Carport vs garage: What's the difference?
If you're looking into car storage options for your home, you might be torn between a carport and a garage - but, what's the difference? The basic distinction between the two is very simple: garages are fully enclosed structures, while carports are open structures that can consist of as little as a freestanding roof supported by columns.
As there is simply less to their construction, carports can be built a lot more quickly than garages and do not require as much specialised equipment. Even an elaborate, top-of-the-range carport like the ones we offer at Open Space Concepts typically takes no longer than a day to install. This, of course, means that carports cost significantly less to construct than garages.
In contrast to garages, carports are not living spaces and do not have windows, doors, air conditioning, or electrical wiring. This typically means that planning permission is not required (although you should check this beforehand) and that carports are less limited in material and size.
Similarly, while garages can easily become musty and mouldy due to a lack of ventilation, the open structure of a carport allows for superior ventilation. This means there is always adequate airflow to your vehicle, which prevents any foul smells from lingering.
What's more, the economical size and structure of carports help to prevent unnecessary clutter from building up as it typically does in a garage. Sometimes the amount of clutter in a garage means homeowners are forced to leave their car elsewhere, but with a carport, you'll always have a secure place to park your vehicle.
While garages typically only have space to store one vehicle, Open Space Concepts gives you the option to choose from a single carport, double carport, or row. If you're looking to store multiple cars at once or need more room for other larger recreational vehicles, such as caravans or boats, then we'll set you up with the perfect fit.
At Open Space Concepts, we will design and fit your new carport completely bespoke to you and with no hidden costs. Contact us for a quote or to find out more information.
Why get a carport?
Carports can be an excellent alternative to garages, yet many homeowners are unaware of the various advantages attributed to them. Here are just a few of the reasons that Open Space Concepts' range of practical and stylish carports will make a fine addition to any home:
Protection from the elements
The main function of a carport is to keep your vehicle sheltered by offering protection from rain, heavy snow, damaging winds, and intense sun rays. Our carports are made from only the highest quality materials and are engineered to withstand even the harshest of UK winters, keeping your car free from damage and ready to drive as soon as you need it.
And it's not just your vehicle that will be protected from the weather with the addition of a carport - you and your passengers will also benefit. You'll be sheltered from heavy rain right into the house rather than having to run from your driveway.
Practical vehicle storage
Carports are a great alternative to garages, providing you with a safe and sheltered space to store your vehicle that is a lot more cost and time effective.
Even if your car already has a garage, the addition of a metal carport to your property could still be beneficial, particularly if your household has more than one vehicle. Installing a carport is quick. It's relatively inexpensive. Plus, it's multipurpose - great for storing caravans, mobile homes, motorcycles, and even boats.
Metal carport shelters offer the same protection for your vehicle as a garage does, but without the confined space that can be musty, mouldy, and generally unpleasant to be in. With a carport, air can circulate around the car, which prevents any moisture from clinging to your vehicle and producing foul smells.
Carports by their very design are sleek, minimalist, and pleasant to look at, which is great if the appearance of your property is of high importance to you.
Our carports are completely bespoke and can be easily tailored to tie in with the exterior aesthetic of your home, with the option to choose from three standard RAL colours (Anthracite, Light Grey & White) or to choose your own custom RAL colour for an additional cost. Get a quote today