9 Questions to Answer Before Searching for Metal Carports Near You

A double-wide metal carport sits on a concrete slab next to a beige home with blue skies and tall trees in the background

There are few things more frustrating than spending hours washing, drying, and waxing your vehicle, only to find a bird used it for target practice that same day. Or maybe you’re tired of having to clean off leaves and other debris from your motorcycles, lawn care equipment, or all-terrain vehicles before using them.

No matter the property you want to protect from nature and the elements, a carport is a stylish solution to your problems. But before searching for “metal carports near me,” it’s best to answer these nine questions to ensure you get the carport that is the best fit for your needs.

1. What Will Be the Purpose of My Carport?

Before purchasing a carport, you’ll want to consider what you’ll store under it. How many and the type of vehicles or equipment you’ll be storing under your carport will determine the size, options, and cost of your carport. You’ll also want to decide if you want it to be open, enclosed, or with a gable. A fully enclosed carport will provide more security for your property but it does add an extra expense.

2. What Size Carport Do I Need?

Now that you’ve decided what property you’ll be storing in your carport, you will have to determine the size you need. If you are keeping two vehicles, make sure there is enough space between both of them so that you can open the door of one without hitting the other.

Typically, small- to mid-size vehicles will fit under an 18-foot-wide carport, but full-size cars may need a 20- to 22-foot width. Measure your vehicle’s width, length, and height, and have this information handy when you’re ready to build your own metal carport.

3. Will I Need a Permit?

Before purchasing a new carport to protect your cars, check with your local municipality to see if any local zoning ordinances would restrict the size or placement of a steel structure on your property. You may also need a permit to erect and install a metal building. It’s always best to find out if you need special consideration before buying a carport.

4. Is My Site Ready for a Carport?

To properly install a carport, you’ll need a level surface. If the surface isn’t level by more than four inches, the carport’s legs may need to be cut to help level it out. When you purchase a carport from Newmart Builders, our installers can provide this service for an extra charge.

You’ll also want to check with local utility companies to ensure there are no underground utilities on your carport site since you’ll have to dig to install several posts to anchor the structure. If you have a septic tank, don’t place your carport over it, as the weight of parking cars can damage your septic pipes and tank.

5. Where Can I Buy a Metal Carport Near Me?

Choosing an online retailer or big-box store for your carport is an option if you want a cookie-cutter carport that everyone else has without customization options. Instead, when you buy a metal carport near you from a family-owned business, like Newmart Builders, you’ll get high-quality carports and garages made from 14-gauge galvanized American steel framing and 29-gauge steel sheeting for a robust and sturdy structure.

6. Which Style Roof Do I Want?

A metal carport with green enclosed sides and an open front and back sits on a green grass lot with trees and vehicles in the background

Newmart Builders offers four roof options for your carport. A bent bow roof features rounded corners and horizontal metal panels. However, if heavy snow loads or high winds are a concern, consider a bent bow roof with 2×3 framing to create maximum stability for your carport.

We also have A-frame carports, which creates an attractive solution for storing your property. It also comes with a 2×3 framing option for those locations that need extra stability against harsh weather.

7. What Optional Features Do I Want?

When you build your own carport from Newmart Builders, we offer a wide variety of optional features. There are 14 color choices for your roof, side panels, and trim color. You can also customize whether you want each side to be fully enclosed or not enclosed. On fully enclosed sides, you can add various sizes of doors or windows.

We offer other optional features, including Dutch-cut doors, mobile home anchors for carports set on the ground, concrete anchors, roof braces, or corner braces. We also offer certified buildings that meet 130 mph winds and a 30-pound snow load. Our DripStop panels provide superior protection against condensation to help prevent corrosion and mold damage. Choosing the features for your carport depends on your style and needs.

8. How Will I Pay for My Carport?

Deciding on your payment method before purchasing a carport will help you know how much you can spend on the size and optional features you want or need. Newmart Builders accepts MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards as payment. We also have options to finance with RTO National or use FlexLease for metal buildings between $1,000 and $15,000. For more information on these options, read this blog post to see if they will work for you.

9. Will My Carport Be Covered by Insurance?

Damage from severe weather can create wear on your property. Most home insurance policies cover metal buildings and carports on your property, but it’s a good idea to give your insurance company a call to see if your carport will be covered in case of damage from a storm. Also, inquire about coverage for cosmetic damage, as some insurance companies won’t pay for purely cosmetic claims.

Ready to Purchase a Metal Carport? Build Your Own with Newmart Builders!

Once you have answered these nine questions about the purpose, size, site, features, and financing of your new carport, you are ready to make a purchase. When you need to find metal carports near you, look no further than Newmart Builders!

With our variety of sizes, colors, and optional features, we know that we will have the right solution for you. We’ll help you build an efficient and economical storage solution to protect your vehicles, RVs, ATVs, and other properties. Get started today by creating a custom carport!