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Building a Carport - What You Need to Know

Lora Davis

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A carport is the type of structure that only has a roof and is open-sided. It can also be portable so you can move it where you need it to be. Some use it in the summer to barbeque under and have dinner there with a patio table and chairs. It can also be used to part one car, trailer, or recreational vehicle. There are kits you can purchase but you can also have them build for you. If you are going to construct one yourself, you can purchase many different kits. A carport that is freestanding is easier to build.

Steps to building a carport

• The first step in building a carport is to have the right set of plans. If you are using a kit, they will have the right plans in there to make sure that it is engineered correctly. When choosing a plan, if not from a kit, it should specify which climate zones they should be used for. For example, if you are building one in an area that has a lot of heavy snow it should be very sturdy.
• The right building material needs to selected and make sure that you look at the environmental resistance. The materials that are used will determine the cost and strength of the finished carport. For example, if you use pretreated wood, it is generally water resistant but over time, it will start to rot. Two materials that last a long time but are more expensive are aluminum and plastic. It is advisable that if you are going to be doing any type of mechanical work on a vehicle that you have a concrete floor instead of a gravel one but they are more expensive.
• Make sure that you are incompliance with local building codes, especially if they are an attached carport to the home. Before building any carport, you should consult a local building inspector because from region to region the code requirements vary. It is very critical that you are in code compliance. Some of the things that are generally covered by the local building codes include appearance, flooring, drainage, wiring, and other aspects of the design of the carport.
• You also need to make sure, when you build a carport that you take into consideration water drainage and insect control. When looking at drainage it is important to know that most carports will have the potential to collect water. You should make sure that the floors are slightly sloped to avoid this probe. The roofs should also slope to help prevent water damage. With carports being open sided it is important that you watch for insects like wasps making a nest in one corner of the carport.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for Millennium Buildings. Millennium Buildings was established to offer the highest quality steel structures to clients throughout the country. If you are looking for metal carports & RV carports .

Millennium Building offers top of the line structures constructed using only the highest quality of “Made in the USA" materials. So when looking for metal buildings solutions be sure to speak with them at 866 216-8499.


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