Do You Need a Carport or Garage?

If you are planning to put up a structure to give you space to park your cars, you might be debating between a garage and a carport. They can both help protect your car from snow, rain, hail, and sun, and can be attached to your home so you can get to your car without getting drenched during a downpour. While they are both good places to park a car, they are fundamentally different structures that can serve different functions.

Carport and Garage Solutions

Below are examples of General Steel garage and carport solutions designed for one, two and three car storage.

Carport versus Garage Pros and Cons

There is more to consider outside of functionality when deciding whether a carport or garage is the right choice for you. Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages, but one distinguishable fact to remember is that a carport can be converted into a garage at a later time. So if the pros and cons of a carport are more favorable to you at this point, you can always opt to enclose the carport when your budget or needs change.

Carport Pros

  • Can be less expensive
  • Fast and easy to build
  • DIY friendly
  • Can be attached or detached
  • Can be used as a patio or covered outside workspace
  • Might not be subject to building codes
  • Shelters your cars
  • Can be converted into a garage later

Garage Pros

  • Increases property value
  • Secure place to park
  • Weather tight
  • Can be attached or detached
  • Can be used as living space
  • Can be used as workshop
  • Can be climate controled
  • Can be expanded

Carport Cons

  • Less security for vehicles
  • Does not provide storage space
  • Less likely to increase property value
  • Cannot be a living space

Garage Cons

  • Take longer to build
  • Can be more expensive
  • Subject to more building codes and permits
  • Style needs to match the property
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Garages Features More Customization Options

Garages, on the other hand, are fully enclosed structures with four walls, which gives you a fully secure structure to park your cars. You can select any combination of colors for the roof, walls and trim to match the style of your home or choose to outfit a garage with numerous siding choices like stucco and faux stone.

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Construction Timelines

Both a garage and carport need to be built on a concrete slab, which needs to be poured on level ground. Once you have that, you can begin construction.

If you are building a carport, it can be erected in as little as a few hours, whereas a garage will take longer as you must attach the wall panels. Carports are not as likely to be subject to building codes and you most likely do not need a permit to build a carport. If you think you might want to convert a carport into a garage later, we recommend purchasing an i-beam carport rather than a tube frame carport to fully support the additional weight.

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