Carport vs. Garage – Which Is Better for You?

We receive many questions from customers. One of the most common questions we receive is carport vs. garage – which is better?

This determination is a personal one. Garages are traditionally what people choose for their home, and we’re 100% behind putting up a quality garage if that’s what’s going to work best for you. But, our main concern is that our customers get a quality structure at the right price that’s going to best accomplish their goals. And, sometimes, a garage isn’t the best option.

For an in-depth discussion of both garages and carports, read our Structure Guides

Why Carports May Be a Better Option

While a garage can be a versatile and useful structure, carports have their own advantages, and many of their benefits aren’t realized by people. Here are just a few of the reasons some people choose a carport over a garage:


Carports are less expensive. Actually, a carport costs about half as much as a garage. It’s a cheap way to protect your vehicles and other items.

Regulation Free

If you build a garage, you have to worry about city regulations and fire safety during construction. This isn’t the case with carports because it’s not enclosed and can’t be considered a living space.

Faster Installation

A garage will take some time to build, but a carport could be up in a day, especially with professional installation.

Protects Vehicles

The roof of the carport protects vehicles from the weather and flying debris. You won’t have to worry about rain, snow, and hail hitting your vehicles. If you have trees around your house, you don’t have to worry about branches falling on them. In many cases, that’s all the protection a vehicle really needs. It doesn’t have to be locked inside an enclosed building.

Natural Ventilation

Vehicles stored under carports have natural ventilation. You won’t ever have to worry about humidity or mold, which could potentially be a problem in a garage.

Freedom with Location

With a garage, you have to decide where to build it. Most of the time, it will end up attached to your home unless you can have a detached garage. Some homeowners associations will not allow that. With a carport, you don’t have to worry about that unless the association restricts their construction/use. In most cases, you can choose to have the carport placed wherever you want without issue.

Decrease Clutter

The United States Department of Energy reported that 25 percent of adults with a two-car garage have so much stored in it that they don’t have room for a car. It’s not nearly as easy to clutter up a carport, so the chances of it are slim.

Added Space

If you already have a garage and use it for storage, a carport provides added space to store a vehicle. In this case, it’s not about getting a carport OR garage, but getting a carport in addition to a garage.

Carport for the Win

Most of our customers who choose a carport over a garage come back to tell us that they are happy with their decision. They didn’t have to spend a lot of money; they don’t have a cluttered garage; their vehicles, equipment, and items are protected; and they now have a structure that can be used in many ways.

If you’re considering a carport purchase, contact us. We know all there is to know about carports and would love to help you find the one that best suits your needs.

How to Make a Carport into a Storage Shed

You want to build your own storage shed. It may be because you’re handy and enjoy a project now and then. Or, it may be because the storage sheds you find online and on display at dealers can be so expensive.

While we understand the sticker shock that comes along with storage shed shopping, we did want to give you an idea that may work out better for you. It’s still possible for you to build a shed, but not exactly what you’re thinking.

Let’s start by clarifying: what is a storage shed? A storage shed is an enclosure where you can put some of your most precious belongings. Since this area is enclosed, you don’t have to worry about the weather damaging them. For example, rain won’t come down on the items, and rust them. Wind won’t send them flying across your yard. Snow won’t pile up on everything, which could lead to rust and broken parts.

The picture to the right is probably the first thing you think about when you picture a storage shed, right? Sure, this is cute and all, but do you really need to go through the expense, time and effort to build a storage shed like this one?


There’s an alternative to this type of storage – a carport.

Right now, you’re likely thinking that a carport will in no way help you achieve what you need. Just hang on for a moment – we can show you that it can do exactly what you need, and so much more.

How a Carport Trumps a Traditional Storage Shed

A carport can protect your belongings because it has a roof. As long as the items remain under the roof, rain, snow and even hail can’t damage them.

What about wind? While it’s true that wind can still be an issue IF you don’t enclose the carport, doing so isn’t difficult at all.

Enclosing a Carport

An enclosed carport is possible, which then functions just like a storage shed. This is the part where you are still technically building a storage shed. This way is easier, though. Simply use a canopy or tarp.

You can either purchase a canopy specifically made for a carport, or you can use a tarp, and make it work by customizing it.

All you have to do is purchase a tarp big enough for the carport. Drape it over the carport, and then secure it to the carport with bungee cords or ropes. Make sure to pull it tight to make it completely secure.  What’s great about doing it this way is that you can then remove it when the storm passes, or when you want to use the carport for something else, which brings us to another great benefit of choosing this option.

