In our damp British climate, it is important to have a sheltered place to park your car. If vehicles are not protected when not in use, there is a great risk of a shortened lifespan.
The most effective way to shelter your car at home is to build a garage or a carport. A garage is probably the best solution for ambitious DIY-enthusiasts, but there are also many benefits to a carport.
The construction of a carport makes it very well ventilated. Thanks to the lack of permanent walls, exhaust fumes and condensation have no chance to accumulate, which is good for the car’s human users. This airy form of protection also results in a lessened risk of the car rusting.
As carports are fairly simple constructions without advanced gates or doors, they are also cheap to put together. They do not require much maintenance, saving money in the long term. Another plus is that a carport is very easy to drive in and out of. Something that anyone who uses their car daily will value.
How do I know if I have permission to build a carport?
You do not normally need building regulations approval to build a carport attached to your house, as long as the construction is open on at least two sides and occupies a space of less than 30 square metres. If you wish to build the carport as a detached construction, building regulations usually do not apply as long as your designated floor area for the carport is less than 15 square metres.
If you wish to have a larger construction of between 15 and 30 square metres, this will also not usually require building regulations approval, as long as you keep your planned carport at least one metre away from the boundary between your land and your neighbour’s land. Alternatively, you can construct the carport from substantially non-combustible materials, which removes the requirement for a 1-metre gap. If in doubt, or if you suspect that there may be special restrictions on your property, you may contact your Local Planning Authority (LPA) for assistance.
Also, bear in mind that although you are allowed to carry out electrical work by yourself, you may need to hire a qualified electrician to verify that your work is safe.
How do I build a carport?
The main point of a carport is the roof, which protects the car from rainfall. Make sure the roof is able to handle the weight of potential snow and frost in winter, in order to avoid damage to your car or yourself.
The floor can be made of concrete, but a firmly gravelled surface also works.
A simple carport can be constructed of just four pillars and a roof, but it is advisable to add walls that shield your car against wind, rain and snow. It is important that the carport is properly anchored in the ground, as it may be exposed to strong lifting forces in strong winds.
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The anchorage for a carport usually consists of a heavy concrete base. However, if you use ground screws instead of concrete blocks, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort.
Our powerful post screws ensure that your construction will remain steady, even in strong winds and rough weather. In fact, ground screws give far more stable results than anchorage based on concrete blocks.
We install ground screws for various different uses. The jobs are carried out by certified fitters throughout the country. Installation is quick and then you can start on the rest of your construction immediately.