The finest carport blends in with the rest of your home. Take a thorough look at your house if you intend to create a carport in your front yard. Build your carport using the same materials as the house and adapt the dominating exterior styles. If you’re unsure about the design, check at the most popular carport designs in the country and see if you can make one seem like a natural extension of your home:
1. Dutch Gable Carport
A dutch gable roof carport has two sloping sides that meet at the ridge to form a triangular point when viewed from the front. They are often available in two styles: normal gable and Dutch gable. Both are popular as linked carports complement a home, especially if they are created in complementary colours.
Dutch Gable roofs are also available in a range of pitches to suit single, double, or larger carports, depending on space requirements. They are slightly more expensive than flat roof carports due to the roof structure, but what you pay in instalments is repaid in the value-added to your house. They take longer to construct than flat roof carports but faster than standard garages.
2. Skillion Carport
A skillion (also spelled scullion or sillion) is a single sloping surface that forms the carport’s roof. They are typically offered at a pre-set angle, typically 20 or 45 degrees, making them faster to install. They are highly popular with professional installers as they can be installed in a day in a very professional manner.
Skillion carports are preferred by DIYers, too, as the materials required for this style are very cost-effective and easy to find. They are also easy to maintain, as the roof attachments are simple to remove and replace. Choose a slightly longer carport than the vehicle parked to get the best effect.
3. Hip Roof carport
Hip roof carports offer a professional look that is popular with homeowners. Hip roofs have two sloping surfaces that meet in a ridgeline. The sloping lines of the two sides form a triangle shape at the upper end of the two slopes.
Hip roofs are usually offered at a pitch of 20 degrees, making them very popular with DIYers. They offer more room than skillion carports and are relatively cheap. You can choose to add a flat or slanted surface at the front of the carport, depending on the look you are aiming for.
4. Gable Carport
Gable roofs are the most common design for carports in Australia. They are also the least expensive to build, mainly if you use the same materials for the carport as for your home. They feature two vertical sides that meet at a ridge, forming a triangle shape.
Compared to hip roofs, gable roofs are more vertical and need more space to be built. Similar to Dutch gables, they are slightly more expensive than skillion carports. On the other hand, they take less time to build, as the surface area is more extensive and the roof is vertical. With a bit of ingenuity and determination, the carport walls can easily be adaptable to suit your purpose.
Your imagination only limits the different carport designs. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on the materials, or you don’t have the available space for a bigger carport, consider building a DIY garage. The garage can be used as a workshop or even a storage area. It is easy to build and can be built using the same materials as the home.
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