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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Carport
If you’ve been searching for “metal carports for sale near me,” look no further than Alan’s Factory Outlet. We have durable, affordable carports that you can customize in a wide range of sizes and styles, and we deliver all over the country. You won’t find better prices or quality than you’ll find with us!
What Is a Carport?
A free-standing carport is a partially covered structure that protects vehicles and supplies from the rain, snow, and sun. Freestanding carports usually consist of several posts with a roof overhead. They can be attached to the side of a building or placed on a cement pad or gravel. Typically, you can move one to a new location with ease, especially a lighter structure like an aluminum carport.
Is a Carport Considered a Garage?
No, a carport and garage are two different things, though they both serve as a storage structure. You can purchase a carport with sides, but they are most commonly open on at least one side.
What Is the Difference Between a Carport and a Garage?
Carports are generally not enclosed structures, whereas garages have four walls. A carport serves mostly as a cover to protect against sun and precipitation. You’ll also find that unlike a metal carport, sheds and garages are typically left in one place; portable carports can allow you to move your protective structure wherever you need it without a hassle.
What Are Carports Made Of?
The carports for sale at Alan’s Factory Outlet are made of steel or aluminum. Some carports are made of fabric, vinyl, or other materials, but we find that most people prefer the reliability of sturdy steel and aluminum carports that will stand up to the elements over time.
What Is a Carport Good For?
The steel carports for sale here can protect your farm equipment, truck, RV, and other vehicles from the snow, hail, rain, wind, and blazing sun. Rain and snow can cause your vehicle to develop rust, resulting in costly repairs, and rubber tires can become worn when a vehicle is parked outside without protection. Keeping your vehicle under one of our portable metal carports can help to keep it in good condition. A metal-roof canopy is ideal for sheltering bicycles, cars, motorcycles, and equipment from the inclement weather. All of our metal carports for sale serve as solid shelter for your property.
Another benefit of owning one of our metal car shelters is easy access. Our metal carport kits are an ideal alternative if you don’t want the hassle of locking and unlocking your storage space. A carport with storage can serve the same function as a garage, but there’s no garage door to open and shut or door keys to keep track of with one of our steel or aluminum carports. The open, airy environment of our carports makes them a favorite with many of our customers.
What Sets Our Metal Carports Apart?
Our metal carport kits are custom-built, so you can decide the width, length, and leg height for your new structure. Other important details include:
- Free center and corner braces on all steel carport kits
- Anchors into the ground or a concrete pad for extra security
- Sturdy framing using 14-gauge tubing, with 12-gauge tubing available as an upgrade
- Many options, including gables and enclosed sides. Whether you want a carport shelter that’s fully enclosed or a partially enclosed metal carport kit, we can create it for you.
Who Makes the Best Metal Carports?
We don’t like to brag, but if you’ve been searching for “carports for sale near me,” Alan’s Factory Outlet is your best option. Our metal carports for sale are made from durable materials in custom designs and come at reasonable prices.
Carport Cost Factors
How Much Do Metal Carports Cost?
Our high-quality but cheap carports are competitively priced. Our carports don’t sacrifice quality, but our great prices can help you stick to your budget. Alan’s Factory Outlet is one of the most affordable carport companies you’ll find! Explore our prices in more detail by using the map below.
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Does the Price of a Metal Carport Include Setup, or Do I Have to Assemble the Carport Myself?
We’ll deliver and set up your metal carport for free on your level land! Installation can add a lot to the price of metal buildings, but carports purchased from Alan’s Factory Outlet include the price of installation to save our customers time and labor.
What if I Want to Pick Up One of Your Metal Carports for Sale Near Me and Install it Myself?
We do allow steel carports to be picked up. However, if you prefer to pick up and assemble your own carport kit, they do not come with instructions or a warranty.
Is It Cheaper to Build a Carport or Buy One?
It’s a little bit cheaper to build a carport yourself: If you choose to pick up and assemble one of our portable carport kits yourself, you can save 15% on metal carports’ prices. But keep in mind that your carport or metal building won’t be covered by our one-year workmanship warranty.
Choosing a Carport Size
How Tall Is the Average Carport?
