One of the best things about steel carports is how easy they are to build and install. Unlike wood-frame construction, steel carports can be completely assembled and installed in under a day. However, it is possible to make mistakes when installing your carport. Make sure you know what mistakes you could make when installing your carport and how to avoid them.

Carport Installation

Not Using Anchors

One of the biggest and most common mistakes you can make when installing a carport is neglecting to use anchors to hold it down. Any time a carport is installed, you need to make sure it is anchored securely to the ground to prevent it from blowing over or moving away from the intended location.

There are several kinds of anchors you can use to secure a carport, but the choice you make depends on a few factors. For instance, not all anchors can be used on every surface, and larger carports may need stronger anchors to secure them properly. To learn more about what type of anchor is right for your carport project, read about the different types of carport anchors and how they are used.

Not Getting a Permit

Another major mistake people make when constructing a carport is neglecting to get a permit first. Not all carport construction requires a permit, but it’s not uncommon either - and if you don’t get one when it’s necessary, you could be facing hefty fines or other penalties. We're often asked if you need a permit to build a carport, but unfortunately we can't give you that answer ourselves since every location has their own requirements.

How do you know if you need a permit? The best way to find out is to ask. Contact your town’s city hall or municipal planning office to see if you’ll need a permit for your carport construction. You may need to provide blueprints or a drawing showing where the carport will be placed on your property.

Not Preparing Your Building Site Properly

One key to installing a carport properly is installing it on a prepared building site. There are many choices you can make for a building site, including a concrete pad, a leveled gravel area, or bare earth. However, it’s vital that you prepare the site correctly regardless of what type you use.

The most important aspect of preparing your carport building site is ensuring it is level and set up for construction. You’ll also want to consider drainage and erosion on your property - it’s never a good idea to install your carport in a location where it could face damage such as a floodplain. You may want to get a property survey taken before you install your carport in order to avoid potential damages or complications.

If you do choose to install your carport on concrete or asphalt, you’ll also need to make sure your site has enough time to cure and harden before completing your carport. You could seriously damage your concrete pad or your carport if you don’t.

Not Installing Gutters, Downspouts or Guards

Along with not preparing the site correctly, many carport builders neglect another simple but important aspect - installing gutters and gutter guards on their carport. We should note that not every carport or steel building needs gutters, but they do serve an important function. By installing gutters on your carport you can help extend its useful lifespan and control erosion and water flow on your property.

When rainwater flows directly off a roof, it tends to erode the ground where it lands. If your carport is installed next to your house, over gravel or bare earth, or on a concrete pad, letting the rainwater flow directly downward could lead to ground erosion or foundation damage around your carport or your home.

In contrast, installing proper gutters on your carport can help control water flow and channel it to areas where erosion is less likely or noticeable. You can also install gutter guards on your gutters to keep them free of debris and clogs.

Not Assembling the Pieces the Right Way

Carport Installation MistakesFinally, one last common mistake with DIY carport installations is doing the assembly and installation wrong. This could include putting the pieces together incorrectly or putting them together in the wrong order, making final assembly difficult or impossible.

Unfortunately, unless you are experienced this can be a hard problem to avoid. One thing you can do is allow your carport contractor to assemble the carport on your behalf. By making use of professional assembly, you ensure your carport is built and anchored correctly so you don’t experience any problems later on.

Furthermore, the discount for installing your carport yourself often isn’t worth the extra work and risk. Generally, the discount for DIY installation is only about 5% off the purchase price - in most cases not worth the many hours of work it takes to install a carport on your own. In contrast, having professionals install your carport saves you that time and work for very little extra expense.

For more information about finding the right carport for your needs and installing it on your property, call Bargain Barns USA today. We install carports in many states across America, so call 405-872-0338 today or look up carport prices for your state online. You can also visit our Facebook page for tips and more information.