Carports, once a tacky add-on to low-end homes, now come in a variety of configurations, roof styles and materials that allow homeowners to both beautify and increase the value of their properties. Today, virtually any roof style available on a home is also available for a carport.
Carport roofs are available in many configurations to suit the structural and style needs of a homeowner. To better match the lines of a home, a gable or hipped roof can be used. A carport roof can be pitched or flat. Carports can be supported with one or more posts, with the posts or posts bearing the entire load, or an adjoining structure can bear all or part of the load to offer more parking and storage space and/or ease of entry. Free-standing configurations include A-frames. Economical options include a pergola. Carports may be feature no walls, or may be enclosed with a full wall or lattice work on one more sides. Typically, a carport is not enclosed on all four sides. One- or two-car carports add to the options.
The most common style of carport is the skillion roof (also known as a shed roof)—the classic, flat or sloping roof that is an addition to an existing home or structure, and which is supported by two or more poles. Arch and semiarch, cantilever, flat- and W-panel, trough, gable and Dutch gable roofs are all available and economical as carport roof options. With so many carport roof options available, the style of roof desired by the property owner may determine the configuration necessary, and vice versa. For example, a carport roof can use a cantilever construction with a pitched, flat or barrel vault design. A pergola style structure with a lattice roof offers less protection from the elements, but more sunlight, ventilation and style to the structure.
No longer are homeowners interested in a carport limited to corrugated tin slapped on top of two-by-fours. Treated lumber, vinyl, aluminium, steel, tin, brick and fibreglass are options. The geographic location of the carport will affect material consideration, based on both the year-round weather conditions (humidity, wind, heat and snow) expected, and any local zoning laws.