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Carports don’t just provide shade for your vehicles. They can also add additional value to your Melbourne property as well as increase the aesthetic appearance of your house. Carports provide effective and affordable protection to your car from sun damage and other weather conditions. This makes it a must have structure for the Melbourne climate.

You can find out more about our carports here: https://customoutdoorliving.com.au/carports-melbourne/

If you’re curious about building a carport, it’s always advisable to ensure you take steps to plan everything out before hand. You should decide on whether you’re looking for a single or double carport, your available budget and the intended location for the shelter.

Once you’ve decided on a location, the next step is to consider which material you would like to use. Here in Melbourne, there are essentially two types of material that are commonly used.

1. Steel Carports

Steel carports are probably the most expensive type of carport you can build. The advantage of a steel carport is that they are very durable, and not easily broken or chipped. They offer the sturdiest carport design and is something to consider if that is where your priorities lie.

It does take longer to install a steel carport which means you’ll need a larger budget. You also have to consider that you have less flexibility when it comes to the actual design of the carport. Steel can also rust which will mean you need to consider additional maintenance costs and rust can also affect the carport’s appearance.

 2. Timber Carports

Timber carports offer the most flexibility in terms of aesthetics. This is because wood is a very easy material to work with. Timber carports are much easier to assemble which means it takes less time to install one on your property.

Because wood is easier to shape and join together, you have far more choice in how the carport looks. You will need to consider maintenance costs to take care of the impact the weather will have after years of standing up to the harsh conditions, so be sure to take this into consideration.

One of the biggest advantages you have with a wooden carport, is that its design can be based on the look and feel of your house and designed and painted to fully complement the existing structure and appearance of your property. A wooden carport also provides a natural aesthetic beauty and any repairs are easily fixed.

Custom Outdoor Living, specialise in building timber carports because we think they provide a greater advantage to ones made from steel. The greatest advantage is in the flexibility of the design, which means we can tailor the look and feel of the carport to match your property exactly. As well as this, in our opinion, a timber framed carport is able to provide a more elegant look. We love working with timber and use the best materials to ensure we supply you the best quality shelter.

All in all, the decision to install a carport is certainly a good one. But you will be happier once you consider all the options and narrow things down to what you really need. Just make sure to select a company with years of experience in building high quality carports. The investment will certainly be worth every cent if the task is placed in the hands of a professional and experienced carport designer and builder.