A storm, quick temperature changes, and a dash of thunderheads hitting one another can result in irregular weather patterns. Sleet, hail, and freezing rain are not common forms of precipitation, but everyone knows the fear that can accompany them. Sleet and freezing rain is more common in areas further away from the equator. Warmer climates do not have to deal with either very often. Hailstones are another story. Even Egypt had hail fall on it in ancient times and wipe out valuable crops. Frozen ice balls falling from the sky can be very damaging indeed. To protect a car from hail a good option is erecting a carport kit.
Carport kits are much less expensive than building an entire garage, so it is worth researching before deciding to absorb the cost of a new garage. Carports come most commonly in metal or poly. Wooden carports rarely come in kits and are typically built from framing lumber and other standard material. Poly or metal carports are usually fully pre cut. Each piece comes marked for specific placement in the structure. A metal carport should last longer than a poly, but with the advancements such as the ripstop weave this type of building can have a much longer life.
Metal carport kits are entirely of metal. The superstructure should be made of heavy duty tubing. Some are advertized with 14 gauge tubing that is powder coated. The stronger the metal the longer life the unit will have. Metal siding and roofing should also be of a high grade. Most companies also offer a variety of colors to choose from. The best paint jobs are baked on, not just painted. It can be difficult to get paint to stick to metal, so one deciding factor for some homeowners comes down to which company will give them the best paint warranty.
Carports can be attached to a structure or of the free standing carport kit variety. Free standing carports are many times bolted down to a cement pad. Most drivers do not like to get mud on themselves as they get in and out of the vehicle, so installing a cement pad to park on top of is very appealing to people.
Even though carports kits are called ‘kits’ very seldom are they taken down and moved. If one is built next to a house then it is considered part of that property.