How to Build a Garage Carport

Homeowners that do not have a garage can still find a relatively easy and inexpensive way to protect their vehicles. The carport is an open air parking area that’s roofed over to protect your car from the elements. It’s incredibly useful for bringing things into the house in bad weather, or jumping right into your car on the hottest of days. The trick is designing a carport that doesn’t take away from the visual appeal of your home, while still fulfilling its purpose. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to build a garage carport onto your home.

First, pull out the sketch pad. If you don’t think you can draw everything to scale, you might need to contact an architect, but try to find a sketching program online first to get the job done while saving money during this phase. Draw your house and the carport you’d like to add. Remember to keep the roof of the carport in line with your house’s roof, so it looks like it fits the property as a whole, and consider using the exact same roofing materials for the best visual appeal. You’ll also need to decide whether the carport will be open on all sides, or if you’d like to enclose one to three sides. This is when you’ll also determine whether you want a carport that fits one or two cars, and the amount of materials you will need.

Next, mark off the area that will become the carport on your property. You’ll have to excavate the dirt in order to make room for the concrete floor of the carport to lay flush with your existing driveway. If you think you can handle it, rent the equipment and lay the concrete yourself. If not, this is a good time to involve professionals. Once the concrete is smooth and dry, you can start building the rest. Eventually, you can paint the concrete, or finish it with a rubberized substance if you prefer.

Now you’ll need to build the framing and support for the roof. The support posts should be certified to handle the roof load, so ask whatever questions you need at your local hardware store until you feel comfortable. For the basics of the roof and overhead framing, prefabricated wooden trusses will work best. You can measure out what you need and order everything already built. Chances are you’ll require a professional carpenter at this point, but if your budget is really tight you could study up and try to do it yourself. Remember that you’ll need a building permit either way, as well as inspections from the city at the end of each phase of the construction.

Finally, you’ll set up the support framing for all overhead trusses and beams. Bolt everything right into your home’s framework for the sturdiest results. Don’t skimp on any aspect of this step, or a bad storm may leave you regretting it later. When it comes to support for the roof, lay in adjustable metal poles to keep the framework in place as you put it all together. Once the final frame is locked, masonry will finish the job. When putting together your budget, keep in mind that this is a four-person job at the very least. The heavier pieces will need to be lifted in place with a pully system, and there’s no shortcut for having the proper manpower. If all of this sounds like too much work, you can get carports designed and installed for you. Hop on the web and search around, but take the time to speak to several contractors so you’re in a strong position to negotiate the best price for the job.

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