Last updated 1st January 2019
All you need to know about installing a carport, including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Keeping your vehicle in top condition is a priority. Choosing to install a carport is a popular way to protect your vehicle from the elements. If you are thinking about installing a carport, read this useful guide to learn about everything you can expect when you decide to have a new carport installed.
If you haven’t got a garage, a carport is a quick, affordable and easy way to create a covered parking area for your vehicle. With a simple design that only requires a few materials to erect, carports are a convenient and hassle-free way to shield your vehicle from weather damage.
With your vehicle protected from the sun, ice, snow and rain, your carport is immediately ready for use in the morning, meaning that you no longer have to waste precious time scraping the car free from ice and snow during the cold winter months.
Fitted at a lower cost than a garage, with no possibility of complicated planning permission, carports are a simple and straightforward storage solution that will also increase the value of your home. They are available in wood or metal.
If you are having a carport fitted, you should confirm the actual length of the frame when you order. Once fitted, the length of the carport frame is always 30.5 cm shorter than the length of the roof, so it is useful to know the finished length from the outset.
Before the installers arrive, you will need to make sure that the area is clear and suitable for installation. If you do not already have a concrete base in place, you may decide to have one laid so that your vehicle is parked on a flat surface.
With the ground prepared, the posts will be set in concrete at least 121cm deep and left to harden overnight. One side of the posts will be slightly higher than the other so that rainwater can drain away. The higher posts should be those positioned nearest your home to keep water away from your home’s foundations.
Next, the rest of the carport’s structure will be built and the roof fitted. For all-weather protection, the carport roof will be finished with a waterproof seal.
Once your carport is fitted, you may decide to employ a decorator or builder to finish the exterior in a more customised way, or a gardener to refresh the area around the carport.
Carports can be built in wood or metal. When deciding which material to choose, it is useful to consider: which material will best match the exterior of your home, as well as the type of weather that the carport will need to withstand. Robust and long-lasting, galvanised metal or pressure-treated wood are the most popular types of materials used to create carports.
If your carport will endure high levels of rain at particular times of the year, it will be crucial that the drainage system fitted will be able to drain away enough water effectively and avoid becoming blocked. If there will be heavy snowfall during the winter, then your carport’s design must be strong enough to cope with the extra weight of the snow. A high-quality weather-proof finish is equally important too.
The type of material that you choose as well as special customisations, will affect the overall cost of the job. Additionally, you may want to have a concrete base laid to ensure that your vehicle is parked on a level surface.
Most carports do have a concrete foundation laid before the carport structure is fitted, so this is easy to organise, but will increase your final costs. If you do not want to concrete over the area, there are many homeowners with carports over grassed areas, so check with your installation company if you are unsure which surface you would like.
It is tempting to opt for a sizeable carport with plenty of room, however, do bear in mind that a larger structure will cost more. Adding space for an additional car can increase your costs by as much as £650, so think carefully about what you really need.
Finally, check the area that you would like to use for the carport carefully. If digging causes damage to underlying pipework, you will end up having to fork out extra money for repairs.
The average cost of installing a carport is around £2500 - £3500, dependant on the length and projection required, as well as the materials selected.
Your builder will usually work at a cost of around £150 per day.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a specialist to install a carport:
|Cost of installing a single car carport||£2200-£2800||1-2 days|
|Cost of installing a double carport||£3200-£3800||2-3 days|
Individual costs of installing a single car carport including groundwork - Total Cost: £2800