Choosing the Size of Your New Carport

When purchasing your carport, it’s difficult to determine the size you may need to store your property. We’ve composed a guide to help you understand your personal storage needs.


What’s going Inside Your Carport?

First, you should determine the vehicle(s) that are being stored inside your carport. While there is a standard car length, the types of other vehicles vary widely. With an RV, truck, trailer, ATV, boat, Motorcycle, the measurements need to be on hand when purchasing your carport. There’s nothing more frustrating than purchasing a carport that won’t fit everything you own underneath it when it arrives at your home. Our carports have various widths, so pretty much whatever configuration is desired can be engineered.

How many vehicles are you storing underneath the carport?

If you’re storing two vehicles side to side, it’s important to add extra width, and more than you would usually think. There needs to be space accommodating drivers entering and exiting their vehicles, as well as passengers. This is easier to determine than measurements of your vehicles themselves. Simply park them all side by side and see if there’s room to open all the doors. Then, you can measure the width of them all parked side to side or front to back depending on your preference. With those measurements, you can easily maintain a comfortable storage area and situation. It’s also worth noting that if you can manage a little extra on the sides for storage of lawn equipment it’s a great addition to any carport. A utility shed will also perform this function with protection from the elements on all sides! This is a custom order however, be sure to mention it to your building advisor when you call in if you’re interested.


How tall are your property and vehicles?

Clearance height is a major issue when it comes  storing property, as it’s difficult to determine whether or not something will fit inside a height that is judged from the bottom on both space and size. Relativity! Measure your vehicles and property to find out the ideal height of your building. Also note that different widths and roof styles will have different peak heights. Your building advisor can help you with that as well, or this chart. Something else of note, is that every building over 12 ft. tall will have to be installed with a lift provided by Elephant Structures or the customer.

What do you want to use your carport for?

Some customers aren’t even using their carports to store cars underneath. Some of our customers created pavilions out of their carports, as well as hobby shops, or even dog houses. If you’re storing your vehicles underneath, that’s completely fine, but the versatility of our carports allows for a staggering amount of utility. Our carports are also available as DIY kits, so if you want to perform extremely customizable construction projects with our steel, we’re happy to provide it to you!

The future of your property is in capable hands if you store it underneath a carport from Elephant Structures. It’s important to determine the size of your structure as to fit all of your property before you actually purchase it, but if you need to make future additions our engineers are happy to accommodate future projects on your new carport or garage. Simply call in and determine what type of addition you need and tell us what you already have. Our installers will come right to your home and install your extra storage space just as easily and quickly as they did the first time.

A Metal Building From Elephant

Our buildings are more versatile and adaptable than wooden structures and will last for generations. The design and color of your metal building can be changed to match your home or other existing property. Our buildings are virtually maintenance free and can be installed anywhere there is level ground. If you decide to move, your metal building can be disassembled and easily moved as opposed to a heavy and bulky wooden shed. By altering the dimensions and adding windows, garage and walk-in doors, your building can house your vehicles and outdoor and lawn equipment, keeping everything secure and nearby. With Elephant, you can design a metal building to fit all of your needs for half the price of wood.

Make the easy choice and call us at Elephant Structures today so you can begin designing and pricing your own metal building. We have been manufacturing and installing prefabricated metal buildings for decades and offer the highest quality in the industry.

Largest Moveable Structure Is a Metal Shelter in Chernobyl

This past April 26th was the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear explosion. The Power Plant’s reactor exploded and created one of the most widely known malfunctions in recent history. To this day journalists still explore the aftermath and have written articles on the radioactive boars, the homeless that reside there and some of the ecological impacts of the nuclear devastation that will continue to happen for thousands of years. There were reported to be almost 200,000 people nearby when the meltdown took place, and their homes are no longer inhabitable at all. There were only 31 deaths documented as a result of the incident, and that number is low considering the horrific nature of possible outcomes involved. If you’re in for a bit of nostalgia or more information on the subject, this report from ABC on the day of the incident is interesting to say the least.

A “sarcophagus” was built in order to contain what was left of the radioactive materials and reactor, and just last year a massive steel structure was built to cover the sarcophagus. It’s thought to be capable of entombing the structure for over 100 years. Hopefully that will slow down the radioactive contamination that seems to be endless in comparison to human years. It goes to show that metal structures are capable of nearly any task they’re asked to complete, even when it comes to Chernobyl contamination reduction. At least that’s what “Battelle researchers” thought “at PNNl” when they  “applied their expertise in nuclear science, safety, remediation and engineering to help Ukranians.”

