All the Benefits of a Carport

A recent article praises the benefits for carports. And, really, it’s about time that such structures are praised in the media. While various types of portable shelters exist, carports are some of the most requested, particularly for everyday use. If you own a carport, be it a fully metal model or a metal and polyethylene structure, you’re probably aware of all the benefits, particularly when it comes to protecting your car from UV rays and snow. Of course, most of these protective properties really only work when the carport is properly anchored. Anyone who owns a carport knows that all models need to be anchored in the dirt or in concrete.

Regardless of whether you get a rounded roof or peaked carport, anchorage is important for it to withstand heavy snowfalls and strong winds. In the case that a carport isn’t properly anchored — and this is seen nearly any time a snowfall or winds hit an area of the South or Southwest — the roof of the structure collapses or the frame may topple over, exposing the vehicle or, worse, falling on top of it and causing damage. In all cases, the legs of a carport should be set in concrete or attached to some kind of metal anchor on a dirt surface.

Aside from anchoring these structures, the frame is what keeps a carport protective and effective. Each one, regardless of type, is made from galvanized steel. Roofs on fully metal carports are also made from this material and then coated with silicon. Polyethylene carports, on the other hand, have a canopy in addition to the metal frame, and this material is treated to be UV resistant and waterproof, as well as mold and mildew proof inside and out. In all instances a carport is used, the structure protects the vehicle from any snowfalls, water damage, and damage due to UV rays.

Purchasing a Metal Carport

If you don’t have a garage attached to your home, one option is to add a carport to protect your car. Or, in some cases, if you’re a business owner and are looking for a place for employees to park their cars in the shade, having a large carport is also beneficial. In either case, portable carports come in two varieties: polyethylene canopy and metal. Both carports are sturdy structures that will protect your investments – cars, in this case – but what if you’re looking for a structure that can protect long term? In that case, a metal carport may be the best investment for protecting your vehicles.

A metal carport starts with the same galvanized steel frame that all portable structures have. The roof of one of these carports, however, is also metal – galvanized steel – but coated in silicon for a long-lasting surface. In fact, metal carport roofs with a silicon coating have a warranty of twenty years. The real purpose of having a sturdy roof over your vehicle is to protect it and, in the case of a metal carport, this means being able to keep out UV rays and rain. A metal roof does this naturally without any additional treatments, so a car parked under one of these won’t be exposed to UV rays or become wet.

If you’re considering purchasing a metal carport, these structures will last for several years – even decades – and come in a number of sizes. While the design is generally a peaked roof structure, some metal carports are longer than others and may be better suited for protecting an RV. Some metal carports are longer and, instead, may be able to protect multiple cars or other vehicles. To meet your needs, metal carports come in a number of sizes and can be set into the ground, asphalt, and concrete surfaces.