One of the most popular DIY projects is vinyl carport kits. DIY, also known as “Do it Yourself,” has become a popular phenomenon these days, especially since most of us are trying to save a buck or two.
A vinyl carport can be used to protect autos, recreational vehicles, outdoor furniture, toys, and more from exposure to the elements. They are more affordable than garages and can usually be installed by the homeowner, rather than an expensive professional. If done tastefully, they can add value to your home. If you are considering one, several carport kits can make the job easier and more cost effective.
If you were able to visit a home improvement business that display the models that are available for viewing, check out the vinyl carports to get an idea of what size would work on your property. If you are unable to see one in person, there are several Web sites with customer service departments that can help you. There are vinyl carport designs available for double and single vehicles and you have your choice of whether they are attached or detached from your house.
Most businesses recommend a concrete base be poured before you begin installation. Once that is in place, you can order your vinyl kit. Most are all-inclusive, meaning you will be purchasing the structure, support poles, all the pre-cut and pre-drilled parts required, and a how-to video so you can assemble it on site. Structures and poles are vinyl coated and galvanized steel or aluminum and insulated panels and are available with either soft or rigid roofs. There are wooden kits available, but there are not as durable as metal carport supports.
Unless you bail out on DIY, you will be responsible for pulling your own permits and paying the appropriate fees for your project. Be sure to check with your building department before you begin to install your vinyl carport kit to make sure your structure meets the local requirements.