Anywhere you live, parking your vehicle or RV outside your home with no protection over or around it can result in damage to the vehicle at some point. Ultraviolet rays, particularly in southern climates where much more intense sun exposure occurs much more often than in northern climates, is a situation where damage can occur progressively over time.
The beatdown of the sun over time can fade paint jobs and the vehicle’s interior. Anywhere you live, tree branches, hail, rain, animals, and other debris can result in scratches, dents, or dings. It should be quite obvious that parking a vehicle with some means of protection is most preferable. For many homeowners, a carport can provide people the functionality, ease of access, and versatility they need while costing much less than a traditional garage. Most commonly seen in the south, they are a practical choice anywhere.
You can purchase a carport with installation provided by the carport seller, or look into carport kits, where you can do it yourself. There are a number of highly-rated, reputable dealers to look at in the marketplace that specialize in carports and other structure sales, and should be looked at very closely. One fine example of an industry leader is New Deal Metal Buildings, who feature premium-quality metal carports, metal buildings, treated buildings, and painted buildings.
As in any other structure, carports have a number of options for the homeowner to evaluate. Options to consider include the size of the structure, perhaps the first thing you’ll need to know and have in mind when evaluating carports with different companies. Industry-leading companies feature carports in a wide range of sizes. If your carport needs lie in a structure somewhere in the neighborhood of 12′ x 21′ to 30′ x 41′ (and perhaps longer), with many dimensions choices in between, companies provide quality, prefabricated metal structures that should suit you well. And if your needs are a bit different, some companies will provide custom-made carports for customers.
Other things to consider include the choice of carport color, and the type of roof. Coming in horizontal and vertical roofs, vertical roofs are preferable if you have a choice. Horizontal roofs have steel panel ridges running parallel to the sides of the carport. Water can pool up on a horizontal roof, and when there is snow and water runoff, it drains to the structure’s front and back, right over door openings.
With vertical roofs, the roof’s steel panel ridges run from the carport top to the sides. Rain does not pool up on these roofs, and water displacement is more efficient as water and snow drain off to the sides.