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!
Carport vs. Garage
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.
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.
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
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.
Where can you situate a carport in your house?
typically come in three forms. The simplest is as a freestanding
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.
option is to have it attached to the side of your house.
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.
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
How much does a carport cost?
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.
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.
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.
The best materials for your carport
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
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.
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
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.