The difference between a garage and a carport

Whether you’re thinking about decluttering your garage to make room for your car or looking for space-saving alternatives, you may be considering a carport to provide protection for your car.

But, before you race off to get yourself a brand new carport, it’s important to know the differences between a carport and a garage to help you determine the best option for your needs. After all, while both may help you protect your car from the weather, the extent of their protective features, the required upkeep and other aspects of both garages and carports can differ.

The Key Differences

Put simply, garages are completely enclosed with solid walls, a door and a roof, while carports are typically made up of a simple structure with a roof.

Garages are often a small building structure that is extremely durable and made of typically sturdy building materials such as brick, stone, concrete, steel. This means that it ultimately offers more extensive protection from the weather, due to being an enclosed space.

They also offer a variety of uses. Some can even be multipurpose, such as storage space for both your vehicle and any number of objects, such as gardening or DIY tools. They can also be converted into a living space for a home office, gym or additional living room.

Garages are also usually built attached to your home, which means that they often match the exterior design, add value to your home, and better fit the neighbourhood’s appearance.

Carports are more of an open structure. While they can have walls, they are often a free-standing structure of frame with a panelled roof. As mentioned above, carports can be attached to your home, but many opt to simply have them stand in the driveway, acting as a protection from the elements for their vehicle.

Carports can be made from a variety of materials, but the most common tend to be metal, plastic or wood. Carports also offer versatility, perfect for acting as a rain or sun shelter for a range of outdoor activities, such as barbecues, play areas and garden parties.

Which works best for you?

Ultimately, the only way to determine which option is the best fit for you is to consider your needs. 

For example, If you have a particularly expensive or precious vehicle, a garage may be a good option for you. They offer greater security, as you can lock your car away safely without the fear that it may be stolen or damaged.

Or if you require the space to store your vehicle as well as your DIY tools, the garage could be the perfect answer.

However, if you are considering building a garage but find yourself limited by a small budget, construction ability or little space, a carport could be a better solution, as they are affordable, take up little space and are easy to install. Carports, aside from some stipulations, don’t require planning permission, which is one less thing to worry about!

If your garage is pretty full, acting as storage, a carport can also be a great alternative to ensure that you don’t have to sacrifice protection for your car or your storage space.

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