If you are searching for a method to provide your vehicle the added benefits of shelter from the elements and extremes of weather this article will help you with showing you how and why carports can be beneficial for your needs. Building a garage or a carriage house is a lot more time consuming and not to mention costly. This is why carports make such a great alternative and this article will give you the details and a rough outline of what it takes to build your very own. Continue reading to get the full details of what it takes to build this structure below.
The very first aspect of building a carport is the planning stage and you will more than likely have to look into the building codes to make sure you are not breaking any rules in your local municipality. Second of all, you are going to want to be sure that the area you are choosing to build your carport on will not interfere with any sewer, gas or water lines on your property. Mark out the plotted out area with string and stakes and make sure it is measured as a square.
The next stage consists of digging holes for the posts. You will want them to be at least a foot wide and one foot deep. Pour concrete into the holes and set a stirrup bracket at the center of each concrete pad. Be sure the brackets are level and then place a piece of wood over the concrete and allow it to dry over a period of two days. After place the posts in the brackets making sure they are vertical. Drill holes for carriage bolts and secure the brackets and posts together.
Next, you will have to measure out the height that you wish the roof to be using a string line and you will have to cut off any excess wood from the posts as necessary. In order to prevent the roof from gathering water be sure to build it at a slight angle that slopes away from your house for snow and water runoff from the weather and elements.
After you will want to cut a bearing beam that fits the length of your carport and then you attach it to the rebates you pre-cut. Make sure that you bolt the beams and the rebates together. We suggest that you use galvanised 4.5-inch coach bolts. If you are attaching your carport to your house then be sure to use a bearing beam that is parallel to the first and attach it to the side of your home. If your wall is made of wood then we suggest that you use coach screws but rather if your home is built from masonry dynabolts are typically what you will want to use.
Be sure to follow the building codes in your area when it comes to building a carport. You will need to measure and cut the correct amount of rafters and attach them in between the two bearing beams. You will want to have them spaced out every three feet and we highly suggest that you attach the rafters to the beams using galvanised nails for the best possible results.
Lastly, at the very end of this project, you will need to attach the roof. You will need to measure it and then attach it to the rafters and bearing beams. You will want to be sure that the screws you use for the roofing utilise rubber washers before you go to tighten them. As an added advantage you will also want your roof to extend a few inches past the frame of the building to allow for snow and rain runoff so it does not collect and slowly damage the roof of your carport.
Carports and timber carriage houses are great additions to a home and add the value of protecting your vehicle from the elements and off of the street which also makes your vehicle less of a target for criminals. After you have built the structure it is always a good idea to paint it and treat it with a protective finish to ensure its longevity and usefulness. Overall they are an efficient method to store your vehicle and even add to the resale value of your home when you are thinking of possibly selling now or in the future. Unlike a garage or a carriage house, they are much more cost-effective and give you the added value of your home and property.
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