Installing a pre-fabricated carport can provide a convenient and economical covered parking area for your home. A number of factors may influence the cost of assembly, from the style and size of the structure to the condition of the installation site and the type of foundation required. Your retailer can advise you on the preparation needed for the job, and may provide or recommend a contractor for assembly.
Carport kits are sold in a variety of styles and sizes, and though assembly requirements are usually consistent, the size of your carport may help indicate the cost of the project. Building single-car units typically costs about $287 for a 10’ x 10’ model and $374 for a 15’ x 15’ carport. Assembling larger carports may require more manpower and equipment, and typically costs about $489 for a 10’ x 20’ unit and $693 for one 20’ x 20’. Many manufacturers offer custom-sized carports and can help determine if the size and features of a special order model will have special installation concerns or costs.
Durable steel carports offer excellent protection from the elements and can be installed atop the ground, on foundation piers, or fixed to a deck, driveway, or slab. The size and features of your carport play an important part in planning an adequate foundation and method for securing the structure, so be sure to ask your installer if any ground work is required before assembly and whether the work is included with his services. Assembly rates range from $307 to $796 for steel carports, since their size and installation methods can have a significant impact on the scope of the job.
Fabric or canvas covered carports are an economical option for most settings and climates. The steel or aluminum structure of fabric carports are assembled in a similar manner to steel models, but the lightweight materials are often installed more quickly than those in heavier steel carports. Assembling a fabric carport generally costs between $214 and $487, with its size and anchoring method often affecting the cost of the project.
Planning for Carport Build
The features of your carport and the installation site are important factors in the cost of your assembly project. Discuss with your retailer how groundwork and other site preparation may affect costs, and if special features or custom structures carry extra concerns. Attaching a carport to your home or mounting it to an existing driveway may require additional time, skills, or equipment that could add to the cost of assembly, so be sure to discuss these aspects of the job with your carport builder. Finally, your municipality may require a building permit for installing a carport, so be sure to check with local authorities prior to assembly in order to avoid costly fines or delays. A number of aspects of your assembly project may affect its expense, but thorough planning can help you budget for a quality carport installation.