Other Carport Uses

You can use a carport in many other ways than just as a storage shed. If you decide to have a backyard event and you need a covered area, you can simply remove the items under the carport and set up tables and chairs.

On hot summer days, you can shield yourself from the sun with the carport. Set up some chairs to relax and drink something cold. When you’re done, go ahead and put the vehicle or other items you had under it.

What you also have to consider about a carport vs. a storage shed is the room you will have with it. A storage shed is usually a small enclosure, so you will likely not be able to move around it easily. With a carport, you can work on your classic car, and have plenty of “elbow” room to get all around it.

So, as you’re searching for how to build a storage shed, consider a carport instead. It could well be the better choice in the long run. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your decision.

Do You Need a Certified Storage Building?

When shopping for a custom storage building, you have a lot of decisions to make. One decision is whether you need to purchase a certified storage building or one that is not certified. Some manufacturers and distributors will insist that you should always choose a certified carport, garage, or storage shed. But, in fact, it’s not always necessary. 

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To begin with, we’d like to share some information from our FAQ page on this topic because we’re asked about this a lot:

A prefab certified storage building has been designed by an engineer and has ratings for wind and snow load. Some local and state ordinances require that you certify any building that you construct. Some states don’t require buildings to be certified because they may not have to worry about heavy snowfalls and high winds. Certain states require that any new structure constructed be certified. Some require all structures to be inspected, while others only require that occupied structures be inspected prior to people living or working inside.

No matter what the details are in your area, the objective of the building codes is to insure safety and to protect the public.

We are able to prepare and install custom carports, RV carports, barns, sheds, and garages that meet the criteria for certification.

Please note there is no additional warranty on certified buildings. A certified building simply means the building is built to specifications and certified by a professional engineer to meet local building requirements. If you do need to certify your building, you will likely need a copy of the blueprints for the engineers to review. Please speak with our customer service representatives to learn how to get a copy of the blueprints.

Whether or not your carport or storage building needs to be certified depends on the building codes and construction regulations that apply to your property. CarportUS can supply and install certified carports, barns, garages, and RV covers as needed, or we can supply and install storage buildings where certification is not necessary.

With that basic information in mind, let’s assume a certified building is required where you would like to set up your new carport or garage. Here’s what you can expect from a CarportUS certified custom storage building:

Benefits of Choosing a Certified Storage Building

Here’s why you may want to choose a certified storage building whether your local building codes require it or not:

Permit Requirement

Many states require a permit for building. This includes building a carport or storage shed.

The only way to get a permit is to purchase a certified storage building. Certified storage buildings include blueprints that receive engineered stamped approvals. Without this, you can’t get a permit.

Durability in Weather

Even if your state doesn’t require a permit, a building designed and built to meet certified status may be built to a higher standard than non-certified designs.  For instance, certified storage buildings are better able to withstand weather conditions common in the local area.

Snow, hail, rain, and wind are harsh on carports and barns, so you need one that has been designed to withstand the elements. When a building has been certified, it has been checked for many factors that would identify it as being able to stand against all of the conditions for the area.


Going along with durability is safety. When you buy certified storage buildings, you can rest assured the items stored underneath them will be safe. These buildings are constructed to ensure that whatever is placed under them will be protected, and peace of mind is valuable when you’re using it to safeguard your most precious possessions.

Additional Features

Certified buildings often come with extras to ensure it lasts. For instance, certified carports come with anchors similar to those used on mobile homes. This ensures the carport stays put on the ground – a very important thing if there are strong winds. Non-certified buildings may only come with braces, which wouldn’t be as effective in keeping a building put in bad storms.  

Invest in the Best for a Storage Building That Lasts

Whether you end up choosing a certified or non-certified storage building, you want to be sure the product you purchase has been carefully designed and constructed to last a lifetime. Buying an non-certified carport – especially from a shady retailer – could be risky because you may end up with a poorly-made structure that may rust in a few years or easily break during bad weather conditions. Then, you will either have to repair it yourself, pay someone to repair it for you, or buy a new one. 

Buying a custom prefab building is a big purchase. It’s an investment. Take time to make the right decision when it comes to the one that meets your needs.

If you have any questions or we can help you in any way, please contact us today. We pride ourselves in being experts that can help you find the best custom storage building for your needs and area.

What are the Pros and Cons of These Prefab Structure Roof Styles?

