California Carports for SoCal and NorCal Residents
The Northern and Southern territories of California
Southern California (SoCal) stretches across Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Comparatively, Northern California (NorCal) is the area from the San Francisco Bay Area covering everything above it, such as San Francisco, Sacramento, and Oakland, to the Oregon border.
A major difference between these two regions is Southern California tends to be warmer and prides itself in stable weather all year round. In contrast, Northern California tends to be colder with ever-changing seasons.
The cold climate in NorCal and the arid climate in SoCal are major considerations to factor in when buying a metal carport in California. The necessary protective measures such as anti-rust, and higher steel gauge to withstand higher snow load is more important in NorCal.
No matter where in California you’re located, you can benefit from owning a metal carport. We stock and sell a wide variety of California carports. All our prices include shipping and delivery, and — as if that’s not enough — we also handle the installation at no extra charge.
The first car port appeared around 1909, but the term “carport” is credited to architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 when he used it in a house he built in 1936. This early type of carport canopy was attached, part of the house, and it did not offer the type of flexibility we have today.
Nowadays we can go as much as 100 feet wide clear span or more, and the length is unlimited.
You may simply be looking to protect your vehicles from the hot, desert sun, or do something more advanced, like start a business that requires a metal building. We allow you to design a metal car port or steel building from the ground up using our Carport and Garage Builder.
But if you’re not sure what style metal carport you want, you may want to keep reading.
This page is your guide to California carports. We’ve provided descriptions for all the carport and metal building styles we sell and listed starting prices for some of our most popular sizes.
You’ll also learn about the benefits of buying a California carport and factors to consider when buying one. We’ve even provided some resources related to land use and permitting.
By the end of this page, you’ll know exactly what to include in your steel car port design. And if you don’t, you can always contact us directly and talk to one of our knowledgeable sales reps.
Metal Carports and Steel Buildings in California We Sell
Our steel carport and metal building styles span just about every possible use, ranging from simple car covers to large enclosed structures with walk-in and roll-up doors and windows.
The steel carport and steel building styles we sell include the following:
Steel carports are most commonly used as car covers, but they can also be used as outdoor storage shelters. We sell carport kits, as well, which are designed for do-it-yourself assembly. In addition, we sell RV carports and portable carports, which are compact and easy to move.
Our steel garages are fully customizable. No matter what size you need, and no matter what features you require, we can help you design a garage to fit your needs. We also sell garage kits, which are a bit easier to install, and portable garages that can easily be moved.
Portable canopies can be used in more ways than just about any other products we sell. Their light-weight construction makes them extremely easy to install, take down and even move. Not only that, the wide variety of sun shelter options we stock makes it easy to pick the right one.
Utility Carports, Sheds and Buildings
The biggest selling point of a utility shed is that they’re often designed to include both open and enclosed space — like a carport with storage. We also sell portable sheds, which are mobile, as well as lean-to and loafing sheds, which are partially enclosed utility buildings.
Not every metal carport vendor sells solar carports. But we do. It’s one of our stand-out products, and it shows we’re a leader in our industry. Solar carports cost more, but they’ll drastically reduce your electric bills and help you recoup your investment over time.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
ADUs, also known as mother-in-law suites and granny flats, are gaining traction throughout the country. They help control rental rates while giving homeowners the opportunity to supplement their income. Although they can be costly, metal ADUs are a great affordable solution.
One of the biggest trends in home building, barndominiums — a combination of “barn” and “condominium” — are houses often built on large plots of land in rural areas. Barn homes are more affordable than houses made of other more costly materials, like brick or stone.
Another home building trend, shouses, or shop houses, are residential structures with a built-in shop. A shouse is also known as a shop with living quarters attached. These home styles are ideal for homeowners who require a place to work, but don’t want to build a detached workshop.
Cold-formed Steel Framing
In addition to metal carports and steel buildings, we sell all kinds of metal building materials, including cold-formed steel framing. We stock purlins, trusses, studs and track framing. These frames can be used to support roofs, load-bearing walls, interior walls and more.
Heard Of Our Open Metal Carport?
If you are looking for a metal carport kit suitable for your house without taking up too much space or altering the design of your gorgeous home, an open metal carport is the best choice.
This design approach saves you cost in terms of installations and exterior design adjustments. A perk of an open metal carport is that it doesn’t have walls. All you need is your roof and supporting pillars which can be built to your taste. It allows you a flexible means to protect your car and also add space to your buildings.
Benefits of Buying a California Carport From Steel And Stud
As the most populous state in the country, California has plenty of urban sprawl. But it also has a lot of countryside. In terms of land use and development, building requirements couldn’t be more different in cities than in rural areas. The same goes for residential vs commercial building.
