A carport may seem like a simple structure, just a metal roof put over a frame and which is meant to protect your vehicle from rain and snow, but there are actually more features to a carport than you may realize. Choosing the right features and the right design and style when you're ready to install a carport will be important, so you know it offers maximum protection for anything stored underneath. Note a few tips for how to choose the carport features you'll need.
1. Roof style
A standard carport may have a simple roof that curves downward, and this provides basic protection against snow and rain. A boxed eave roof will have a horizontal panel that comes down from the roof, across the front entrance of the carport. This might provide a bit more protection from the sun and from rain or snow that blows into the carport. A vertical style roof will have panels that extend from the roof on either side as well as the entryway, and these give even more protection from the elements. They can keep snow from blowing in and piling up on your vehicle or RV. If you need maximum protection for your vehicle, note these differences in the roof style of carports and choose accordingly.
2. Wind resistance
When shopping for a carport, you'll need to note the wind resistance. This refers to how stable the carport is under heavy winds. If you live in the tropics or any area prone to hurricanes and strong storms, you'll want a heavier wind resistance. This may mean a heavier carport with thicker posts that can be embedded into the ground rather than simply anchored to a cement pad with hooks. Always choose the highest wind resistance you'll think you need if weather is a factor in your area.
3. Wood versus metal
Steel is a very popular choice for carports because it's very durable and long-lasting, but it can rust and corrode over time. Wood can be host to termites and also eventually rot, so these two materials may need regular maintenance including sanding, adding new coatings to resist corrosion, and the like. Aluminium is more lightweight and doesn't rust. This material can be a good choice for humid environments where corrosion is a factor and for those who want to take their carports with them to a new location, as the lighter weight can make it easier to transport.