Carport Roofing Guide For Homeowners
How To Pick The Right Roofing For Your Carports
Carports are great solutions for protecting your vehicle from the elements if you don’t have a garage. They have other additional benefits as well, like deterring theft/vandalism, increasing your property value, and more. When it comes to building your own carport you will have to make a series of decisions about materials, such as the general materials and the roofing materials, as well as the type of roof design you want. Together with our friends from NO1 Carports Brisbane we will talk about the different types of roof styles and materials, as well as the importance of a carport roof. Let’s get started!
Importance of Carport Roof
Carport roofs are the most important part of a carport. They help protect your car or other items from the elements, debris, and other concerns. They provide structure and shelter, and can be constructed from a variety of materials, depending on your specifications.
Types of Carport Roof
According to Queensland Building Act of 1975, there are three different types of carport roofs you might choose from. These include regular roofs, vertical roofs, and boxed-eave roofs. These types each have pros and cons that should be weighed carefully when making your decision.
A regular roof is a carport roof with horizontal ridges that run from the front to the back with no eaves. It is often the best choice for a metal carport and has a rounded edge frame with roof panels that wrap at the edges. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the regular roof style.
- Most affordable type of carport roof
- Acceptable coverage and protection from most types of weather
- Snow accumulation is a lot more likely with this style, because the grooves on the roof are horizontal and the snow gets trapped
- The style of this roof is unlikely to match the style of your home aesthetically speaking
This roof style has ridges that run vertically from the ridges to the eaves, and has sharp angles where the roof sheeting intersects with the vertical carport supports.
- The vertical ridges help rain, snow, and debris run off the carport roof so they don’t accumulate
- Offers the best durability from winter conditions
- More aesthetically similar to the roofing styles of most homes
- The most expensive kind of carport roof
- Requires more material because it needs a ridge cap at the roof’s peak
A boxed-eave roof has horizontal ridges that overhang at the edges. The roof extends slightly beyond the frame of the carport, creating an overhang. It is then edged with siding to add a more aesthetically “finished” look.
- More refined appearance than a regular roof
- Lower cost than a vertical roof but still looks good
- Uses less material than a vertical roof style
Horizontal ridges also cause snow and debris accumulation
There are also many types of materials you can use for your carport roof. Here are the most common options you will likely encounter.
Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets
Polycarbonate roofing sheets are the most popular option for carport roofing because of their many advantages. These sheets are very cost-effective, light in weight, and come in a wide variety of aesthetic finishes to match your style requirements. They also allow for light to filter gently through the material, which helps with daytime visibility. Lastly, polycarbonate roofing sheets last for more than 20 years, so they’re incredibly cost effective.
GRP Roofing Sheets
These sheets are constructed from sturdy plastic that has been reinforced with glass fiber. They also allow for light to filter through and are sturdy enough to withstand impact from debris without budging, warping, or discoloring from the sun’s UV rays.
PVC Roofing Sheets
These roofing sheets are also transparent are low cost and lightweight, making them a great option. They are easy to install and last around 10 years. This is a great option if your carport is constructed out of timber.
Metal Roofing Sheets
Metal roofing sheets are made from galvanized steel and are very strong. By far this is the most durable and sturdy roofing option. You can get them in many profiles and its different colors or finishes. These are also long lasting and easy to install even if you’re a newbie.
Bitumen Roofing Sheets
These roofing sheets are lightweight and great for timber structures because they are strong and low cost. They come in a range of colors and brands and are easy to install.
When constructing a carport on your property, you will need to decide which roofing material is the right choice for you. There are many styles and materials to choose from, and each has its own unique benefits and drawbacks to consider. When deciding, think about your budget and what is most important to you in regards to your carport.