Our carport garages in California and RV carports are easy to put up and need little to no maintenance. We are the nation’s largest independent dealer, and we proudly hold an “A” rating with the BBB. Once your steel carport kit in California has been put up, even if it’s a portable carport, you can make it a source of renewable power by adding solar panels and windmills. This innovation can earn you a thirty percent tax credit in the State.
Fortunately, our wide range of customization options make it easy to design a California carport that meets your needs, whether you live in the country or city, or own a home or business.
Customizable Carports for Rural and Urban Areas
One of the essential features we allow you to customize is the size of your steel car port. In our online Carport and Garage Builder, you can design a metal building as small as 10 feet wide by 10 feet long, and as large as 30 feet wide by 61 feet long.
If you live in or near a city, you likely won’t need anything larger than that. But you may need to enclose at least part of your steel building to ensure everything inside is secure. If you go this route, any space left open could be used for lounging outside — think grilling in the summer.
But when you design a steel carport with enclosed space, you’ll have to also add a walk-in door, and possibly some windows and roll-up doors.
We allow you to add as many, or few, entryways and windows as you want. We also allow you to add side walls, end walls and gable ends if you want to build a partially enclosed structure.
If you live in the country and have the extra space for a metal carport larger than 30 feet wide by 61 feet long, we can help you design one. All you have to do is call us and talk to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives about what size building you require.
On larger buildings, customers often require large entryways. And since we have a size limit on the doors we install, we offer frameouts for custom walk-in and roll-up doors and windows.
We can install our durable CA aluminum carports and steel carports on almost any surface – dirt, asphalt, concrete, clay or sand – as long as it’s level. All of the carports for sale in CA are easy to clean and maintain, and are designed to be sturdy enough to resist all types of weather conditions. Maybe that is why we have thousands of satisfied customers every year!
Metal California Carports for Residential Uses
Our customization options makes it easy to design a steel carport for a variety of residential uses. The most common use is a vehicle cover. And that doesn’t only mean cars and trucks.
California being one of the most naturally beautiful states, and having some of the best weather year round, we understand you may want to cover more than just cars and trucks.
That’s why, in addition to one-, two- and three-car metal carports and steel buildings, we also sell RV carports. But with our available customization options, you can design a metal building for any combination of vehicles, including boats, motorcycles and ATVs.
If you’re looking for more than a vehicle cover, we have you covered there too. Lots of homeowners by metal carports for some additional detached storage space.
Own an RV? Buy RV Carports in California
Whether you are trying to lower the high cost of living in California or you are just a tourist who is moving, an RV is more than a vehicle, it is your home, and you want to protect it. An RV carport keeps your vehicle from external damages such as snow, fallen trees, and harsh sun rays.
A guaranteed choice to protect your Rv vehicle would be a metal Rv carport, which comes in various forms, such as partially or fully closed. You can also buy a steel carport kit for RVs if you are a DIY person.
And while a simple shelter may not provide the best protection from the elements, you can easily enclose your carport so that it keeps your storage safe from rain, snow and anything else.
But if all you need is a simple garden shed to store mowers and other lawn and gardening equipment, like hoes, rakes, shovels and plows, a metal shelter may be all you need.
Steel Buildings for Commercial Uses
In addition to residential uses, metal carports are a great solution for many businesses.
One of the most common — and biggest — industries in California to utilize steel carports and metal buildings is commercial farming. In fact, California generates more farm income than any other state in the country — milk, grapes and almonds are the top three commodities.
Large-scale farming operations need to keep their equipment out of the elements, and a metal carport is often the most cost-effective solution.
But there are many other industries that benefit from installing a steel car port. Breweries and wineries, for example, are one of the best businesses to house in a metal building.
For breweries, a metal building is often more cost effective than buying an old industrial building and repurposing it. And, you can spec out your steel building so there’s sufficient space for brewing equipment, ingredient storage, refrigerated space and a shipping area.
Wineries also use a lot of equipment that requires storage. But that’s not counting the wine itself. And what about the bottling and labeling operation?
Wineries require a lot of space, and a metal building is the perfect solution.
Companies in the event rental space often use metal buildings as well. It simply comes down to storage. Whether you rent tables, chairs, tents, or even audio and video equipment, a metal building is a cost-effective solution to house all your inventory and protect it from the elements.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Carport in California
California is one of the most geographically diverse states in the country — there’s a reason people say you can surf and ski on the same day. And that means you’ll need to consider different factors, depending on where you live, if you’re looking to buy a metal carport.
How Coastal Air Affects Steel
If you’re located along the coast, you’ll need to consider how the salty air may affect your metal carport or steel building.
Our carports for sale in California are a unique innovation. They come in 12-gauge and 14-gauge frames (14-gauge = 2-1/2” x 2-1/2″ galvanized steel, 12g = 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ galvanized steel). The galvanization process involves coating the steel frame with a protective layer of zinc, which increases its resistance to physical damage, corrosion and rust.
