So, you spent a good few years, saved up big bucks and cut corners to get your hands on your dream car finally. Now that you have it, sitting outside your house, gleaming bright – it only makes sense to take good care of it.
After all, it’s the result of your hard-spent money, long hours at work, and great patience.
But it seems that you are confused now.
Does your car need a garage or a carport?
Both the choices may seem similar in terms of the kind of protection and storage it offers, but they differ.
Let’s see who emerges victoriously in this tussle for the best car storage space – carports or garages!
Time for Vital Comparisons
Both the options come bearing a list of their pros and cons. Eventually, your needs would allow you to make a choice more preferable to you.
Let’s see how carports and garages differ and let’s help you decide!
Cost is one of the most crucial deciding factors when picking one of the two options. It’s the make-or-break factor in most people’s decisions.
A carport is a lot more inexpensive, especially the prefabricated kits. A carport kit may cost you anywhere between AUD 1000 to AUD 5000, depending on the material quality and size.
On the other hand, a garage’s cost begins from AUD 6000!
Additionally, a carport comes with barely any associated cost if no permits are required, or you don’t need tradies.
A custom-made carport will surely cost more than a prefabricated kit, but they are still cheaper than a same-size garage.
The significant difference between a carport and a garage is the kind of protection.
A carport is more or less open from most sides, but a garage is an enclosed space. So, a carport protects your car from rain, sunshine and other unfavourable weather. But it cannot compete with the kind of security a garage provides.
There are absolutely no barriers in a carport that could keep thieves and robbers out. So, unless your car has a tremendous anti-theft system, it’s not very safe in a carport.
If you can afford to whip out more cash, a garage will offer you better peace of mind!
Carport kits are pretty developed and thus make the entire installation process very effortless. The prefabricated kits only require a couple of standard tools, no professionals, and some DIY skills!
But to build a garage, you would need to call the professionals. It’s not a one-person job.
A garage is generally located next to your house and allows direct and better access.
A carport is usually freestanding or can be attached anywhere on your property as long as you observe the carport building regulations of your state. It only requires a supportive and firm base, and you are good to go.
Moreover, a carport can be permanent or temporary, depending on its construction. So, you could either get a timber structure or a beautiful building fitted with electric lights. There is a lot of freedom and flexibility with the carports.
The answer to ‘carport or garage’ isn’t simple. It all settles down to your requirements and expectations.
But, if you are constrained with your budget, and want a flexible DIY project, then a carport might be right for you. Although, please do remember that it can only offer protection from the adverse environment, not car theft.
So, if your area is not very considerably safe, a garage would be the right decision.
Whatever you choose, your car will remain forever swanky and safe!