🔎 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)
Factors for 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.
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
- Pry Bar
- Pipe Wrench
- Vise Grips
- Screw Gun
- Push Broom & Wire Brush
- Channel Locks
- Caulking Gun
- Load Binders
- Chalk Line
- Extension Cord
- Plumb Bob
- Tape Measure
- Power Pull
- Socket Wrench
- Bull Pin
- Utility Knife
- Crescent Wrench
- Tin Snips
- Rivet Gun
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?
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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