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Carport KitsFor a property not equipped with a brick-and-mortar garage, a carport kit provides far more advantages over constructing a shelter from the ground up. First, no building plans have to be drawn up. Secondly, on a similar note, a building permit is seldom needed. Third, a carport can be placed in practically any location, within building code limits, and can be moved at any time. Carport kits, as well, come with all materials; while you, the owner, can assemble the structure, the carport can also be modified at a later date to meet your storage needs.

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But, you might ask yourself, why is protection, be it from a brick-and-mortar garage or a carport, so important? Whether you realize it or not, a vehicle left outside, particularly if in one place for several months, becomes damaged by UV exposure and water buildup. External and internal parts can crack, paint can fade, and mildew, mold, and dry rot can form on the surface. Over time, such exposure results in more maintenance costs and eventually truncates the life of your vehicle.

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canopy anchorsA carport, then, is an economical approach for getting the most use out of a car, boat, or RV as possible. Typical carport kits contain two basic parts: UV-resistant and waterproof polyethylene covers and steel frames. The polyethylene, either on top or fully surrounding the frame, keeps UV rays and water away from vehicles underneath and, unlike shrink-wrapping a boat, does not lock moisture inside. The frame, however, is made out of galvanized or powder-coated heavy-duty structural steel and gives the carport its physical strength. Once the frame is assembled and installed into the ground, it holds up to snow loads from 30 to 55 pounds and winds from 80 to 97 miles per hour.

Some carport kits, however, do not use polyethylene and, instead, are fully steel. Having a longer lifespan for a portable shelter, a metal carport kit is composed of a galvanized steel frame and a 29-gauge steel roof. While, in terms of protection, the steel roof naturally blocks out UV rays and water, the full structure is resistant to termites, fire, rust, and rot.

Carport kits are designed with either valance or enclosed styles. If a vehicle needs to be used on a daily basis, consider a valance design, open on all sides and covered on top; if full protection is needed for winter, a valance carport can be modified with side walls and end panels. If, on the other hand, the carport is being used for long-term shelter, an enclosed structure provides the right amount of coverage any vehicle or investment inside needs.

No matter the type of carport chosen, make sure it is anchored fully. A carport kit not installed into the ground has a greater chance of collapsing from snow buildup or blowing over from wind. If the shelter will be moved or put into storage at some point, secure it with an anchor kit. For permanent shelter, set the frame into cement in the ground.

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