How to Select the Right Carport Size for Your Needs
12 April 2018
So, you’ve decided to build or install a carport. Great idea! Before you get started, though, you need to put a lot of thought into the size of the carport that will best suit your needs. Let’s take a quick look at a few tips you can follow to help you choose carport size and to make sure it meets your expectations.
What are you going to use the carport for?
A carport is generally used to park a vehicle underneath, but not all people use it for this purpose. Some people use it as a patio area. Regardless of the reason you have for building or installing a carport, you will want to make sure the size complements its intended purpose.
How big are carports?
There are three basic types of carports:
Single carports: Typically, about 12 feet wide, a single carport is ideal for parking a single vehicle. If you are wanting to store a single motorhome or some other type of RV, though, you will want to up the size as these types of vehicles tend to be much larger than a standard vehicle like a sedan.
Double carports: Ranging anywhere from 18 to 24 feet wide, a double carport is ideal for storing two standard vehicles. If you are wanting to house two vehicles plus other items, then a larger carport is recommended.
Triple carports: Generally, anywhere from 26 to 30 feet, a triple carport can store up to three standard vehicles and is ideal for housing large boats and tractors.
Width and Length are Important When You Buy Carports
Not only is the width important when you buy a metal carport, but its length and height are essential too. Think about it. Are you wanting to park a truck that has been lifted three inches off its frame? If so, then you very well may need a taller-than-standard carport. Recreational vehicles and farm equipment usually call for taller carports as well. And while making sure the carport is tall enough to house what you need to be stored is very important, you also need to make sure it is not too tall. The taller the carport, the less resistant it will be too high winds, especially if its width and length are not near in comparison to its height.
Wood or Metal Carport?
As you consider ‘what carport size is right for me,’ you also need to ask, ‘which building material is right for me?’ Some carports are built solely out of wood, and while these carports have a unique attractiveness to them, they are not as durable as metal and steel carports. Plus, wood carports can suffer from a variety of issues, including warping, sagging, termite damage, and more. When you invest in a metal or steel carport, on the other hand, you receive durability, longevity, and structural integrity.
Metal Carport Roof Styles
Metal Carports you get three choices in roof selections which are as follows,
Regular Roof RV Cover: The regular style unit’s primary feature is that provides a shelter and the benefit is that it is very economically priced. Because of the bend transition on the legs or posts, there’s less labor in the unit and there’s no eave side trim, no ridge cap, no hat channel –making it the most economical unit that we carry.
Boxed Eave Roof RV Covers: The boxed eave unit has the appearance of a home roof-line or shape but has the horizontal roof panels. It has no hat channel nor ridge cap. The trim on the ends consists of a smaller L-Trim and our units do have eave side trim. Some manufacturers do not offer eave side trim on the A-Frame with horizontal roof panels. The benefit to owning this unit is that for less than the price of the vertical roof, you can own an A-Frame carport.
Vertical Roof RV Cover: The benefit of the vertical roof is that water, snow, leaves, and other debris will have a much easier time running off this type of roof. Water, snow, debris will tend to lay in the ridges of a carport with panels oriented horizontally, like both the boxed eave and the regular roof.
Consider the Weather Conditions
You will also want to take into consideration the typical weather conditions of the location you want to install the carport. If you live in an area with lots of heavy snowfall, then a carport with a vertical-style roof will be best. Boxed eave and regular style roofs are beneficial for areas with lots of hail and rain.