Using Carports as Moveable Storage

Carports are traditionally thought of as stationary storage for vehicles. In some cases, carports are also used as replacements for a garage, which is part of the reason for the less than creative approach that some customers take towards them. They make for a utilitarian’s dream. At Elephant, we like to allow our customer the ability to create and design whatever type of building they need. This also includes moveable carports.

It’s important to note that carports have basically two ordering options, standard orders and custom orders. Custom orders can be delivered and installed just like standard orders can, but our crews generally won’t install on an uneven or hanging surface. So if you want to create a moveable carport you’re probably better off ordering a DIY kit. With a kit, you get everything you need to construct your carport. The DIY kit is an effective because it allow the customer to place the carport on whatever they choose, like a trailer.

Before and after pictures of moveable storage on a trailer.

It’s also possible to order a standard carport and disassemble it when it needs to be transported and built. The ability to move a carport doesn’t mean that it’s temporary, however. Our carports are strong, built reliably with longevity in mind, and have the potential to be certified with ease. The simplicity of the building process is really a testament to our engineers. The top of the line truss system is something developed by our employees who have years and years of experience, but can be disassembled by you in minutes.

Any style of Elephant Structures carport will work efficiently as a transportable storage device, but not all sizes will be as easy to transport as others. To efficiently gauge the size of carport needed for the job, a building advisor would be the best person to talk to. Our building advisors spend all day discussing with engineers and customers to get nearly every product tailor made to each customer’s needs.

Moveable storage created by a carport kit on a trailer.


The building above is purchasable here, and it’s specs are:

  • Custom Single Wide Carport Kit 12′ x 41′ x 8′
  • A-Frame Vertical Style
  • White Trim, Walls, and Ends
  • Custom sides, and Ends
  • 492 sq. ft. of storage space

Elephant Structures Carports

Elephant Structures primary focus is custom buildings for storage purposes. The broad scope of our customer’s desires has always led us to make carports, garages, barns, and more to the highest industry standards and beyond. Our customers have also influenced the direction of some of our designs, as the demand for DIY kits has increased in recent years. Kits are a sure fire way to put your mark on your building, and transportable carports become much easier to transport if you know the ins and outs of your structure. We currently offer three types of structures, the Regular, Boxed Eave, and Vertical style models are all available in any custom configuration desired. All of our buildings are available as kits, and if you’re in need of a DIY kit today but are unsure of the specifications feel free to call in and speak to a building advisor today for a free consultation.


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.