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13 April 2020

Essential Carport Safety and Maintenance Tips That Every Homeowner Should Know

Learn how to make your carport last for decades.
carport safety and maintenance

You hired professional designers and builders to build your carport. You invested time, money, and energy on this project. Why? Because your carport is a long-term investment and you plan to use it for a very long period of time. But, 

For this to happen, you need to take good care of it. To help you out, we’re giving you essential carport safety and maintenance tips, plus a few things that you should know:

My carport is mostly made of wood. How do I take care of it?

Timber carports should be cleaned and coated at least once a year. Wash your carport early on a bright, sunny, and warm day so it has plenty of time to dry before night falls. 

Schedule this activity on the same day you clean your timber deck (if you have one). Use special products like Sikkens Cetol BL Deck. This one is great for maintaining timber decks and carports. 

How do I make sure that my carport won’t be blown away by strong winds during a storm?

Custom-designed carports are always designed and built to withstand extra pressure on the roof brought by winds coming into the structure.

Ideally, an engineer should check the plans and make sure that it can hold out against the elements.

Do I have to insulate my carport?

It depends on the structure’s design and where you are located. Insulating your carport is beneficial, especially in areas where the temperature fluctuates. It helps reduce internal condensation, corrosion, and rust which damages the structure.

What part of the carport should I clean on a regular basis?

Clean the pipes, drains, and gutters on your carport at least twice a year, ideally before and after winter season. You have to get rid of the autumn leaves; you don’t want these to get stuck in the drain or gutter. Water builds up whenever this happens, which leads to corrosion. Also, dirty and clogged pipes, drains, and gutters are prone to damage under strong weather. 

If you have trees near your carport, be sure to trim some parts of it. You don’t want to damage your carport when the branches fall due to strong winds.

We hope these carport safety and maintenance tips help you extend the life of your carport. But, before building one, you should know these things:

Do I need a permit to put up a carport? 

You may need council approval and certified engineering plans for your carport project. It depends on a lot of factors, mainly the size, design, and location of your home. 

How do I build a carport attached to my house? 

Building a freestanding carport is different from one that is attached to a pre-existing building. You need to review the historical site plans and engineering plans of your home before your designer draws up the working plans. 

What are the most common carports in Australia?

We previously wrote an article about the most popular roof types of carports in Australia. You can read more about the Gable, Dutch Gable, Hip Roof, and Skillion (flat roof) carport there. 

How many cars can I fit in a carport?

It depends on the size of your property. You can build a carport for a single car, multiple cars, 4WDs, caravans, boats, or even motorhomes. Tell your designer your ideal carport size and what you plan to park there. 

Do I really need a professional to help me design and build a carport?

There are DIY carport kits that you can buy and install on your own. But, this is not always the ideal solution for homeowners. In most cases, homeowners need a custom carport for their property and need the help of a professional. 

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