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  1. What is the Best Carport Size for your Needs?

    Arrow Steel Carport

    There are many reasons to own an Arrow Carport. When you need to protect cars, SUVs, trucks, RVs, heavy equipment, and boats, a tough steel carport is a great investment. In addition, they can be used as a patio cover, picnic pavilion, and more to protect family, friends, and customers from the elements.

     

    Despite being easy to assemble, Arrow Carports are also designed to stand up to the roughest weather. Having one can give you peace of mind that both your vehicle and your carport will not suffer damage during a rainstorm, windstorm, or snowstorm.

     

    If you're already convinced that you need a metal carport, you probably want to know what the best carport size is for your particular needs. This post will break down everything you need to know about the Arrow Carport, and help you decide which size carport is right for you.

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  2. Why You Should Choose a Carport Kit Over a Full Garage

    Why You Should Choose a Carport Kit Over a Full Garage

    Carport kits and full garages offer homeowners a convenient covered space to store motor vehicles and other large equipment that you don’t necessarily want exposed to the elements. There are several things to consider when choosing between a carport kit and a full garage. For example: what do you need to store, property size and zoning regulations, and how much money you have to invest.

     

    This post will help you understand the difference between a carport kit and a full garage, and the benefits of each type of structure.

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  3. How to Transform a Freestanding Carport Into a Year-Round Shelter with a Carport Enclosure

    How to Transform a Freestanding Carport Into a Year-Round Shelter with a Carport Enclosure

    With a carport enclosure or carport covers, you can treat your freestanding carport more like a makeshift garage or outdoor shed of sorts all year long. You won't have to worry anymore about rain or snow damaging your valuables because a carport enclosure creates a durable and protective barrier. Let's go over the different types of ...

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  4. Using an Outdoor Carport in a Business or Municipal Setting

    Using an Outdoor Carport in a Business or Municipal Setting

    Businesses and municipalities of all sizes can benefit from owning carports. These structures protect more than parked cars -- they can also be used practically as a shade canopy, or decoratively to upgrade the aesthetic of a property.

    There are so many unique uses for carports that this one-time purchase can give you years of practical use.

    Here is how businesses and municipalities can use an outdoor carport as a versatile protective covering.

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  5. Creative Uses for a Carport

    Creative Uses for a Carport

    A carport doesn’t have to just be for your car. Carports can be a great idea to add storage and functionality to your property without much extra cost. Whether you want to DIY a simple carport or have someone else come in to install it, these creative carport storage ideas might make you consider getting one even if you don’t have a vehicle.

    What is a Carport?

    A carport is a structure that generally has a fabric or steel roof with steel post supports. They are strong and sturdy, typically meant to hold up against rain and snow, and require very little maintenance. They can also provide good shade coverage for the summer months. Carports typically don’t include doors or walls, though some can be fitted with add-on wall kits. They provide overhead shelter and allow you to effectively protect anything that you can fit underneath from the elements. Depending on the type of carport you choose, you can also assemble them virtually anywhere. To learn more about carports, check out our what is a carport blog post.

    Why Do You Need a Carport?

    Carports are incredibly versatile and useful, so they are great for any family looking for a little extra storage room in their home. Carports are great for keeping cars protected from the elements in all seasons, but even if you don’t have a car, they can still add value to your property and be incredibly useful for storing other outdoor equipment.

    How Much Does a Carport Cost?

    If you’re willing to DIY your carport or get a kit that you construct yourself, you can find quality carports for under $900 like the free-standing Arrow Carport for $879.99. If you want a larger carport or to have it custom-made or preconstructed on your property, it can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 or more. However, given the amount of coverage and value that the carport provides it might be well worth it especially in areas with extreme weather like hail or intense sun. Plus, because they do not require a foundation, most municipalities do not consider it taxable property so you won’t have to pay extra property tax if you get one. For specific details on taxes and permits for getting a carport in your area, we recommend checking with your local authorities for specific laws and policies because each place will be a little different.

    Carport Types

    The two main types of carports that you can get are free-standing or wall-mounted carports but you can also choose different design types for sizes such as single bay, double bay, or tandem. Both free-standing and wall-mounted will provide coverage for your car or other outdoor storage needs, but have different benefits. Depending on your house location and structure and the surrounding outdoor space, you may find that one design is more desirable for your needs.

    Free-Standing

    Free-standing carports are exactly what they sound like — they stand on their own without support from a pre-existing structure. These carports have four steel beams and are fully self-supported so you don’t need to worry about making sure you have space close to your house or garage to add it. Freestanding carports are best for when you have a lot of land on your property or know you want to be able to move your carport to different locations. Freestanding carports are typically the most versatile and open-aired option. Unlike wall-mounted carports, these will generally not have a wall on one side meaning they are fully open to the elements on all sides unless you specifically invest in a wall on one side.

