Building Steel Carport
If you do not have a garage, a steel carport can help you to protect your truck, car or other vehicle from a big part of the weather issues such as rain and snow. By protecting your vehicle, you are saving money on some long term repairs that could be the result of excessive weather exposure. DIY steel carports can protect your vehicle from the elements for an affordable cost. Before beginning to build your steel carport, it is important to check on your local zoning laws. Most places will allow you to build it but will typically require that you obtain a permit before doing so.
DIY Steel Carport Kits
There are many steel carport kit options available to consumers these days. The first thing to consider is where you plan to build the carport. This is important so you can get the correct measurements before you purchase the kit. Carport kits come in a variety of sizes and styles, choose what will suit your needs best, enlist some help and get started.
Before anything else, take the time to read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your steel carport kit. These instructions will tell you what other supplies and tools you will need for the project. Gather those things, get your help to the site and you’re ready to begin building steel carport.
1. Measure and measure again- be sure the ground where you intend to build your carport is level. If it is not, take steps to level it before you begin building. After you are sure your chosen spot is level, check again and then begin by digging your first hole using the post hole digger. Typically the hole needs to be at least 24 inches deep, check the instructions for specific details. After the hole is dug, mix up enough concrete mix to fill that one hole, pour the concrete and set the post.
2. Alignment- align the post, being sure that it is level and will not move while the concrete takes the needed time to dry. After that first post, continue on to the next post, pouring concrete and securing posts one after the other. Double and triple check the levelness of the posts, you do not want to make a costly mistake that could easily be prevented by double checking. Next, you will install the railings, bottom and top as well as the trusses. Use the screw gun to tighten all fasteners along the way.
3. Roof- put one helper on at ladder at each side of the carport as you install the roof, being sure to have someone holding the ladders firmly at the bottom for extra safety. Trim any roof pieces that need it with tin snips and tighten all fasteners and support brackets with the screw gun. Add panels for those kits that have them and recheck all fasteners.
A DIY steel carport can protect your vehicle from rain and snow as well as allowing you some protection from the weather when getting in and out of the vehicle.