Although Florida’s sunshine is delightful, the solar rays can have many damaging effects on people and their vehicles. When it comes to protecting cars, the best solutions include carports. Florida residents can get reliable and low-cost protection from the fading and damaging effects of the sun’s rays when they come to Alan’s Factory Outlet for their carport needs. And delivery and setup of our metal carports in Florida is always free!
Florida carports keep the sun, rain, and hail off of your vehicle and protect your car, truck, boat, RV, or motorcycle from the high winds that the state often experiences. Such protection is the chief reason why buyers in the state trust our metal carports. Florida residents should also know that there are many other benefits to owning a quality metal carport besides vehicle protection. Much of your other property that usually must stay outdoors can also be put under a carport. Florida residents and natives who store their non-vehicle property in this way get sturdy protection and save the hassle of moving items from indoors to outside with our aluminum carports. Florida’s weather is nothing to be trifled with, so if you want protection for all of your outdoor items, a carport may be the best solution.
You should also remember that Florida carports are a great solution to provide some extra shade for residents and guests. Hosting an outdoor event? Find shade under one of our quality aluminum carports. Florida parents often allow their children to play under the shade of these carports, as it protects their kids from the sun while allowing them to do what they want to do outside. When it comes to the possible uses for a good carport, Florida residents should know that there are few limits to what can be done with them.
What Size Should a Carport Be?
The size of your carport will depend on factors including how you plan to use it and the available space on your property. Florida carports can be built in many different sizes and styles, from 12×21 to 24×41 or larger.
Florida Metal Carport Specifications
All of our carports delivered and set up in FL are certified carports rated for 150 mph winds. When it comes to hurricanes and carports, Florida models from Alan’s Factory Outlet are sure to withstand hurricane-force winds up to medium strength, at least Category 3. But for added peace of mind, you can upgrade to a model rated for a 180-mph wind load; only a handful of hurricanes in history have been stronger than that!
The tubing on our carports in Florida is 14-gauge, 2½-inch-by-2½-inch square tubing. A thicker 12-gauge, 2¼-inch-by-2¼-inch tubing is also available as an upgrade. This 12-gauge tubing has a 20-year rust-through warranty when selected for our metal carports. Florida residents should especially consider this option if they are close to the Florida coast’s salt spray. The 12-gauge tubing has a 54 psi tensile strength, which is greater than you’ll find in many other aluminum carports. Florida residents can trust these structures to withstand anything nature can dish out. Mobile home anchors or cement anchors are also standard with all Florida carports.
When planning for your concrete pad, consider the size of your carport and factor in the amount of overhang. For example, for a 12×21 carport, the concrete pad would need to be 12×20, the exact outside base dimensions, since there is a 6-inch overhang on the front and back ends. Of course, you will want to check with your local building codes to find out if there are different specifications required for your location.
Carport Dimensions and Design Considerations
Many other options are available on our metal carports in FL:
- Fully braced with either 2-foot or 4-foot braces
- Wider or longer carports
- Taller carports with leg heights up to 16 feet tall
- Closed gable or closed sides
- Fully enclosed metal garages with garage doors, single doors, and windows