JULY 7, 2022
Carports are a great way to add value to your home. According to an American housing survey by the United States Census Bureau, 80% of owned houses in the U.S. have either a carport or a garage.
These structures are also extremely affordable, and come in various sizes. They can be constructed as part of your home or stand independently. Today, they have become a popular choice for folks who want to protect their vehicles without having to install a garage.
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Keep reading to learn more about carports, what sets them apart from standard garage, how they work, and the benefits they provide. We’ll also look at unconventional methods of construction, including how to build a shipping container carport.
Carports usually are wood, steel, or aluminum structures that safeguard your vehicle from snow, hailstorm, rain, or other challenging weather conditions. They also shield your cars from bird droppings and dry leaves.
Many roof kits come with wind and snow load ratings. These features either contain two walls or are open from all sides. You can also attach a carport to a brick-and-mortar wall on your property.
You can also make larger carports to accommodate more vehicles at a substantially lower cost than building out a bigger garage.
If you are a gardening enthusiast, you can integrate the carport with your garden and have creepers go up the structure to make it even more beautiful. You can even use carports as a front porch, storage space, or a shaded playspace for the kids.
While carports are fairly common, they are still often confused with garages. The best way to distinguish the two structures revolves around their association with the home.
Carports are always external, while garages can exist as part of the house.
When standing independently, garages can be secured, and used as temporary living or storage space.
Check out the chart below for more comparisons between a carport and a garage:
Alternatively, you could make use of shipping containers for shipping container garages.
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Made from high-quality corrugated stainless steel, shipping container roofs are highly resistant to harsh weather, including water, sun, and snow, and are a great choice for making metal roof systems.
Additional benefits include:
You can use container sheet roofs to cover the space between two shipping containers in industrial, commercial, or construction areas for a more functional site. You can use this space to store heavy equipment, cover machinery, or create workshops.
Shipping container carport designs are sturdy and can even withstand storms better than other lightweight designs. Learn how one Texas family used a carport to keep their vehicles safe along with food for their pets. Below, you’ll find their notes on how long the project took, the costs involved, and the equipment needed.
Level the ground and place the container on concrete blocks.
Building the Carport:
The following points will help you organize your upcoming carport project before beginning construction.
Container-based roofs and carports are cheaper than most other options. Prefabricated containers and corrugated steel sheets also ensure strength and longevity.
Depending on its condition, a 20-foot used container may cost between $2,350 and $7,900. New containers will be more expensive than single-trip or used ones.
The overall shipping container carport costs will depend on how far you want to go with the customizations.
You should also factor in the installation cost per square foot.
You can attach a roof to the inside (inside mounts) or outside (outside mount) edges of two containers. The roof can be either flat or curved.
A roof on the inside edges uses less metal and is cheaper, but it exposes the container's roof to harsher conditions.
The roof attached to the outside edges uses more metal and is expensive, but it protects the containers and provides extra storage space underneath.
The smallest size we recommend is 20-feet, though you can also invest in a larger 40-foot container for additional space. The example above allows for two carports on either side of a container, which saves you money in the long run.
Due to their modular nature, containers and roofs are easy to install. It is easy to cut and fasten using bolts.
Prepare the site by removing any debris, rocks, trees, plants, or roots so that the area is flat. You need a sturdy base to keep the container on. You can further level the site by tamping gravel on the ground or using either a concrete slab or concrete blocks.
A shipping container carport kit has numerous advantages over traditional carports:
Shipping container carports offer many advantages over traditional carports or garages. They are inexpensive, easy to construct, and even easier to modify. Along with the three-side open area, you get the four walls of the container, which you can repurpose.
They are also sturdy and weather-proof, making them an excellent option for all types of climates. If you are looking for an affordable, durable, and customizable carport, then a shipping container carport is the right choice for you.
Mobile Modular Portable Solutions offers high-quality new and used shipping containers for sale and rent. Call us today at 800-846-5180 or request a quote to learn more about our industry-specific container solutions.
Because of their durability, speed of construction, flexibility, and cost, shipping containers make for great garages. Shipping container garages also possess a robust steel structure and locking options, keeping your car safe and protected.
Yes, a used 20-foot shipping container will cost you between $2,350 and $7,900, depending on its condition. On the other hand, a wooden shed may be listed at $4,300 and increase in price as you add more features.
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