How to Remove a Metal Carport in 5 Steps
Removing a metal carport is an easy process, so long as you have a few basic tools and know the proper order in which to disassemble the parts. Before starting though, take note of the type of metal your carport is made from. A steel carport will be significantly heavier than an aluminum carport, so take care when handling larger pieces, and always have at least one helping hand ready to assist you.
Step 1 – Siding and Roofing
Siding (if you have any) and roofing will always come off first. These are the parts where you are most likely to need an extra person or two to help you out, especially to hold up one loose end of a side while you dismantle the other side, as well as when you are pulling the roof off. When pulling off the roof, have at least one person guiding the roofing down from the ground level while another person holds your ladder for you.
For added ease, if your uprights are designed to be telescoping, then you may want to think about lowering them all the way after removing any siding. Before you do however, be sure that you have one person on each corner, and that there are no side supports that will cause problems with lowering. If you can lower them though, it will make removing the roof as well as upper framework much easier to do.
As you remove your bolts for the siding and roof, be sure to place them someplace where they won’t be lost (a plastic zip-lock bag will work perfectly).
Step 2 – Trusses and Purlins
You’ll want to remove purlins first if they are present. These are support pieces for the trusses, which is the main frame for the roofing. You’ll need your ladder again, though depending on the size of the purlins and trusses, you probably won’t have to have somebody holding it for you. Having somebody else present to hold the trusses as you remove them though is recommended.
Step 3 – The Girts
Girst are similar to purlins, except that they are the support pieces through the sides of your carport, and may or may not be present in your particular model. If you have them, remove them next.
Step 4 – Top Rails
Remove the top rails next. Be sure that as you remove rails from your uprights that the uprights themselves don’t overbalance and fall over, which may happen depending on how they are placed in the bottom rails. If you are worried this may happen, have a second hand to support them while you pull the top rails out.
Step 5 – Uprights and Bottom Rails
All that is left is the uprights and bottom rails. It is pretty self explanatory from here. Simply remove the uprights from the rails, and detach rails from one another.
That’s all there is to breaking down a basic metal carport. For more detailed information, refer to your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.