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Upgrade a Carport with a Garage Door

A garage-carport hybrid is at the end of a driveway. The garage is build with tan bricks and has a green door.

Can you put a garage door on a carport? The answer is yes! While carports are affordable garage alternatives, they don’t necessarily have the same security as a fully enclosed building. Having an open front and sides can make your vehicles susceptible to theft and vandalism.

Installing a garage door to your carport is the perfect solution to add more
security without completely converting it into a garage. It also allows you to keep the open-end style, which comes in handy if you live in warmer climate areas.

If you find it a bit challenging to envision a carport with a garage door, you’re in the right place. Read on to learn unique ways to customize your carport, as well as a few factors to consider beforehand.

Carport with Garage Door Ideas

Adding a garage door to your carport may require some extra thought depending on your home and property layout. Below are some ideas to explore.

Carport and Privacy Fence

A brown wooden fence guards a white minivan parked underneath a metal carport with translucent roof. The carport is behind a row home and leads out to a gray paved road.

If you don’t want to attach framing components to the carport, you can build a privacy fence around it instead. With this style, the gate of the fence serves as a garage door entrance for your vehicles. The best thing about adding a fence is that it can also complement your house and add curb appeal.

Gated Carport

Another method is to enclose your carport by installing a gate on it. If you have a freestanding carport, it’ll be much easier to attach a gate to the front support posts than digging holes and pouring concrete. You can even give it a creative look using a lattice panel or a more modern look by installing motorized bi-fold gates.

Carport Storage Hybrid

A metal garage with green trim and a white garage door has a green carport extension from its metal roof. The garage is in a grassy field with trees on the horizon.

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? A metal utility building is designed as a shed or garage with an attached carport, creating a hybrid of the two. This is a quick and easy solution for sheltering large equipment, like lawnmowers, that may not fit inside the garage with your vehicles.

Enclosed Carport with Roller Door

If you have a metal carport, the strength and durability of this structure can support a garage roller door at the front of the structure. You’ll just need to install mounting brackets and tracks along the opening. Consider hiring a professional to ensure it’s installed safely and correctly.

What to Consider before Installing

Now that you have design inspiration, let’s walk through a few important factors to know before adding any structure to your carport.

Local Building Permits/Codes

Almost any type of installation or construction project requires a building permit or a field inspection, especially if it involves mechanical service or electrical wiring. It’s also a good idea to check with your local jurisdiction and HOA beforehand.

Some building departments require a drawing or layout plan to issue you a permit, so having one can be helpful. Here’s an example carport with a garage door plan for inspiration:

Example carport plan: Illustration of an orange car sitting under a blue metal carport with a proposed carport door enclosing it. Underneath is an illustration from above showing the dimensions: 12ft wide, 20ft long. An average care is 6x15ft.

Carport’s Current Condition

You’ll want to inspect your carport structure, including its roof condition and framing, to see if it’s sturdy enough for a door addition or in need of any improvement. Sometimes you’ll need to upgrade the framing, such as replacing a post or adding a wall for extra support.

Measurements and Planning

The next step is to measure the structure’s size to plan the opening. Depending on your garage door style, such a roll-up, you may need to raise the height of your carport to fit it. You may also want to plan for lighting if the door installation will block natural light.

Tools and Materials

If you decide to take the DIY route and build a carport with a garage door yourself, it’s important to have the right tools and materials. To properly install a garage door onto a carport, you’ll need the following:

  • nails,
  • hammer,
  • screws,
  • drill,
  • measuring tape,
  • ladder,
  • door track,
  • door(s) of choice.

FAQs

How much does it cost to convert a carport into a garage?

You can expect a carport-to-garage conversion to range between $8,000 and $10,000. This price, however, varies depending on the size of your project, modifications needed, and labor costs if you decide to hire a contractor. Considering the latter, a conversion may equate to the cost of building a garage from the ground up.

Can you add a roller door to a carport?

Yes! Just keep in mind that the average roller garage door is about 7 to 8 feet high. You may need to increase the height of your carport as well as install additional beams to support the roller door track.

What additional features can you add to a carport?

In addition to color combinations for the structure, there are several ways to jazz it up and make the carport unique. You can plant climbing vines to grow on and around the posts as living decor, install solar panels on the roof, add lighting, and more.

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About the Author

Alan Bernau Jr. has helped more than 50,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages. If you need a custom carport, and you live in the eastern half of the United States, Alan’s Factory Outlet is here to help.

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