MaxSteel Buildings Metal carports are designed to protect cars, trucks, boats, small campers, and other equipment from weather conditions, but they can provide great solutions for a variety of needs. A metal carport can serve as a covered outdoor recreation area, as shaded outdoor workspace, or as open storage. Depending on the site of the carport you need, what you plan to keep under it, and the weather conditions possible in your area, a certified carport may give you the documentation and peace-of-mind needed. If you like the value of a metal carport but need some additional enclosed storage space to keep valuables protected from harsh weather, consider our Carport with Storage Unit.
A Regular roof style on your carport or metal building can provide the protection you need for your vehicles or equipment at an affordable price and in a variety of sizes. Rather than the roof extending out to form an eave on the sides, the ends of each truss are curved downward, which provides additional height without the cost of purchasing taller posts. Because the metal panels run gable-to-gable, they are curved around the frame at the corners, providing additional coverage from the weather.
Boxed-eave (or “A-frame”) roof styles create a more traditional and attractive roof line for your carport or metal structure with only a modest increase in price. Like the Regular style, the metal panels run perpendicular to the roof slope, so they’re better for warmer and drier climates that don’t require maximum drainage due to harsh weather. Metal Buildings with a Boxed Eave roof also provide 4-6″ of overhang on the sides that are finished with boxed trim.
A Vertical roof-style has the BEST long-term value and is ideal for protecting vehicles and equipment from weather elements. Along with having an attractive and traditional roof line with an eave, the metal panels and ribs run parallel to the slope, creating more efficient drainage and preventing snow load or debris build-up. Steel hat channel is utilized under the metal panels and adds strength to the structure. Vertical style roofs have 4-6″ of overhang and are finished with boxed trim on all sides. Vertical Roof design is the best investment to extend the life of your carport roof.
Below you’ll find a list of our best-selling metal carports, metal garages, metal barns and other structures. If you see something you like, just click the “Details” button to see it in our online configurator and select the size, colors and options you desire. You’ll be able to enter your zip code to find a local MaxSteel Buildings dealer near you who can help you with your order. All prices shown below are pretax.
18' X 31' CARPORT W/ STORAGE
This 18’W x 31’L metal carport with built-in storage unit can fit one large vehicle or multiple small outdoor recreational vehicles like ATVs. It features a regular roof, premium metal panels with color matching screws and a 18′ wide x 10′ deep enclosed storage area with condensation barrier. The storage space includes two 3’x3′ windows a walk-in door and a 6’x6′ roll-up garage door.
26' x 26' Semi-Enclosed Carport
This attractive, semi-enclosed certified carport features a vertical roof style, fully enclosed back and sides and a front gable to hide the trusses. The 26’W x 26’L x 9’H dimensions can easily accommodate two pick-up trucks. This metal carport also features 12-gauge framing for added strength as well as premium metal with color matching screws.
30' x 31' Certified Carport
This large 30’W x 31’L x 10’H certified carport features a vertical roof style, front and back gables and 30’L x 3’H side panels at the top of the sides to increase protection from weather for up to 3 mid-to-large sized vehicles. This metal carport also features J-trim on the gables and side panels, 12-gauge framing for added strength, a drip-stop condensation barrier, and premium metal with color matching screws.
24' x 41' Side Entry 2 Bay Carport
This 24’W x 41’L side-entry metal carport leaves ample room to pull vehicles in and out with room to spare for opening doors or for workspace. It features a boxed eave roof, premium metal with color matching screws, and 4 garage door frame-outs that are positioned so that vehicles can enter the carport from either side, or as a drive-through.
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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A CARPORT
What Size Carport Do I Need?
Here are a few factors to consider when determining the right size for your carport:
What will your metal carport be used for?
While the term “carport” suggests they’re for parking small vehicles, metal carports are a lot more versatile than that. Depending on the width, length and height you choose, a MaxSteel carport can be used for cars, boats, trailers, small campers, RVs (just design it taller), agricultural equipment, or even just as a shady place to spend time outdoors.
How many vehicles do you have and what size are they?
Determine how many bays your carport needs and what minimum height is needed for your tallest vehicle to safely pass under. Remember that metal carports are measured by the height of the sides of the structure, not the peak of the roof. If you plan to enclose your metal carport and install a garage door in the future, you should purchase a carport with a side height that’s at least as tall as your vehicle. Also consider the width of your vehicles when doors are open. As a “guideline,” a 12’ wide metal carport can fit a single car, a 24’ wide carport can fit two full-size cars, and a 30’ wide carport can accommodate three compact cars. Depending on the vehicle, these carport structure sizes typically leave enough room to open a door fully.
Are you storing more than just vehicles?
If you plan to store more items in addition to your vehicles, you may want to consider adding more length to your metal carport. The pre-engineered standard lengths for carport design plans are 21’, 26’, 31’, and up, increasing in 5’ increments. Custom sizes are available if needed.
Which roof style should I choose?
Your metal roof style can make a big difference to the look and longevity of your custom metal carport. While that choice will affect the price, it’s very important to consider the weather in your area and the location on your property when choosing the metal carport roof style.
