Is it Cheaper to Build or Buy a Carport?

🔎 Let’s find out: Is it cheaper to build or buy a carport?

In short, it generally is cheaper to build your own carport versus buying because you could save approximately $500-$1000 in labor. The long answer, however, is that saving money by building a carport rather than buying one depends upon a variety of factors. In this blog, We will discuss the various factors that determine whether it is cheaper for you to build or buy a carport so you can make the most cost-effective decision for yourself. Finally, you will be able to decide whether it is worth building or buying a carport.

Factors for Buying a Carport

Avarage Joe’s Experience & Skills:

When buying a carport and having it professionally installed, not only are you paying for the materials, but you also are paying for the skills and experience of the individuals installing your carport. It could take a professional a matter of a few days to install a new carport whereas it could take an average Joe a couple of weeks to install a new carport depending on how much time they have.

If time is an important factor for you in having your carport installed quickly and correctly, then going with a professional who has years of experience and developed skills to do the job could be your best option. Having a carport professionally installed gives you peace of mind knowing that your carport will be installed correctly.

Proper Tools & Equipment:

Having the right tools and equipment becomes important when buying a carport. When buying a carport and having it professionally installed, you are paying for and relying on the workers to already have the proper tools and equipment needed to do the job.

Not having the proper tools could quickly become an added expense, and extra trips to the hardware store for you when designing your carport. Therefore, in the long run, you could save yourself money by simply paying for someone to have all the tools and equipment needed versus buying that yourself in addition to a carport kit to build one yourself. Below is an ideal list of the tools you would need (note: some items may not be on the list that you may need depending on your situation)

Time Savings:

Aside from our very own life, time is the most precious commodity we have. Time cannot be bought back, therefore one should not waste it. This especially matters when it comes to doing big projects. Installing a carport can take a lot of time if you are a beginner at doing this type of work. Whereas a professional will not take nearly as long.

Having a professional install your carport can also save you from repetitive trips to the hardware store to get parts and other things you would need. In the short run, you may have to pay more for a professional to install it. But, in the long run, you have saved yourself a lot of time that you can you use for other important things.

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Brandon Simon
October 28, 2020

Great service Jeremiah was great with showing us the building and getting us set up for the delivering of the building

Christie Walters
October 28, 2020

May 5 2015 Just left the sales office off Mansfield Road with the purchase of a storage building. Best salesman in Shreveport Jeremiah. I would highly recommend going to see him for all your building needs. Thanks for makeing this a great and easy process. Have a Blessed Day!!!!!!!

Karla Scott Bertrand
October 28, 2020

The service at Gemco is just absolutely amazing. Couldn’t ask for better assistance !

James Patrick Murphy
October 28, 2020

Casey and his crew are great…we have been so pleased with out building and now our gorgeous back deck…highly recommend

Dena Jerise Henderson
October 28, 2020

We had a very good experience purchasing a building and carport from Gemco. Jeremiah was closing up shop when we arrived but took the time to walk us around and helped us choose the building that was right for us. Very courteous and professional.
We just had our shed and car awning installed. The installation was fast and professional and the quality was excellent. Once again I would refer Gemco to anyone. After the installation I compared ours with the neighbors around us and ours was on a par with the best.

Bill Ramsdal
October 28, 2020

Told salesman what I need and was able to get it with no hassle

Joseph D Williams
October 28, 2020

I was so very happy with the way Jeremiah Beeson handled our order with our church fellowship hall. He really cared about how we wanted our building done, and it was taken care of in such a timely manner. Juan and his brother were a true blessing, always on time with a smile, and a kind word. I will always remember Jeremiah and Juan and how blessed Gemco are to have such great men working for them. You gentlemen give this company a great name. God Bless!

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Rhonda Garrison
October 28, 2020

Very professional from sales people to ground crew. Jeremiah was exceedingly helpful in the sales office. David and his helper not only solved the logistic problem of getting material to the job site, but worked past dark to get it done. Highly pleased with look and quality of finished product, like it just grew there.

Richard Huff
October 28, 2020

Yes!!! I bought a Green house and a 12×20 building from them and we love ours!!! And everyone there is so so nice!!!

Belinda Lindsey Fuller
October 28, 2020

I want to take the time to thank Jeremiah for giving my Aunt and I the best customer service you could ask for. He listened to our needs and then made sure all our questions were answered. I will be back to purchase more things from him. Awesome guy!

