. We’ve listed some of the many popular categories of carports above, but carports allow for many multipurpose uses that extend beyond parking vehicles. Need a picnic shelter? You’ve got one! Carports also make nice outdoor workspaces, covered places for children to play, and more.

Easier to relocate as your space needs change

Once a garage is installed, it really isn’t going anywhere. Modern carports can be securely anchored as well, but they also offer the advantage of being much more “relocatable.” If the need or desire arises, you can pull up those anchors and simply move your carport to a new location. A flexible cover for flexible needs!

Will Installing a Carport Add To My Property Value?

Well, that depends. A low-quality carport probably won’t add any value to your property at all. In fact, a carport that looks shoddily built can even reduce the perceived value of your home and property in the eyes of a prospective buyer!

A well-designed, well-built carport, on the other hand, will add value to your life in terms of the reliable protection it provides for your vehicles and other outdoor items. And yes, it’ll add to your property value, too. The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that the value of a home with a carport in good condition averages around $10,000 higher than a home without a carport. Of course, depending upon the size and design of your carport, the property value increase can be even greater than that!

What’s the Best Construction Material for a Carport?

While carports can be constructed out of wood, aluminum, or other materials, the most-reliable, best-quality carports are constructed with light-gauge galvanized steel. What makes a steel carport a better choice? Pretty much everything you can think of! Here are a few highlights of why choosing steel just makes good sense:

  • All-Weather Protection – Steel carports provide superior protection from all of nature’s common threats, including rain, snow, wind, hail, lightning, and even earthquakes.
  • Multipurpose Possibilities – Steel carports offer more flexibility of design than with other construction materials. Steel structures are also simpler to adapt or expand when and if your needs should change in the future.
  • Cost-Effective – You may assume that steel is more expensive than wood, but that isn’t necessarily the case at all. In fact, it can actually be more cost-effective to build with light-gauge steel, and even more so as your building dimensions increase.
  • Delivery & Installation Is Typically Included – Not only is the price right for steel construction materials, but here’s another bonus with choosing a metal carport – delivery and installation is typically included with purchase from a major metal buildings provider like Carport Central.
  • The Strength & Durability of Steel – Steel carports simply won’t rot like wood, and they’re not threatened by the same moisture sensitivity, either. And a steel structure stands the tests of time, weathering, and regular usage much better than a wooden carport, or a carport constructed of other materials.
  • Pest & Fire Resistant – Termites and other pests are a perennial threat to wood; so are mold and mildew. But that simply isn’t the case with steel. Concerned about potential fire threats? Steel is a naturally incombustible material.

Ways to Customize a Metal Carport

Another benefit of choosing a metal carport is the fact that you have so many customization options available. You have complete freedom when it comes to deciding your exact carport dimensions, choosing paneling options for both the roof and sides, adding gables & trim, selecting a favorite color combination, and more!

  1. Size Dimensions – Choose a smaller width of 12’, or go as wide as 70’ – or wider! Select a standard carport height of 7’ or 8’, or go as tall as 20’. And as far as length goes, there’s essentially no limit as to how long your carport can be!
  2. Roof Style – The rounded regular roof and A-frame horizontal roof are traditionally popular choices for a metal carport, but each also comes with its own liabilities in terms of strength and stability. For this reason, Carport Central only recommends choosing a vertical roof for your metal roof. A vertical roof offers the strongest possible design and the most reliable performance, period. The vertical paneling itself is also better suited for shedding both precipitation and debris, and is best-suited for certification to meet minimum required wind and snow load ratings.
  3. Gauges – 14-gauge steel is the most popular standard for metal carport framing, but you can also upgrade to a thicker 12-gauge for a sturdier building. That’s especially advantageous in areas that tend to receive more in the way of extreme weather. You also have different gauge options available for the roof paneling and side paneling, including both 29-gauge and 26-gauge steel.
  4. Paneling – Speaking of paneling, you obviously need to choose something to cover your carport roof. You can also opt to add some partial side walls if you like, or even go as far as to have it fully enclosed, essentially creating your own custom garage. The amount of paneling you can add to your carport is really up to you!
  5. Gables and Trim – Want to add some decorative J-trim to your carport? You certainly can. How about including some attractive gables on the ends to help conceal the framing and bracing, in order to deliver a more finished look to your structure? You can do that, too.
  6. Colors – Another nice feature about choosing a metal carport is that the metal paneling itself comes in an attractive palette of custom colors. Who says a metal carport has to be boring? Carport Central currently offers 17 popular color choices for the roof paneling, side paneling, and trim. You can even go with a tasteful two-tone wainscot look for the sides, if you like.
  7. Anchoring Options – On which type of surface would you like to install your new carport? With a metal carport, you’ve got options there too. You can choose to install on a hard foundation like concrete or asphalt if you prefer, but you certainly aren’t limited to that. Metal carports can also just as easily be anchored to a gravel surface, or to plain old level ground. There’s no need to pour a hard foundation if you don’t want one!
  8. Certification – Many local building codes require metal structures to be certified for certain minimum wind and/or snow loads. That’s not a problem with Carport Central; we can certify your building to meet any and all local codes. And even if certification isn’t required in your area, we still recommend having your carport certified regardless. In terms of reliability and performance, there’s just a greater peace of mind that comes along with owning a certified structure.
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Carports for Commercial Purposes

