If you’ve stumbled across this page, you might be one of the many individuals that is having a difficult time choosing between carports and garages. Both building styles offer their own unique set of perks and downfalls, and the “best choice” really lies in your situation more than anything. Let’s break it down a bit.
Help! Should I be looking at Carports or Garages?
Carports and garages offer different sets of benefits that you may or may not need in a steel building.
The first thing you need to consider is what you’re looking to store in / do with your building. Is it a vehicle? A motorcycle? Boxes of “stuff”? Do you want a space to do arts and crafts? A place to work on your motorcycle?
If you’re looking to store a sturdy vehicle, you may not need a garage. The additional protection offered by an enclosed garage building is great, but the rain that blows through the sides of typical carports probably won’t hurt your truck or SUV. If you are located in an area that has a lot of debris, of if you’re looking to store an uncovered vehicle like a golf cart, boat, motorcycle, etc, then you might find that a fully enclosed garage is the choice for you.
Garages are also great for people looking for a work space. The walls offer the benefit of privacy, but you have the option of adding windows, doors, and frame-outs if you’re still interested in seeing out.
Aside from covering cars, carports are wonderful for shaded porches, play areas, garden work-space and pool shelters. These functions don’t need walls, and perform better without them in most cases.