Carports come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but the main purpose for a carport is to simply cover a car. Most commonly carports are made from snap and lock pan roofs. A pan roof (which can also be used in awning covers and screen room roofs) is either .024 or .030 aluminum or even the 26 gauge galvalum “RHINOPAN”. The thickness of the pan is dependent upon the span of the carport. A pan is basically coil stock aluminum bent into a U-shape with the legs of the pan being 3” or 1 ” tall and the belly 12”. So if your carport protrudes 12’ from the house and goes along the house 16’, you will need 16 pans at 12’. To hold the pans straight and in the air you will need a carrier beam which can be as small as 2x3 and as large as 2x10 aluminum. The upright posts will need to be 3x3 square and are usually notched at the top to receive the carrier beam. At the bottom of the upright you will either use a cast base and tapcon the post to the cement slab or dig a hole to pier the uprights in. you can also use a composite roof for a carport but the added expense usually limits this. It is recommended to attach the carport to the structure with at least one wall, although freestanding carports are available. A few upgrades that you can do to a carport are guttering on part or all sides, offset posts to keep from hitting the posts with your car door, and lights or a ceiling fan. Most people do not realize that one of the biggest failures in carports is not them falling down but rather the uplift during high winds and the carport “sailing” away. Because of this you will need to engineer the carport for your specific wind zone and building codes, we can certainly help you with an engineering packet and permitting.

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