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Article #4 DIY Carports – things to think about before erecting one

A carport provides great shelter for your car, motorbike, trailer or boat whilst providing an extra outdoor entertaining or play area.  If constructed well, they can add value to your home too.

Building a carport is a great DIY activity.  It is worth however considering the options as a marginally higher investment up-front can be worth it in the long-run.

Here are three common approaches to building a carport:

  1. You can erect a basic carport using metal roofing sheets, posts and beams.  This is a straightforward approach however the temperatures underneath can be extreme, especially at the height of a Queensland summer.   If located adjacent to your home, this heat is likely to radiate inside too.
  2. For better insulation you can construct your carport using insulated roofing panels in corrugated or ribbed profile.  These panels are 50-150mm thick and can be used with a maximum span of 6m outside the beam.  With these insulated panels, the benefits in terms of temperature regulation are significant.
  3. To simplify construction and to make ordering easy, purchasing a carport kit  is a great option.  A carport kit includes all materials, insulated 50mm panels and all accessories.  Carport kits include easy to follow instructions that ensure your construction looks great and is structurally sound too.  You can order carport kits through Sheetmetal Solutions and we can deliver to your door.

An important point to note

Council approval is required before erecting any carport.  Any structure, including carport kits, need to be engineered to suit the individual location and wind speed category.  For more information on determining wind speeds click on the following article: Determining wind speed.

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