Carports are a cheaper choice than a garage and are great for entertaining and storing cars. However, carports, due to their open nature, are not as secure as garages. You can buy a kit and build the carport yourself or have a professional build one for you. The advantage of a carport over a garage is that they can be added onto over time should you need more space.
It is advisable that you enlist the help of professionals when adding a carport to your property. Professionals will be able to help you get the necessary permits from council and also help with the design process. If you are having a concrete slab installed, ensure that the concrete pouring is done professionally.
Carport Design Options
When it comes to carport design and materials, there are a range of options available to you. While timber, steel and brick are common, aluminium is increasingly popular as it is lightweight and allows for more innovative designs - particularly the cantilevered style roof. More traditional options include an angled or gabled roof with four support posts. Your carport can either be integrated with the existing structure of your home or be freestanding.
Choosing a Carport Builder
When selecting a builder
to actually build your carport, shed or garage, there are some things to look out for. Firstly, you need to make sure that the builder is fully licensed and insured. They should also be willing to give you a quote before any work is commenced and to go through the contract with you to ensure that there are no hidden costs. Ensure that the builder is reputable by checking their references and asking to see some examples of their previous work if possible.
How Much is a Carport?
The cost of a carport will be based on a number of factors including the materials used and the builders standard labour charge. Carport design can also vary widely, from basic standalone structures to designs that are integrated with the existing home. Consequently prices can vary from less than $10 000 to tens of thousands of dollars - it all depends what you want and how much you are prepared to pay. The more customisation you require, the more you are likely to pay. Standard kit style versions will therefore be the most cost effective option.