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Choosing Steel Carport Designs

Updated on March 31, 2010

Steel carport designs have come a long way from the simple steel beam and aluminum roof designs of the past.  In fact, it is somewhat difficult to tell what kind of material a carport is made of unless you approach it and tap on it.  Some manufacturers make aluminum or steel carports that have the appearance of wood.  Vinyl carports also look very much like wood from a distance.  New technology and material handling methods have enabled manufacturers to create outdoor structures that can fit seamlessly on your property as if they were there all along.  Custom carport designs are also available and depending on how much you can pay, you can even be part of the design process.  Some manufacturers will build an entire structure according to your specifications.  Others allow you to choose one of their standard models but you can customize certain aspects to make it fit your storage and aesthetics need.

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Easy on the Budget and Specifically Easy to Install

In your search for the right metal carport you may run into many steel carport kits. A steel carport kit will basically consist of everything you or an installer will need in order to properly assemble and install a carport shelter. If you are looking for an easy home improvement project that can enhance the beauty of your home as well as its value, then a carport addition is definitely worth looking into. The carport can be used to shelter a vehicle or simply as a covered outdoor space where you can install a grill and an outdoor dining table for entertainment purposes. There are many other ways in which you can utilize the valuable sheltered space. For instance, a homeowner can use the sheltered area to refinish antique pieces of wood furniture or a car enthusiast can fix or detail a car under the protective shelter.

American Steel Carport Inc. is a leader in the industry when it comes to variety, quality, and craftsmanship of metal carports. American Steel Carports distributes structures nationwide. The company is well known for their affordable yet highly durable products. Visit their website to get a better understanding of the types, sizes, styles, and prices they have available. American Steel is best known for their highly portable steel carport designs. You can find open and fully enclosed plans but keep in mind that the larger a structure is the less portable it becomes to the average consumer. You can have a large structure moved or relocated to another location but you will need the assistance of a mechanized lift and a truck large enough to haul it.

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Customize a Kit to Get Exactly What You Need

Many of the large steel carport manufacturers today offer their customers the option to customize a shelter so that it can better fit and meet their needs.  A custom steel carport kit is going to be a little more expensive to purchase but if you have size, style, and installation limitations then you should definitely consider the extra expense.  A custom carport design is going to give you the opportunity to make a shelter appear as if it has been a part of your property since its creation.  You can customize the size to fit a larger vehicle like a recreational boat, motor home, or even large farm machinery.  You can also customize a carport to make it fully closed in.  Consider adding a garage door and some windows to make it more like a part of your home rather than a separate installation.

All Steel Carport Inc. is one of the top custom order carport manufacturers in the country.  You can easily log onto their website and use their estimate calculator to get a better idea of how much a custom design will cost you.  You can also contact one of their sales representatives if you find that the online estimator does not allow you customize the structure fully to your specifications.  All Steel Carports are currently offering free installation to new customers.  Free installation is very valuable if you do not have the time or skills required to assemble and install the structure yourself.  Most companies charge you a fee for this service but with All Steel Inc. you can get this valuable service for free.

Where to Begin the Search for That Perfect Steel Shelter

Most steel carports for sale today come in the form of a kit.  You can choose to purchase a kit locally or long distance.  If you do have to go with a company that is far away, you should be prepared to pay a higher cost because of the added transport distance.  Some companies will deliver and even install a carport for you so you will need to do some research to discover how you can get the best value, quality, warranty, and overall package for your investment. 

There are many steel carport plans to choose from so in your decision making process you will need to determine the size, style, materials, and installation that is best for your property and shelter needs.  If you are having trouble finding a company that can meet your specifications completely, contact a local contractor or builder in your area.  A professional can advise or assist you in getting the right kit and additional accessories so you can create the structure you need and want.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      This style of garage/shelter sells around my hometown for $695.00. I was going to buy one for my birdhouse business I want to start soon, but there are those wooden buildings too. Decisions. Decisions.

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      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Portable fabric carport 7 years ago

      Metal carport kits are definitely a great portable storage solution for cars, trucks, and RVs. Another less costly option is a fabric covered portable garage. These shelters are a fraction of the cost of a conventional storage building.