Why Craigslist Isn’t the Best Place to Buy a Carport

Shopping on Craigslist might be a good alternative for small, inexpensive items to save some money. But making major purchases from sellers on this site can pose some very serious risks to your personal safety as well as the quality of the product that you will be receiving.

Personal Safety

Unlike when you are purchasing a small item from a post on Craigslist, a carport is an item that you are most likely going to have delivered to your home. The first red flag is that you are proving your home address to a complete stranger. In addition, you are implying to this stranger that you are going to have money waiting to pay for the carport. According to the research team at HomeRepair, that dollar amount could be $6,000 or more depending on the size of the unit you are purchasing. This creates the perfect situation for a dishonest person to appear at your home, push their way inside and demand the money that you have on hand.

Quality of the Item

In almost every case, a person who is selling via Craigslist is not going to have a physical location for you to examine a sample carport prior to making your purchase. You are just trusting that the product you purchase is the size, quality and design that is being described to you. But once the item is delivered and you have paid the seller, you could be one your own if there are any issues. Common issues can include missing pieces or hardware, damaged pieces or very low-quality materials. Buyers find that once the sale is completed, they never get a response from the seller when they email or call with questions or issues.

You Are Making an Investment

Reputation and warranty are important when you are making a large purchase or the purchase of an item that you expect to use for many years. Purchasing from a seller on Craigslist is not going to offer you either of those forms of security. But a simple online search of reputable carport dealers will allow you to make your purchase from a licensed business who is going to conduct the transaction in a professional manner. You can verify their legitimacy and know that if you have any issues in the future, you will have a means of recourse. It’s a simple yet effective way to protect yourself and your investment.

 

The Best Solution for Storage and Vehicle Coverage: The Combo Carport

Having a garage is a feature that many homeowners take for granted until they move to a home that does not include a garage. Most assume that they will add a garage and create the storage and covered parking that they have grown accustomed to. But then they discover the cost of adding an attached garage and the idea is quickly scrapped. Most of these homeowners are then turning to the combo carport to meet their need for storage and covered parking at a reasonable cost.

Two Car Covered Parking

The 420 square foot covered parking area of the combo carport is large enough to accommodate two vehicles. The roof is also high enough to allow space for parking SUV’s or pickup trucks. This will keep two vehicles protected from the damage of prolonged exposure to sunlight as well as snow and ice in the winter. The steel frame structure is warrantied for 20 years against rust and the roof panels are warrantied for 10 years. This means you are getting a long-term solution for your covered parking needs.

Storage Shed

Having protected storage in a carport wasn’t always an option. But the combo carport offers great storage just like an attached garage but for only a fraction of the cost. This unit boasts 200 square feet of secure storage space. That is enough for a lawn mower and other yard tools, a motorcycle or any other items that you want to keep protected and secured. And the 8-foot-wide door makes it easy to access your storage space. You can also access the space through the walk-in door which is located in the carport so that you are protected from rain or snow. And the two windows provide a great amount of light when you are working in the storage area.

Many Benefits

Having a detached combo carport offers you the ability to locate your parking and storage anywhere on your property that is convenient for you, rather than right next to your home. This can be a big benefit for reducing noise when working in the carport or storage area as well as a safety feature. You never need to worry about toxic exhaust fumes from a vehicle entering your home as you would with an attached garage. And now the combo carport offers the additional secure storage that old style carports were lacking. This new dual-purpose unit meet all of your needs and the cost is far more reasonable than an addition to your home.

Carports for Boat Storage and Protection

A boat is a great way to enjoy nature and relax out on the water. But paying for a place to store your boat can take some of the fun out of the experience. But don’t let a small garage or no garage at all stop you from enjoying all of the perks of owning a boat. A very cost effective solution for boat storage is a carport.

More Than Just a Parking Space

Boats are a major investment and even though they are designed to be in the water, it is not recommended that you leave your boat exposed to the elements when it is not in use. The sun and the water that make boating fun can also ruin your fun. Sun breaks down the wax and waterproofing on the hull of your boat as well as damaging the interior finishes. Water, while ok to tool around in, is not good for the interior of your boat so you need to protect your boat from the rain, snow and hail.

A Workshop for Maintenance

Every boat is going to need some tender loving care from time to time. And no one wants to be standing in the hot sun when it is time to wash, wax or make repairs to their boat. But a carport offers you a nice shaded area to work on your boat as well as a great place to perform the winterization tasks such as adding fuel stabilizer and flushing the cooling system.

Money Saving Benefits

Paying to store your boat at a remote location can become expensive and it is also a bit of a risk. You never know who will have access to your boat and how well it is being secured and protected. Having a carport at your home lets you rest assured that your boat is safely tucked away for the winter or any time that you are not using it. And in addition, you can store items such as life jackets, fishing equipment, water skis and all of your other boating equipment right in the carport with your boat. Some models even offer a fully enclosed storage area at the end of the carport so you can lock away any valuable gear.

