f you are building a new home, or just looking for more parking space for your current home, you might be stuck between building a garage or just a carport. We are here to weigh the pros and cons for you, and help you decide which one would be better for you and your needs.
What is a garage? A garage is a walled and roofed structure to house vehicles, often they are attached to a home, but they can also be separate. They usually have space for one or two cars and have garage doors that can lock to keep the vehicles safe.
What is a carport? A carport is essentially a free standing, roofed structure that provides minimal protection for vehicles, usually just from weather. Occasionally they are actually attached to the home as well by a single wall.
Price: If the cost is one of your main concerns, a carport will definitely be cheaper here. Since a carport is often just a roof with pillars, there are a lot less materials needed to construct them. They are much less complex than garages, and that saves lots of money on materials. A general estimate for a carport is anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on how big you want it. For a garage, the cost is closer to $25,000+.
Security: Garages win this aspect. Since they are completely enclosed and usually have a lockable garage door, they are much more secure. They can easily keep out unwanted strangers or pests, as well as any weather. Carports only really provide protection from the elements, unfortunately.
Speed of Construction: Carports are going to be able to be constructed more quickly. Garages take time to build, especially if you need to insulate internal walls and have any electric work done. If time is an important factor, you may want to go with a carport.
Storage Space: Garages are the obvious winner here, since they are very regularly used for storage, and have the ability to keep anything you store in them out of the elements. Carports are really only good for keeping your car safe from the weather.
All in all, it generally depends on what you are looking for and what priorities you have when it comes to deciding if a garage or carport is right for you. Whatever you decide, why not let H3 Outdoor Design build it for you! We specialize in all sorts of outdoor construction and would be happy to construct your carport or garage for you. Just fill out the form on our contact page with the details of your project and we will get back to you.