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Common Repairs for Carports

Auto CarportsCarports and portable shelters are a great way to protect vehicles and equipment from short-term and long-term exposure to the elements.

There are times when repairs to carports will be necessary. One of the most common problems that can occur with a carport is a loose canopy. This can lead to a sagging carport.

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Portable carports are the type of carports most likely to suffer from a loose canopy. This is because they deal with more wear and tear from being set up and taken down multiple times. They sometimes have less self-supporting ability because they are easy to assemble and disassemble.

Auto CarportsThere are ways to repair a sagging carport. You can use a spreader bar, which can be bought at most outlets that sell portable carports. Each spreader bar is installed differently, so it's important to carefully check the instruction for the spreader bar you purchased. The spreader bar is placed between the top of the frame and the canopy. You then crank and expand the spreader bar, filling the space of the carport canopy and pushing the canopy up.

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Metal carports are not likely to have issues with sagging. However, there are times when the supports may bend or buckle. This is something to watch for in the winter months, especially if there is snow on the carport roof and the weight of the snow is more than the roof was designed to handle. The best way to tackle this issue is to try and make sure it does not occur. Check the roof after moderate and heavy snowfall. Use a long-handled broom to regularly wipe some of the snow off the carport. If the supports have begun to buckle, it's probably a good idea to replace them.

The same issue also holds true for wooden carports. If the wooden roof does start to sag, you'll probably need to replace it. If the support structure is still sound, you may just need to get some replacement lumber to repair the roof.

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