Having a boat is certain to be more fun when you can store it and work on it in the shade of your own carport. And the cost is far less than the cost of adding additional garage space to your home.

How Businesses Can Use Carports

Covered parking is an important factor in protecting the investment made in vehicles, and businesses are discovering that carports are a very affordable option to large warehouse parking. But savvy business owners are also discovering that these very functional structures offer many more benefits than just a place to park vehicles.

Vehicle Protection

CarportUS - Carport A FrameCovered parking not only protects vehicles from the damage caused by prolonged sun exposure but it also protects vehicles from rain and snow. Business owners in cold climates are seeing a great increase in productivity when their employees are not forced to scrape snow and ice from vehicles before beginning their day’s work. In addition, the carports provide the perfect location for basic vehicle maintenance such as checking the oil, tire air pressure and coolant level.

Outdoor Seating

Businesses that require outdoor seating are also finding carport structures very beneficial. Theme parks, local and neighborhood parks and businesses that have outdoor entertainment features are using carports to offer patrons a shaded area for dining or relaxing. Carports are also very useful when creating outdoor classrooms at schools, parks or other facilities.

Entertainment Pavilions

Outdoor concert venues are gaining in popularity as patrons enjoy the natural setting. But the outdoor environment can pose issues for performers. As a result, many venues are installing large carports to provide the entertainers with the shade needed to protect equipment and have some respite from the heat.

Outdoor Showrooms

Many businesses which offer outdoor furniture, playground equipment or even construction equipment areBusiness Can Use Carport purchasing large carports to function as outdoor showrooms. Not only does it provide protection from the sun for their sales staff and customers, but it also allows them to install lighting for use at night. The open ends of the structure also make it very simple to move items into or out of the showroom area.

Community Pools

Community and private swimming pools use carports to provide large shades areas for swimmers as they are taking a break from the pool. These structures offer a variety of sizes and can be installed very easily. And possibly the best feature is that carports are much more cost effective than other types of shade structures.

Carports are not just for residential covered parking any more. Businesses are learning that they offer many uses far beyond the traditional function. And the availability of combo carports that offer secure storage makes them even more useful in many business applications.

How to Decide Between a Garage or Carport

When you begin to consider adding covered parking to your property, you will quickly learn that you really have two choices. A carport does provide a covered parking area but it is not fully enclosed. A garage offers a fully enclosed structure complete with a door and possibly even windows. There are several factors which will have an impact on which selection will best meet your needs.

Climate

One of the big reasons that homeowners want to have covered parking is to protect their vehicle from the elements. But different climates have some very different weather issues to take into consideration. 

If you are in the southwest where the sun blazes down on vehicles for over half of the year and can result in temperatures exceeding 150 degrees in a closed car, then shade is the desired goal. A carport will provide the shade that you want to protect your car’s finish as well as some relief from an ultra-hot car when you open the door. The same carport will also provide you protection from the few days of rain that the southwest experiences each year. But living in the north where snow is possible for 6 months or more each year, a garage is more suited to your needs. Your vehicle will be protected from the blowing snow as well as being insulated from the subzero temperatures.

Functionality

In addition to protecting your vehicle, there could be other needs that you are hoping to meet such as additional storage.

A carport, if large enough, can provide some protection from the elements for items such as lawn equipment or bicycles but it really doesn’t offer the ability to secure tools, a workshop or storage for items like Christmas decorations or sports equipment.

A garage, on the other hand, does allow for added storage in cabinets as well as a designated work area. An additional benefit is the fact that all of the items stored in a garage can be secured with door locks and even a security system if desired.

Cost

As a much less intricate structure, the carport is almost always going to be the most cost-effective means ofCarport US - Vertical Roof sheltering a vehicle. So when the budget is a concern, a carport is an economical way to protect the investment you have made in your vehicle and make your life a little bit easier when it is raining or swelteringly hot.

If money is not a consideration, then a garage could possibly work to solve more than just one issue for you. Having a place to park that protects your vehicle and a place for added storage allows the garage to meet two needs for the cost of just one structure.

Weigh Your Options and Needs

Covered parking is always the best option to protect the investment in your vehicle. But the climate that you live in and your desire for added storage space and workspace can make a garage a better solution to meet multiple needs. Investing some time and thought into your needs and your budget will allow you to select the option that will be best for you.

Carport/Garage Combo Kits – Structure Guide

Metal Carport/Garage Combo Kits: The Best of Both Worlds!

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “should I get a carport or a shed?” Have you ever wished your carport had a bit more shelter available or wished you could lock something up in your carport?

What you’re describing — whether you realize it or not — is a combo structure.

