The word is derived from the French “porte-cochere”, which essentially means a covered portal. The word was coined by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright when he used it first in the house of Herbert Jacobs, in Madison County, 1936. However, the carport integrity policy states that they were in use from as early back as 1909, by Walter Burley Griffin, and later by 1913, they were used by other Prairie School type architects. A “carport” is so called because of its visual similarity with a nautical vessel.
Why Are Carports Used Instead of Garages?
In response to this, a quote from Frank Lloyd Wright seems appropriate where he says that cars are not animals which need barns for protection.
What Is a Single Carport?
A single carport is usually 12’ wide, and this is quite enough to give extra protection by enfolding the car, from front to back and side to side. Companies generally design single carports that start from 8’ width and going up to 12’ for single carports for the wider cars. Assuming you have a wide car, which is tall as well, a 12’ single carport will suit your purpose, as the height of the single carport would also be commensurate, 12’ tall. If you insist upon it, the furthest it can go up is 14’ without compromising on the structural integrity.
Why Is a Carport Needed?
Single carports will help to keep the weather away from your precious car, valuables and additional extensions you may have done to your car. Not only cars, but, RV’s, boats and machines can be stored here as well. Normally made from 12-14-gauge steel, these carports can hold out against very harsh and extreme weather, including rain, hail and thunderstorms.
Uses of Single Carports:
They are quite versatile and can be used for any of the following purposes:
- Single RV covers
- Metal RV carport
- Motorhome carports
- Covers for motorhomes
- Steel shelters for propane and metal fuel shelters.
- Steel boat shelter
- Metal boat covers
Options for Single Carports:
When you purchase a single carport, you have the option of including additional features like;
- Front and back end gables
- Fully and partially enclosed ends
- Doors for personnel
- Garage featuring roll up doors
Some companies offer additional storage spaces at the rear of the single carports. This can often be as much as 5’ long and deep. Additionally, the ground where you place it can range from concrete, asphalt, grass, or even dirt, making them versatile indeed.
Some Things You Need to Know Before Assembling Single Carports:
- Tools: You’ll require a tape measure, an adjustable wrench, ratchet set, mallet made of rubber and a utility knife. It’s indeed a clever idea to have rubber gloves and a ladder for safety’s sake.
- Time Required for Assembly: Depending on the kind of model you choose and its size, assembling single carports can take 2-3 hours for smaller ones, and up to eight hours for the larger ones. But of course, this subjects to variables lie the weather conditions you are working under.
- Weight Bags: These are only required when you have a small canopy that will not have permanent attachment with the ground. Some carports use base plates and tethering pegs.
- Sloping Ground Installations: Yes, possible, provided you have the technical know how. But it is recommended only; try to avoid.
- Building Permits: Not needed as single carports are classified as temporary structures. Make sure that the municipal authorities are aware of your area’s local rules.