Carports are a popular alternative to having an
additional garage built to protect a car or boat. In hot climates such
as South Africa a carport provides shade for a vehicle that might
otherwise have to park all day in the sun making it extremely unpleasant
to enter a car that is hot and stuffy. Carports can also protect
vehicles from other elements such as rain and hail.
What exactly is a Carport.
A carport comprises a structural frame across which a shade material fixed to provide shade cover for a vehicle which is parked
beneath it. There are a wide range of coverings that can be used in the
construction of a carport including shade cloth or shade net, fibreglass,
Chromadek, or Zincalume. Carports with shade net or shade cloth are more
commonly referred to a Shadeports. Carports not only provide shade but also
protect vehicles from the rain and hail damage. The structural frame of the car port can vary greatly in terms of
material, method of construction and design. Timber frame carports are suited
to creating individual shade spaces for private and domestic use and can be
designed to complement the existing design of the house. Timber carports tend
to be more custom made carports, built individually to the clients required
specification. Steel frame carports are usually made from tubular steel and are
suitable for both domestic use and for providing shade for multiple parking
spaces in office parking lots.
Some carport and awning companies manufacture, supply and install only wood
framed carports while others manufacture supply and install only
steel framed carports and I imagine there are those that do both
equally well. Each carport company has their own carport design
irrespective of whether they are manufacturers of wooden or steel framed
Types of Steel Carports.
There are a number of options as far as steel framed carports are concerned.
The first comprises a structure supported by four tubular steel legs each of
which is either fixed to the ground or simply stands on it depending upon whether
or not the carport is intended to be portable and can therefore be relocated. The
other option is the cantilever carport in which the steel framework is
supported at only one end by legs fixed into the ground with the horizontal
spans cantilever out over the parking space. The advantage of cantilever
carports is that vehicles have a bigger turning circle space when
entering or exiting the parking bay. Obviously it is preferable
to have galvanised steel used in the construction of the carport structure
especially in coastal regions where rust could be a
problem. Some carport manufacturers utilize specialised machinery and
tooling to produce highly aesthetic steel carports with built in
integrated gutters and rainwater down pipes resulting in carports with
very clean lines and finish that compliment the design of almost any
building and provide a very attractive shade solution.
Types of Carport Coverings
Shade Net or Shade Cloth carports are usually referred to as Shadeports.
Fibreglass Carports comprise either translucent or opaque corrugated
Chromadek Carports use sheets of steel Chromadek as covering for the
Carport. Chromadek is long span steel sheeting.
Aluminium, Polycarbonate, Zincalume and colourbond are also used as
Carport coverings. Poly-Carbonate Zinc-Alume Aluminum Colorbond Fiberglass
Many of these carport cover materials are available in a wide range
of colours that are designed to be colour fast and will therefore not
fade over time.
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