If you need to protect your car from weather elements but your budget is not high enough to finance a new garage, building a carport is a good option. But having a low budget isn’t the only reason why you might decide to put up a carport. Sometimes the need may be prompted by the fact that your garage has turned into a storage area or has been converted into a living space or a workshop.
Besides ensuring that your car remains in good shape, a carport also increases the value of your home. When building a carport, you can choose to make a stand-alone structure or a lean structure that attaches to the side of your house. Whatever option you pick, Steeline can help you with the construction.
If you are looking to build a carport in your home, here are five things you need to consider:
- Carport Location
Before you start building a carport, you need to determine its location. Think about, what is the best spot to put up a new structure in your home? Often, the location of your utilities will determine where you will have the carport constructed. So, before you embark on the building process, identify areas where utility lines – such as gas, water, and electricity – are located beneath the surface. This is important because your carport or any other structure, should not be constructed on utility lines. Tracing the areas where utility lines pass ensures that you don’t dig them up during construction.
- Government approval
Carports are considered to be structures in need in need of government approval. Ideally, construction approvals or permits should be sought in advance. Since carports are classified structures, they must be constructed in accordance with the requirements of local councils and national construction provisions. This means you need to prepare a plan showing how the structure will be constructed and submit it to relevant authorities for approval.
Since construction regulations tend to vary from one council to another, it is important that you visit local council offices near you for advice. Consider making this visit before you start building your carport so you don’t receive nasty surprises midway the project. Some of the documents that your local council may require in order to issue a construction permit including your building plan, a complication application for the permit and evidence to prove that the property you intend to build a carport is actually owned by you.
- Availability of tools of work
Do you have the tools you need to make the construction a reality? It is important that you assess the tools you will need and ensure you have them at hand prior to beginning carport construction. If in your assessment, you feel that you do not have sufficient tools or you are not able to purchase them, you can consider asking friends and family members to allow you to use theirs. Another alternative to this challenge is hiring the tools from people who have them. If you choose to hire the tools, ensure that you only hire for the days you will be using them to avoid unnecessary costs.
The tools you need to build your carport include a measuring tape, shovel, hand saw, shovel, string line, carpenter’s square, G-clamps, adjustable wrench, two ladders, and a spirit level. You may also require power tools such as an angle grinder, circular saw, hammer drill, a nail gun, and a rivet gun. As you pool the tools you need, bear in mind your safety and take precautions to avoid accidents. Ensure that you include protective gear such as eye and ear protection gadgets, overalls and gloves in your list of tools.
- Materials to use when making the carport
There are basically several kinds of materials that you can use to build your carport. One of these is wood, the other is metal and the last is a mix of the two. Most carports are made primarily from wood because more often than not, wood is affordable. However, if you are looking to construct a lasting, stable structure, you need to use metal frames.
Metal frames provide additional stability to the structure. This is particularly important if you live in areas that are prone to frequent flooding, high winds or high snow levels that could pile pressure on the structure and even bring it down. When picking the metal frames, consider using aluminum ones as those are heavier compared to steel and are reasonably priced. After designing your metal carport frame, get a professional welder to connect them.
When fixing the posts, dig holes that are not less than two feet deep to ensure the structural integrity of your carport. Make the holes deeper if you live in an area where soil erosion is the norm. Prior to positioning your metal posts, pour concrete into the post holes and ensure your posts stand straight in their respective holes.