6 Reasons Why You Should Build A Carport
If parking is a problem in your street or you are just looking to protect your car on your driveway then consider installing a carport.
Installing a carport is a cost effective alternative to building a garage. You are able to buy carports in kit form and install them yourself. If you do not have the DIY skills to install the kit you can employee a builder to erect it for you. Whether you do the job yourself or hire a professional, it will be a much cheaper alternative to building a garage.
Providing protection for your car is essential to keeping it in the best condition possible. The weather has an effect on a cars finish, so protecting it against the wind, rain, sun and snow will help maintain the appearance of your car.
Cars kept under a carport also benefit in the winter as they will not need de-icing so saving precious time in the mornings. Also in the summer months when its hot washing your car under a carport out of the direct sunlight means you will get a streak free finish.
It also offers you and guests protection when getting out of the car whatever the weather.
No Planning Permission or Building Regulations
No planning permission should be needed you just need to follow the limitations set out by the local planning authority;
1. No carport may be built on land forward of the wall that forms a home’s principal elevation.
2. All new carports must be single storey, with no balconies or overhangs.
3. Carports must have a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres.
4. The addition of a new carport cannot contribute towards exceeding 50% of a home’s land.
5. Homes located in National Parks must not build carports that exceed 10 square metres, if located more than 20 metres from each house.
Building a new attached carport (open on at least two sides) would not normally require building regulations approval if it is less than 30 square metres in floor area.
Listed buildings – you shouldn’t need to seek building consent however it’s advisable to always contact your local planning office before making any changes to your listed building. Even though carports are not fixed structures and can be taken down, my advice is its best to check before making any changes as it is a criminal offence to alter a listed building without consent.
Easy & Quick To Fit
A car port is a quick and easy DIY project, which doesn’t take long to fit and is easy to install. Modern day carports are constructed in lightweight materials like GRP this makes them easy to install. GRP is durable, sturdy, strong and easy to maintain. A carport can be fitted by two people over a weekend, meaning you will be able to start using it fairly quickly, compare that to how long it would take to build a garage!
Helps To Save Water
Many supported carports have a rainwater kit included in the price; this is a great addition and enables you to use the rain water on your garden during the summer when we usually get hit with a hose pipe ban!
A carport has its obvious job of protecting your vehicle, but it also can be used as a patio awning. When your car isn’t parked under the carport you can use this area to enjoy dinning with friends and family, it’s perfect to use should it start raining when you are having a BBQ allowing you to stay outside rather than having to retire to the house.
Please do not cook or burn candles under the shelter because it is a fire hazard.