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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Metal Carport?

National Average Change Location | View National
$3,157
Typical Range
$2,041 - $4,379
Low End
$900
High End
$5,000

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On This Page:

  1. Carport Prices
  2. Installation Considerations/Cost Factors
  3. Pros & Cons
  4. Building Your Own Carport
  5. Conclusion

A metal carport is a free-standing structure used to shelter a vehicle be it a car, boat, motorcycle, or whatever will fit. In hot climates, it can protect it from the sunlight, keep the interior a few degrees cooler, and extend the life of the interior (and exterior if you have a landau or convertible top). In cold climates it provides shelter from rain and light snowfall. In all climates, it’s a good way to protect your daily driver if you have classics or luxury cars taking up your garage.

In some cases, your home may not have a garage at all, making it a good way to protect your vehicle while you get one built. Some people even use them as an extensions of the garage, allowing them to roll a car out to tinker with it in a nice, shady, and covered place.

Carport Prices

Metal carports are amazingly affordable, often costing less than $1,000.00 installed. Many sellers offer free delivery within a certain range, and some include installation. Often, these are built into the cost. Installing it yourself won’t save you much money, only about 5% of the cost. A $595.00 carport would only save you about $29.75.

Because of the lengths and weights of some of the pieces, sellers almost always provide delivery. Delivery is often done with a heavy-duty truck and an extended trailer. By providing the delivery, they, and you, can be sure that the kit was loaded/secured correctly and that nothing gets damaged on the way to your home. It’s usually free within a certain area (or included in the quote), but the outer edge of the service area may incur a small charge. Also, a small-dollar order (often below $595.00) may incur a delivery charge, usually about $50.00. Be sure to ask up front about this.

Carports come in many different sizes. Some are large enough for RVs, some are built to shelter two cars, and some are for sheltering small vehicles like ATVs or motorcycles. Here are some examples of sizes and prices (delivered and installed):

  • 21’L x 12’W x 6’H - $700.00 to $800.00 (about one mid-sized car)
  • 21’L x 24’W x 6’H - $1,295.00 (about two mid-sized cars)
  • 41’L x 20’W x 12’H - $2,815.00 (about one large RV)
  • 10’L x 7’W x 6’H - $535.00 (ATV or motorcycle)

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Installation Considerations and Cost Factors

The prices above assume you have a level, easily accessible area for it to be delivered to and installed upon. They also assume no extra features or specially-designed roofs and standard 2’ braces. Certain factors will add to the cost. The following are typical charges for such factors:

  • Installation over an existing structure such as a shed or workshop: about $200.00
  • Ground uneven by 4” to 9”: about $150.00
  • Boat dock installation: about $200.00 (most companies will not install on a floating boat dock)
  • More than 50‘ between the delivery truck and the installation site: usually about $50.00
  • Building on an existing retaining wall is usually priced on a case-by-case basis
  • Building and sliding it into place, though not always possible, can add $200.00

Roof Types

There are three roof types for metal carports: regular, boxed eave, and vertical. The regular roof type has rounded eaves that come down the side a little bit. A boxed eave is squared off, providing a small overhang on the sides, with lines running horizontally from front to back. A vertical roof has lines that run vertically from the peak to the walls and is recommended for excellent strength and runoff. The cost differences between the roofs can run from $100.00 to $200.00.

Gabling

Gabling covers the end caps at the roof. They can add $150.00 per end, or you can have one end completely walled. This option will add $300.00 to $500.00.

Walls

Walls are often available in 3 foot increments and can add $300.00 to $600.00 to your final cost. They do provide security and shelter and give your carport an enclosed look.

Color

Companies may offer a line of colors. This ordinarily will not cost you any extra. If you must have a color that is not provided, you may have to paint it yourself or hire a professional painter.

Strength

Carports in the north will require extra strength to handle snowfall. Those in the south may require extra anchoring for high winds during hurricane season. Some can be built with thicker steel and come with a longer warranty. Each of these will add to your cost by varying degrees depending on the size. Be sure to discuss this before buying.

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Pros and Cons of Metal Carports

Metal carports are good for sheltering your car or other vehicle from a degree of exposure to the elements (mostly sunlight), but how do they compare to building a regular garage?

Pros

  • They cost about half as much to build as a regular garage
  • They don’t have as many city or fire regulations since they aren’t considered an enclosed or livable space
  • Small ones can be built in less than a day while larger ones may take a weekend
  • Plenty of natural ventilation

Cons

  • Sides are usually open, so your car won’t be protected from wind, strong rains, snow, or other storm effects.
  • They won’t keep animals out
  • They don’t provide any added security
  • Can’t be converted into a livable room if your family expands

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Building Your Own Carport

You can build one if you’re handy. However, it can be an involved job if it’s just you, so you may want to grab a couple of friends. It will still be involved, but it will be a bit easier to have extra hands around.

  1. Check to see if you need permits. Get them if needed. This will keep you from having to tear it all down if you’re in violation.
  2. Measure your area. A typical car space is 16’ x 9’. This gives you a little extra room around the car.
  3. Get your materials. Carports can be made of wood or metal. Pressure-treated wood is a good choice for a long-term high-quality structure, but galvanized steel kits are less expensive and go up quicker. Built properly, both options can last a long time.
  4. Level the ground. If you’re building it over your existing driveway, you can skip this step.
  5. Put down some kind of ground cover to keep from tracking dirt and mud. If possible, pour a concrete slab.
  6. Begin assembly of your kit according to instructions.

Once your frame is built, check it for stability before putting the roof on. You may have to add braces. A typical carport will do fine with posts at the four corners and two posts in the middle (one per side). Longer or larger ones will need extra support. Once the frame is stable, you may put the roof on and any other extras such as walls, gabling, etc.

It's recommended that, if offered, you let the company you’re buying from do the installation. This is the best way to ensure that things are done right. It also gives you a means of legal recourse if they aren’t. Also, if you build a standard carport and decide to add walls and such later, the company will be more willing to come out and do those additions for you for a small fee.

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In Conclusion

A metal carport is a quick way to provide shelter for your daily driver or for your “toys”. Affordable and customizable, many people opt for these instead of building a full-fledged garage. Whether it’s temporary storage while a “real” garage is being built, or if it’s going to be your long-term workshop/garage, it has you covered!

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