Carports are obviously great for residential uses, but there are commercial applications for carports, too. Curious to learn what classifies a carport as “commercial”? Some of it obviously comes down to intended usage, but in the carport industry, the term commercial usually relates to carport size. A commercial or extra-wide carport usually starts around 32′ wide, but can go much larger than that.

In other words, a commercial carport is typically any carport greater than 30’ in width. Buildings of this size generally come standard with additional structural reinforcements and anchoring, as well. What can you do with a commercial carport? They’re great for business applications, retail usage, industrial usage, and any application where you may need a large, permanent outdoor shelter.

Carports for Agricultural Purposes

In addition to standard residential and commercial uses, there’s another major industry where a custom carport comes in particularly handy: agriculture. Farms, ranches, and agricultural businesses have need for many types of outdoor structures, and metal carports can be designed and customized to meet most any agricultural need. Here are just a few ways we’ve seen folks make use of carport-style outdoor structures for farm, ranch, and agricultural purposes:

  • Tractor sheds
  • Carports for trucks & large vehicles
  • Lawn & garden sheds
  • Wood sheds
  • Hay barns
  • Horse barns
  • Outdoor covered riding arenas
  • Livestock shelters
  • Poultry shelters
  • Seed & feed storage
  • Crop storage
  • Fully-enclosed shelters
  • Barndominiums
  • And more!

Carport Size Guide

So, how do you decide what size of carport you need for your situation? To begin with, it helps to understand what is generally meant by the terms single carport, double carport, triple carport, and commercial carport:

  • Single Carport (starting at 12′ wide)
  • Double Carport (typically 18′ to 24′ wide)
  • Triple Carport (typically 26′ to 30′ wide)
  • Extra Wide or Commercial Carports (32′ wide to 70′ wide, or wider)

Here are some key factors you’ll want to think through as you choose your ideal carport dimensions:

  • Which kinds of vehicles do you need to cover? : A one-car carport can effectively cover a regular passenger car or truck. But if you’d like to have a little more room to maneuver, you might consider going a little wider with your carport. And if you own any larger vehicles, you’ll need to consider going taller or wider with your carport still.
  • The number of vehicles you have to cover : The number of vehicles you own is a factor, too. If you intend to house more than one car or truck, you’ll obviously need a bigger carport. Keep in mind how much buffer space you’d like to have between your parked vehicles, too. Ideally, you’d like to be able to open your doors without having to worry about banging into another vehicle.
  • Vehicle height : Vehicle height is another important thing to keep in mind. You’ll need to ensure you have enough clearance to accommodate your tallest vehicle. Standard carports start at 7 or 8 feet tall, which works fine for standard-sized vehicles. However, if you own a taller-profile truck, RV, motorhome, or bus, you’ll need to build your carport a little taller, as well.
  • Other intended uses : Besides covering vehicles, boats, or farm equipment, it’s possible you may have some other uses in mind for your carport. That’s fine! Just factor these additional uses in mind as you’re making your carport plans. Carport Central provides plenty of customization options to help you meet any carport needs or personal preferences.
  • Future considerations : It’s a good idea to look ahead when making your carport plans, too. Will you be adding another vehicle or some new equipment in the not-so-distant future? If so, it’s best to go ahead and build your carport with these considerations in mind. Going with a bigger carport now can save you from having to plan a second expansion down the road, which can save you some money in the long run, too.

Choose Your Carport Installation Surface & Carport Anchors

In order to stand tall for years to come, any structure needs to be built on a strong foundation. But another nice thing about choosing a rugged metal carport is that it’s completely customizable, all the way down to its foundation type. Important factors like weather, climate, geology, and topography might suggest that your best course of action would be to install on concrete or asphalt. At the same time, you certainly aren’t limited to just those two options. Depending on how you intend to use your metal building – along with what budget you have available for foundation preparation – you can also choose to install a metal carport on gravel, or even on plain level ground.

