A carport is an excellent way to store your car and protect it from the elements. It is fast to build, easy, and also much cheaper than you might think. In this article, we will discuss how to build a carport from scratch in under two days, and the process for construction, as well as the materials required.
What you will Need
Before you consider building anything, consult your local authority planning department to enquire about the need for permission or a permit. This varies depending on where you live, but it is always best to find this out before construction to save time and money, and avoid the potential for having to knock it down.
You will also need a rough visualisation of this plan in your head before you begin. If you are working with a friend, it might be a good idea to get a plan on paper so you are both singing from the same hymn sheet so to speak.
When considering how to build a carport, and the best materials to use, consider price restrictions and time constraints. In this we will work on the basis of a wooden frame, and this leaves the opportunity for cladding, or bricking at a later stage.
To start with, take wooden posts (100×100) to a height of 2100mm – ensure the wood is treated so as to withhold pressure to avoid potential problems. The number of posts will vary depending on the desired length, and these should be spaced 3000mm apart. You need to set these posts in concrete, which will take the bulk of the time to dry.
Next, construct the roofing which will span across the top of the cemented posts. You will require 3 beams – one for each side and a support from the middle, off which other supports will branch. Cross supports should be spaced frequently and span across the top of the main beams to give more structural support and to allow for a solid structure upon which to place the roof.
Bolt everything in place with galvanised bolts to secure. It is also essential to use joist hangers to add to the strength of the structure as a whole. It is now left to you to decide the best material for roofing.
Recommended roof materials are tin or PVC, both of which can be angled to allow the down flow of rain water or snow which may otherwise lie on the roof and cause unnecessary downwards pressure. After installing the roofing and ensuring it is secure, you should be finished. And that is how to build a carport!
This is, of course, a very rough guide, and if you are looking for more detailed instructions, you should browse online or consult an architectural technician. That way, you can be sure to develop plans which are structurally sound, and are likely not to collapse on top of your car at any given moment.
This is merely intended as a guide to show you generally how to build a carport, and should be used as such. The internet has a wealth of information on the topic, and if youre keen, you can find actual full-scale plans to help you on your way to building your new carport.