A carport provides shelter for your vehicle. People and pets aren't the only things that need shelter from the elements. Besides a home, an automobile is usually considered to be one of the more important investments you make. A carport is a shelter constructed from wood, metals or other materials. It tends to take the place of a garage. Here are the top 10 advantages of using a carport.
Advantage #1: Weather Safety
A carport can keep your car far away from the elements, whether harmful summer rays, winter snow, sleet or rain. A carport usually has a roof and sometimes it even has sides. However, it is not typically fully enclosed.
Advantage #2: Helpfulness for Singles
A carport can be helpful for people who live alone. Carports usually sit close to the home. Therefore, pulling up and into a carport and parking closer to the front door would be safer than parking on the street.
Advantage #3: Protection against Burglars
Parking your car under the carport may also shield it from vandalism or other random attacks. Burglars or perpetrators are usually less inclined to enter a carport close to the home.
Advantage #4: Additional Space
You can use carports as outdoor porches if you need extra space.
Advantage #5: Other Vehicle Storage
You can also use a carport to park boats, trailers, snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and other methods of transportation for which you don't have room in your garage.
Advantage #6: Shade
You may use a carport as a play area for children or shaded areas for adults.
Advantage #7: Organization
If you install a carport with walls, it may also serve as an extra storage unit for tools, boxes and other items.
Advantage #8: Convenience
Because most carports are open areas, they do not have doors. Ultimately, the lack of a door can be more convenient when you come home with grocery bags or other items you need to carry inside. A carport can also save on energy and electricity.
Advantage #9: Added Home Value
If your home does not have a garage and you decide to sell it, buyers might consider it a disadvantage. At least with a carport, prospective home hunters will see they can park their car, motorcycle or boat on the grounds rather than the street.
Advantage #10: No More Storage Units
A carport could save from having to rent a storage unit.
Before you decide to purchase a pre-fabricated carport, construct a carport on your own or even call in a professional, check with your city or homeowners association for zoning ordinances or for what is allowed in the neighborhood. Some communities require permits and proof of plans.