An average metal-roof carport is between 6 and 12 feet tall, but each car shelter we sell is available in many different heights.
Metal Carport Headroom: Center Clearance and Top Peak Clearance
Example 1: Regular-Roof Carport
Let’s say you are considering buying a regular carport to house your RV that is 12 feet wide and 36 feet long with legs that stand 12 feet tall. This regular-style carport will have legs that are 12 feet tall at the bottom of the bend. As you move toward the center of the carport, the height clearance will increase. At about 6 inches from the side, the carport is 1 foot taller, making the clearance 13 feet. All regular-style carports are like this. At the center of the carport, the peak headroom clearance on these 12-foot-leg and 12-foot-wide carports is 14 feet 3 inches, 2 feet 3 inches more than the leg height ordered. It’s important to remember that this isn’t the headroom of the carport but the clearance above the braces and the trusses.
Regular Roof System Center Brace Clearance & Peak Height
|Width||Center Brace Clearance||Peak Height|
|12′||2′ 3″||2′ 9″|
|18′||2′ 9″||3′ 3″|
|20′||2′ 8″||3′ 4″|
|22′||2′ 8″||3′ 6″|
|24′||3′ 1″||3′ 11″|
|26′||2′ 5″||4′ 6″|
|28′||2′ 4″||4′ 6″|
|30′||2′ 4″||4′ 9″|
Example 2: Boxed-Eave or Vertical Roof
The boxed-eave and vertical-style carports both have A-frame gable roofs, and both styles feature the same headroom clearance. The styles do differ in other ways; the vertical-style carport roof has sheeting that runs up and down, while the boxed-eave style has sheeting that runs the length of the carport. Vertical roof styles have the advantage of having rain and snow slide off of them easily. So let’s say you are looking to buy a 12-by-36-foot boxed-eave or vertical-roof carport with 12-foot legs to store your RV. With the 12-foot legs, the headroom clearance in the middle of the carport is 1 foot 7 inches taller, for a total height of 13 feet 7 inches. The top peak at the top of the truss is also 2 feet 2 inches taller, for a total height of 14 feet 2 inches.
Boxed-Eave & Vertical Roof System Center Brace Clearance & Peak Height
|Width||Center Brace Clearance||Peak Height|
|12′||1′ 7″||2′ 2″|
|18′||2′ 8″||3′ 2″|
|20′||2′ 6″||3′ 4″|
|22′||2′ 5″||3′ 6″|
|24′||2′ 7″||3′ 8″|
|26′||1′ 3″||3′ 9″|
|28′||1′ 2″||3′ 11″|
Can the Carports Be Made Taller?
Yes. The steel carports can be made taller in 1-foot increments with legs up to 16 feet tall. We’re glad to customize all of our carports and garages to suit your needs: Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about what’s possible for your structure.
Are the Carports Available With Wider and Longer Dimensions?
Yes. Whether you need a single-car carport or one for a whole fleet, we can help. We offer a wide range of stock and custom sizes, including carports that are 12 feet, 18 feet, 20 feet, 22 feet, and 24 feet wide. Triple-wide carports are built 26 feet, 28 feet, or 30 feet wide, but we can customize one up to 40 feet wide if needed. The lengths of our carports start out at 21 feet and increase in length in 5-foot increments. To make carports longer than 41 feet, we attach two carports end to end. We can even design carports to exceed 101 feet. We recommend the vertical roof style for any carport measuring 41 feet or longer.
Can Carports Be Made in a Custom Width or Length?
Yes, we can customize the size of each portable carport. Whether you need a small carport or a large carport, we can work with you to deliver what you need, but to do so, we’ll charge you the price of the next largest standard-size carport. As an example, let’s say you need a carport that’s 17 feet wide. The standard widths are either 12 feet wide or 18 feet wide, so we’ll charge you for an 18-foot-wide carport. This same rule applies to the length: If you need the length to be 24 feet and the 26-foot-long model is too long, we can make the base 24 feet long, but we’ll charge you the price of a 26-foot-long carport. When figuring out the size of your carport, you should consider that when we say 26 feet long, that includes a 6-inch overhang on the front and back ends, making the exact base 25 feet in length.
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What Size Do I Need My Concrete Pad to Be?
