Before making a significant investment in a metal carport, it's critical to know about the various aspects of these structures. Metal carports are not only functional but also add value to your property. It’s a decision you should take seriously and choose the best solution for your property.
With 30 years of experience in the steel building industry, the Indaco Metals team knows a thing or two about carports, and we’re excited to share that knowledge with you. In this guide, we'll explore everything you should know before buying a metal carport, ensuring you make an informed and confident decision.
Understanding Your Needs
The first step to begin your journey towards owning a metal carport is understanding your specific needs. The purpose of your carport will significantly influence your choice. Are you looking for a simple shelter to protect your vehicle from the elements, or do you need a larger structure that can serve as a multi-purpose storage area? Knowing the primary function will guide you in selecting the proper size, design, and features.
Moreover, consider the local climate and weather conditions. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, your metal carport should be designed to handle the weight of snow. Likewise, in regions prone to high winds, you'll need a carport to withstand these forces. Consulting with a local contractor or expert can be beneficial in understanding the specific requirements of your area.
The Indaco Metals team has been in the steel building and carport business for decades, and we’ve helped individuals across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and beyond as they choose carports of various sizes and designs to fit their needs. All of our steel carports are built to withstand 90 mph winds.
Whether you’re in an area with high wind speeds, heavy snowfall, extreme heat, or a combination of wild weather, we’ll know what you need–reach out today.
Types of Metal Carports
Metal carports come in various types and styles, each offering unique benefits. Two of the most common options are steel carports and aluminum carports. Steel carports are incredibly durable and can last for many years. They provide excellent protection against harsh weather conditions. On the other hand, aluminum carports are lightweight and easy to install, making them a popular choice for homeowners looking for a quick and cheap solution.
However, the steel carport kits Indaco Metals produces may be a better choice as they are more durable and reliable than any lightweight aluminum structure you’re considering. Depending on the size and specifications, they may be comparable economically, too. Our team can provide you with the specs and pricing for a steel carport kit in our standard sizes (12x20, 20x20, and 20x25 feet) or a custom size.
Another factor to consider is whether you want an attached carport connected to your house or a freestanding carport that stands independently. Attached carports are a seamless extension of your home, while freestanding carports offer more flexibility in placement and design.
Sizing and Dimensions
When choosing the right size for your metal carport, size truly matters. The size should accommodate your vehicles and any additional items you want to store. Start by measuring the dimensions of your vehicles, including width, length, and height. Remember to account for any future purchases or changes in vehicle size.
Ensuring the carport's dimensions meet local building codes and regulations is essential. Local authorities may have specific requirements regarding setbacks from property lines, distance from existing structures, and maximum height. Adhering to these regulations is crucial to avoid potential legal issues.
We also recommend measuring the land or location where your carport will be placed. Our standard sizes are 12x20, 20x20, and 20x25, but we can customize a kit to suit your needs as well.
Customization and Aesthetics
Metal carports can be customized to complement your property's aesthetics. You can choose various colors, finishes, and designs to match your home or personal preferences. Many manufacturers offer additional features such as side panels, customizable colors, and decorative trims. These options allow you to create a carport that serves its functional purpose and enhances the overall look of your property.
Our steel buildings and carports are fortified with a high-performance two-coat modified siliconized polyester coating. When baked onto the metal, a chemical bond forms, creating a durable finish that resists damage by ultraviolet rays and does not flake. Check out our color options page to learn more.
Selecting the Right Manufacturer
Choosing the right manufacturer for your metal carport is perhaps the most important decision. Wherever you are located, you should look for reputable companies with a track record of producing quality steel structures. Reading customer reviews and seeking recommendations from friends or neighbors who have purchased metal carports can help make an informed choice.
Make sure the manufacturer provides a warranty for their carports. A good warranty is a sign of confidence in the product's durability. Understanding the warranty terms and what they cover is essential, as this can save you money in case of unexpected issues.
If you want to learn more about the quality of Indaco Metals’ building materials and warranty, contact our team. We would be happy to talk.
Installation and Permitting
While some homeowners may opt for a DIY installation, hiring a professional contractor is often recommended. Experienced installers ensure the carport is correctly assembled, anchored securely, and meets local building codes.
Before installation, you may need to obtain the necessary permits from your local authorities. Permit requirements vary widely, so you must check with your local building department to determine what's needed. Please ensure the appropriate permits to avoid legal issues and potential fines.
Maintenance and Durability
Steel carports are known for their durability and low maintenance requirements. However, regular upkeep is necessary to ensure your carport lasts many years. This includes cleaning the structure, inspecting it for signs of wear and tear, and addressing any issues promptly.
Routine maintenance involves cleaning the carport to remove dirt and debris, which can accumulate on the roof and frame. Inspect for any loose screws, bolts, or damaged components. Regular inspections will help identify potential issues early, preventing them from becoming significant problems.
Indaco’s Carports - The Reliable Choice for OK, TX and Beyond
Purchasing a steel carport is a significant decision that requires careful consideration of your needs, local regulations, budget, and design preferences. By understanding the different types of metal carports, sizing and dimensions, roof styles, and customization options, and selecting the right manufacturer, you can make an informed choice that adds value to your property and protects your vehicles and belongings.
Investing time and effort in researching and planning your metal carport purchase will result in a durable and functional structure that enhances the functionality and aesthetics of your property. So, make an informed choice and reach out to the Indaco Metals team for more information about our steel carport kits.