If you’re in the market for a carport, you may have come across the term “Skillion roof.” It’s a popular choice among homeowners because it’s affordable and versatile. In this blog post, we’ll give you all the details on skillion roof carports, including their benefits and drawbacks. So read on to learn more!
What is a Skillion roof carport?
Before you can decide whether a Skillion roof is right for you, you’ll want to know what a Skillion Roof is and what benefits this design has over other roof types. A Skillion Roof is a design of carport roof that has a single sloped roof. They’re easy to recognise by their distinct, slanted look in which one side of the single surface roof is higher than the other. This differs to gable roofs, which have two slopes that meet at a point. The slope also makes it distinct from a flat roof design which lacks the tilt and, as the name suggests, is level.
The Benefits of a Skillion Roof
But why the slope? What does that bring to the table (or more literally, the roof)? Here are some of the benefits of this design for your carport.
One of the major advantages of having your roof on an angle is that it dramatically improves the drainage. One of the biggest issues people find with flat roofs is that they are prone to water build-up and excess debris, especially during one of Australia’s notorious summer storms. This means more roof clean-up for you. Without maintenance, the build-up can lead to water damage, leaks and the need for repairs. By having your roof on even a slight angle, the water is given somewhere to go. This slant will also help avoid the build-up of leaves which can also take their toll if left undealt with.
- More Affordable
A major reason homeowners choose carports over a garage is that they are a more affordable way of protecting vehicles from the elements. If you’re adhering to a tight budget, you’ll be pleased to hear that Skillion Roofs are one of the more affordable options in roof designs. This is due to it being a single flat surface and needing less material than other roof styles.
- Stylish Look
You’ve heard the term less is more? The minimalist look gives a modern feel, and while Skillion roofs look great on a range of buildings, they’re especially a stylish and practical choice for carports. The design is a simple way to make your new carport stand out while still serving a practical purpose.
- Environmental Benefits
Making our homes eco-friendly has become more important than ever. The angle of your Skillion roof could be a great place to put an extra solar panel or two. Not only do you have the moral victory of helping the environment, but you also get to cut down on those power bills as well.
Are there any possible drawbacks?
Every design has its pros and cons, and the Skillion Roof isn’t exempt from this. We’re all about helping you build the right carport for you, so here are some of the possible drawbacks to help you make an informed decision.
Potential for Wind Damage
We’re talking about very strong, record-breaking winds here. The sort you’ll only encounter during a tropical storm or cyclone. Due to the angle of the roof, there is a slightly increased chance of receiving damage during severe windy conditions.
Not ideal for bigger carports
Ideally, the Skillion Roof is best suited for carports designed to fit one or two cars. If you’re after something bigger, you might want to consider another roof style. Get in touch with us at Correct Constructions and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options for your ideal carport.
The Look Isn’t for Everyone
The world would be a boring place if we all had the same taste. This is your carport so you should like the way it looks. Perhaps you just have a different vision or your heart’s set on something else. At Correct Constructions we have a wide range of options and are dedicated to creating the perfect carport for your home.
How do you know if a Skillion roof carport is right for you?
Skillion Roof Carport has a minimalistic, sharp style that works especially well with modern home types. The design is a great middle-ground between the sleek, simple look of a flat roof and the flashier look of something like a gable or hill style roof.
This style of roof also strikes a nice balance between aesthetic appeal, practicality and affordability. It’s an easily customisable style, making it compatible with a wide range of houses and situations.
A common issue for smaller properties is when the homeowners want a carport but have limited space to work with. The angled slopes of the skillion roof design allow for more roof space in a smaller area. The angle of the slant can also be adapted depending on your wants and needs.
What are the costs associated with installing a Skillion roof carport?
Skillion Roof carports are usually a more affordable option, especially when compared to a hip or gable roof carport design. This is due to the simplicity of the design and the need for only a single flat surface, which means less material. Installation won’t take as long as more complicated designs which will save you money in labour costs, not to mention less time spent waiting for your new carport.
When it comes to choosing what material to build your carport with, there are a few factors to consider. First ask, what is the rest of your home like? Ideally, your new carport should feel like a part of your house, so matching colours and complementary design will go a long way to achieving this.
Second, what appeals to you visually? Your carport will be seen by you and everyone else daily, so it makes sense to pick something that appeals to you. If you’re unsure of any design choices, that’s no problem. We’ll lend you our expertise and help you come up with a design you’re happy with.
Third, what materials are suitable for where you live? No matter how beautiful your new carport is, it needs to be dependable and able to stand up to the elements.
Some of the most common materials used to build carports include timber, brick and steel.
Benefits of Steel
We strongly recommend and use Colorbond steel and aluminium to build your carport. Australia is a country with extreme weather, so you’ll want something that can handle the conditions. Be it heavy rainfall, flooding, winds or high temperatures, steel is a strong, flexible, and durable material for your carport. Colorbond comes in a range of colours to suit your home design.
Choose the right contractor to install your Skillion roof carport
Whatever design you want for your carport, you must choose an experienced contractor who you can trust. That’s easy to say, but how can you tell the real deal from the pretenders? Here are some key factors that will help you decide on the right contractor for you.
Experience and Skill
Whatever your building project may be, you should hire contractors who have experience in similar projects to yours and the skills required to provide you with a quality product. Even someone who delivered great results in a different type of project may be out of their comfort zone when it comes to a carport. Your best bet is to go with someone who specialises in carports.
How a business treats its customers says a lot about its values as a company. A carport isn’t a small project, so you need open communication, with a give and take dynamic. Your contractor should be happy to answer your questions and provide you with an in-depth explanation of their approach and the intricacies of your design.
Timeframes will depend on the style of your carport and the requirements. After the initial consultation and planning stages, most carports can be built in a single day, though this depends on factors like your property and weather conditions. You need a contractor who is upfront with you about timeframes.
The importance of getting the right permits before starting construction.
Depending on your project and where you live, you may need to get permits before construction begins. We can’t emphasise enough that this is something to take care of before construction starts, because discovering these requirements mid-build is going to cause all sorts of issues, not to mention cost you money.
Correct Constructions know the ins and outs of permits and regulations and can take care of any needed for the project. This isn’t our first carport, so our experienced team can guide you through the entire process, helping with applying for and obtaining permits if required. If something about your original design or ideas doesn’t meet council regulations, we will endeavour to find a solution that you’ll be happy with.
Want to get started on building your dream carport or have some further questions about Skillion roof designs? There is no need for you to have all the answers when it comes to knowing which customised carport will compliment your home and meet your individual needs. Allow the experts at Correct Constructions to assist you to create a design solution that will best suit your home and your specific requirements.