5 Basics for Carport Kits 5 Basics for Carport Kits

Carport kits are great for do it yourselfers or those looking for a fast solution to house items out of the weather. There are some basic things that you will need to take into consideration when choosing and purchasing a carport kit.

What Type of Material

Before you choose a carport kit it is a good idea to do some research on the different types of materials that they can be made of. Depending on the quality and the product chosen the manufacturer will offer warranties that coincide with each. The most popular are aluminum, alumawood and steel constructions. The reason being is that it is durable and you can get a twenty year plus warranty on the product.

Shipping Costs

Most carport kits include the cost of shipping in the product. This cost can be substantial so make sure that you verify that all costs are included when you are doing your pricing. Choosing a kit solely based on shipping costs is not advised however if there are two companies offering virtually the same kit at the same price but one has higher shipping costs then the choice is obvious.

Local Building Code

Local building codes need to be checked to see if you will need to get any special building permits for the job. They will most likely want to have the carport plans in order to ascertain if the structure will be built using sound construction guidelines. Some cities or associations will also not allow steel buildings in the neighborhoods but may allow an alumawood design to be built.

Size Needed

Before you order your kit make sure that you know what size is needed. You will need to know if you need a double carport or a single and what measurements need to be accommodated. If you are trying to cover an oddly shaped object make sure that you take exact measurements to ensure that the kit you order will allow for it. Most kits are available in a variety of heights, widths and lengths.

Built to Suit Carport Plans

Some companies offer carport kits with custom ordering. The cost for a build to suit carport cover will vary greatly from a ready order carport kit. You can submit your building plans but the company will need to make sure that it is architecturally possible before completing the custom order. There will be charges for every change that you make that is not in a standard kit.

Carport kits are a wonderful alternative to planning and building an awning or carport yourself. They can cut down the cost and time of creating plans and collecting all of the needed materials. You are sure to get a sturdy structure just by following simple instructions. The many different types of kits available on the market almost guarantee that there will be one to fit your needs. If there is not then a lot of companies can build a readymade kit based on the measurements that you provide to them.

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