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Which is Better for Carports and Verandahs—Steel or Timber?

Carports come in various shapes and styles to suit your home. They’re essentially a shed that protects your vehicle from the elements. Carports are used in both commercial and residential settings.

Verandahs are the traditional, covered verandah attached to the back of your house, used mainly for outdoor entertaining. They are a popular choice for modern homes and are a legal requirement in some areas of Australia.

Today, let’s look at which is better for the two—steel or timber?

Here’s what you need to know:

Steel Carports

Steel carports can be used for anything from a single carport to a multi-car garage. Steel carports are usually prefabricated in a factory and moved to the site by forklift. This can save a lot of time on-site and ensures the carport is guaranteed to fit.

An advantage of steel is that it can be made in any size, and it is easier to build a taller carport with steel as there is no bending required. If you’re building a multi-car garage, steel will be more affordable and faster to make, as it doesn’t require a lot of site labour.

Steel is a popular choice for carports and can be customised to suit individual needs.

Steel Verandahs

The old saying that ‘timber lasts longer than steel’ is somewhat true. However, if you’re looking for a permanent structure, steel is a great choice. Steel verandahs are becoming popular because they can be made to a width of up to 10 meters, which is not possible with timber. Steel can be made in a U shape or wholly enclosed.

They are also easier to build than timber. There is no need to excavate the soil, and no large trees need to be removed. Steel verandahs are generally easier for clients to maintain, as the structure can be easily painted. Compared to timber, these verandahs have a longer life span.

Timber Carports

Timber carports are a great choice if you are looking for something a little different or need something reasonably affordable. Timber carports can be built in the traditional, free-standing style, or they can be built into the wall of your house.

In some areas of Australia, timber carports are a legal requirement. Ideally, a carport should be built to last around 20 years, and a good rule of thumb is to use the best quality timber you can afford. Timber is a popular choice for carports, as it is a beautiful choice for your home.

Timber Verandahs

Timber verandahs are the traditional choice, and they add a sense of character to your home. Timber is a popular choice for verandahs, as it is an attractive shed that adds to the aesthetic of your property.

Timber is a popular choice for verandahs because it is an affordable, durable, and attractive choice for your home. Timber is also a good choice if you want to extend your home by adding a covered verandah.


If you’re looking to build a carport or verandah, it’s always best to choose the right option for you and your property. Steel and timber carports and verandahs both have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s essential to do your research and speak with an expert to help you make an informed choice about your property.

Ask the right questions when you’re speaking to a steel or timber builder. Take into account the lifespan, maintenance, and appearance of the structure. The best carport or verandah is the one that will withstand the test of time.

If you are looking for more creative ways to improve your indoor and outdoor spaces, we can help you. Excelfit Pty Ltd is a Sunshine Coast-based design and construction firm. We have been designing and constructing patios, pergolas, sheds, garages, and more for years. Submit your details today and schedule your consultation to learn more about our work and how we can help you!

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