Carports come in many shapes and sizes, but there’s one thing that customers often ask us when they are ready to purchase one: Which prefab structure roof styles are the best?

We believe that customers need to choose the carport that meets their needs the best. This means there isn’t one roof style that is better than another. They all have their pros and cons.

Prefab Structure Roof Styles: Which One Is Best?

The following are the three most popular prefab structure roof styles, and the benefits of each one. This way you can choose the one that will work for you.

The three carport roof styles we will be explaining are:

  1. Standard
  2. Boxed eave
  3. Vertical

The standard carport roof does not have a steep slope. It’s wider, so not as high. This makes it perfect for locations where you have to think of height. For example, if you’re trying to fit the carport underneath a tree. You may have to choose this standard roof style over a vertical one to make it fit. The disadvantage of this roof is that you may have a harder time removing debris from it since its slope isn’t as high, so leaves, branches, and other items won’t roll off as easily.

The boxed eave carport does have a steeper slope. This means that you won’t have to worry so much about debris getting stuck on the top of it. On the other hand, a boxed eave metal roof doesn’t come over the side like it does in the standard roof style. This means the standard roof style may provide a bit more coverage, which could cut down on the wind.

This leaves us with the vertical roof style. This one is the tallest of them all and it has the steepest slope on it. It’s natural for recreational vehicles or any other tall items needing to be stored. It is manufactured with more metal than the other two because of its size, and this means that it’s pricier than the boxed eave and standard designs.

If you’re looking for the most economical carport, you may want to go with the standard roof style. You can place small to mid-sized vehicles under it, store items underneath, or use it as a canopy for days you’d like to be covered from the sun or rain.

Those looking for a bigger, more robust carport are probably going to skew toward the vertical roof style, although the boxed eave is also a good option. It’s perfect for almost all vehicles, and you have a lot of room for storage and hosting events under it.

The vertical roof is best for people looking for maximum storage space in width and height. It gives you a lot of sheltered space to do whatever you can imagine.

Allow Us to Help You with Your Purchase

We understand that purchasing a carport for the first time or getting another one can be a bit overwhelming. You don’t want to choose one that won’t meet your needs and then go through the hassle of returning it and buying another one. To help you avoid all of that, our carport specialists are here to help. We can help you choose the best roof style and size, so your carport ends up being the perfect one for you.

Contact us today for more help with your carport buying needs.

Creative Uses for a Carport That Will Surprise You

It’s natural for people to see a carport and immediately think the only use for it is to store a vehicle underneath it when a garage isn’t available. That’s the sole reason carports were manufactured, hence the name CAR-ports. But, there are actually many creative uses for a carport, some of which may surprise you.

Other Uses for a Carport

Even though carports are an effective way to protect a vehicle from the elements, it’s not the only way to use them. With these creative uses for a carport, you’ll be able to get the most out of your money when you purchase one.

Greenhouse for Gardeners

Gardeners will love this one. The frame of the carport is perfect for turning it into a greenhouse. All you have to do is cover the front and back of the carport with a tarp to enclose it. Some people have gone as far as making a screen door, and then attaching it to the tarp.

Patio Canopy

Typical patio canopies often need to be replaced annually or for better models, two years. This can be quite an expense, not to mention the effort in choosing a replacement one, and then setting it up again. It’s much easier and cost effective to use a carport.

With so many styles available, you can find one that looks lovely on your patio. The bonuses are you’ll save money over time, it can cover large spaces, and you won’t have to worry about putting canopies together every couple of years.

Energy Source

Are you looking for a way to generate electricity for your home, so you can cut down on the cost of your electric bills? Use a carport. All you have to do is install solar panels on the top of a metal carport.

Utility Shed

Sometimes you need a full size storage shed to store all of your landscaping equipment and other items. But, sometimes a carport can be just what you need because it covers all of your belongings to protect them from rain, snow, and even a lot of wind. If you want complete coverage, consider placing a tarp on each side of the carport.

Park Shade

Managers of parks and recreation departments will love this one. Carports can be perfect for shade and during rainy event days. Picnic tables can be set up underneath one for people to have a lunch out of the hot, blistering sun. Events can occur underneath it when they would otherwise be rained out.

Contact Us for More Uses for a Carport

We specialize in all types of carports. While we can help you decide which one is best for your vehicle, we can also help you come up with creative uses for a carport. We’ve had people come in looking for carports for weddings, funerals, tent sales, and so much more.

When you’re looking for an economical way to shield you or your belongings from the elements, carports usually can do the job. Contact us now for more information.