Ideas for building and designing your own carport

Are you looking for a practical shelter for one or more vehicles directly at the house? Carports are the ideal solution for protecting your cars. At the same time, it can be a very visually appealing upgrade for your property. We will present the advantages for you and inform you about design options and associated costs.

Hamburg - A carport is a practical shelter for the car and a way to protect the environment at the same time. Learn more about this in the latest blog post!

The advantages and potential of a carport

Having a parking space for your car on your own property has definite advantages in times of limited parking space availability. There is no need for tiresome searching and the short distance to the house is very convenient after a shopping spree or in bad weather. 

But these are not the only advantages for the owner and user. The open structure of a carport means uninterrupted air circulation. Fine dust and harmful particles don't have a chance to accumulate, which can be a problem in closed garages, for example. 

This also applies to moisture. The vehicle will dry more easily in rain or snow and the build-up of rust is prevented. Anyone who has ever experienced hail damage to their new car will definitely appreciate the benefits of a protective roof!

In addition to protection from the elements, a carport protects the paintwork from aggressive UV radiation, which can lead to fading and cracking in the long term. Plastics are also affected by this, particularly in the cockpit behind the windscreen. Keeping the sun's rays out on hot summer days will also please the driver, who can get into a pleasantly cool car.

If you have trees and therefore often birds in direct proximity to the parking space, the shelter protects your vehicle from falling branches, leaves and droppings, which also damage the paintwork and, just like tree sap, are often difficult to remove.

In this way, your carport can make a significant contribution to maintaining the value of the vehicle and reduces the amount of maintenance required.

A carport as a contribution to protecting the environment?

In fact, by planning your carport well, you can both make a valuable contribution to the preservation of ecosystems and support the principle of sustainability right on your doorstep through the use of renewable energy.

Many builders prefer flat roofs for their carports. These can be designed as a permanent vegetated area and serve as a food source and new home for the local insect population.

The roof area can also be used for a solar system. In addition to the classic flat roofs, monopitch or gable roofs are also particularly suitable here, depending on the facing direction. If you already own an electric car, which can then be charged directly on site, photovoltaics will add the finishing touch.

Since the state as well as the federal states and municipalities promote the use of renewable energies, it is advisable to enquire about this and possible requirements during the planning phase. For if you build your carport in compliance with subsidy requirements, you can expect to receive attractive subsidies.

Designing an attractive carport

A carport can be designed in many different ways. As the builder, you can choose from a wide variety of building styles and roof shapes. In addition to those already mentioned, hipped or arched roofs are also structurally feasible and can become a real eye-catcher on your property because of their individuality.

It can be attached to a house wall or be completely free-standing. Most property owners want the covered parking space to blend in architecturally with the house. This makes it a visually appealing part of the outdoor area and garden and can increase the value of the property through its added utility. 

The factors determining the cost of a carport

The desired size as well as the material are the main factors determining the costs. The most common building materials are wood and metal. Prices vary depending on the type of wood, but overall, the shelter will be cheaper to build from wood than from metal. The disadvantage is the shorter durability and the continuous maintenance effort. 

Would you prefer to assemble a prefabricated kit with assembly instructions or have a professional carpenter build and erect an individually designed eye-catcher for you? Prices for wooden carports can range from €500 for a simple do-it-yourself structure to €6500 and more for a double carport made by a carpenter.

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