Covered Parking Solutions: Exploring the Benefits of Carports

When looking to shelter your vehicle, carports offer budget-friendly alternatives to fully enclosed garages. These open-sided structures provide covered spaces to park cars, boats, RVs and other vehicles while allowing for airflow. Compared to garages, carports cost less to construct, equip easier access in and out, and enable flexibility for future modifications.

Weigh the unique advantages of incorporating carports among your covered parking solutions.

Cost Savings

The main appeal of carports ties to notable savings in construction expenses compared to traditional garages. Since less material is required, you spend less money building the framed structure itself. The open sides avoid the need for exterior walls which further reduces costs. The roofing material alone accounts for the primary investment.

Overall, installing a basic 20 ft by 20 ft carport costs around $1000-$1500 for a prefabricated steel kit or aluminum structure. In contrast, most new garages exceed $15,000 in framing and materials costs alone excluding demolition fees, driveway construction, electrical, windows and insulation upgrades that often accompany new builds.

If operating on a tight budget, carports provide covered spaces at a fraction of the cost of fully decked-out garages.

Flexible Access

Carports allow for open driving access on multiple sides since no walls obstruct the perimeter. This enables easier maneuverability compared to garage openings which restrict straight on entrance and exit to vehicles. With a car port, side entry and angled parking simplifies getting cars, boats and RVs neatly tucked under shelter.

The spacious elbow room also facilitates tasks like loading groceries directly from the car during rainstorms. You stay drier moving items to/from the vehicle’s trunk when covered by an overhead roof without wall constraints.

Adaptable Structures

Unlike garages delimited by framed walls, carports remain adaptable to modifications down the road. As household needs shift, open foundations allow expanding the footprint through adding extra bays or extending the roofline’s range. If you desire more coverage, it proves simpler to scale up a carport versus knocking down walls to enlarge traditional garages after initial builds.

Carport configurations also work around odd angles, sloped yards, and other quirky home layouts. Customization helps tailor the framing to uniquely shaped driveway spaces.

Outdoor Lifestyle Usage

Besides parking protection, homeowners creatively repurpose carports as flexible outdoor living areas too. The covered shelter helps define patios for grilling, dining, lounging or even setting up a hot tub refuge. Integrate side screens to act as buffer from sun exposure or strong winds while still allowing breezes to filter through.

For households short on space, carports adjoining exterior access doors double as mudrooms for sorting gear or storing bicycles, lawn tools and gardening supplies. They even work as drive-thru covered walkways to exterior basement/cellar doors.

Given their spacious proportions and natural light, carports also accommodate workshops to pursue hobbies or park children’s playhouses.

Cost-Effective Protection

When aiming to shelter vehicles from harsh weather conditions, carports offer pragmatic solutions compared to traditional garages. Homeowners minimize upfront builds costs while still covering cars from damaging sunlight, hail storms, heavy snow or ice accumulation. Open foundations increase maneuverability moving vehicles in and out of the allotted space as well.

Factor in carports alongside garages when evaluating covered parking for protecting your household’s fleet. The budget-conscious structures equip practicality and customization for adapting to future needs – key advantages not to overlook.

Should you park your vehicle in a garage over night?

If you have a garage, then you may wonder if it is worth parking your car in there overnight. The main purpose of a garage is to house a vehicle but many of us now use them as extra storage, a utility room or even as a gym or playroom for the kids.

There are many advantages to parking your car in your garage, such as improved security. Having your vehicle locked away means that not only are you less likely to become a target but also that if you do then you the thieves will first have to get into your garage before they even attempt to break in to your car.

Not only will a garage over you protection in terms of a higher level of security but it will also mean you do not have to contend with defrosting and de misting your screen in the morning before you set off from work. This can not only save you time but money too as you will not have to have the engine running for long before you can set off. It also means that you don’t run the risk of driving off when our windows are not completely clear which can be very dangerous.

Winter car checks to do now

If you want to have trouble-free motoring during the winter months it is essential that you give your vehicle some attention now. While many car dealerships offer a winter vehicle health check there is nothing stopping you from conducting these checks yourself saving money into the bargain.

Firstly, pop the bonnet and check on the washer fluid. Because the roads are gritted during the winter the salt from the grit gets onto the windscreen and so it needs frequent washing when driving. Make sure that there is screen wash in the system that has an anti-freeze agent in it to prevent ice forming as you wash. Whilst under the bonnet check the oil levels too.

Being able to see clearly through the windscreen is vital to safe driving at any time of the year so check that the windscreen wipers are effectively clearing the screen and if not then seek replacements. On a day when the windscreen is clear, check to make sure there are no chips or cracks as freezing conditions can cause a small crack to shatter the whole screen. Most insurance companies have a windscreen replacement element to them and so it is straightforward to get it replaced.

Tyre damage – be on the look out

This time of year, you need to be even more careful than normal when driving. There is often ice on the roads, especially in the early morning and later on in the evening. This can make for quite dangerous driving conditions so you need to ensure that you have done everything possible to try and make sure you are as safe as you can be. 

Tyre damage can happen at any time and can make your vehicle very unsafe, which is why it is vital to check them over carefully as often as you can. Ideally have a quick look around your tyres before setting of on any journey but every couple of weeks give them a better inspection to try and spot any damage you may of previously missed. You may have noticed that your tyres have not been gripping the road as well or that you have had the tyres on the car for some time now and they appear to have worn down or even perished. If this is the case then you need to get them changed as soon as possible.

The cost of tyres varies greatly depending on the size, make and also whether you have new or part worns so a bit of shopping around is needed if you want to secure the best price.

Is the colour important when choosing a car?

When it comes to buying a new car, colour may not be something that is high up on your priority list. Some people look more at the spec, age, mileage and general condition of the vehicle and the colour is more of an afterthought. For some though, colour is very important. Some people will turn down a car that is otherwise perfect for them purely because of the colour. 

The most popular colours of cars are silver, grey, white and black – arguably a little more subtle, and some say that grey or silver hides the dirt better making it a popular choice!  However, other colours such as blue and red remain fairly popular – although not as much as they were a few years back.

Colours like pink or green may only appeal to a small number of people, but there are now quite a few around, and more ‘exotic’ colours like bright orange, neon green and purple are making an appearance. Often some cars suit certain colours better than others. For example although traditionally sports cars were often red, they can often pull off the more exotic colours.

You will often have to pay more for a metallic colour than a matt colour but this sometimes is include in the cost quoted.