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Carports are used by numerous homeowners to cover their trucks or other large vehicles (such as travel trailers or motorhomes) that don’t quite fit in their garage. In fact, some people even use carports as an addition or an alternative to their garage.
Since carports are so popular with homeowners, there are a wide variety of builds and styles for you to choose from, but generally speaking steel is the best option because it is the most durable and long lasting.
Here are the top qualities to look for in a steel carport kit:
A Strong Coating
Checking up on the coating is something you will always want to do before purchasing a steel carport kit. Since your carport is going to be exposed to the outside elements literally all the time, it’s important that you select a model that comes with a durable coating that won’t chip, peel, rust, or corrode easily.
Besides the coating of the carport itself, also look into any warranties that come with the carport as well, specifically warranties against rusting and peeling.
Besides the coating of the carport, you also want to make sure that the steel itself is durable. The gauge of the carport’s steel is what will determine how well it stands up to the weather regardless of whether the coating chips and peels or not.
The best strategy to follow is to research which specific steels hold up the best in your specific region. The steel you would want for a coastal town is not the same you would want for up high in the snowy mountains, for example.
Make Sure it’s Legal
It’s not the fun part of buying a carport or storage shed, but you have to make sure you are in the clear legally by checking each of your local building codes in your jurisdiction. Your city or state may even have requirements for how you install your storage shed or carport as well, and you’ll want to make sure that you follow each of these as well.
Also check with the private community you live in as well, as there are certain communities in the United States that may not allow steel heds or carports to be built.
Check the Assembly Process
The vast majorities of carports are shipped to you in a package to be assembled by you on site, and will need to be sunk in concrete in order to be fully secured.
Narrow yourself down to carports that are straightforward to assemble and are shipped in secured packaging. You also need to confirm that all of the necessary hardware for the assembly is shipped with the carport, or if you will need to make any extra purchases (having to make extra purchases would not be preferable).
Buying a Steel Carport
Purchasing a steel carport kit is not a decision that you want to make lightly. Rather, it’s a decision that needs to be made with much thought and research to ensure you get the most for your money.