Frequently Asked

Frequently Asked Questions received by Elephant Structures. We are your trusted nationwide source of metal covers, metal carports, metal garages, steel garages, metal barns, and metal sheds. Build your own metal cover and purchase online at Or, click on Start Building to customize a metal cover using Elephant Structure's BuildID™ system. All metal structures have free installation and free delivery in 48 states. Office hours are Monday thru Friday hours are 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT. Saturday and Sunday hours may vary. Call an expert at 855-227-7678 to learn more. Ordering online takes less than 2 minutes... it really is that simple!

Does Elephant Structures install all year?
Yes, our installers work throughout the year. Installation times may vary depending on weather conditions for your region.

May I change my order?
It depends on the production stage of your order. Please email us at or call our customer service department at 855-227-7678 to discuss your options. We will make every effort to modify your order. Please note, additional costs may be required along with an additional non-refundable deposit and return fee, if applicable.

What do I need to do to my site to make it ready for the day of the install?
Please check our installation guide available by reviewing our metal building free delivery and free installation page.

If I want to install the metal structure myself, do you have metal carport kits?
Yes, we do have carport kits if you are a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) homeowner. Simply give Elephant Structures a call at (855) 227-7678 or select the self-installation option on the BuildID™ system to take advantage of the cost savings. Many customers prefer this option; however, we do not recommend this option unless you know what you are doing.

What are the standard sizes available for metal structures?
Sizes vary by structure. Feel free to check the “Start Building” page to see all the options available. Our BuildID™ system is currently limited to 30' wide and 99' long; however, we do have the capability of going up to 100' wide and much longer lengths. If you have a special request that is not available on the Build a Carport page, please contact us at (855) CAR-PORT or 855-227-7678 or check out our custom quote request page.

What is the difference between 12 gauge - 2 ¼” galvanized steel legs and 14 gauge – 2 ½” galvanized steel legs?
While lower gauge steel is thicker, all of our gauge options can be certified. However, 12 gauge provides additional warranty protection and, if needed, higher ratings for snow and wind. 14 gauge is the standard galvanized frame option on most buildings.

What anchoring options are available for my metal shelter (metal building)?
All pricing includes installation and anchoring: Rebar is used when installing a metal structure over gravel or dirt. Concrete lag bolts are used to install on cement. Concrete Screws are used when installing a carport over concrete pads or footers. Auger Anchors are sold as an option and may be required when installing a structure over gravel or dirt. If you have a three-sided building, you must select these anchors. You may purchase additional auger anchors, also commonly referred to as mobile home anchors. Anchors should be placed on each corner or every 5 feet to 25 feet depending on the location in the United States. Wind and Snow Loads play a key role in determining the number of auger anchors required.

What is the typical length of time to install a metal barn once an order is placed?
Most structures are delivered and installed within two to five weeks. In some cases, installations may be delayed due to weather conditions or other factors outside of our control. It is rare for installations to take more than sixty (60) days.

What is the roof pitch of a metal structure?
3-12 roof pitch is standard. Call us to get a quote on a custom pitch or check out the estimated peak height chart.

What side height should I order for the center portion of the barn structure?
When ordering, it is important to note that the height is defined as the lowest point near the sides of the carport. If you need a specific clearance for your RV, car, boat, or anything else you store under the carport, garage, or barn, please verify that requirement before ordering. As an example, if you order a 12' wide structure with 5' side wall leg heights, the center clearance will be 7'3" and the peak height will be 7'9”. Note, the peak height is not the clearance for a vehicle; it is simply the highest point of the structure. The clearance for your vehicle is typically the height of the side legs.

clearance height of carports

How many legs, per side, are installed on carports, garages, and barns?
Most carports and metal barns require 4 feet to 5 feet between frame legs. The actual distance is determined by a certified engineer and may not be specified by the customer. If you are installing multiple garage doors, there must be 2' between each and the corners. For example, if you want two (2) 8'x8' garage doors on the front of the carport, you will need to order a 22' wide carport to accommodate the doors. If you want two (2) 6'x6' garage doors on the front of the building, you will need to order an 18' wide carport.

How secure is my personal information?
Your personal information is very secure. Elephant Structures uses Starfield SSL to protect data as it is sent over the internet. We never store your credit card information. All credit card orders are passed to our merchant processor.

Can I lock in my price?
Yes, when you place your order and make your deposit, we will let you delay the delivery & installation of your order for up to six (6) months.

What is the Warranty?
Standard 14 gauge structures come with a 30 day workmanship warranty. Certified 12 gauge structures include the standard 30 day workmanship warranty and an additional 20 year warranty against rust through the frame.

How do I get a custom quote? I'm having difficulty building exactly what I need on the Carport Builder.
While our builder is a great tool to design a standard carport, barn, or metal garage, we understand that custom sizes are extremely important. Our buildings can expand to 100 feet wide and as long as your needs require. Click on Custom Building Quote to fill out a few details and we will provide you with a custom quote within hours. Please note, if you are using the builder and do not see a price, you have have missed entering a zip code. If you skip that step, we can't give you a price because we don't know what state you want the metal structure installed in.

Where can I get a promotion or coupon code?
After designing your custom Elephant Structures and clicking on the Add to Cart button, your price will automatically reflect any promotions or discounts available. There is no need to search other coupon websites. All,,, and Elephant Structures discounts and promotions are detailed on our deal pages. We offer everyday low pricing on our structures.

How do I opt-out of email communication?
On the bottom of all promotional or newsletter emails from Elephant Structures, you may follow the instructions to unsubscribe or click on the Unsubscribe button, if available.

Can I cancel my order?
Yes, in most cases you may cancel your order within seven (7) days by emailing us at or by calling our customer service department at (855) CAR-PORT or 855-227-7678. Please note, because of the costs involved with processing and preparing your order, your deposit is non-refundable and will not be returned.

Detailed Photos

Elephant Structures is proud of our ability to offer customers the best quality metal barns, carports, and garages in the industry with affordable prices every day. Take a look at our details and see why so many metal structure buyers choose to purchase from us.

County Barn
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Elephant County barn is an ideal option for any use. Interior bracing may vary by state.
County Interior Ceiling
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The County barn from Elephant is extremely strong with great finishing detail.
County Barn Detail
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Check out the detail on Elephant's County barn. Remember, all barns may be fully-enclosed with garages, windows and walk-in doors.
Ridgeline Barn
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The Ridgeline has significant trim detail to add to the appearance of your barn. Choose a trim color to match the roof and exterior or accent it.
Ridgeline Interior View
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Check out the interior view of Elephant Barns Ridgeline structure. Bracing may differ between states.
A-Frame Roof
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The A-Frame (boxed-eave) roof is standard, and only available, on our Ridgeline barn.
Valley Barn
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Trim detail on the Valley barn with the standard vertical roof.
Trim Detail
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Every structure sold has very aesthetic trim in a variety of colors to match your structure.
Triple Wide Ceiling
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Large center widths, 25 feet or more, have additional center bracing as shown.
Center Bracing
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Center bracing on a vertical roof. Vertical roof styles are available on Ridgeline and Valley barns.
Vertical Roof Trim Detail
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Trim detail on a vertical roof. This is standard on Elephant's Valley barn and optional on the Ridgeline.
Interior Detail
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All enclosed barns have a white interior and may be insulated as needed. You may add garage doors, walk-in doors, and frameouts between barn sections.
Garage Door Detail
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Add an electric garage door opener with remote to your barn. Electric garage doors are available in select regions. This is a $500 option.
Window Detail
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Standard windows are 30" x 30" and includes a trim finish available in a number of colors. Windows are operational.

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