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Different Types of Carport Designs for Your Home

Different Types of Carport Designs for Your Home

With Australia in a current state of self-isolation, we’re spending more time than ever at home. This means, our cars are staying home too! If you’re someone whose car lives on the street, or in a driveway when you’re not in the office, now is a good time to start thinking about protecting your vehicle from the outside elements with a carport.

Maybe you don’t have a garage. Maybe you do but it’s become more of a storage unit than a home for your car – whatever the reason, there are plenty of carport designs and styles to choose from.

Here are some ideas to get you started.


Carport Designs – Style

There are a few different styles to be considered when building your new carport. The differences between the styles mostly lie in the actual shape of the roof and where the various sides meet/do not meet.

Skillion/Flat – arguably the simplest out of the designs, with a roof that is completely flat, all the way across.

Gable – this carport design has two sloping sides that meet at the top to create an apex, such that when they are viewed from the front, a triangular shape is seen.

Hip Roof  – this carport design has four triangular, sloping sides, that meet at the top to create an apex.

Dutch Gable – this is almost a cross between the Hip Roof and Gable carport designs, with two main sloping sides that meet at the top (like the Gable), but an extra section added to the other two sides of the carport, giving it a similar profile to the four-sided pitched roof of the Hip Roof design.


Free-Standing or Attached

As the terms suggest, your carport can be built either free-standing (away from the home) or attached to the home, as long as it is built on property that belongs to you.

There are pros and cons for both carport designs that can be considered.

Some homeowners may prefer a carport to be built separately (free-standing) to ease any fears about the carport impacting the structural integrity of the home. Despite this being unlikely, (so long as you’re working with a trustworthy carport builder!), there is always an element of risk involved with any kind of home renovation.

Other homeowners may prefer the overall aesthetic and convenience of having their carport attached to their home. This can have the effect of tying the overall design of a home together.


Material & Colour

More often than not, carports are built using steel. They can also be constructed using aluminium, tin or timber, however, these options are not as sturdy as the former.

There are multiple colours available on the market, especially for steel carports (recommended). Consider doing a colour match with outside features of your home that you want to stand out, to tie the whole package together!


There are so many great options available that it can be tricky when it comes to choosing your carport design. Don’t worry – we’re here to help! Give our friendly consultants a call today on 02 9190 7041 or fill out our online enquiry form to learn more.

By Patioland Info | July 1, 2020 | Blog