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Looking to store and protect your vehicles without constructing an add-on garage to your home? When you need unmatched durability and protection from the elements, a metal carport is a great investment. When you want long-lasting, all-weather protection, these carports are quality solutions that will stand the test of time. But what is a carport and why is it the right solution for your needs? We’ll break down everything you need to know about these useful and versatile structures.
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If you need an extra space to store your items or vehicles, and you're unsure of the advantages of a carport vs. garage, look no further. Both carports and garages offer convenient and practical added space to store cars, tractors, or other motor-powered equipment - but both structures are different. In fact, there are several factors to consider when choosing between a carport and a garage including what you need to store, your space limitations, and where you plan to use your unit. Find out more about these distinct structures, and which will be the best option for you.
What Is a Garage?A garage is a completely enclosed building with walls, roofing, and a doorway or entrance. Speaking strictly about detached garages, they are typically made of fabric or steel and can be portable* or permanently fixed. A detached garage can be secured with a lock and key, making your items less vulnerable to theft. Both fabric garages and metal garages are easy to assemble and conveniently use on multiple outdoor surfaces. A portable fabric garage is both useful and convenient. They are constructed with sturdy steel frames and ripstop-tough covers that are built to last. A portable garage is a multi-functional storage unit that you can use to keep anything from garden tools to small vehicles. A portable garage also offers flexibility: you can move it from your driveway to your backyard and back again, depending on your needs.
LEARN MORE: Are fabric garages durable? Do fabric garages resist fire? How do I clean my fabric garage? The answers to these questions, and more, can be found in our Fabric Buildings FAQs. Learn More →Metal garages are designed to stay put. They can be used at the end of a driveway or anchored to a concrete slab. They have traditional pull-up garage doors for easy access to your vehicles and other stored items.
COMPARISON: Fabric Garage vs. Metal Garage
Garage-in-a-Box ShelterTube SOJAG Everest Frame Material Steel frame with a powder-coated finish, which prevents chipping, peeling, rust, and corrosion Heavy duty square-tube frame with a powder coated finish for extra protection Made with top-of-the line galvalume steel: an aluminum, zinc, and silicone plated steel for exceptional corrosion resistance. Cover Material Triple-layer, ripstop Polyethylene cover is waterproof and UV-treated Upgradable cover options available: choose from Heavy Duty 14.5 oz, and Ultra Duty 21.5 oz. ripstop-tough waterproof covers Tough, unique all-steel panel profile design reinforces the overall strength and stability of the garage Accessibility Includes a zippered door and a solid back panel Front and back zipper doors for drive-through access Traditional roll-up front door and wide, secured rear door for easy access Size Options Choose from our standard 12 ft. wide Garage-in-a-Box, 18 ft. wide double Garage-in-a-Box, or the Garage-in-a-Box SUV available in either 11 ft. or 13 ft. widths Configurable shelters available in an array of size options. ShelterTube are sturdy 12 ft. wide shelters that can be configured in lengths between 20 ft. to 100 ft. Configurable garages available in an variety of sizes. Choose from a wide range of size options in 12 ft. wide garages. Can be ordered in lengths up to 100 ft. What We Like Best Can be used as a permanent backyard shelter, or moved from one location to another based on your needs*. Our Garage-in-a-Box units have been designed for easy set up and take down as needed. Easy assembly, portable and heavy-duty. ShelterTube are tough, wind and snow rated shelters available at a great price. Wind speed ratings of 80 mph, and a snow/ground load rating of 43 PSF.** Stylish and modern design made to reliably store and shelter your items. A durable, all-steel wind and snow rated steel garage with a snow load of 35 PSF and a wind speed rating of up to 100 MPH** Learn More Learn More Learn More
Where Can You Use a Garage?Detached fabric garages and metal garages can be used for a variety of storage needs at home, your business, and within the community.
Increase Your Storage Space at HomeNaturally, a fabric garages or metal garages are the perfect at-home protection for the vehicle you drive every day. But you can use a portable garage for a variety of household purposes. They are practical for storing heavy equipment such as walking mowers, ride-on mowers, and snow blowers. They also make great a workshop space for the do-it-yourself Dad: you can include a ShelterShelf in your fabric garage or shelving kits in your steel garage to keep tools and other equipment within reach. Garages can be used as a get-away, too: they make great man caves, playrooms, she sheds, and more.
