Carport: design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Carport design and ideas

With more and more private vehicles being purchased in the Philippines, it is necessary to provide a structure for protection from the harshest elements in your surroundings, theft, and even vandalism. Thus, it is a vital importance to construct some sort of covered structure such as a garage or a carport. Both are great additions to your home; but today, we will focus on the essence, basic facts, and functionality of carports. We’ll even provide you great idea tips on design and budgeting!

1. Carport vs. Garage

So what is the difference between these two structures? They’re both great assets to your home that allow you to keep your vehicles out of the weather. Both garages and carports are efficient and functional on their own way.

The main difference is in the construction of these two structures. Garages are enclosed and have walls and doors. They can be either attached to your home or as a freestanding structure. On the other hand, a carport is a semi covered structured designed to store your vehicle. They are open from at least one side.

While both provide similar benefits to your vehicles, the carport is the better and more practical alternative to a garage. Though it has cons such as being not suitable for storage since it can’t be closed and having less protection from theft, it has a lot of pros as well. Not only is it the most cost effective way to provide protection for your car against outdoor elements such as rain and heat, but a carport is also much easier to construct and more budget-friendly compared to a garage. Carports can also be either attached to your home or freestanding.

In fact, most garages are often stuffed to the rafters with everything but the car itself—sporting equipment, boxes of memorabilia and decorations, or even an extra fridge. All of which leaves your car outside, victim to the pounding rain and the searing sun, not to mention the dirt and dust brought by pollution. That’s where a carport can come in.

2. Where can you situate a carport in your house?

Carports typically come in three forms. The simplest is as a freestanding structure. Ideally, a free-standing carport structure is best when built in the front yard of the home. Look into the size of the front part of your house when considering putting up a carport. The bigger the area, the more potential it has for a bigger carport too; hence, it can afford more than one vehicle to park. The standalone carport should be built by a strong material for both the foundation and the roof. For the design and appearance, it is better to be colored with fresh colors such as white and beige as this will bring a sophisticated and modern appeal to your home.

Another option is to have it attached to the side of your house. If you have a smaller front yard, this will be the better idea for the car to rest or sleep. In terms of security, this can be safer than the stand alone since it is attached to your house. A usual design idea is that the outside view will be colored or painted with the same exterior design of the home. For the roof, it can be also same with the roof design and material.

Carports can even be built into the structure of the house. This structure is situated as part of your house and only one side of the carport is open while the other three are built in the residence. This looks more of a garage with the exception of the garage door; so technically, you can add storage fixtures inside, depending on the space available.

3. How much does a carport cost?

A typical two-bedroom Philippine house with an attached carport good for two vehicles ranges approximately from 6,000,000-8,000,000 pesos. If you want to install a carport to your existing home, the prices will depend on the materials used. An average 6m x 6m steel carport built with a concrete frame and a tiled floor would run from 72,000-85,000 pesos. Even if it might be a bit costly, your vehicle needs protection provided by a well-built carport. Plus, it offers added property value.

4. Installing prefab carports – a cheaper alternative

Prefabricated carports are portable or demountable structures that protect your vehicle when you’re looking for a cheaper option. Successful carport installation requires an ideal site with an existing concrete or cement slab. If you need to build a cement slab, choose a location with excellent drainage that will provide extra protection from the elements. Ensure that the site has been properly leveled for the best carport installation results.

Prefab carport kits can range in price from around 8,000 for a simple metal canopy to over 100,000 for a sleek, modern-looking polycarbonate job designed to resist more extreme weather elements. Since the Philippine weather doesn’t include any harsh hail and snow action, an easy metal and aluminum carport would range around 8,000-15,000 pesos. Not a bad thing to consider at all.

5. The best materials for your carport

Choosing the material is the most important element of building a carport. It is imperative to consider durability and wise budgeting. Two materials are highly suggested for the typical carport in a Filipino home:

Steel Carports: While carports are available in vinyl, wood, and polycarbonate, steel carports are the most popular and usually the most sensible. Steel is the cheapest and most durable option. It’s termite-proof and is generally unattractive to all pests. Moreover, they are fire resistant and require virtually no maintenance.

Aluminum Carports: Like steel carports, aluminum carports are highly-durable and cost-efficient. In addition, aluminum is highly rust resistant and has a high oxidation tolerance. The extreme resilience of steel carports makes them ideal if you have a partially wooded property and wish to protect your vehicle from the risk of fallen branches or trees.

Looking into the Philippines’ hot temperature, glass or polycarbonate roofs are not the best options, but any metal roof is; thus, steel and aluminum carports are the perfect choices in the long run.