Discover the five BIGGEST mistakes people make when choosing their Carport Kit! and How to avoid them!
When it comes to choosing a carport kit, there are a few big mistakes that people often make. By being aware of these potential pitfalls, you can avoid them and choose the perfect carport kit for your needs. In this blog post, we’ll reveal the five biggest mistakes people make when choosing a carport kit – and how to avoid them! Whether you’re looking for a permanent or temporary solution, following these tips will help you choose the right carport kit for your needs. Stay tuned to learn more!
1: Choosing the wrong size
Choosing the right size carport is essential to ensure that it serves its purpose. Finding the perfect fit all depends on your needs, most notably the size of the vehicle you need to be protected and this should be always taken into account when searching for a carport. If you have a large vehicle, you’ll need a bigger carport than someone with a smaller car; with space for it to fit in easily and also allowing extra circumference room. It’s also important to note that if you own a caravan or higher vehicle, then you must ensure the height of the carport is tall enough to accommodate it too. An incorrectly sized carport could cause difficult parking problems and consequently damage your precious belongings. So make sure you choose wisely!
2: Choosing the wrong roof style
When it comes to choosing a roof style for your carport kit, an important factor to consider is the look of your house. If you have a gable house, then making sure that the carport has a gable roof style is key to ensuring the two structures blend harmoniously. The same principle applies if you have a skillion house – select a carport with similar skillion roofing. You can also consider pitch and going with something that matches up with the slope of your existing home. For example, if your house has a 22.5-degree roof pitch (which is standard in Australia), then select one that is around 20 degrees will work well for this particular application.
3: Choosing price over quality
Choosing quality materials when it comes to a carport may cost more upfront, but it is worth the investment. Low-quality materials will not last as long or have the same durability as higher-quality materials, leading to the need for a replacement sooner than expected. In Australia, some of the best materials to use are Bluescope Steel or Selection Steel Products, which offer not only high-quality construction but also a 15-year warranty. On the other hand, some suppliers use imported steel from Asia, and this lower-grade material is often recognizable from its weak color and fast fading that can cause chalkiness after just several years of use. Quality matters! Investing in higher-grade materials now can save time and money in the future.
4: Selecting the wrong colours
When choosing a colour for your carport, you should remember that it will be an integral part of your home’s aesthetics and landscape design. Having the wrong colour can make it stick out like a sore thumb, so it’s important to be careful in making sure you select one that suits both your home’s exterior paint job and personal preferences. Easy ways to go about this are to take samples of exterior paints and test them against each other or find colours that follow the same colour palette as the primary colour of your house. With some research and trial and error, you’re sure to find a combination that’s just right for you.
5: Choosing a carport with posts in the incorrect positions
When selecting a carport, it’s important to pay attention to the positioning of the posts. An effective carport should be positioned strategically, as determined by a structural engineer. If you disregard this and place the posts in incorrect positions, the carport could be at risk of collapsing during harsh weather conditions like high winds or blizzards. A note worth bearing in mind is that there can sometimes be some room for variation, depending on space limitations or other features near your carport. For example, if you need to bring your corner posts in by 500mm for an existing pathway, then this might be possible.
Choosing the right carport kit is an important decision, as it will protect your vehicle and property. To ensure that you choose the right carport you need to consider a few main points such as picking the right size, roof style, quality, colours, and post positions. You need to look into each factor carefully to make sure that your carport will work best for your needs. If you’re unsure about what type of carport is best suited to your home and preferences, then it’s worth speaking with a design consultant or requesting a call back from one of our specialists. Making this choice thoughtfully can save you from making avoidable mistakes in the future. So take the time now, speak to experts in the field and make sure that your carport meets all of your requirements effectively.