What to Consider when Buying a Carport

What to Consider when Buying a Carport
Buying a carport may be a little bewildering taking into account the fact that there are several types and designs available.

You have to ensure that you buy a carport that is quality and will last for years. It would help if you also kept in mind that a carport shed is not only a place to store your car. It can be used for a range of purposes. So, think about the intended use of your future carport before buying it.

There are some things to consider when choosing a carport.

Free-standing or Attached

The very first thing to consider is what type of carport you need - free-standing or attached. Each type has its pros and cons, and it is better to be aware of them before making a decision. For example, the advantage of a free-standing carport is its affordability. On the other hand, an attached carport requires less area, but it may be too expensive to install it because of the technical expertise.

Roof Style

Another thing to consider before buying a carport is its roof style. The flat roof can be the most straightforward and cheapest option to choose from.  It is called flat; however, this roof is slightly angled to enable water to flow off and prevent it from getting into your roof space.  It is the fastest and easiest to erect. 

Gable Roof is the most popular choice of Australians because of its classic look. It features two roof sections on the sides of the carport that meet in the middle, forming a triangle on the ends. They provide wider spans and more versatility.

Skillion Roof also called a "lean-to" is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a modern look.

A Dutch Gable Roof can add a lot of style to a carport, but it requires extra work - therefore costing a bit more.


Choosing a quality material for your carport is very important. Steel is one of the most popular materials used to build carports in Australia. It is lightweight and enduring. However, some homeowners still use brick, timber or aluminium. Everything depends on the taste and the budget.

Open or with a Roller Door in the Front 

You can have a carport either with open sides or with a roller door in the front. Adding a roller door will make it more secure. It will require more money for materials and construction. But in this case, your car will be more protected. Open side carports are quite popular in Australia, as they are more affordable.

Before acquiring your carport, it is best if you measure your site, do thorough research and decide the primary purpose of it.