How to Install a Canvas Carport Cover

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Post hole digger
Canvas carport cover kit
Waterproof tape

If you don't have a garage with your home, then one simple solution is to use a canvas carport cover. These devices are like tents for the car which can be attached to the side of the house or built separately to keep your vehicle out of the wind and the frost. Adding a canvas carport cover to your land can be a great idea if you are not able to build up a garage immediately. The best thing about these is that they are temporary, and can easily be removed to be replaced with a more permanent building.

Step 1 - Prepare the Ground

Before you can begin to put up your canvas carport cover, you need to clear away the ground on which it will be built. Measure the area that your carport will cover and mark this out using some chalk. You need to then remove any grass, weeds or plants which are growing in that area using the shears, and sweep up the ground so that it is as level as possible. You can also use some concrete to make a floor, but this is not necessary.

Step 2 - Install the Posts

Take the posts out of your canvas carport cover kit. You should be told how far apart these need to be over the ground. Measure the distance, and then dig your first hole using the digger. Make sure that it is deep enough, at least 16 inches, and preferably closer to 30 inches. Take your first post and place it into the hole. Cover the bottom with a little bit of earth, enough to brace it, and then add concrete to the top of the soil. Repeat for the rest of the posts and leave to dry overnight.

Step 3 - Add the Cover

Once the posts are firmly in position, you can then attach the canvas roof. There should be ties on the carport cover which will allow it to be connected to the posts, or you may find small pockets which go over the top of the posts. Stretch the canvas fully so that you get the full protection of the canvas, but take care not to rip or tear the product.

Step 4 - Finishing Touches

Once this is done, you can secure the canvas by sealing all of the seams. This can be done using some tape, and simply wrapping it around all of the connections or you could add a film, usually provided in the kit, which will keep your canvas carport cover from fraying. When you have finished this, you can then add special features, such as trim, or decoration to the poles. This will help to keep your carport looking attractive, while still providing a useful space to park your car.