No matter which of these foundation types you prefer, there’s a specialized type of anchor which can be used to secure your carport to its respective installation surface. Here are four of the most commonly-used carport anchors:

  • Concrete Anchors : Concrete anchors are expansion bolts specially-designed for use with concrete. The process of tightening the bolts causes them to expand into drilled holes in your concrete. The pressure exerted on the surrounding concrete makes it very difficult for these anchors to be dislodged.
  • Asphalt Anchors : Because asphalt is a softer material, an asphalt anchor typically includes either a screw-like thread or barbs on the shaft. These features help the anchor to “grab” the asphalt and hold your building in place.
  • Rebar Anchors : Rebar anchors are long metal stakes which are used to secure a metal building directly to the ground. These anchors work well in areas with strong, sturdy soil that don’t tend to receive high winds.
  • Auger Anchors or Mobile Home Anchors : If your soil is soft or has been recently disturbed, or if you live in an area that experiences more extreme winds, then auger anchors (also known as mobile home anchors) are recommended over rebar anchors. The auger design does a better job of keeping the anchor secure in the ground, and thus keeping your building more stable and secure as well. Another advantage of choosing auger anchors for unpaved ground installation is that they enable your building to qualify for wind and/or snow load certification.

Metal buildings can be installed on practically any foundation. But even so, it’s important to use the right anchor for the matching installation surface. If you have any specific questions about carport anchors, you can always reach out to one of our building experts at Carport Central!

Building Certification: What is a Certified Carport?

We mentioned building certification above, but you may not be familiar with what that means. Does your carport need to be certified? Well … that depends.

Certification simply means that an engineer has designed your building to meet or exceed specific minimum wind and snow loads. Certification isn’t universally required in all areas, but many localities do make it a part of their building codes. But whether certification is a legal requirement for you or not, certified buildings still make good sense, since certification means your structure will be built to a higher standard in terms of strength and resilience. That fact alone is worth the greater peace of mind it provides to any carport owner!

Carport Installation: Site Preparation Tips

If you’re planning to have a new carport installed, a professional installation crew can take care of most of the details of getting your building put up for you. But even so, there are a few things you’ll want to take care ahead of time to make sure your site is ready to go once installation day arrives. Here are three main things to keep in mind:

  1. All debris and vegetation should be cleared away from the immediate area on and around your site; your installation location needs to be fully accessible to the installation crew.
  2. If you plan to install on a poured foundation, the foundation will need to be in place and set before the crew arrives on installation day. Most carport companies don’t provide their own groundwork or foundation services.
  3. And here’s one of the most important considerations – your site needs to be level. There’s no way to ensure that your building will be installed to last if your foundation surface isn’t level to begin with.

How Do You Plan to Use Your Carport: A Sample of Some Carport Applications

We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. A carport can do much more than just cover vehicles.

What are some ways you can take full advantage of owning one of these multipurpose structures? Here are just a few good applications to consider:

  • Personal Vehicle Parking – Right, you already know about this one. There’s really no better open-air shelter for a car, truck, or other personal vehicles than a well-made carport!
  • RV Cover – The right custom carport is also perfect for covering your RV, motorhome, boat, or other high-profile vehicles.
  • Outdoor Storage – You may be a homeowner who already has a garage built into your home. If so, you almost certainly have some other stuff you’d love to keep covered outside! Carports are great for storing all sorts of lawn equipment, recreational equipment, and other items.
  • Get to Work – Wish you had some covered outdoor workspace? You can use your carport to service your car, perform some carpentry, pursue a hobby, or knock any number of items off your project to-do list!
  • Play Outside – Tired of your kids being cooped up inside? Send them outside to play underneath your covered shelter! A metal carport provides a nice spot for your children to get some fresh air and enjoy some outdoor play at the same time.
  • Picnic Shelter – Host a picnic or cookout under your metal carport, without any fear of having your event be rained out!
  • Poolside Cabana – If you have a pool in your backyard, it’s also nice to be able to provide your swimmers with a place to be able to get out and dry off in the shade. Install a carport near your pool area!
  • Commercial & Agricultural Uses – For as many residential uses as you can come up with for a carport, there are at least as many potential applications for commercial and agricultural applications, as well.

Carport Prices

So, how much will your carport cost?  The answer to that question will really depend upon a number of key factors, including which building dimensions you need (including width, length, and height), which construction materials you choose, which type of roof style you choose, and whether your carport needs to be certified or not.

You can leave the carport as a roof-only structure, or you can also opt to add some side paneling for partial or even full building enclosure. There are also other customization decisions to make as well, including frame gauge, paneling gauge, and the option to add trim, end gables, doors, windows, and more.

