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.