For homeowners, the idea of adding a carport to their home or yard is the perfect way to help protect their cars, or boats and caravans from direct exposure to wind and rain, and today there are so many options, it can be hard to know where to begin. Carports can be free standing along a driveway or in a backyard or placed alongside an existing garage, in front of a garage or alongside or in front of a house, it all depends on your circumstances and where you need or want the carport to be placed.
Get Approval From Local Council
Check with your local council as your carport may need council approval, each council area has its own rules and regulations so always check first. You don’t want to have a carport installed – or install one yourself – only to find it doesn’t meet council approval and needs to be removed. You may also find there are restrictions in place about the overall size or planned positioning of your new carport.
Compatible With Local Weather
The carport you choose will also need to be able to stand up to the area’s conditions. You may find some materials used are not suitable if you live in a windy area, or may be prone to corrosion if you live near salt water. This you will need to discuss with your carport provider, they will be able to guide you on the right materials for your conditions. You want your carport to be reliable and up to protect your car/caravan/boat etc. for many years to come, not end up blowing down on top of it!
Add Coating to Prevent Rusting
If you are choosing a carport that is coloured, always ask about the coatings used on the metals – you want a coating that isn’t going to chip or will expose the metal to rusting. You don’t want to have your carport looking like it’s been sunburnt and peeling in just a matter of months as the paint or coating hasn’t been able to stand up to the conditions. If you are buying an unpainted carport ask how it will stand up to the weather conditions. At the end of the day, there is nothing more annoying than to see a peeling or rusting carport in your yard.
Call Professionals for Carport Installation
Most carports are delivered to your home *flat pack* and assembled where you want it to stand. If you feel up to it and have friends who can help a carport can be a relatively simple installation. If, however, you’d rather let the professionals install it – Col Western Sheds will ensure the carport is expertly installed securely so it doesn’t blow away in strong gusts of wind. Carport posts are either anchored to an existing slab of concrete or placed into concrete directly into the ground. You need to consider the type of posts you will need when buying your new carport.
Call us at Col Western Sheds to discuss the type of carport most suitable for your circumstances – ph: 4632 4222.