But if you decide to go with a steel-framed carport, here’s some good news. Even though construction material costs have gone up across the board, a steel carport is still more cost-effective to build than a wood-framed carport, or a carport made with other materials. So if you’re looking to get the most bang for your carport buck, you’d be smart to choose steel!

Carport Kits You Can Install Yourself

A professional building provider like Carport Central is happy to deliver and install your custom-designed carport at NO extra charge. But maybe you’re someone who likes saving a little money and doing things for yourself, wherever you can. If that’s you, then you might want to go with a DIY carport kit. Carport Central makes custom-manufactured carport kits available that you can pick up and install yourself for a discount. These metal building kits come with all the building materials you’ll need for installation, including all fasteners and anchors. If you like the sound of that, then simply get in touch with a building specialist at Carport Central today. They’d be happy to answer any particular questions you may have about carport kits and metal building installation, and they can also help you to get whatever type of building you’re looking for!

Why Choose Carport Central to Provide Your Carport Solution

Our name says it all – nobody delivers better carports than Carport Central!

We’re the premier online provider of metal buildings in the continental United States, and we do way more than just carports! Whether you just need a simple carport design, or whether you need a garage, barn, storage shed, RV cover, workshop, warehouse, commercial building, office space, barndominium, metal building home, or something else – Carport Central has you covered! Simply put, we deliver the best-quality structures with the best customer service and shorter lead times!

All of our steel buildings are made from the highest quality materials, and each is designed to last you a lifetime. Our building specialists are always standing by to help, and we’ll work hard to ensure that you get EXACTLY what you want in your dream building. There’s no need to wait – you can connect with us online, or you can just pick up the phone and give us a call at (980) 321-9898 today. Experience the Carport Central difference for yourself! What’s Central to you, is Central to us!


Here are some commonly-asked questions we get about carports, along with some helpful answers:

Not more than any other type of building, no. And in the event that lightning should happen to strike your metal carport, you’re actually better protected. Metal structures are positive conductors to the earth, meaning that the energy of a lightning strike will be diffused through the metal and channeled straight to the ground.

Who says a prefab steel carport has to be boring? The covered space you create is completely customizable. You choose the design and colors you like, and you can also opt to add side paneling, gables, trim, and much more. You can even design your own custom metal carport with our easy-to-use 3D Building Design Tool!

Nope. Steel buildings don’t significantly interfere with any electronics, mobile devices, or wi-fi connections. If this were true, you’d have problems inside most every grocery store, large office building, or warehouse. In fact, electromagnetic waves can pass through a metal structure just as easily as they can through other types of buildings.

Actually, yes! Steel is North America’s most recycled material, more than paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic combined. All North American-produced steel contains at least 25 percent recycled content, and is 100% recyclable itself. Choosing steel construction actually reduces our dependence on Earth’s limited resources. So yes, a steel carport really is a green option!

The primary function of a carport is to provide reliable shelter for your vehicles and possessions. And there’s really not a more reliable carport than a steel carport. The cold-formed steel used to fabricate the tubing and paneling possesses the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any commercial construction material. You’d really be hard-pressed to find a safer option than a metal carport.

Sure. If you’re planning an open-air carport or shelter, condensation shouldn’t be much of a problem to begin with. As long as ambient air can flow freely through your roof-only structure, condensation has nowhere to take hold. But if you’re planning to enclose your carport, condensation can be prevented by installing a quality vapor barrier, along with any additional insulation you may choose to include.

Pre-engineered, precision-fabricated metal structures are actually much simpler to install than other building types, and can be completed with less labor. You can always leave it up to a professional installation crew, but if you’d rather work with your own hands, you can certainly put up a prefab metal carport kit yourself. You’ll save some money on the purchase price, too.

Not easily, they won’t! With proper anchoring and reinforcements, a steel structure is actually more sturdy and resilient than other types of construction. Prefab metal structures are engineered to handle just about any wind storm that may blow your way, and be certified to meet any required minimum wind or snow loads.

By parking your vehicle under a metal carport, you’ll avoid worries with hail impacts – no hailstone has ever penetrated a steel carport roof! And as we’ve mentioned, metal carports can be certified for snow loads as well as wind loads. You can even turn your metal carport into an enclosed metal garage for even safer vehicle protection.

Absolutely not! Unlike a wooden structure, a metal carport doesn’t require any repainting or staining. Cleaning a metal carport is also a breeze. In most cases, you can just hose your carport out and hose it off. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance carport solution, a metal carport is the way to go!

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