Temperature Regulation Inside Your Metal Building
If you live in southeast California, you’re probably concerned with extreme heat. And if you live in western or northern California, you may deal with a different kind of extreme.
Regardless of whether you’re dealing with intense heat or severe cold, you may have to enclose your metal building to regulate the temperature.
If you’re looking for a simple car cover that will protect your vehicles from the sun, an open steel car port may do the job. But if you’re planning to store items — like electronics — that could be damaged by extreme temperatures, you’ll need to regulate the temperature.
You may also need to regulate the temperature if you’re looking to use some of the space as a workshop or recreational area. The metal roof and walls will attract and trap heat, and fans can only do so much. In terms of colder temperatures, walls won’t make much of a difference.
Enclosing your metal carport will certainly help, but it’s only the first step. In order to trap cool or hot air inside, you’ll also need to insulate the building.
This will add to your total spend, but it’s the only way to ensure what you store inside is safe and that you’re still able to use the space during the hottest — or coldest — months of the year.
There are several types of insulation for metal buildings. But regardless of which type you use, the process of insulating a steel building is almost always the same. You need to install some metal tracking and studs, install the insulation and then put up interior walls.
Metal Building Roofs Made For Heavy Snow Loads
If you experience cold weather in California, you also probably deal with snow. This is especially true if you live near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Designing a building that’s prepared to handle heavy snow loads is all about the roof. We offer three types of roofs: standard horizontal, A-frame horizontal and A-frame vertical.
We recommend our A-frame vertical roof for California residents who receive a lot of snow. The A-frame vertical roof style is flush on both ends and has trim on all four eaves and a ridge cap.
While those features help alleviate the impact of snow, the direction of the ridges on our A-frame vertical roof is what makes it ideal. Our standard and A-frame horizontal roofs are made with ridges that run from front to back, but the A-frame vertical ridges run side to side.
This may seem minor, but ridges that run side to side make it easier for snow and other debris to slide off, which helps reduce the live load on the roof after it snows.
How To Install Your Steel Carport?
Now that you know which steel carport you want, let’s install it. An advantage of steel carports is they are easy to install. Depending on working conditions, a carport for a single car takes about 2-4 hours, and for larger sizes, an estimate of 6- 4 hours. All in all, it doesn’t take more than 24 hours for you to have the carport installed.
Here are simple steps to follow:
Clear your surroundings of anything that might interfere with installing your anchors into the soil. Make sure the working site is leveled correctly.
- Assemble your base rails, making sure they are well anchored.
- Assemble your trusses and vertical frames, and attach them to the base rails making sure they are secure.
- Attach and secure your panels.
However, it will be simpler to call our professional installation experts. We provide the best free installation services.
California Carports & Metal Building Pricing
Steel And Stud now offers carport sales in California, metal and soft-sided storage sheds, and carport installation across the United States. We can deliver and install your metal carport at no cost wherever you are, from Florida to California to Washington to Maine. You still get the same top-quality service, no matter where you want your carport kits delivered or installed.
Besides offering a variety of styles in utility carports, we also make large storage buildings to meet your demands. Most homes have either a garage or a CA steel carport today, a fact that we take for granted. The carports in California that we supply are mainly unattached and erected using metal carport kits.
Once you’ve purchased your steel carport, we’ll follow up to schedule a delivery time that works for you. All you have to do is meet us on-site at the scheduled delivery time. It’s that simple.
Metal Carport Sizes Available with Us
These sizes of carport we have available for you range from 12-gauge and 14-gauge frames (14-gauge = 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ galvanized steel, 12g = 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ galvanized steel). Our galvanization process involves coating the steel frame with a protective zinc layer, increasing its resistance to physical damage, corrosion, and rust.
Permitting and Land Usage of Metal Buildings in California
California, like all states, has its own permitting and land use regulations. Depending on how you design your metal carport, you may be required to get permits to install it.
Development standards often vary by city and county, so be sure to check with local planning authorities before buying a steel building to make sure you design one that’s compliant. They’ll also tell you whether or not you need a permit to build your steel carport.
If you have to apply for permits, you’re typically good to go once they’re approved. But, if you buy a metal car port that doesn’t meet development standards, you won’t be able to install it.
For more information specific to California carport installation, head to the state’s Planning and Research website.
California’s Leader in Carports and Portable Metal Shelters
We sell metal building kits and garages in California for boats and RVs across the state, including Alameda, Alpine, Amador, utility carports in:
- Contra Costa
- Del Norte
- El Dorado
- Los Angeles
- San Benito
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Joaquin
- San Luis Obispo
- San Mateo
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz