If you have decided to purchase a carport for your home, you may wonder how to start selecting one that is right for your vehicle and your needs. If so, ask yourself the following three questions before buying a large carport to get an idea of what you want and need.
For What Do You Need the Carport?
Besides having a place to park your car, for what other purposes do you need the carport? The answer to this question may influence the style and features that you select.
If you are only planning to park your car and lawn mower on the carport to keep them out of the weather, you may only need a roof. And, if security is not an issue in your neighborhood, you may only need three walls for the carport, with the front wall open.
However, if you plan to store tools in and work on your vehicle under the carport, you may want to have a front door that has a locking mechanism. You may also need enough space to keep your toolbox and a shelving unit. In this case, you would need one of the largest carports available to give you ample room to move around.
How Much Time Do You Plan to Spend in the Structure?
Another question to ask yourself is how much time you plan on spending in the carport. This can influence your decision in regards to lighting.
If you do not plan to spend more time than it takes to park or get into your car, you may not require any lighting. Or you may choose to only use a flashlight for the brief moments that you are in the carport at night. However, if you plan to work on your car or other projects in the carport, lighting will be essential.
For lighting during the day, you may want to have skylights put in the roof of the carport to let in as much natural light as possible. For nighttime, you may want to find out if you can purchase a carport that is already wired for a small light or a couple of wall plugs.
After answering the above questions, you should have a good starting point for selecting a carport that suits your needs. If you have any questions about what large carports are available for sale, speak with a sales representative at a respectable carport company such as Coast to Coast Carports, Inc. who can show you the sizes and optional add-ons they have available.