Carports are covered structures built to provide shelter to automobiles. They differ from garages as they do not have enclosing walls. They can either be free-standing or attached to a wall. Generally they are portable and can be dismantled easily.
The material of construction could be wood, metal or even plastic. A metal carport made with steel or aluminum or composites meets the needs of people who are on a tight budget. Generally metal carports are more durable than those made from wood or other materials.
Most people prefer to build carports from scratch, sourcing their materials from variety of sources. However, for those pressed for time, carports kits are also available which consists of everything one needs to build a carport along with detailed instructions. Most carport kits are customizable and modular so one need not buy all the components from a single manufacturer.
For home use, most people prefer single or double carports depending on the number of cars they own. These carports can be also attached to the house and given an appearance of a part of the house.
Commercial metal carports provide parking solutions to offices and industries. They are more cost-effective compared to conventional garages and can be easily scaled up or down depending on the parking requirement.