These unique, highly functional prefabricated building designs incorporate aspects of both carports and storage sheds or garages to create a perfect balance between simplicity and functionality. Usually consisting of an open-sided carport attached to a small, fully enclosed shed, these steel combo units provide the perfect combination of access and protection to care for all your prized possessions.

Why do you need a combo storage building?

While carports can be very versatile and have a lot to offer, there’s no getting around the fact that you can’t keep anyone out from under your carport if they want to get in there. Likewise, if you’d like to have a convenient sunshade or shelter from the rain when you’re entertaining guests, it’s probably not going to work well to force everyone inside your storage shed.

That’s why a combo carports can be so beneficial. It can offer the best of both worlds: open access and versatility under the carport, and secure protection in the enclosed shed.

What’s more, if you already have two structures on your property to offer these benefits, a combo unit can pull them together on an overall smaller footprint to leave more room for other things.

 

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated combo kits, view our catalogue!

How to choose the right combo kit for your needs

Choosing the right combo building comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated structure. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, a carport will do that for you. It’s going to be less expensive than a larger combo unit and much quicker to build. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a perfect mix of the form and function of both a carport and a storage shed, a prefab combo building is your best option.

Should you order a DIY carport combo building kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself steel building kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of business owners underestimate the time and labor required to properly construct a quality prefab building. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new combo unit for you. And, that’s not just because Carport US offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any storage building. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project building” collapsed.

To get a high-quality combo structure on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a prefabricated combo builder

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a prefabricated storage structure builder is an experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up steel structures. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred carports, but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that combo structure. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred combo units identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com combo building kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any combo building you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal combo units are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow loads up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

Our economical pricing and quick lead times are driving more and more customers to purchase our buildings as opposed to traditional red iron buildings. And, with 14 colors to choose from, we’re sure you’ll get exactly what you want.

If you find a combo structure in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal combo structures all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.

 

Commercial Buildings – Structure Guide

Metal Commercial Buildings: The Business End of Prefabricated Steel Structures

If you’re running a business, funding growth and expansion is a continual balancing act. You can’t ignore the need to support growth, but, at the same time, you can’t overspend on potential and disrupt necessary cash flow for immediate needs.

That’s the main reason so many business owners are turning to prefabricated metal commercial buildings when they need to set up an additional workspace, storage space, or other facilities for their businesses. Prefabricated steel structures are less expensive and much faster to erect than traditional buildings of similar size and function, and yet they can accomplish nearly any purpose you can imagine for businesses that demand the best from their facilities.

Why do you need a commercial building?

The most common reasons why people purchase metal commercial structures include the following:

  • Need more production space
  • Need more storage space
  • Need a more secure facility

For business owners who have started their businesses out of their own homes or garages, or have begun in a small facility, but have outgrown the space, a prefabricated commercial building can be a cost-effective and highly functional means of expanding the available space for manufacturing, testing, or even office space.

If the company requires a lot of storage space for raw materials, finished product, or parts, supplies, tools, and vehicles, a prefabricated metal commercial building can be just the thing to offer flexible warehousing.

Finally, for businesses that have acquired a number of valuable assets over the years and are beginning to realize the need for better security and protection for all those valuable items, a steel structure can be a simple and inexpensive way to secure what would otherwise be left out in plain sight.

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated commercial buildings, view our catalog!

How to choose the right commercial building

Choosing the right commercial grade steel building comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated structure. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, a carport will do that for you. It’s going to be less expensive than a large commercial grade building and much quicker to build. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a permanent shelter that’s going to offer complete protection from the elements, security for your possessions, and/or give you space to conduct business, what you’re describing is a prefabricated commercial grade building.

Should you order a DIY commercial building kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself steel building kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of business owners underestimate the time and labor required to properly construct a quality prefab building. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new commercial building for you. And, that’s not just because Carport US offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any storage building. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project building” collapsed.

To get a high-quality commercial grade building on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a commercial grade builder

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a prefabricated storage structure builder is an experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up steel structures. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred barns but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that commercial grade building. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred commercial buildings identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com commercial grade building kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any barn you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal barns are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow load up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

Commercial grade buildings are built with two things in mind: durability and strength.

We build our structures to exceed our customers’ expectations. With our engineered truss system, we can reach widths of up to 60′, and 16′ tall. Full customizable, these buildings are great for protecting large construction equipment, semis, building materials, farm equipment, and more.

Our economical pricing and quick lead times are driving more and more customers to purchase our buildings as opposed to traditional red iron buildings. And, with 14 colors to choose from, we’re sure you’ll get exactly what you want.

Due to the weight and size of these buildings, the customer will need to provide a lift at the time of installation for the installation crew to erect the building. Also, all commercial grade buildings must be placed on either a cement pad, piers, or footers. Buildings longer than 41′ may incur an additional freight charge.

If you find a commercial building in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal commercial buildings all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.