While they were really popular in the 50’s and 60’s, it appears that canopy carports are making a comeback. Their practicality and price point make them a worthwhile, realistic investment for homeowners – particularly amidst the economic ups and downs of the last 20 years.
And it’s fair to say – car ports have come a long way. No more big poles and ugly metal covers. Today’s carports look great and frequently compliment the homes they’re attached to. Here are some of the reasons people are choosing carports and why you might want to consider one for your home. Let’s jump right in!
Simply put, when you put the costs of building a carport up vs. a garage, it’s a no brainer. And it’s not just the price for the materials and construction, it’s the permitting, the insurance – all of it. Carports are extremely affordable and that’s why folks are bringing them back.
Foundations and permits
One of the biggest expenses of adding a garage comes from the foundation and the prices of the permits. In fact – building a garage can sometimes be a real hassle when it comes to dealing with town hall.
Foundations for carports are similarly smaller; meaning it won’t cost you as much to pour and even in some cases – you might not even use a foundation at all. In fact without a foundation, the carport isn’t attached to a permanent structure meaning there’s usually no permit required (in most states). This alone is a great saver of both time and expense.
Ease of installation
Carports are the easiest car shelter to build and sometimes can be completed in a day or two. Your typical 10 x 20 carport can sometimes take a few hours to lay poles. Many times they require minimal digging, drilling or cutting. Long story, short – your labor costs will be a fraction of what they’d be if you decided to build a garage.
Carports are just as versatile as garages and in many respects – are just as effective at protecting both cars and personal property from outdoor elements and the wear and tear that comes with it. Not only that – but it can moonlight as a patio, party space or even a makeshift gym. With a little creativity – you can turn an every day vehicle shelter into a versatile asset for your home.
If you’re considering a carport for your home, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation and walk you through the process. Good luck!