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Cost To Build A Carport

Building a carport is similar to building any kind of covered outbuilding. Typically, a carport won't require extras like running water, but electricity may be necessary depending on your needs. The costs of the project will vary depending on a number of factors including size, material, portability and the ability to protect a large vehicle like an RV.

National Build a Carport Costs

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National Build a Carport Costs
Average reported cost $5,198
Number of Cost Profiles 94 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $170
Maximum reported cost $15,620
Most homeowners spent between: $3,893 to $5,086

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Average Costs of Building a Carport

Before you begin thinking about what kind of carport to build, it helps to have a general understanding of the costs of the project. While the price of your carport will fluctuate depending on factors like size and quality, the average project will cost somewhere between $3,036 and $3,626. Plan for your budget to be somewhere in this range for a typical construction that includes a concrete slab base and two-car storage capability.

Costs of Using Different Materials

When you decide to build a carport, you will have the option of using a variety of different materials in the construction. Wood is a popular option for DIY builders, but the heavy weight can be problematic. Steel and aluminum are two metal choices that are durable, relatively lightweight and preferred by experts. Steel is generally more expensive than both wood and aluminum, however, and could raise the overall price of your project.

Costs of Double and Garage Carports

As you might imagine, increasing the size of a carport also increases the price. A double garage, or one that holds two cars, is included in the price range listed above. However, adding on additional parking spaces will increase the total amount by $800 per additional car. Garage carports, which have doors to close off the space, are also more expensive, but they can be a smart choice in snowy or windy climates.

Costs of Portable and PV Carports

Often, these two items are one and the same. A portable carport is one that is partially or completely built already, and it is typically lightweight. It can be moved to cover any vehicle, even one as large as a full RV. These carports range from as little as $300 all the way to $1,000 and more.

Knowing the various costs of a carport can help you decide whether to build or buy when it comes to protecting your vehicles.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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