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CarportsLong-term exposure to UV rays and water damages a vehicle: External and internal parts can crack, paint can fade, and mildew, mold, and dry rot can form on the surface. Over time, these result in an owner, such as yourself, getting less use out of the vehicle and needing to pay more for repairs. While storage, in this case, is the logical solution, what do you do if your property is not equipped with a brick-and-mortar garage?

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A carport is one economical solution. Affordable and with all parts needed, carports require no building plans or permits, can be placed anywhere on your property within building codes, and can be modified to your needs. Available in a large range of sizes, a carport can have the right fit for covering your car, boat, RV, equipment, or any combination of vehicles and investments.

Car CarportA standard design for a portable carport includes a steel frame and a polyethylene cover. A heavy-duty material, the polyethylene is treated to be UV resistant and waterproof; when it comes to protecting any vehicle underneath, the polyethylene keeps away UV rays and water that would ordinarily build up on or damage a car, boat, or RV. The frame, on the other hand, is made out of powder-coated heavy-duty structural or galvanized steel; carports designed for long-term outdoor use may be made out of either of these materials.

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Other carports, however, are fully made out of metal. Used for the same purposes, fully metal carports are composed of a galvanized steel frame and a 29-gauge steel roof. With a similar set of protective qualities as standard carports, metal structures naturally keep UV rays and water away from your vehicle and resist rust, rot, fire, and termites.

Carport formats are determined by need, and while valance structures are suited for some, enclosed are better for others. If an owner is using the carport for sheltering a vehicle every day, a valance design allows a car, boat, or motorcycle to easily pull out or go in; front flaps or doors are not a hindrance. If, on the other hand, a vehicle or investment is being kept in storage for several months at a time, immobile and needing protection from the elements, an enclosed carport provides full shelter. Additionally, if a carport is being kept in an area that experiences high levels of precipitation, a rounded design, as opposed to the standard peaked frame, provides better protection.

No matter the type of shelter that meets your needs, all need to be anchored into the ground to offer full protection against high wind and heavy snows. In these instances, setting the frame into concrete in the ground or installing the structure with an anchor kit allows the carport to hold up to 30 to 55 pounds of snow and 80 to 97 mile per hour winds.

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