Picking & Preparing a Surface for Installing a Carport
You’ve examined the costs and the amount of space required, and a carport starts to seem like the most economical solution.
Then, just to be sure, you research building codes and permits, and investigate the types of structures out there. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you ask yourself, "So, where do I put it?"
Consider these points:
Nearly any location on your property’s game for a carport. Depending upon accessibility and width, one could be set up:
- Along your driveway
- In the front
- Toward the back
- A side yard
- Along a parking lot
- On any open land
Certain regions may have their own restrictions. Before you install, check with any local organizations for any practical, safety, or even aesthetic limitations.
Once you’ve got a spot picked out, a second factor is just as crucial: Having flat ground. What can happen when you install a carport onto an uneven surface?
- The shelter is out of balance.
- Anchors may be easily pulled up by wind.
- Frame misalignment.
- Because the cover doesn’t evenly touch the ground, holes and gaps allow animals to pass through and potentially make your shelter or, worse, your investment their home.
What can you do to make sure you’re adding a carport onto even ground?
- Place four stakes down on the area – length and width – you plan to use.
- Connect them with string or twine.
- Measure the high and low points.
From here, you or the crew installing your carport will have to move the soil around until you have a flat patch of ground.
Anchoring the carport’s nearly as important as the material. Not keeping it firmly attached to the ground ultimately puts whatever’s inside at risk.
So, be sure you equip your structure with the correct anchoring system:
- Barbed – Best for asphalt
- A design that expands – Ideal for concrete
- Auger – Best for soil
- Rebar – Designed for most surfaces except concrete.
For selecting a carport kit and an anchoring system, browse through a range of sizes and configurations through Shelters of America.
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