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Carports in townhouse complex

Carport Canopies

Protect vehicles with temporary carport canopies that are full-sized for any make and model. They are easy to set up, lightweight and portable.




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Carport. Detached carport. Attached carport. Steel carport. Carport canopies.

Carports are an economical way of providing limited protection to cars, from the elements. Unlike a garage a carport does not have walls. Usually a back wall will provide room for some storage.

If you are planning to build a new attached or free standing carport it would be a good idea to first contact the utilities to locate buried service lines so that you know where to place the carport support posts. Also, think carefully about your space requirements before deciding on the size of the carport and/or workshop or space for larger vehicles or trailers. Next contact your local building or planning department to find out if property size and distance to property lines will allow you to build. After that it is time to get blueprints and a building permit.

OOPS!! SOMETHING WENT WRONG!
This carport collapse was 100% preventable if the owner had not replaced the solid wood support posts with some fancy wrought iron "posts" which were designed to support a light weight awning!!! In this picture one of the posts can still be seen next to the step ladder near the front door. The weight of the tar-and-gravel roof plus about 6" (15 cm) of wet snow was too much for the fancy posts to handle.



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