The basic objective of a car port is to offer your car affordable and effective protection against exposure to sunlight, rain and snow. Unlike a garage which is enclosed, a carport is simply a roof supported by beams and firmly grounded poles. It is therefore the roof that determines its strength and character.
The most common style is the flat or sloping roof attached to a residence. In snow country, a flat roof must have a strong construction or it may sag in the middle under the weight of the snow load. Whether you have a free-standing structure or one that is attached to your home, make sure that the roof is strong, visually appealing and blends with the design and style of your house.
If your car port is a free-standing unit, roof styles you can choose from include regular, A-frame and vertical. The regular roof is a barn style option with horizontal roof panels and rounded corners. You can add on horizontal side panels if you want to. Another option is the A-frame with boxed eaves and horizontal roof panels. The overhanging eves ensure that your vehicle is safe from nature’s elements. The vertical A-frame has roof panels that run vertically. A-frame roofs are ideal in areas with heavy snow fall as their slope ensures that snow slides off easily.
Roof size, height, width and color can be customized. Reliable steel car port roofs come with strong14-gauge steel tubular framing and side wall heights that go up to 12 feet. The roof pitch depends on the width of your car cover and could be between 2 and 4 feet.
The best way to custom build your car port is to sketch in a few designs on a photo of your house and property. Choose the one that blends with your environment and best meets your requirements.