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Add Additional Storage to Your Work SpaceA portable garage can also be used as office space for your small business, warehouse space for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and more to store parts, and for landscapers and contractors to store snowplows, landscaping equipment, power tools, and more. Handymen and carpenters can also use a portable garage as workshop space to make repairs, cut tile and wood, and more.
Reliable Storage for the CommunityFrom the highway department to the parks and recreation department, there are many ways that a community can use a portable garage. Fabric garage or metal garages can be used by the highway department to store small trucks, maintenance vehicles, and other heavy equipment when it’s not the season. Parks and recreation departments can use them to store sports equipment, machinery used to line and maintain fields, and more.
What Is a Carport?A carport is a semi-covered structure that typically consists of a fabric or steel roof supported by steel posts. These strong and sturdy open-style structures are very low maintenance and complete any outdoor space. Carports come in a variety of styles and may include attached carports (similar to a lean-to carport), or freestanding carports that can be assembled virtually anywhere. Depending on the material of your carport, it may offer a level of protection against rain, snow, ice, and UV exposure. Let’s check out these options:
Monarc Patio Cover/Carport Arrow Carport Frame Material Steel frame with a powder coated finish Vinyl coated heavy duty galvanized steel Steel tube frame with a premium powder coating Cover Material Ripstop-tough polyethylene cover Vinyl coated heavy duty galvanized steel Built-to-last painted galvanized steel Ease of Assembly Easy to assemble DIY assembly Easy to build straight out of the box Footprint/size Comes in 9 X 16 ft. and 10 x 18 ft. options Available in 10 x 10 ft. and 10 x 20 ft. options Customizable in 5 ft. increments from 10 ft. to 20 ft. wide and from 15 ft. to 100 ft. long What we like best Nice-looking portable canopy for the driveway or backyard and complements most home finishes and backyard aesthetics Use as a traditional carport to adequately keep vehicles covered, or attach it to your home for added outdoor shade Versatile: great for sheltering vehicles at home or providing shade and protection anywhere outdoors: the home, office, or municipality Learn More Learn More Learn More
Where Can You Use a Carport?Carports are easy to assemble and use just about anywhere, require minimal maintenance, and provide a simple shade and storage solution with plenty of benefits for everyone. There are several ways you can use a carport at home, at your business, or in a community setting:
Carport for the HomeA carport can be placed on your driveway, patio, or backyard space to help protect your vehicle from Mother Nature when you don’t have an option to store a vehicle indoors. Instead of exposing your car, truck, or boat to potential exterior damage, a carport will provide protection from rain, sleet, snow, and sun. But carports are so much more than just a vehicle storage solution. Carports can provide an attractive shade or awning over your deck, patio, yard, and more. These structures are versatile and attractive enough to incorporate into your outdoor space without looking bulky or unnatural.
A Carport for WorkWhether you work outdoors or in an office, there are many ways that you can use a carport. Contractors can use a carport to create an outdoor workspace. Whether you work on cars or in construction, a carport can provide a shaded and weather-protected workspace for your outdoor endeavor. A carport can give your business location or an office park a much-needed shaded area where employees can enjoy their lunch, coffee breaks, or host an office party outdoors.
A Carport in the CommunityFrom apartments and condos to parks and schools, a carport can serve a variety of community uses. Carports can be used to provide shade at parks, beaches, schools, and residential communities. For example, carports can be used to shelter picnic pavilions, playground equipment, and spectator seating areas. They can also be used in private and public parking lots to create protected parking areas. Whether at schools, parks, airports, or on city sidewalks, municipalities can also use carports to shelter bus stops and other transportation pick-up and drop-off areas.
Carports vs. Garages: Factors to ConsiderNow that you understand what each structure consists of and can be used for, let’s look at some key factors and benefits each structure provides to find the best options based on your needs:
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If you service or detail cars, whether as a fun pastime or as an extra source of income, you need a place to complete your projects without inclement weather or lack of space getting in your way. Instead of constantly swapping cars in your personal garage or working under the hot sun in your driveway, find out how to easily create your own DIY auto repair shop with ShelterLogic.
Consider Structure Materials...First, choose the ideal structure for your DIY auto repair shop based on your budget, property
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Even in the warmer months, your vehicles need quality weather protection. Rain and overexposure to sunlight often cause rust and fading, compromising your vehicle’s exterior and interior. Our selection of carports and garages provide year-round shade, protection, and storage space for your cars, ATV's, and more. Check out a few useful and practical car shelters for ultimate vehicle protection this summer!
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