Deciding between a carport or garage isn’t always easy. You know that you want your car, boat or ATV protected from the elements, but what’s the most cost-effective way to provide shelter?
Choosing either a carport or garage will depend on your priorities, preferences and budget.
Building a Carport — Is it Worth It?
Carports aren’t complete structures. Most of the time, at least two sides of the carport are open, sometimes all four. That means it’s much easier to get approval from the town to build, if a permit is needed at all. It also means it’s much less expensive — fewer materials means lower costs. A carport can also be erected quickly, since the design is rather simple.
While low costs, less hassle and a fast build are all attractive, carports also feature some drawbacks. For example, since it’s not an enclosed space, your vehicles won’t be fully protected from the weather.
Also, since a carport isn’t secure, you can’t use it for storage. Typically, carports aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as a garage either, so it won’t add to your home’s curb appeal.
Building a Garage — It’s a Functional Investment
When building a garage, you have to go through the necessary steps to obtain a valid building permit. That may mean paying a fee and submitting building plans. Garages take longer to build and they’re more expensive — you’re paying for more materials and labor.
However, once your new garage is complete, you have a durable, quality outbuilding that not only features a range of functions, but also adds to your home’s value.
Garages give your vehicles complete coverage from the elements. Rain, snow, hail, wind — your vehicles are 100 percent protected.
A garage is a secure building you can lock. They’re also usually bigger than carports. This means you have extra space for a work area or for storage. You can leave your tools or boxes of valuables inside without a care.
If you plan on selling your home one day, a garage makes it more attractive to prospective buyers. Plus, if you match the exterior style to your home, it enhances your property’s curb appeal, which only means a higher selling price.
Is a Carport or Garage Right for You?
Choosing between a carport or garage takes thought, but when you examine all the pros and cons, it’s clear a garage is the best long-term investment. Call A-Shed USA to get a free quote on our custom garages, and we’ll help your vision come to life.