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Your Ultimate Carport Cost Guide

Your Ultimate Carport Cost Guide

A carport is an unenclosed structure that can be custom-built to provide protection for vehicles from weather, theft and damage. Custom carports provide a cheaper alternative to installing a garage, offering the benefits of year-round weather protection while often being quicker, cheaper and simpler to install.

As with any installation project, it’s important to know the associated costs so you can be clear of exactly what to expect before beginning your build. We’re here to help. In this blog, we’ll explain the cost guides for both a carport kit and custom-built carport and how different materials, sizes and designs can make a big difference to the final carport cost.

How much does it cost to build a carport?

The total cost of building a carport can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. There is a range of options out there for custom or standard carport designs, including different roof styles, materials, shapes and sizes. A carport in its kit form will generally be the cheaper option, but if you’re looking for the best carport to protect your particular vehicle, a custom design will be the way to go.

The cost of single carport kits ranges between $1000-$2000 depending on the materials, design and additions. A spacious double carport kit with a gable roof will increase the price closer to $4000. A custom, well-designed carport cost can vary greatly from $4000 up to $20,000 with the price being highly dependant on your specifications and design.

The biggest influences over the final cost of your carport install include:

  • Custom carport cost vs the cost of a single carport kit
  • The size of the carport such as a steel double carport kit or custom gable carport
  • The roof type, such as a skillion roof, pitched roofs, gable roof or flat roof carports
  • Whether there will be lighting or additional features in the carport
  • If local council approval, a council permit or if council fees will apply

Price Breakdown – explained…

There are a number of elements that will influence your quoted carport cost for both custom carport designs and carport kit designs.

When it comes to custom carport designs and carport installation, the prices are generally broken down into:

  • Preparation

If the area is a simple concrete slab, the price to prepare the area will generally be cheaper than if there are trees or complicated landscapes present.

  • Materials

Carports are generally made from Colorbond steel or galvanised steel, and the materials you use are possibly the biggest influence on the price. Before selecting a cheaper alternative, keep in mind that the materials used in your construction need to account for your local weather conditions, the way you will use the carport, and how you want the carport to look.

  • Design

There are many different types of roofs available for carports, such as a simple flat roof, skillion roof, gabled roof along with different design options such as sloping sides and various colour options. Additionally, attached carports have a different cost compared to freestanding carports, a single carport will cost less than a double carport, and so on.

  • Building Approval or Council Fees

Just as with any construction project, you may need approval by the New South Wales Government to build a carport. Acquiring a building permit, covering council fees or meeting approval requirements will be an extra cost to consider.

The Difference Between Custom Carports & Carport Kits

Many people assume that a carport is a carport, no matter how it is built – but this is incorrect. The differences between carport kits and a custom-built carport are slight but can have a huge impact on how you use your space. Both offer protection in cooler and warmer climates, both can be freestanding or attached, and both will house a standard-sized car. The most notable differences come through in the way they look, their construction and their cost.

If you have a large and tall car or caravan, a custom carport will ensure that your vehicle will fit perfectly and provide the best level of protection. Additionally, a custom carport is fully walled with a door and a wide access point, keeping your vehicle safely tucked away. A carport kit will generally have open sides, offering protection from the sun and rain but little from objects being thrown or passersby with curious fingers.

Carport Kit Pros

Carport Kit Cons

They are cheaper to buildThey are less versatile
Customisable in their materialsNot customisable in their construction or design
Can be built DIY with little surface preparationLess durable & not theft proof
Less need for council approvalWon’t add much value to your property

Custom Carport Pros

Custom Carport Cons

100% protection for your vehicleMore expensive to build
Storage space & securityTakes longer to construct
Add value to your homeCouncil approvals may be needed

When considering your choice, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why are you building a carport?
  • What is the value of your vehicle?
  • What are the weather conditions in your area?
  • Are you planning on living in your home for a long period of time?

Ultimately, the choice for which carport will be best for you comes down to your situation, your property and the level of protection you wish to provide for your vehicle.

Your Local Carport Experts…

When it comes to finding a carport builder in Sydney – Correct Constructions is the team to call.

With over 25 years of experience, we supply and install a wide range of options to compliment your home and protect your vehicle. We can design your carport to suit your lifestyle needs perfectly, bringing priceless protection to your most prized possessions. With up to 30 years warranty and a number of design solutions available – you can rest assured that your carport will be everything you need and more.

We provide free quotes! Simply click here to enquire and we will be in touch with design options and cost guides. Otherwise, give us a call on 0458 888 178 to discuss all things carports.

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