The choice between a carport and a garage depends on your requirements. Ask yourself the following questions before you decide to invest in an additional structure on your property to protect your car and other investments.
- Do you need a closed structure or an open one? If you can make do with an open storage solution without walls or doors, choose a strong metal carport over a garage. Of course, there’s always the option to partially enclose your carport with a door and convert it into a garage-like structure, though you would need obtain a building permit from your city, and follow local zoning regulations for this.
- What purpose do you want your cover to serve? If you are looking for safe parking space for your car, then a carport is ideal. On the other hand, if you want solid weather-resistant protection for your automobile as well as storage space for your lawn mower, tools, children’s toys, or Christmas decorations, an enclosed steel garage is what you need. You can even have lockable roll-up doors fitted to it.
- Do you expect your requirements to change in the future? If you think you would need extra living space in the future, choose a garage over a carport. It is better to consider a garage if you want room for an office, enclosed leisure space, or a play area for children. Rather than go through the procedures involved in converting your carport into a garage, it would be better you bought a garage at the outset. Garages usually look like they are part of the home. You can set up your garage to attach to your home through a door or as a free-standing structure.
The choice is up to you. However, the best way to go about making a decision that will save you time and money is to get professional guidance from an established carport distributor.