    Wall-Mounted

    You may know wall-mounted carports as lean-to or attached carports. These are linked to another building like a shed, garage, or home. The carport structure will typically have at least two supporting beams on the side away from the building so it can take on more weight in the case of heavy rain or snowstorm.

    Single Bay

    These carports are simple, one-spot shelters for just enough room for one car. They can either be attached or free-standing.

    Double Bay

    Double bay carports are large enough to allow for two cars to park under the carport next to each other.

    Tandem

    If you want the space to cover two cars, but don’t need them to be next to each other, this option might be for you. A tandem carport has room for two cars to park one behind the other. This is ideal for properties with less space.
    One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether you’ll buy a metal carport or a fabric carport. Check out this blog post about the pros and cons of metal and fabric carports so you can make your decision with confidence.

    Creative Carport Ideas

    Protecting your car is far from the only way you can use a covered carport. Check out some of these inventive carport ideas that are actually attractive and useful.

    Patio or Deck Covering

    Create a modern outdoor kitchen under an attached carport for year-round coverage and a comfortable place to host friends and family in the fresh air. Even if you don’t want to construct a whole new outdoor kitchen, you can also use a carport as a freestanding patio cover further away from the house as well. With larger carport options, you can have a large space even in the winter months that can be fully protected and available for you to use outside. The carport will also protect patio furniture, your grill, and other outdoor comforts that you enjoy on the patio.

    Backyard Picnic Pavilion

    Similar to the patio covering, you can also use a carport to cover a picnic table or eating space. Along with practical coverage, this can look stylish and is ideal for summer lunches to avoid overheating or sunburns.

    Cover Playground Equipment

    Use an extra tall carport to cover a small play structure or move sandboxes and other potable playground equipment under a standard carport to shield it from rain and snow. In the summer months, this can also be a great place to let your kids play without any worry of sunburn.

    Outdoor Meeting Area

    Is your workspace starting to feel a little cramped? Do you want the luxury of holding your in-person and virtual meetings outside in the fresh air? A carport-covered outdoor meeting space is just the thing you need. Set up a seminar table or some comfortable chairs to create a charming, business-ready space to hold client meetings or work parties.

    Outdoor Carport Storage

    Whether you need to store logs, agricultural equipment, or garden supplies, a there are many different carport storage ideas... and solutions. With even an average-sized carport you can keep plenty of wood dry for the winter and stor
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  6. Fabric vs. Metal Carports: Pros and Cons to Consider

    Fabric vs. Metal Carports: Pros and Cons to Consider

    One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether you’ll buy a metal carport or a fabric carport. When weighing your options, it's important to consider factors like how you plan to use your carport, the climate where you live, and your personal preferences.



    Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both metal and fabric carports so you can make your decision with confidence.

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  7. Creative Backyard Garage Solutions

    Creative Backyard Garage Solutions
    Are you considering building a backyard garage or shelter? A backyard storage space is the perfect way to keep your belongings safe and organized. These structures are also incredibly versatile. You can use an outdoor shelter for standard uses such as car parking or equipment storage, and you can even try out one of these creative backyard garage ideas
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  8. Great Fall Patio Decor You'll Love

    Great Fall Patio Decor You'll Love

    No matter the season, amazing patio decor is always in style. Having a gorgeous backyard space can give you an area to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It can even make your home the life of the party during any family get together. Fall patio decor goes beyond just tables and chairs. It includes accessories such as stylish storage boxes and buildings, fantastic shade solutions, and more. Choosing the right furniture, accessories, and patio décor can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis...

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  9. Finding the Right On-Site Storage for Landscaping Equipment and Supplies

    Finding the Right On-Site Storage for Landscaping Equipment and Supplies

    Whether you run your own landscaping business full-time or you just mow a few lawns on the side, a place to store your landscaping equipment and supplies is a must.


    Properly storing landscaping equipment is as critical as correctly maintaining it to keeping your operation running smoothly. Landscaping equipment storage is a year-round issue and keeping it safe while it’s being stored is even more challenging.


    For business owners who work out of their homes, there’s an additional hurdle that comes with the storage of landscaping equipment. Keeping trucks, trailers, and mulch piles out in the open on your property can lead to complaints from neighbors. At the same time, the monthly cost to rent an offsite garage or space at a storage facility can add up and cut into your profits.


    Both fabric and metal storage buildings are perfect solutions for landscaping equipment storage. Not only are they an affordable investment for your business, these outdoor storage buildings are great for keeping all your landscaping equipment organized and out of your neighbors’ sight.

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  10. Essentials for Fall DIY Backyard Projects

    Essentials for Fall DIY Backyard Projects

    Is there a more perfect time of the year than the fall? The temperature is comfortable, the leaves are changing, and everyone wants to be outside. It’s also a great time to get to all those DIY backyard projects before the winter weather starts to roll in. Before you get started on your to do list, here are some essential products you need to make your tasks that much easier.

    Organizing the Patio Ahead of Winter...

    One of the most popular DIY backyard projects is cleaning up your pool, patio, or d
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