Carport roofs come in different styles, with different advantages and disadvantages to each. Manufacturers may refer to the different styles, but the names do not do much to tell you about them. What are the types of carport roof styles, and what does each type mean?
The three types of carport roofs commonly referenced are regular roofs, boxed-eave roofs, and vertical roofs. A regular roof has the roof ridges running horizontally, from the front to the back, with no eaves. A boxed-eave roof has horizontal ridges as well but includes an overhang at the edges. A vertical roof has the ridges running vertically from the ridge to the eaves.
Each style of carport roof is unique and has pros and cons to consider. Keep reading to get an understanding of which roof style you should select for your carport.
The Different Styles of Carport Roofs
Each style of roof available on a metal carport is primarily defined by how the roof wraps on the frame and which direction the ridges run on the roof sheeting. The differences between each style make the different carport roofs ideal for specific carport needs.
The Regular Roof
The most affordable style of roof for a metal carport is the standard roof, which is more commonly called the regular roof. This style of roof has no eaves at all. The frame has a rounded edge, and the roof panels wrap at the edges.
The horizontal roof sheeting makes snow accumulation more likely as snow is less able to slide down the ridges. This means that the Roof Panels are installed horizontally and run parallel to the side of the carport. Also, the lack of eaves on a regular roof can result in a roof style that does not match the look of your home, making the appearance of a carport with a regular roof somewhat out of sync with the look of a house.
Regular roof-style carports are not limited to protecting your vehicles or personal items, rather they have many useful purposes! Whether you need a single-car, double-car, or triple-car carport, or a picnic shelter, sizes are not an issue. You could also add sidewalls to convert your regular carport into a utility storage building. There are many sizes to consider, all depending on your needs. For Instance, do you have a boat or an RV? These use essentially the same structure, except the height is customized to ensure your larger vehicles are safe and sheltered!
In short, the regular roof is a thoroughly viable style for a metal carport. It is acceptable for most weather conditions and is the most affordable style of roof for a metal carport.
The Boxed-Eave Roof
As the name might suggest, a boxed-eave roof has eaves. The joint between the roof and the supporting struts is a sharp angle, not rounded, and the roof extends out slightly beyond the frame. The roof is then boxed with siding to provide a more finished look.
The primary advantage of a boxed-eave roof on a metal carport is aesthetics. The boxed eave roof style metal carport has a traditional A-frame style look with roofing panels run from front to back which allows for reducing cost while maintaining a great appearance. That is to say, a boxed-eave roof on a metal carport will more visibly match the appearance of your home. The overhanging roof sheeting gives the roof a more refined appearance.
A boxed-eave roof, like a regular roof, has horizontal ridges on the sheeting. This saves on material and does not require a ridge cap. The material saved in the construction of a boxed-eave roof on a metal carport means that the boxed eave roof is more affordable than a vertical roof style.
The horizontal ridges on a boxed-eave roof share the issue of snow accumulation that is possible with a regular roof style. The ridges can stop snow, rain, or debris from sliding off the roof of the carport. This potential drawback may make a boxed-eave roof style on a metal carport less desirable in areas that get an above-average rate of winter weather and snow.
The Boxed Eave Style is engineered to provide the coverage you need while maintaining a more traditional-looking roof line to compliment your property/home. This carport will add excellent shelter and shade to vehicles and personal property for years to come.
The Vertical Roof
The most expensive roof style for a metal carport is the vertical roof. This roof style looks similar in design to a boxed-eave roof, with a sharp angle where the roof sheeting meets the vertical supports. However, unlike a boxed-eave roof style, the vertical roof has the ridges running vertically. The ridges run from the top of the roof, or ridge, to the edges, or eaves, and help to direct water, snow, or debris off the top of the carport.
A vertical roof style for a metal carport requires a ridge cap at the peak of the roof. This means more material is used, which increases the cost of the carport. However, the combination of the ridge cap and the vertical ridges gives the best durability in wintery weather. The eaves seen on a vertical roof style match the aesthetic look of a home, making the metal carport look more like it belongs with the home.
Other Unique Uses For A Carport
- Boat Cover
- Boat Parking
- Covered walkway
- Cattle Covers
- Equipment Covers
- Athletic Shelters
- Picnic Areas
The possibilities are endliss!
Choose the Right Roof Style for You
A metal carport can be a great solution for protecting your car from sun and weather, not to mention saving you having to shovel snow off your car so that you can leave for work. The roof style that is right for you will depend on your budget, the importance of the appearance of your metal carport, and the kind of weather you can expect to see during the winter.
Consider your options and pick the carport roof style that works best for you. With three options to choose from, you’re sure to find one perfect for you!