Metal carports make versatile structures for storing and protecting valuables like RV's, extra cars or trucks, or motor sport toys like four-wheelers and motorcycles. They are also perfectly suited fo...
Metal carports make versatile structures for storing and protecting valuables like RV's, extra cars or trucks, or motor sport toys like four-wheelers and motorcycles. They are also perfectly suited for setting up makeshift work areas and shops. Many people use them as storage. No matter what the use, these relatively inexpensive structures are quick and easy to assemble, and can greatly expand the protected useable space you need for many different uses.
A few years ago I had a friend who bought one of the smaller metal carports to use as a shelter while he constructed a wooden boat. It worked out great for a quick construction area. First, he found an available and suitable location on the bottom of his property, then he poured a level concrete slab to work on, raised the shelter and then attached tarps for side and back walls. He just left the front open. The cover gave him a lot more protection from the weather, and kept his boat project out of the garage. This was, of course, a big plus with his wife. Building something like a boat can take a long time so this was a perfect solution.
As mentioned earlier, metal carports make quick and inexpensive storage structures as well. When the garage is full, and you still need more storage space, but don't want to put your stuff off-site, these are a great option. Many units not only come with metal roofs, but also have walls and ends made out of either metal or a heavy-duty poly. Many can be locked for increased security. Obviously, these are not as secure as a regular building with locks would be, but they aren't meant to be, and they don't cost tens of thousands of dollars either.
Metal carports really are just one of the available ways you can go when it comes to protecting your vehicles and other valuables. There are also other covers, tents, shelters, or canopies that you could get. If, for example, you have a motorcycle that needs protection, you don't really need a large carport. A smaller, more suitable size cover may make more sense. The thing that is nice about going ahead with a bigger option, though, is that you are not limited in space like you would be otherwise. Common sense should direct your thinking and ultimate decision about what you really need.
For most people, metal carports are used for the primary purpose for which they are designed, which is to park a car or truck under. They give important protection from the damaging effects of the sun, and from adverse weather conditions. One of the best shelters you can get for this purpose is one of VersaTube's classic carport structures. These are available in both single and double size and are simple to construct. The framing members are swaged for easy fit, and the instructions are clear and complete. They make up to a 35' deep carport if you need mega space.
No matter what use you have in mind, metal carports are sure to help you store and protect that special car or truck. And they won't break the bank either. Plan on spending between $800 and $2500 depending on how big a structure you need. These are ballpark figures, but give you some idea of what quality metal carports cost.