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Carport installers in Inverness

Carports or carport shelters are structures that are either freestanding or attached to your home. Their main purpose is to offer protection for your vehicle. Unlike garages, carports aren't completely enclosed, allowing easy access to your car/bike. In addition, a carport can have a flat or pitched roof, although drainage is an important consideration.

If you’re looking for carport builders in Inverness, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you find experts who install carports in Inverness in no time at all. Our members are even recommended by your neighbours.

Advantages & disadvantages of carports:

What are the advantages of having a carport?

If you’re considering having a carport installed on your property, you may be wondering what the advantages of these structures are. In reality, carports have quite a few benefits, these include:

  • Protection - Your vehicle is protected from the rain and can also be accessed without the need to face the elements.

  • Installation - Carports are relatively simple structures, meaning installation is quick and easy for professionals.

  • Fresh air - As carports aren't fully enclosed, there’s always a good supply of fresh air.

  • Price - Carports are generally quite affordable. They’re much less expensive than a full garage.

  • Flexibility - A carport can be used for other purposes than storing your vehicle. They make excellent play areas or work spaces.

What are the disadvantages of having a carport?

While many homeowners find installing a carport is a great decision, these structures aren’t suitable for everybody. Some of the drawbacks of carports include:

  • Strength - Carports aren't designed to be as strong and stable as garages. This means they can be damaged by bad weather.

  • Security - While garages can be locked at night, carports are open on at least one side. This means they aren't as secure as a garage.

  • High protection - Carports do offer some protection from the rain, however, during storms, strong winds and rain can enter the structure.

Value - Installing a new garage on your property is a great way to increase the value of your home. Adding a carport will add less value than a garage.

Do you need planning permission for a carport?

Generally no. Carports are usually considered to be permitted development so you shouldn't need planning permission. However, as a general rule, if your carport will be higher than 4m or is within 2m of your property boundary, planning permission may be needed.

If you’re unsure whether or not you need planning permission, it's always best to check with your local authority.

How much does it cost to build a carport?

If you’re curious how much it costs to build a carport, below are two average costs. Just remember, these carport prices are a rough guide and the amount you actually pay will be impacted by the following factors:

  • Materials - Carports can be built from a range of materials including wood and metal. The materials you choose for your carport will vary in price.

  • Size - The larger your carport, the more labour and materials will be needed. This will increase the amount you pay.

  • Freestanding - Whether your carport is attached to your home or freestanding will affect the cost.

  • Roof - Choosing a sloped or flat roof for your carport can impact how much you pay.

  • Location - Labour prices vary throughout the UK.

  • Accessibility - If your home or carport is difficult to access, this may increase labour costs.

Carport prices

Ok, let's look at some average carport costs. The average single carport price is £3,000, while the average double carport price is £5,000. You can find more prices and advice in our carport cost guide.

How to build a carport:

Considering building your own carport? This can be a good project for someone with the right amount of DIY experience and training. If you’re a DIY beginner, this isn't the best job for you. Remember, hiring a professional carport installer means great results that’ll stand the test of time with no stress.

If you’re wondering how to build a carport, we’ve summarised the process below:

  1. Prepare and level the ground

  2. Install a concrete base for stability

  3. Build a timber frame

  4. Add roof rafters

  5. Reinforce any joints with metal plates

  6. Cover the roof with a waterproof material

If adding a carport is on your to do list and you’re looking for inspiration, check out our carport ideas guide.

How to enclose a carport to make a garage

If you want to upgrade your carport to an enclosed carport or garage, the process can be a little tricky. As a rough guide, you’ll need to complete the below tasks:

  • Adding strong, stable walls

  • Installing a door for your garage

  • Adding insulation

  • Fitting any electrical connections

  • Installing flooring and decorating inside your garage

Want to speak to carport installers in Inverness?

Once you’re ready to get started with your carport project, you’ll need to find qualified carport builders you can trust. If you aren't sure where to start, consider letting us help with your search. Our members each pass 12 checks so you get the best service. They’re even recommended by your neighbours.

So, how can we help you find professionals who fit carports in Inverness? Well, our free search feature is easy to use with instant results. Just type in your postcode and we’ll show you a variety of local carport installers.

Another option is to use our request a quote feature. Fill in our online form with the details of the work you need doing and we’ll pass these onto three local carport installers. You can then sit back and relax while they draw up three quotes.