To begin with a carport is a cost-effective way to ensure your vehicle/s have a permanent undercover base.
Usually much smaller than a garage, they require significantly fewer materials to build.
Making a carport quick and easy.
If you consider yourself a bit of a handyman, you might even be able to construct a carport yourself.
Carport designs are flexible and can be placed just about anywhere on your property.
The council guidelines for building a carport are generally less stringent than those for building a garage.
Since it does not consider them a ‘livable space’.
With less construction and quicker approval, your carport can be up in a matter of hours or days.
Carports consist of supports and a roof (either flat or gable) and offer two to four open sides.
This can provide extra space for opening doors and loading the car.
But because they are open, they are not theft-proof.
If car crime is a problem in your area, or you own an expensive or collectible vehicle.
The flooring of a carport can be anything from dirt to grass to gravel, pavers or concrete.
Materials used for the structure can be timber, metal, polycarbonate, Colorbond, Zincalume or tiles.
You could even add on a roller door should you so wish.
In summary, the benefits of a carport are:
- Quick to erect
- DIY optional
- Fast council approval
The disadvantages of carports are:
- Less versatile
- Not theft-proof
- No storage
- Less protection from the elements
- Lesser value added to property
Making the right choice
Every car deserves a place to call home, but what home that will be is up to you.
Either way, know that a carport or garage can be a stylish focal point for your property and will keep your car looking its best for longer.