Have a car that you wish was not sitting out in the open, but you don’t have a garage to put it in? Don’t fret because there are solutions to that problem. You may think that nothing can exceed the luxury of having a garage to park your car in, but not everyone is able to have a garage although there is a solution to this problem. They may not have the space to build one or can’t afford to build one. This leaves two alternatives: Covering the car with a tarp every single night or investing in an open air carport.
Assuming you’re not opting for the tarp, a carport can eliminate the need of having to do such things as scrape ice and brush snow off of the car in the winter. The carport can also protect the car from such elements as rain, hail storms, and even the sun. Sure, the garage may be handy because it serves as a storage space for your car and for other items, but it is the fact that a garage is not always practical that prevents someone from having one. That doesn’t mean that the car has to suffer, though.
Surprisingly enough, the carport does have advantages over the garage. This may seem unheard of, but it isn’t at all unreasonable. Keep reading to find out why.
The money factor
Money plays a large factor into whether or not someone has a garage or a carport. Building a garage can cost thousands, but carports are typically more affordable. Don’t take out a loan to build that garage, simply invest in a carport. It is a structure that is sturdy and can protect your car from most of the elements, so there is no need to spend money you don’t have. If you need to store items such as tools, invest in a small shed. The cost of the carport and the small shed will still not exceed the cost to build a garage.
If you opt for a metal carport, you can actually move it, especially if you decide that you don’t like where you put it the first time. A garage can’t be moved at all. Another thing is that you can take your carport with you if you ever sell your house. Some opt to do this and some do not, but it is certainly a possibility.
When building a garage you have to find a builder. This also includes getting estimates. If you are having one built rather than buying one that is pre-built, it is necessary for you to find a good builder. However, building a carport is a relatively simple task and does not require as much planning as building a garage.
They are available
Another great thing about carports is that they are easily accessible and are sold through a variety of sources. As mentioned before, there are metal carports that are available and that are very portable. You don’t have to wait for weeks for your carport to be built. Your wait shouldn’t be more than just a matter of days. Through getting the help of a friend or family member, you can have it ready to go in no time and have your car protected from the elements.
So as you can see, carports are an excellent item to have to protect your car, but it doesn’t stop there. Carports make a great shelter for your vehicle and for you in the case of severe wind or winter storms. They are a definite time saving device preventing you from having to scrape and shovel your way into your car in the dead of winter and preventing you from being touched by summer’s spontaneous downpours.
Car ports can also be partially enclosed depending on the level of protection from the elements that you require, the specified use you have for it and the location it is placed in. Making a carport ideal both for urban and rural spaces as they can be customized to fit a space of any size.