Carports in Florida: Made to Withstand Heat and Tropical Storms
For people who don’t live in Florida, the “Sunshine State” is where you go to get away and relax. But Florida residents know the summer sun is harsh on vehicles, causing overly hot interiors, faded paint, fabrics and cracked vinyl. And that’s just the sun; there are also the routine afternoon downpours and tropical storms and hurricanes. These are the reasons garages and carports in Florida are such a key part of everyday life for homeowners and businesses alike.
If you need a durable shelter for your car, truck or boat, or even for your business, Carports and More supplies steel buildings in a number of styles to protect and prolong the life of all your belongings. Plus, our Florida carports and garages are more affordable than competing options.
Carports and More stocks a number of prefabricated steel buildings and sheds in a wide variety of sizes. But if these don’t meet your needs, no problem. You can use our Carport and Garage Builder to design your own customized building, including the size, roof style and color.
We are the nation’s largest independent dealer with an “A” rating from the BBB. With thousands of customers satisfied every year, you can confidently purchase your Florida metal carports today to save the paint and clear coat of your car from UV damage caused by the warm rays of Florida sunshine.
This page covers just about everything you need to know about buying carports in Florida. But if you have questions and want to speak to someone, contact one of our knowledgeable sales representatives, who will be happy to help you.
If you are ready for a new Florida carport or garage, the buying process is easy and affordable; all our steel building prices even include delivery and installation at no extra cost. A new metal carport or garage can be yours today, so what are waiting for? Call now.
Florida Carports and Steel Buildings We Sell
Our diverse range of carports in Florida 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 Florida carports and metal buildings 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.
Benefits of Buying Carports in Florida from Carports and More
From The Keys to Orlando to Tallahassee, life in Florida is diverse and interesting. But it also means no two people or places are the same and everyone has different needs when it comes to a Florida carport or steel garage.
Florida Carports Are Customizable for Rural and Urban Areas
One of the more important considerations when choosing a new steel carport or garage is size. Whether it’s a boat, lawn mower, car, RV, or motorcycle that you want to house, we stock different sized metal buildings to meet your needs.
We can go up to 100′ wide clear span (call us if you need it wider) and and there is no limit on length. If you require a customized shelter, use our Carport and Garage Builder to refine the size of the building needed to hold your vehicles and belongings. Our builder allows you to build carports in Florida of up to 30 feet wide and 60 feet long.
We also offer the option to enclose the sides and ends of our Florida carports and garages. Choose to enclose one or both sides, or one or both of the ends. You can even just enclose the gables, which are the “triangles” at the top of the ends, if you desire. It’s all up to you.
If security is a concern, then you will want to fully enclose the steel building to safeguard your valuables. Another reason to fully enclose your structure is if you plan on occupying the space, say as a workshop, or using the space for climate controlled storage.
But, then again, some people want ventilation so the new building can serve as a recreation and lounging area, which Florida is perfect for. The fresh air and breeze can be enjoyed under a cover, out of the sun and rain. You can even cookout in a fully open carport.
When side or end walls are installed, you’re also going to need some doors and windows. The necessary movement in and out will dictate if and where you need a door, and you should consider how much natural light is needed inside for your intended use.
We offer walk-in and roll-up doors in multiple sizes, as well as 30-inch by 30-inch windows that can be placed to meet your needs.
If you have different sized doors and windows in mind, we can create customized frameouts to accommodate nearly any size roll-up doors and windows. Simply, install your own doors and windows once the carport has been set up
Another advantage of carport kits from Carports and More is the flexibility to place the structure on any surface. Sand, dirt, gravel, grass, concrete and asphalt, it doesn’t matter. Our carports in Florida are manufactured in a way that allows easy, secure installation on any flat surface.
But your new metal building also needs to be held firmly in place, and Carports and More includes standard concrete anchors when installing over concrete pads, and rebar pin anchors are included when the installation is done on asphalt, dirt, grass and gravel.
