Building Metal Carports may make more sense than building Garages. Here’s why.

No one really wants to leave their car outside exposed to the elements. When a car is parked in a garage or under a carport it is protected from sun, rain, snow, dust, hail, and other weather that might damage it. Either option also makes a car less visible, deterring potential thieves. However, what are some reasons you should build a carport instead of a garage?

  • PRICE: One of the most obvious advantages carports have over garages is the price. For even a simple, one-car garage, it is easy to spend thousands of dollars; while it is very possible to get a carport for only a few hundred.
  • SMALLER PROJECT: Because building a garage is a larger project – it is much more likely that governing bodies in your area will require you to get a building permit. However, you should always get any major home improvement project approved beforehand and make sure you don’t need to fill out any extra paperwork.
  • AESTHETICS: The aesthetics of a carport is also very different than that of a garage. A garage can seem imposing and make your lot look much smaller. A metal carport, on the other hand, is open and feels much smaller.
  • VERSATILITY: A carport also has more versatility than a garage. When you have parties, you can bring picnic tables and chairs under the carport so your guests can be out of the sun. You can tie a rope between the support posts of your carport structure and hang laundry out to dry even when it’s raining and it will be protected. If you get creative, you can find all sorts of uses for a carport beside just a place to store your car.
  • MORE OPTIONS: You also have more options for decorating a carport. You can put seasonal plants around the edges so that they will grow up the supports. You can also hang things like plants, lights, or wind chimes from your carport. You could even use your carport as a staging area for a more elaborate holiday decoration setup that will be better protected.
  • PORTABILITY: One other perk of building a carport is that they are often portable. You have invested in an addition to your house and you will get used to the advantages of having it, now if you move you have the option of taking it with you. It is very expensive and nearly impossible to move any garage like that.

With a carport, form follows function. It serves to provide shade and it does it well. The greatest enemy a car faces, while it is stationary, is the sun. It superheats the interior and degrades everything inside. It coats the windows with a film of plastic condensate. The carport stops this process.

It is minimalism in the best sense of the word. It adds good looks to the house, creating a projecting plane that creates interest and emphasizes the horizontal. Plus It is unobtrusive because the carport has very little structural material that blocks the view. If we notice anything we notice the cars.

Frank Lloyd Wright was a fan of carports. They are part of several of his designs, even from his Prairie Style days.

If carports are good enough for Frank, then they are good enough for me 😉

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