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5 Reasons Why Carports are a Viable Alternative to Building a Garage
Carports are indisputably cost-effective when compared with the expense of constructing a garage, but are they really viable alternatives? If you need somewhere to house your car, here are five reasons to consider carports.
#1. Carports Do Not Require Planning Permission
There are many different types of carports but all of them have one important advantage over garages: no planning permission is required to construct a carport. This alone makes them viable alternatives to garages, particularly for homeowners who do not want the hassle or expense of applying for a building permit. Many homeowners cannot get permission for constructing a garage on their property.
#2. Carports Offer Protection From The Sun
Carports may not offer the same level of security as wood, metal, brick or concrete garages but they can protect cars from the sun. A car parked under a carport will be protected from sun-related damage. It is actually a myth that ultra violet rays in sunlight deteriorate car paint – all cars have clear coats of paint that provide UV protection. However, direct sunlight will dry out any exterior rubber such as tires, wiper blades and door seals. The rubber on cars left parked outside will deteriorate, crack and need replacing sooner than cars left garaged or under a carport. In terms of sun protection, carports offer a viable alternative to garages.
#3. Carports Will Protect Cars From Hail Damage
High quality carports typically comprise a galvanized steel frame covered with rip-stop fabric at least 24mm thick. Although carports are movable, they are durable enough to withstand even the toughest hailstorm. Even baseball-sized hailstones will not damage carport fabric. Therefore, carports offer comparable protection to garages in terms of protecting cars from hail damage. A key factor is the type of carport. Structures with roll-down side panels will offer protection from hailstones blown inwards at the sides.
#4. Carports Offer Protection Against Snow
Snow fall can have a devastating impact on cars. Snow will melt into gaps around the vehicle’s bodywork and then expand as it re-freezes causing parts and components to be forced apart. Add to this the damage that some drivers do when the try to scrape snow and ice off their windscreen and bodywork causing scratches. Carports offer protection against snow loads comparable to that offered by garages. Quality carports come standard with cover ratchet straps. These straps are used to keep the cover drum-tight on the carport frame. Straps will not stretch as some ropes can. This gives carports the ability to withstand snow loads and protect cars.
#5. Carports Have Comparable Maintenance Requirements To Garages
Although carports cost a fraction of the amount that a garage will cost to construct, they will not last as long. Unlike a brick or concrete garage that may last for 50 years, carports will typically be guaranteed for two years and expected to last around ten years. After this time, a quality galvanized metal frame in a quality carport will be reusable and typically, just the exterior material and straps will require replacement. As carports are cheaper to build, maintenance free and cheap to renovate with new covers, they are viable alternatives to brick, metal, concrete or wooden garages once maintenance costs are taken into consideration.
Whether you are looking for a semi-permanent carport or an instant garage, these five reasons show why carports could be considered viable alternatives to garages. What do you think of our ideas? What’s been your experience with carports? Leave us a question of comment below!