We also offer an option to install mobile home augers instead of rebar pin anchors, which increase the building’s resistance to wind.
In some areas of Florida, wind is a major concern, and depending on where you live, local building codes may require a minimum number of mobile home anchors for a steel building.
Carports in Florida Are Ideal for Homeowners
The Florida sun, wind, and heavy rain are no match for our durable car ports and canopies. A metal carport from Carports and More provides a beneficial shelter for your car, truck, motorcycle or whatever you drive. Vehicles are an important, expensive part of most people’s lives, so show them some love and protect them from the intense Florida weather.
Have an RV or motorhome? We can protect that, too. We can make your carport or garage as large as you need. And whether you drive it on- or off-road, you need a carport to keep it safe.
In addition, a lot of Florida homes don’t have enough storage for all that extra stuff around the house that needs a dry, secure storage place. A metal carport or garage is the perfect solution.
A fully enclosed structure will provide security if you need to store valuables. For many, this allows proper storage of items like holiday decorations. That way, you won’t trip over them or constantly have to move boxes around for those months of the year when they’re not in use.
Then there are things like gardening tools and supplies, bicycles, wakeboards and other boating accessories that need shelter, too. A steel carport or garage offers the perfect storage solution for all Florida residents, no matter what you need to securely stow away.
But what if you want more covered recreational space? Living in Florida makes it easy to want to be outside. A carport with open sides and ends could be the answer to enjoying the weather.
The shaded area provided by an open metal building is the perfect covered leisure space. This type of carport is ideal for get-togethers, garage sales and swap meets and much more.
If you have a small lot, a metal carport that offers covered parking and doubles as a place to entertain or relax is smart. And you can install a multi-use steel structure at a surprisingly affordable price.
How Carports in Florida Are Used by Businesses
Florida is home to a number of big industries and it has the fourth largest economy in the United States. Its top six sectors are:
- International trade
- Aerospace and aviation
- Life sciences
- Financial services
And all industry requires space, whether it’s for storage, workspace or livestock. Our metal buildings can provide that space, whether you need it for storage or manufacturing.
Chances are, if you are in business, you need a warehouse for something. Some businesses, like rental agencies, need to store bicycles, windsurfers and scooters, when they’re not rented. And manufacturers need to store raw materials and finished products.
Our metal buildings are a durable, secure solution for providing that warehouse space you need. Plus, compared to conventional masonry and wood-frame construction, our metal buildings provide the needed space at a substantially reduced price.
You can also insulate and heat or cool the space if you’re storing sensitive inventory, like electronics or documents. Our buildings are versatile and you can customize them to suit your warehousing needs, whatever they may be.
From making rockets in Cape Canaveral to working on boats in the Florida marinas spread throughout the state, there is no such thing as too much space for most businesses.
Our metal buildings provide covered workspace and are more affordable than other forms of conventional construction. You can also insulate and heat or cool a steel structure to keep your employees comfortable. And that means higher production rates and increased profits.
Our steel buildings are easy to customize and allow you to incorporate as many doors and windows as you need into your design, wherever you want. You can even choose from a rainbow of colors to make the building match your corporate colors if you are so inclined. Metal buildings are a versatile, cost-effective, durable solution when more workspace is needed.
Need portable cover for working out in the field? We also sell portable structures if you are setting up at a farmers market or getting ready for an event. Carport canopy structures in Florida and are fairly easy to set up because they come almost fully assembled from our factory.
Florida is responsible for growing 70 percent of the nation’s oranges and nearly half of its sugar, so it’s not surprising that agriculture is one of the top industries. If you grow produce or tend to livestock, a metal building can help your operation, big time.
Our steel structures are perfect for housing livestock, storing produce and protecting supplies. Need to keep hay dry? We have multiple solutions for you to consider, from soft-sided, portable sheds to steel buildings.
If you own equipment that needs to be protected when not in use, like tractors and expensive tools, those items last longer when stored under cover, out of the Florida sun and rain.
