Carports are primarily built to protect cars from inclement weather elements such as rain, hailstorms, snow, ice, direct sunlight and strong wind, but they can also be used to perform other functions in the home. One of the most important things you must review when planning your carport construction project is the size of the outdoor structure. Standard carports are designed and built to accommodate just one car, but the needs of different people are not exactly the same.
Here is a look at some top considerations you will need to make when determining how big or small your carport should be:
Your car type. There are different types of cars on the automobile market, and car sizes vary from make to make and model to model. Generally speaking, car manufacturers categorise their cars into four sizes—subcompact cars, compact/economy cars, mid-size cars and full-size cars. When you are building a carport, you will want to make sure it will provide sufficient protection for your car. So, make sure to know what category your car falls into in terms of size and take the specific dimensions of your car into account when deciding on the size of your carport.
The number of cars you'll be parking under your carport. As mentioned earlier, standard carports are meant to accommodate a single car. But what if you intend to accommodate more than one car in your carport? You will definitely need to construct something bigger than a standard carport. A smart way to determine the right size for your carport is to park all your cars side by side while leaving enough room for opening the doors on each car and making sure your cars will not be too close to the outer edges of your carport. This type of parking would suit you, especially if you are working with limited space. If you intend to keep more than one car under your carport, the height of your carport should be based on the height of the tallest car. You'll need to construct your carport slightly taller so as to avoid contact between your car and the underside of your carport roof.
How you plan to use your carport. Is your carport going to be used only for parking cars or do you have some other uses in mind? If you plan to use your carport only to park your cars, then the above-highlighted guidelines would suffice. But if you intend to use it to accommodate other things such as a farm tractor, lawn mower or a boat, you will need to custom-build your carport to meet your requirements. Remember to also take your future needs into consideration. If you're looking to purchase a larger car or add more cars to your existing fleet, then you should construct your carport with these needs in mind.
Professional carport builders like Apollo Patio Roofing can assess your situation and help you choose the right size for your carport, so don't hesitate to call them if you need help.