Laying a carport floor, irrespective of the carport type (Wood, Metal or Alumiwood) is a process must people take for granted. However it’s exceptionally important. Don’t just go by assumptions that a simple ground will do the trick. This thinking might work for carports made in ranches or trailer vans, were the carport is mobile & detachable however not for permanent structures.
Take the following pointers into account before making the carport floor:
The area where you will construct the carport floor needs to be as flat & sturdy as possible. Simply place two stakes on two corners of the chosen area and tie a string to it. The slope formed will tell you whether it suitable to make a carport floor or not.
Carport Floor Depth:
The depth of the carport floor needs to be anything between 3 to 5 inches in depth. The choice is depth should depend on the weight of your vehicle. In case of bigger cars like SUVs, Station Wagons etc, prepare to dig 5 inches to create the carport floor.
Use the stake and strong technique to ensure that the four corners marked will be of equal depth.
Carport Floor Base:
For posts, use a 2×4 log which will be placed along the edge of the dugout area of the carport floor. Make sure they are perpendicular. Do the same on all four corners and then fill in with fine gravel dirt.
Roll out a sheet of wire mesh on the carport floor however don’t do so from corner to corner. Cut the mesh around 3 inches from the corner of the carport floor. You must ensure that the mesh doesn’t curl up.
You have two choices for the flooring of a carport. First is concrete which is suited for all mostly for metal carport types. Second is the concrete flooring is perfectly matches wooden and Alumiwood carports.
For concrete, once the read mix arrives, pour the concrete from end of the carport floor and spread evenly & quickly all over using a wet rake. You will need a helping hand who can tap the air pockets which will form when spreading the concrete.
Once the concrete has dried, spread some dirt and level it out.
In case of gravel, use a thinner layer of concrete and immediately spread the gravel stones.