What business does not want to extend the life of its equipment? It reduces expenditures for new equipment and downtime caused by malfunctions. Simply put, covered storage for equipment with a Florida metal carport or garage helps to get the most out of your equipment.
Considerations When Buying Carports in Florida
Even if it’s a portable FL carport, there are multiple factors that must be taken into consideration and safely addressed before you start to set up for your new steel building. For example, a top priority is ensuring that your Florida carport or garage is set up a safe distance from any wire, gas or utility lines and that the ground where the aluminum or steel Florida carport will be placed has been completely leveled.
Picking the Right Site Can Be Tricky for Florida Carports
First and foremost, the site must accommodate the size of the intended structure. You may also need to pour a concrete slab to make your desired spot usable — flat and stable.
In some Florida cities and counties, floods are a major concern and you may have limits on what you can build if you are in a flood zone. You may also be required to provide flood vents if you have a “utility” structure like a garage or carport, or if the building elevation must be at least four inches above the road.
So, it is important to review the intended site and address these issues. And of course, you must comply with the local code requirements regarding drainage and flooding.
Carports in Florida Must Be Durable
Our carports in Florida are sturdy and come in 12-gauge or 14-gauge frames. The 14-gauge frames are made from 2¼ x 2¼” galvanized steel, while the 12-gauge frames are 2½ x 2½”. The 12-gauge frames are 15 percent stronger. Opting for the 12-gauge framing is one way to add additional strength to your new structure.
As mentioned earlier, you can also opt for mobile home anchors to increase the wind resistance. Pouring a concrete pad is another choice, and we install concrete anchors when attaching our steel structures to a pad, which provides even better wind resistance.
Metal is a strong construction material, and that is why we use it for our carport kits. It is commonly used to construct buildings and coated or galvanized metals are used for Florida carports for added corrosion resistance. In addition, our roofs and side panels are 29-gauge sheet metal with a baked enamel finish which provides color and durability.
Climate Control is Key for Carports in Florida
In Florida, a lighter color roof and sides help to reflect the sun’s rays, which keeps temperatures inside the structure lower. And lower temperatures are better for preserving the contents inside a steel carport or garage.
But lower interior temperatures are also better for the structure itself, slowing or eliminating the stress caused by the expansion and contraction of the sheet metal and corrosion. For these reasons, lighter colors are generally desired in Florida.
Also, if you intend to occupy the space, you may need it to be climate controlled. Florida is very hot in the summer — the average high in the summer is in the 90s. But, before you air condition the space, you will need to insulate it. Same thing if you decide to heat the space in the winter.
Insulation may add some cost, but it makes temperature control of the interior space possible.
Carports in Florida Pricing
With the support of our nationwide network, Carports and More is your go-to source for affordable metal and soft-sided sheds, carports, and buildings in Florida.
When it comes to installing your utility carports, our team can assist you from start to finish. We provide prefabricated car port designs, and we provide custom design units to suit your needs.
After placing your order, we schedule a delivery time that works for you. Then, all you need to do is meet us on site at the arranged delivery time. We take care of the rest, fast and easy.
Don’t think you have the ability to install metal carports in Florida? Our softsided carport kits come with full DIY instructions, but all 100% steel carports we will deliver and install for you at no cost, anywhere in Florida.
If you decide to do your own installation, make sure you have all the tools required to set up your steel carport. Most of the carports for sale in Florida require basic hand tools like a drill, hammer, and a wrench.
Permitting and Land Usage for Florida Carports
Like every state, Florida has building codes and requires building permits for most construction projects. You can access the Florida building code on the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation website.
The permitting and inspections are actually done by the cities in Florida, or the county if you live in an unincorporated area. You need to contact your local city or county for more detailed information about the building requirements in your area.
Do NOT ignore the permit requirements in your particular locale and make sure that you obtain the proper permits in advance. If you fail to do so, you could be fined, or worse, ordered to renovate or demolish the building.
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