Spending the money on a high-quality vehicle is a solid investment, and it’s a good idea to take added steps to protect it. If you don’t have a garage, then you’ll want to look into alternative methods of protecting your vehicle from the elements in order to keep it running optimally as time goes on. If you aren’t sure where to get started with the process of building your own carport, check out these handy tips!

1. Obtain any necessary building permits in advance.

It pays to get organized before you begin any building project, and a key part of that is familiarizing yourself with any building codes and permits that will apply to your carport. You don’t want to get your project well underway, only to discover that it doesn’t meet local codes or that you don’t have permission to build!

Since many homeowners are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of local building permits, you might want to contact a professional home builder for more information and some solid advice. They may also be able to give you standard guidelines on how to balance local building regulations with your carport’s size so that you can accommodate all of your vehicles safely. A carport is a terrific exterior home renovation, so make sure you take all the right steps to get it built.

2. Don’t skimp on durable materials.

While it might be tempting to shave a good bit off your budget by opting for cheaper materials such as wood whenever possible, certain components of your carport should be built from something sturdier. Opt for a metal frame instead of a wooden one if it’s even remotely within your budget to do so. This is especially important if you live in an area with extreme temperature fluctuations, flooding or excess humidity, or a great deal of snow. Wooden frames will buckle and weaken far sooner than metal frames will when faced with conditions like these. A good general contractor will be able to tell you which materials would be best.

Additionally, keep in mind that materials such as PVC and canvas are meant for short-term use carports, and avoid them when building a carport you hope to maintain for a few years or more. These materials are extremely unlikely to withstand strong winds or the weight of winter snowfall.

3. Look for opportunities to reinforce your home’s style.

Don’t forget to look at your new carport with attention to style as well as practicality! If you have a home with a Victorian or rustic style, then you can accent your carport with elegant wrought iron elements or decorative corner beams to match. Alternatively, if your home features a more modern style then you can build a carport with a similarly sleek look to accent your theme. You can also consult a reputable construction company in Montana to determine which kinds of roofing materials will be the best match for your home in terms of appearance while still holding up well against the weather.

If you want a quick way to blend the look of your carport with the exterior of your home while also improving the weather resistance of wooden elements, consider using outdoor-appropriate paint colors to coordinate them!

4. Consider hiring a professional company or general contractor.

If you’ve read through these handy tips and decided that building your own carport isn’t for you, then you might be better off contacting a professional home builder or construction company. General contractors and other trained professionals who work for a construction company will probably be far better equipped to assess the space you have on hand as it relates to the local environment. Additionally, they’ll have a more thorough knowledge of building codes and which materials to use.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have as you get ready to guard your vehicle against the elements with a high-quality carport!