Approximately 7% Americans today own at least one, if not more, recreational vehicle, more commonly known as an RV. RV’s do not fit in a standard garage, but still need some form of protection. That is where the car port comes in to the rescue. Car ports are metal garages made to protect different forms of transportation like extra cars, RVs and boats.
The term carport originated by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who once had told a client, a car is not a horse, it does not need a barn. It does however, need a form of protection. The weather can take a terrible toll on these vehicles. Car ports, or garage buildings help to decrease the chances of damage to hail, ice and other weather related risks.
Why build car ports with steel you may ask? Steel is one tough recyclable material. Steel has been referred to as the EnviroMetal because it can be recycled over and over and over again without losing any of its quality. Plus, recycling steel saves the same amount of energy it takes to power 18 million homes for an entire year.
Before being called car ports, they were named auto space, which was suggested by a architectural firm in Minnesota, but the name never stuck. Carports come in many different sizes and styles depending on your storage needs. While they are primarily for the storage of vehicles, this is not all they are there for. You could possibly need extra space to store your tools or work bench, a place for livestock, or a safe and secure place to grow plans without pesky animals sneaking in and eating them before you have a chance to.
Carports are available at different retail places and can be specially ordered as well. You can search online for the different options available when picking out car ports, they have carports for specific needs which helps narrow down which one to buy rather than guessing.