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what is carport parking?

What Is Carport Parking?

Carport parking is a car parking arrangement where a carport is installed over a car parking spot around an existing building or as a standalone structure. This parking arrangement aims primarily to shield vehicles from weather elements, including rain, sun, and hail.

In case you are wondering what carports are?

Carports are steel structures with a roof supported by metal posts with or without covered sides usually used for parking cars, RVs, and trucks. Traditional carports are typically attached to a house, while some may be free-standing.

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Benefits Of Carport Parking

These are some of the benefits of carport parking:

Weather Protection

The risk of torn tree branches, tree debris, and extreme weather affecting your vehicle can be significantly reduced with a carport. Your vehicle remains in a user-ready condition while parked under your carport compared to the terrible state it may be in if it were not parked under a carport.

Provides Some Security

Carports directly attached to a home offer basic protection to vehicles by allowing owners to see their cars from inside the house. This may not be realistic for standalone carports.

Cheap to Build

Car owners looking for an economical option for a garage can build a carport on their properties. Standard carports for one or two cars cost less than $10,000, while similarly sized garages may cost over $20,000. Modern carports made of fabric also exist for the benefit of buyers who wish to save even more costs.

Easy to Set Up

Carport building kits from Steel and Stud are shipped to clients most carefully, with each section appropriately sized for site installation. Although we provide professional installer services, if you are a DIY enthusiast, our carports are easy to install if you follow the attached instructions. They are easy to install on both new and existing construction properties.

Add Value To Your Home

Carports can serve as high-value features that attract buyers and tenants. For buyers, the only deciding factor for some investors is the availability of covered parking asides from other conveniences available in the house. Carport parking can help you retain your tenants longer, while you can charge a monthly fee for the use of installed carports.

Fast Council

Carports are more easily approved compared to other structures. Most carports structures do not conflict with most local town planning regulations, especially when they are standalone. Council approvals still take longer for building extensions like garages and metal structures when attached to buildings.

Solar Carports

Modern carports are compatible with solar panels allowing vehicle owners to charge their electric vehicles and power some home appliances. Solar panels can be bought for a structure or sold as kits. It may require expert services to install.

Under-cover Activity Area

Facilities such as gyms and family play areas can be created using carports. This brings further value addition to a family’s home experiences.

Carport vs. Garage

Carports can be wrongly used interchangeably with garages. Although both structures are primarily used to protect vehicles, they have distinctive structural features, varying costs, and protective features. The major differences between carports and garages are discussed below:


A carport is a covered structure supported with metal posts on at least four points which increases depending on the size of the carport structure. These structures may or may not have a covered side and can be used to park a car, truck, or recreational vehicle. Carports offer a minimalistic use of materials compared to traditional garages.

Comparatively, garages include an enclosed construction model. They are typically walled on all 4 sides with a standard roof structure.


Carports offer limited protection from weather elements such as rain, sun, and snow. The most common metal carports are metallic and modular in style—the new modular carport style compromises rigidity. Also, the lack of one or two walls puts vehicles at risk during extreme weather conditions such as thunderstorms and heavy snowfalls, which are rare. 

Garages provide the highest level of protection. Vehicle owners who require elaborate shelter can be sure of better protection in extreme weather conditions. Walls also protect vehicles and other properties against vandalism and robbery.


Garages can be constructed to accommodate varying numbers of cars which attracts considerably higher costs. According to Forbes, a two-car garage can cost over $20,000 to construct on a property. Comparatively, carports cost less than half as much as garages. Carports come in prefabricated construction kits shipped to the client to be installed on-site.

Different Parking Kits Available with Steel and Stud

There are two major parking types: on-street parking and off-street parking. On-street parking means parking on the street because there is no parking space on your property. Comparatively, off- street parking is where Steel and Stud’s parking kits come in. Several off-street parking kits are available for sale with Steel and Stud.

Breezeways: These are built between two structures 

Carports: Our carport kits are roof extensions of a house structure used for parking.

Detached Garages: They are in different sizes and shapes and typically accommodate more than one vehicle.

Indoor Parking: The parking area is completely enclosed in this case, which applies to our barndominiums.


Carport parking is an excellent addition to any property. Although their primary use is to protect vehicles, they can add value to properties and offer utility areas around a building. At Steel and Stud, we sell premium quality carport kits and other metal building kits. Contact us today.


  1. Is Covered Parking Good for you?
    Covered parking garages are good for you because you can enjoy several benefits by installing one. It offers protection from various natural elements helping to preserve your car’s life and performance.
  2. How long can a car stay parked in front of your house?
    In most areas, cars parked in front of the house should not be left unattended for more than 72 hours.
  3. Can I park on my street overnight?
    It is dependent on local laws, but in most areas, drivers are permitted to park on the street overnight without a permit.
  4. Is it illegal to park on the street in front of someone’s house?
    No homeowner can reserve a parking spot on the streets in front of their houses. However, it is generally not an inconsiderate move.
  5. Is the street public parking?
    Public parking spaces are off-street parking areas that have a capacity of over 4 spaces. However, all street roads are designated public property.
  6. Can I park on a street with no signs?
    You can park legally in all public spots with no “no parking” sign to say otherwise.
  7. What is on and off-street parking?
    On-street parking refers to vehicles parked on the roadside, while off-street parking is a parking arrangement provided within parking lots or a garage.
  8. What counts as a residential parking area?
    Residential parking areas refer to parking arrangements made for residents of a building.
  9. What is considered street parking?
    Street parking refers to parking spaces available for vehicles to park on a street in an area
  10. Does a carport protect your car?Carports can protect your car from weather elements, including rain and snow.
  11. Does a carport add value to your home?
    Yes, a carport can considerably raise the value of your home.
  12. How do I make a homemade carport?
    Buy a carport kit from us at Steel and Studs and proceed to install it by yourself using a manual.
  13. Do you need a building permit for a metal carport?
    Depending on local laws, a building permit may be required to build a carport structure on your property.
  14. Which angle parking is best?
    45 to 60 degrees are perfect for all parking spaces.
  15. How does a car park system work?
    A car park system works by minimizing overall land usage for parking such as an Automated Car Parking (APS) system.
  16. What is car parking?
    It is the act of halting a vehicle to leave it unoccupied.
  17. What is the difference between a car park and a parking lot?
    A car park is used in British English while a parking lot is used in American English.