The regular roof style is an economical choice. However, because pre-engineered carport installation involves the panels being horizontal, it’s only recommended that you purchase this style if you live in an area that experiences only minimal snowfall.
Boxed Eave Roof
The boxed eave style roof has a A Frame Roof design like the vertical style, except the panels are installed horizontally. A boxed eave roof style will provide a similar your metal carport with a similar appearance as the Vertical roof style, but it’s less expensive. But due to the direction of the metal panels, the panel ribs can hinder drainage, so this roof style is best when there is no concern for snow load, heavy rainfall, or numerous nearby trees that will drop their foliage on the roof.
If you live in an area that experiences heavy rain or snowfall, it is recommended that you go with a vertical roof style carport. With a vertical roof style, the metal panels run from roof peak to the edge, so the panel ribs run parallel to the roof slope, encouraging drainage. This prevents snow as well as leaves and debris from nearby trees from getting trapped on the roof. Vertical Roof design is the best investment to extend the life of your carport roof.
Where are you installing your steel carport?
Before the installation process, MaxSteel will ask you to provide photos of the metal carport location to ensure that the site is level and to address any other job site concerns. If the carport will be located on unlevel ground or does not meet jobsite requirements, additional onsite charges may apply to ensure that the structure is level and safe. If you are installing on concrete, it must be level and square from corner to corner. We also recommend that the pad be 1 foot shorter than the roof length (i.e., 25′ for a 26′ roof length) due to the 6″ overhang on each end. Our installers will also need room to assemble the carport.
Do local building regulations require your carport design plans to be certified?
Depending on your area, local building regulations may require that your metal structure is certified to handle a specific amount of snow load or wind load. Contact your local building department to determine if this applies to you before purchasing your new steel carport. If your local government does require certification, contact a local MaxSteel Buildings dealer for more information and assistance with your metal carport design.
What features would you like to add to your steel carport plans?
Once you’ve determined the size and roof style that’s best for your new metal building, it’s time to think about the customizations you need. Below are some customization options to consider for your new steel building:
The roof, trim, and sides on all our carports are available in a variety of colors. We offer nineteen color options to customize the look of your new carport building. Fourteen of those colors are standard options that add no extra cost to your metal carport price. The remaining five are premium colors that come with an extended warranty and color-matching screws if chosen. That said, any color can be upgraded to premium to achieve the extended warranty and matching screws.
Sides and Ends
Metal panels can be added to the sides or ends of your new pre-engineered carport to provide extra strength and protection for your vehicle and valuables. Those metal panels can fully enclose the sides of your carport, or just partially. Installing metal panels on the sides also increases the ability to use carports as storage buildings.
A gable is the triangular portion of the carport or metal building that encloses the upper portion at the end of a pitched roof. The gable encloses from the roof peak to the top of the support posts. Matching metal panels can be used to enclose the gables on the front or back of your metal carport structure. These can be added to your design plans to conceal the frame; they add support and strength to the metal structure.
Metal J-trim gives your steel carport designs a nice, finished appearance and cover up the bottom edges of the side panels or gables.
Does your new metal carport need additional strength or support?
Upgrade to 12-gauge steel
One way to add strength or support is by upgrading to 12-gauge steel. The standard steel gauge used for all metal carports is 14-gauge, which measures 2 ½” x 2 ½”. If you would like to upgrade to a carport frame with a higher strength that can better support high snow and wind loads, then a 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” 12-gauge steel frame would be recommended. 12 gauge is a thicker frame (steel tubing).
Additional Bows and Trusses
Bows and Trusses are structural supports that fit under the roof panels of a metal building and provide support and stability. You should consider additional supports for your custom carport design if you live in an area with heavy snow or other intense weather.
The anchor used during installation will depend on the foundation type in which you plan to anchor the steel carport. If you feel that additional strength or support may be needed, contact one of our friendly building specialists for more information.
How much do metal carports cost?
The cost of a metal carport starts at $1125 based on the structure and area of installation, but metal carport prices vary based on sizes, roof styles, and customization options. MaxSteel metal carports include delivery and installation.
How do I get some metal carport design advice and place my order?
Whether your design plans are ready or need some help, you can contact one of our friendly local dealers get started. The MaxSteel network of dealers are experts at helping customers design the metal building that’s best suited to their needs. Just plug in your zip code and we’ll show you the dealers closest to your home. They’ll provide best-in-class customer service and can walk you through the options and pricing for every model. MaxSteel structures are available for viewing at dealer locations.
A small deposit is required when you place an order for your metal carport; but that deposit percentage will vary by size and delivery location. Based on the pre-tax amount, the remaining balance may not be due until your MaxSteel pre-engineered carport is installed.
Before the scheduled date of your carport building installation, you need to make sure the ground is level, the foundation is set, the area is cleared of debris and the crew has room to work around the building. Our installation crew will deliver and assemble your carport and use magnetic rollers to sweep the assembly area to pick up most loose screws.
MaxSteel Buildings is fully committed to ensuring that YOU are satisfied with your purchase, so we offer all customers a 90 Day Workmanship Warranty and a 20-year rust-through warranty on metals frames and panels assuming normal user care and maintenance. An upgrade to a 40-year rust-through warranty on panels when Premium metal/colors are chosen.