Metal Shelters

We here at Metal Shelters don’t advocate for any sort of contamination with nuclear radiation, but we do recommend that you take this metal structure use in to mind when considering your next storage building or workshop, etc. We maintain the highest quality customer service and steel buildings in the industry. If you need a free consultation from one of our building advisors feel free to call in now. Also, every one of our buildings comes with free installation and delivery.

Why You Should Go With A Certified Building

Often times we get calls from customers who neglected to order certified carports. The influx comes after severe storms, hurricanes, etc. They need replacements for their carport that was blown out of the foundation (often not concrete), buckled under the snow load, or any number of unfortunate reasons. We understand that the affordability of a concrete pad and certification is sometimes out of the price range of our customers, but we see it time and time again. If you can purchase a certified building but strive to save a few bucks and opt for a non-certified, you may end up paying for it later.

With our buildings, we always use stronger bracing and tougher legs made out of premium steel. As a result, our certification is even stronger than most other manufacturers. Typically, a certification stage one guarantees your building meets any building permits required by your county, state, etc. as well as 130 mph wind speeds and 30 psf snow loads.  Certification stage two or super certification can be negotiated, and is usually reserved for customers who desire extreme protection or commercial regulations on their buildings.

Metal Building Kit Utility Carport/Garage Combo

Certified Carports and What They Mean To You

Certified carports are a way to give you peace of mind during severe weather, because it’s a simple way of strengthening your carport immensely. Usually, our carports can come with a guarantee because every customer customizes their structure differently. Herein, certain structures are just less structurally sound due to the customers’ desires. For instance, if someone places a building with one wall open it’s more likely to catch wind against the closed side. This puts more strain on the building, raising the need for better engineering.

Our top of the line engineers are the best people to creatively prevent these issues. To allow for circumvention of this we recommend certifying your building. It’s also necessary to certify buildings that require building permits, as we will always build your structure to the codes needed by the county or state, or often exceed them. It is possible to get by in areas where there is less severe weather without a certified building, however it is always recommended. Even more so in areas that are prone to at least occasional severe storms or hurricanes. Often on the coast it’s required by the county, but if it isn’t where you live at the beach it’s nearly essential to have anyway.

Certified Carports and How They Help You Save Money

Whenever you buy a building from us, we build it to last whether that is your intention or otherwise. The main directive that we attempt is maintaining the highest quality buildings possible while they are consistently customizable even at the highest possible tiers. Herein, every building you purchase from Elephant Structures is going to save you money in the long run. However, certifying your building can help you save more at the cost of a slightly higher initial cost.


First, what do most people buy a metal building for? The answer is to protect something that they don’t want getting ruined. If you park your car in a metal garage or carport you are hoping that carport is strong enough to take whatever mother nature throws at it so your car doesn’t have to. If this is the case (and it is), the best thing you could do for your car is to buy it from us, and certify it. Even if you’re using it to store less important things, or spare lumber, what have you, certifying your carport ensures that it will be there if it gets atypically windy in your area. The key to saving money in a roundabout way is spending it. Lucky for you we keep the cost low without sacrificing the quality of our builds. If you want to see what a non-certified carport ends up as simply google “collapsed carport” to find out.

Metal Structure by Elephant Metal Shelters

Low Maintenance and Peace of Mind

Every one of us could always stand to gain a little more peace of mind, one could argue that’s a good thing to strive for in this life. Elephant structures understands that, and that’s precisely why we offer highly customizable top of the line buildings and certification. The goal of a carport is not only to protect your building, but also to allow you to relax when it’s hailing, raining, the sun is high in the sky, or any number of stressful events take place. A car is necessary in most parts of the states, and taking care of that car is even more necessary when your budget is tight. Allow the certified carport to do the work for you, and relax!

Go With Elephant Structures Certified Carports

We understand that buying a carport can be intimidating because there’s a lot of people out there selling poor products. There’s a lot of people involved in the industry that have just gotten started, but we’ve been involved a long time. Some of our experts have been in the business for 37 years, and yes steel was around back then! Steel is the number one building material in the modern world, and it’s not going anywhere. Just like your carport when you get it certified from Elephant Structures.