May 12 2011
If you are only looking for sheltered parking to protect your car for the elements, a carport will probably be a good solution. But before you make a final decision to add a carport to your property, review the pros and cons of carports listed below.
- Carports are relatively inexpensive to build in comparison to other alternatives such as building a garage with garage blueprints.
- They are not as complex as other structures so you won’t have to work around as many building codes and city regulations as you might if you were building an alternative structure.
- Due to their simple nature, these structures are quick to build if you are handy allowing you to complete the project in just a weekend or two.
- The carport will achieve your main goal, protecting your car from sun, hail, wind and debris during storms.
- Carport plans provide a way to prevent tree sap from damaging your car’s paintjob.
- These structures offer plenty of natural ventilation.
- Larger designs are flexible and can be used for storing boats, farm machinery and other equipment.
- Carport plans to not offer protection on all four sides as they usually have one or two open sides.
- Most designs are not very large providing just enough room for one or two cars.
- Due to their typical small nature, there will not be room for a workbench or storage cabinets as you might find with a garage.
- Because there are usually open sides, carports do not offer the best storage for items that cannot get wet.
- The open sides do not protect against wildlife and critters that might find their way under your carport and under your car.
- Carports cannot be locked so they are not good for storing tools or basement and attic overflow as with a garage.
Keep these thoughts in mind when making a decision to purchase a carport plan or build a carport.
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