Yvette Mackey
October 28, 2020

Service was quick and easy! Building arrived as scheduled and looks great! It was what we expected and asked for. I’ll post again in a year! Lol �

Yolanda Laroux
October 28, 2020

We loved our experience with GEMCO. Rhianna was very friendly & professional. We also got our building quick for our home-based business. Looking forward to ordering again from her!

Dawn Childs
April 9, 2021

Casey was so wonderful on helping the us with the purchase of our shed. He was very professional and had a great sense of humor. We had the best experience and definitely would recommend him to everyone I know. Awesome service.

Laura Rachal
December 8, 2020

Very nice guy helped us and was approved with in ten minutes at the most

Charlotte Williams
October 28, 2020

So excited to get our building in!! We had excellent service, thank you very much Jeremiah!!

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October 28, 2020

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October 28, 2020

Factors for Building a Carport

advantages of building a carport

Experience & Skills:

Having the needed experience and skills to build a carport is a must-have. Building a carport as a beginner without prior experience or skills can lead to problems resulting in you needing to find a contractor to finish the work. If you have experience, skills, or are up for a new adventure in learning how to build a carport, then building one just may be the right option for you.

factors of building a carport

Tools & Equipment Costs:

When building a carport yourself, you especially want to make sure you have the necessary tools and equipment to build a carport correctly. Having the right tools is important to get the job done right. For a project such as putting together a carport kit, you certainly will need a wide variety of tools that can handle the intricate components of a carport as well as the large bulkier parts of a carport. Below we have provided a list that summarizes most parts you will need to build a carport if you were to order a kit yourself. Please note there may be more items you need that are not on this list.

  • Cordless Drill & Bits
  • Wrench for Bolts
  • Spud Wrench
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Pry Bar
  • Punch
  • Pliers
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Nibbler
  • Vise Grips
  • Screw Gun
  • Hacksaw
  • Push Broom & Wire Brush
  • Channel Locks
  • Caulking Gun
  • Load Binders
  • Chalk Line
  • Extension Cord
  • Plumb Bob
  • Ladder
  • Chain
  • Tape Measure
  • Snips
  • Power Pull
  • Rope
  • Sawhorses
  • Tarps
  • Socket Wrench
  • Bull Pin
  • Utility Knife
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Tin Snips
  • Roto-Hammer
  • Rivet Gun
building a carport versus buying a carport

Time Loss:

Building your own carport can take some time, depending on your experience in construction. Therefore, if you are planning to build your own carport then you may want to plan for it to take a while before you have it completely built. However, the time it takes to build a carport can be a great bonding time if you're building it with someone else or a great opportunity to learn new skills. You will be all the more satisfied with the end result after you spend so much time investing in building the carport yourself.

You Decide! Is it Cheaper to Build or Buy a Carport?

As you can see, a variety of factors impact whether you decide to build a carport yourself or to purchase one and have it professionally installed. The biggest factor in determining whether to build or buy a carport is what would fit you best. Some individuals have the time and skills to build it themselves and some individuals prefer to have it professionally installed. No one option is better than the other, it all boils down to what is best for you and your situation.

Below are some bonus questions people ask regarding carports as well as how we at Gemco can best answer those questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does adding a carport increase home value?

Yes! Adding a carport can increase your home value which means you can list your home at a higher list price because of the value added to your home by the carport. Carports provide shelter for your vehicle from harsh weather elements, therefore becoming a valuable factor for potential homeowners. Also, carports can be used as additional storage space (depending on the type of carport) which can add value to your property.

Are carports worth it?

Carports are worth it if you live in an area that often experiences inclement weather are other weather changes that impact your vehicle. Carports add value to your home and can extend the life of your vehicle by providing extra shelter for your vehicle. Carports are also a more cost affordable option as opposed to a garage. All of these factors make a carport worth it when considering whether to buy a carport or not.

How to Get a Free Quote to Buy a Carport?

We’re glad you asked! You can easily use our Free Quote form to get a rough estimate for your future carport! You can also Contact Us if you have any questions.

Does Gemco Service My Location?

Starting at our location in Shreveport, LA we deliver for free for up to 50 miles. We also have a list of shed delivery locations that we serve so that you can see where we deliver.

Does Gemco Offer Financing?

We are offering three different financing options. All at once, Rent-to-own, or Traditional Financing. Visit our Financing page to apply to our financing options. If you're still asking yourself Is it cheaper to build or buy a carport, think twice after visiting our financing page. 🙂

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