Ever realised it’s starting to hail only to feel your stomach drop when you remember your car is parked outside?
For most people, their vehicle is one of their most expensive and valued items. Therefore, it makes sense to guard your vehicles against the elements with a reliable form of shelter. A carport provides a roof and stable structure to protect your car at an affordable price. This is, however, only one of many ways a carport protects your car.
In this article, we will show you our top 7 ways a carport can protect your car and add value to your day-to-day life.
Do carports protect cars?
Carports are an affordable way to provide covered space for your car which will protect it from the wind, hail, rain, sun or fallen debris. Made from a range of materials and more easily built than a garage, there are a range of carport designs that can be done as a DIY project or built professionally.
Carport vs Garage- What’s the difference?
Carports and garages have a lot in common, though each also have key distinguishing features. Deciding on the best option for you will come down to a variety of factors including your needs, preferences and budget.
Carport: A carport has at least two open sides and is an affordable way to provide your car with shade and cover. It can be connected to an existing structure, like your house, or be a freestanding entity.
Garage: A garage is a fully enclosed structure, that is either part of the house or a separate building entirely. They have a door as an entrance that allows you access to your car and ensures extra safekeeping.
7 ways a carport improves your car’s security
There are a variety of benefits to building a carport to protect your car. Here are the top 7 reasons a carport is a great investment when it comes to the care of your car.
1. Shelter from the elements
Though Australia is best known for its hot, sunny days, any local will tell you that the weather conditions can turn wild very quickly. During one of our notorious summer storms, your car is susceptible to damage unless it is under shelter.
A carport will prevent hailstones from making a mess of your car. It’ll also provide a barricade against loose branches, rubbish and debris flying through the sky during a heavy storm. Vehicle repairs can cost you a lot, and even if it is covered by your insurance, there are so many hoops to jump through to get your car repaired. One storm season is all your carport will need to prove its value and keep your car safe from the elements.
2. Protection from the sun
Is there anything more unpleasant than opening your car door on a summer’s day and being smacked in the face with a wave of heat? There are more cons to leaving your car in the heat than the initial discomfort.
Prolonged sun exposure can cause your car seats and dashboard to crack, with both of these being more expensive to replace than you might think. Any materials or items you leave in your car are also going to suffer from the heat and UV exposure, which is yet another reason why you should keep your car undercover when possible.
3. Shelter from branches and debris
Falling debris can cause all sorts of problems for your car. This can be the daily nuisance of having to sweep leaves off your bonnet, to the more serious damage that can come from fallen branches. A dent or a cracked windshield is a pricey, time-consuming thing to fix. A carport provides an added defence against any objects that hit your car, saving you money in repairs.
4. Protects the paint on your car
No paint job is going to last forever, but installing a carport is a significant way to safeguard your car paint, reducing maintenance and ensuring its preservation.
Protection from UV rays, for example, will decrease the rate at which your paint will chip and blister. Your carport will also protect your car from debris, like tree sap, mud, twigs and bird and animal droppings that can scratch, degrade or chip your car paint.
5. Hides your car from general view
A lot of vandalism and theft isn’t down to anything personal, but rather opportunity. Leaving your car parked in the driveway or on the street leaves it exposed to anyone in the area walking by.
A carport provides a sheltered place for your car to be parked on your property. Combine this with any extra security additions, such as lighting and security cameras, and you add a lot more security to your property and vehicle.
6. Added surveillance
Unfortunately, mother nature isn’t the only threat to your car. Your carport allows you to add extra security measures to your house. Security cameras on your carport, for example, have come a long way in recent times and come in a wide range of sizes and types to fit all budgets.
Make sure your security camera is installed in an optimal location where its field of vision will cover more ground. Having your camera clearly visible is something worth considering, as sometimes just the sight of security measures will be enough to deter thieves.
7. Add lighting to your carport
Motion detection lights have a wide range of benefits and are a valuable, yet affordable addition to your carport. There is increased safety whenever you come home or leave after dark. Not only will you be able to see where you’re going, but you can also rest easy knowing nothing untoward is waiting for you in the dark.
At the end of the day, your carport only has to prevent one dent or cracked windshield before you realise how quickly it will pay for itself.
Building a carport can be a big project, so why not give yourself some peace of mind by leaving it to the professionals?
Correct Constructions is your local pergola and carport specialist and can help you with all your carport needs. Whether you have questions, want to see designs or need someone to build your ideal carport, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch today to find out more!