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Buying Guide: Carports & RV Covers

Buying Guide

Carports & RV Covers

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Carport or RV Cover:

What are you going to store in your carport or RV cover?

It’s important to consider what you’re going to store in your carport or RV cover for a few reasons. For example, if you plan on storing more than one vehicle in your building, you will most likely need one of our larger structures. In addition to size factors, it’s important to consider what you’re going to store in your building, because you might need to customize it to provide more security and protection for your belongings. 

Do you have enough space to install a carport or RV cover?

In order to efficiently install your carport or RV cover, we will need adequate space. That’s why it’s important to consider how much space you have and the condition of your surrounding landscape before you consider purchasing.

Does weather affect what kind of building I purchase?

Yes! If you live in an area that experiences inclement weather throughout the year, you’re going to need to purchase a larger and sturdier building. Also, it’s important to install your building on concrete instead of wood or other materials.

Different Roof Styles:

If you want to make sure that your carport or RV cover is resilient and durable, you need to install the right roof. That’s why we have the following three roof styles to choose from!

Regular

Regular roof style

A regular roof style is a traditional roof shape with a triangle top and curved edges. This style is best for people who live in areas with extreme sunlight and minimal rain.

A-Frame

Horizontal A-Frame

Similar to a regular roof style, an a-frame roof has a traditional triangle top with straight edges. Since an a-frame roof does not curve as much as a regular roof, it is a great option for people who live in a moderate climate.

Vertical

Vertical roof style

A vertical roof style is the perfect option for people who live in extreme climates. Since it has a taller vertical frame, a vertical roof adequately protects your belongings from any rain, snow, or wind.

How to Choose the Right Size:

When buying a carport or RV cover, choosing the right size is one of the most important factors. That’s why it’s essential to understand different sizing.

Width

We offer carports and RV covers from 12’ to 50’ wide. Typically, people who plan on using their carport or RV cover for personal use purchase a building anywhere from 12’ to 26’ wide. In order to get an idea of what each size can accommodate, here is a general list:

  • 12’ – one standard-size vehicle
  • 18’ – two smaller-sized vehicles
  • 20’ – two medium-sized vehicles
  • 22’ – two standard-sized SUVs or trucks
  • 24’ -two oversized vehicles
  • 26’ – three standard-sized vehicles

Length

While we offer carports and RV covers from 21’ to 60’ long, people usually choose 21’, 26’, or 31’ for the length of their building. Of course, these numbers might be larger if you plan on using your carport and RV cover for other things than just storing a vehicle or two. 

Height

It’s important to make sure that your carport or RV cover is taller than your vehicle. That’s why we offer side heights ranging from 1’ to 15’ taller than the width of your building. Since it’s important to make sure your structure is tall enough, consult one of our representatives when it comes to the height you select.

All About Different Steel Framing:

We offer two kinds of steel framing, so we can accommodate everyone’s needs and budget.

  12 Gauge

Although 12 gauge is a little more expensive than 14 gauge, it’s worth the extra cost if you live in an area that experiences a lot of inclement weather. Therefore, 12 gauge galvanized steel is thicker, stronger, and more resilient than 14 gauge galvanized steel.

  14 Gauge

Although 14 gauge isn’t as durable as 12 gauge galvanized steel, it is still strong and resilient. 14 gauge is the standard gauge for galvanized steel and is the most affordable option. It’s important to note that 14 gauge steel is perfect for small-to-average-sized structures.

  Should You Certify Your Building?

Regardless of whether or not your state requires your building to be certified, you should certify your building. A certified building means the engineer who created it is extremely experienced and educated. Also, a certified building will be built with specific materials and techniques that ensure it will withstand any inclement weather condition, as well as remain as protected as possible if animals or burglars attempt to damage it.
 
 

Additional Elements:

Customization is extremely important to us. That’s why we offer a variety of additional elements that you can add to your carport or RV cover if you want to. Here are some of our additional elements:

  Gable Ends

If you want to add extra strength to your carport or RV cover in a stylish way, attach gable ends. Gable ends are triangular shaped additions that protect a structure’s frame while simultaneously adding a finishing touch to the stylistic appeal of the structure.

  Side Panels

Like gable ends, side panels contribute to a structure’s overall durability, resilience, and design. Adding custom side panels to your carport or RV cover will protect your vehicles and other items from weather and other external factors. Since we offer a variety of side panel styles, be sure to consult with one of our trained representatives to learn more about which side panel style is right for you.

  J-Trim

J-trim is a decorative element that is added to the side of panels on carports or RV covers. This design element is great for people who value a finished look, but also want an affordable and subtle way to increase your carport or RV cover’s safety.

  Bows & Trusses

While bows and trusses are typically added to carports and RV covers for general structural strength, additional bows and trusses can be added to increase safety and strength. We advise that carports and RV covers over 24’ wide have additional bows and trusses.

  Anchors

In order to certify and solidify your carport or RV cover, you should anchor it. You can anchor your structure to concrete, asphalt, and other materials. For more information about anchor options, contact one of our representatives today!

Different Colors:

In order to make your carport or RV cover more personalized and appealing, we offer a variety of colors. You can choose between 17 colors, ranging from classic minimalistic grays to colorful greens, blues, and reds.  

 

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How to Prep Your Site for Installation:

It’s extremely important to adequately prep your site for installation. In order to properly prepare your site, simply make sure the landscape is leveled. It’s also important to trim the surrounding landscape. Note that if your site is not leveled and cleaned, we will have to reschedule delivery. If you’re uncertain on how to specifically prepare your site for installation, consult one of our representatives. 

General FAQs:

1. Do I need side panels?

While you don’t need side panels, they are extremely beneficial. Side panels make your carport or RV cover stronger and more supported. This ensures your vehicles and belongings remain protected from weather and other external factors. We advise that carports or RV covers larger than 10’ have side panels.

2. What are my customization options?

We offer an array of customization options, so you can truly create a one-of-a-kind carport or RV cover. Some of our customization options include sizing, colors, and additional elements. 

3. Are carports different than garages?

Yes, carports are different than garages. While carports can be used the same way as garages, carports are generally exposed on the sides. On the other hand, garages are completely enclosed.

4. Could I change my carport to a garage?

Yes! Whenever you begin thinking about transforming your carport into a garage, make sure to consult one of our trained representatives. We will be able to walk you through design, sizing, and pricing specifics that will make it easier for you to decide whether or not you want to change your carport to a garage.