Detached carports are functional, durable, and affordable. Read here about three different types and see what will serve your needs best.
Detached carports really aren't just for people who can't afford, or don't have, a garage. They aren't just cheap substitutes at all. In fact, these useful structures are for anyone who needs to protect or shelter something outside. Obviously, they are meant to be separate from any other building. This makes them a great option because of their portability, affordability, and durability. Let's take a look at the three types of carports for your considerations.
First, the portable detached carports. These suit many people's needs because of their light weight portability and available configurations. A popular choice is the enclosed canopy type carport that allows whatever is stored inside to be entirely protected from the elements and from prying eyes. If you want to completely enclose a car, boat, rv, or other item, this is a good option. Most of these come with a steel frame and side walls where at least one end is zippered. You can find a nice 10 x 20 sized carport in this category for under $500 bucks.
Portable detached carports also come in a popular dome canopy style. These are also usually constructed with steel frames, and have heavy duty covers that open on at least one end. Most common is a door that rolls up. These are ideal for boat, lawn and garden equipment, and car storage.
Second, are detached carports that fall into more of a canopy class. These tend to be cheaper both in price, configuration, and materials. While these can certainly be used to park a car under, they really amount to a fancy sun shade. Most don't come with sides, but are nevertheless adequate for some overhead protection. One of my personal favorite in this category is the Universal canopy made by King Canopy. This unit measures 12 x 20, and is about a foot taller than most other standard canopies. The cover itself is a white polyethylene that is UV treated. There are leg clips and drawstrings to help keep the cover tight overhead on the frame.
The third and final type of detached carports are the metal ones. The obvious pro to these are their inherent durability and rigidness. These tend to be open sided and pretty high in quality. Rhino, for example, makes detached carports in a variety of sizes. They have single as well as double sized units. These are both made out of heavy duty steel and range in price from approximately $800 for a 7' x 10' x 6' on up to about $5,000 for a 22' x 24' x 12' two car unit. Installation of these units is pretty straight forward. They come with a pre drilled frame assembly that is made out of a powder coated, heavy steel tubing. The roofing metal is pretty simple to install as well with self-drilling screws. These carports can also be anchored to the ground. The quality of this type makes for a long-lasting structure that will give years and years of protection for your valuables.
So there you have it, 3 types of detached carports for your consideration. Portable, functional, and durable. Whatever your needs, you are sure to find a style and quality that you need. Protecting your valuable vehicles from the sun is always a good idea.