RV Carports and Storage Units: Should You Rent or Buy?

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Have you been searching online for “RV carports near me?” Are you looking to store and protect your vehicles without constructing an add-on garage to your home or property? Are you not sure if it would be best to rent or to own your RV storage? For unrivaled durability and protection from the elements, a metal RV carport or storage unit is an excellent investment. When you want long-lasting, all-weather protection, RV carports and storage units are first-rate, proven solutions.

In the following blog from Newmart Builders Inc., we’ll break down everything you need to know about these valuable and versatile structures so you can decide if renting or buying is the right call for you.

What is an RV Carport or Storage Unit?

In short, an RV carport or storage unit is a semi-covered structure that typically consists of a fabric or steel roof that’s supported by steel posts. These solid and sturdy open-style structures are incredibly low-maintenance and help to complete any outdoor space.

Renting a Facility vs. Buying a Garage: What Are the Costs?

In a previous blog—RV and Boat Storage: Comparing Your Options—we went over some of the costs of renting a facility versus buying a garage. But let’s briefly revisit them here.

While the idea of buying a garage or carport for your boat or RV may initially make you balk, depending on where you live, it may be the best option for you. This is especially true if there may not be a viable storage option close enough to your home.

Benefits of Owning an RV Carport or Storage Unit

There are plenty of reasons why you as a homeowner might want to own an RV carport or storage unit—typically, it’s because of their versatility and value. Let’s take a look at some other benefits of owning your structure.

Protection from the Elements

One of the primary reasons people purchase a carport is to protect vehicles from mother nature. Fun fact—when you park your vehicle under a carport, you’ll often notice a lack of frost forming on your windshield. This is because the carport roof acts as a barrier to prevent heat from escaping directly into the air. Instead, it’s absorbed by the roof, and some heat is then radiated back to the vehicle.

No Additional Property Taxes

Most municipalities don’t consider your carport to be taxable property. As your metal carport doesn’t require a foundation, it’s typically not considered a permanent structure. However, your community may require you to request a building permit to attach one to your home. It’s best to play it safe and check-in with your local authorities for specific laws and policies in your town.


One massive benefit of a detached carport is adaptability. If the mood strikes you and you decide you want to move the carport from one end of your property to another, you can. Depending on your structure’s size, you can move it manually without the need to dismantle it first. Also, while its primary function is to protect vehicles, carports are not a one-trick pony. A carport is a versatile structure and can serve various functions, such as shade solutions for your home or business.

Tough Enough for Harsh Weather

RV carports are made to take a bit of a beating from terrible weather and keep on going. For example, our RV storage units can withstand up to 130 MPH winds and up to 30 PSF snow loads. That means that in the harshest weather, your carport should stand up to the test.

Ready to Buy? Need Help Financing? We Can Help with Your RV Carport or Storage Purchase!

At Newmart Builders Inc., we know that providing customers with convenient financing options for a metal building is a key factor in choosing a metal building provider. In fact, we’ve recently written a blog on two quick and easy ways to do so!

Have any additional questions about RV storage or our other metal buildings? Contact us today! We’d love to hear from you.