All of the widths of carports are the exact base rail dimensions. The length listed includes a 6-inch overhang on the front and back ends. So if you order a 24-by-26 carport, you will want the concrete slab to be exactly 24 feet wide by 25 feet long.
How Wide Should a Carport Be for Two Cars?
A metal-roof carport for two cars is generally between 18 and 24 feet wide. The dimensions will depend on the size of your vehicles. For example, if you want to cover a small car and a motorcycle, you may be able to buy a carport that’s smaller than 18 feet. We sell a range of sizes, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in our online carports.
Designing Your Carport
Roof Styles for Metal Carports and Garages
Each of our steel carports has a 29-gauge metal sheeting roof, but you can get them in three different looks: regular, boxed-eave, and vertical.
What Is a Boxed Eave on a Carport?
A boxed eave is a style of roof built on an A-frame structure that has horizontal roof panels but no ridge cap.
What Is the Difference Between Regular, Boxed-Eave, and Vertical-Style Carports?
The regular-style carports are rounded on the sides and have a barn-shaped roof. This is the most economical roof style for metal carports. Meanwhile, aluminum carport covers with boxed-eave roofs have no curves; the roof slopes straight down from the peak, although the panels still run horizontally.
What makes the vertical carports different from the regular and boxed-eave carports is that on a vertical-style carport, the roof sheeting runs up and down across length of the roof, allowing the snow to easily slide off so you won’t have to rake the roof. In order to attach the sheeting to a vertical carport, bracing is put under the roof. The vertical carport is the only model with this roof design. On the other two styles, the metal roof runs horizontally along the length of the building. If you are planning to add a gutter to your garage or carport, you will want to go with the vertical style.
How Many Different Color Options Are There?
There are 16 different color options for the roof and trim. Check out our steel carport color chart and you’ll see that we have a wide variety of hues, including red, sandstone, blue, and green.
Delivery and Installation
Where Can I Get Free Installation of Metal Carports Near Me?
The steel carports for sale in our inventory can be delivered and set up for free in more than two dozen places, including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
After I Order My Metal Carport, How Long Does it Take for My Delivery to Arrive?
How Are the Buildings Anchored?
We anchor carports for free to the ground or asphalt with 32-inch-long rebar. We can also anchor the carports to a concrete slab with wedge anchors. Another option is mobile home anchors if the carport is going to be placed on the ground.
How Long Will it Take for My Metal Carport to Be Installed?
Most small metal carports can be installed in a few hours. Larger carports or partially enclosed carports may take half a day or the better part of a day to be installed. If you use our installation services, our expertise will ensure that the carport is built quickly and correctly. You can choose to assemble prefabricated carports on your own, but if you aren’t practiced at this type of work, it will slow down your installation time.
Do I Need a Permit for Metal Carports?
It’s possible that you will. The answer depends on your local zoning laws. Check your municipality’s website for more information about zoning laws that may apply to you. Because every location is different, we can’t say definitively whether you’ll need a permit to build a standalone carport. Many times, it depends on the size and specifications of the structure.
What Is a Carport That’s Certified?
Certified metal carports are a smart choice if you live in an area that requires delivery of blueprint drawings to the local building department, which are included with purchase. These structures are rated for up to 130 mph wind and a 30 psf snow load. The certified package is available at an additional cost depending on the size of the carport. Certified carports also include mobile home anchors if they’re to be anchored to the ground.
Placing Your Order
How Do I Order My Carport?
You can place your carport order online, or we can write up your order over the phone. To find a price, you can use the metal carport quote form located on our contact page or call us at 1-888-537-2296.
What Are My Payment Options?
We accept personal checks, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express for all of our carports, metal garages, and other structures.
How Much Do I Need to Put Down When Ordering a Carport?
The deposit is 10% to 17% depending on the size of the carport. The remaining balance is due after the carport is installed.
What Is the Carport Warranty?
There’s a one-year workmanship warranty from the date of installation. In addition, the framing on the optional 12-gauge thicker tubing receives a 20-year rust-through warranty.
Place your order today to get a high-quality metal carport at a great price. For fast, friendly service, you can count on Alan’s Factory Outlet!