Usually, when you own a home, upgrades happen over time rather than all at once. No matter how much you’d like to ignore it, you have to figure out what to do about the garage at some point. There will come a time to choose between adding a garage, getting a carport, or letting the car stay outside and make a decision later. However, it’s not as easy as it seems and there are some factors to consider when comparing carport vs garage vs neither. Homeowners also ask themselves questions like: “What’s the cost of building a carport?” and “Does a carport add value to a home?”.
Depending on the construction material and foundation, the cost of a carport will vary considerably. We’ll compare the laws between the east coast and west coast as permissions and requirements differ from one state to another.
In Miami, garages and carports are considered just slightly different when it comes to building codes and permits. Officials have been forced to place strict regulations on the construction of carports by the threat of hurricanes in South Florida.
Nevertheless, there are very loose carport regulations in California, that even allow decorative structures that aren’t affixed to the ground. Between the two coasts, permissions and requirements are dictated by weather factors such as tornadoes, rain, and snow.
Cost vs Everything Else
For most of us, deciding on starting a large home remodeling project depends on its cost. A new garage can cost as much as $50k; nevertheless, it was found in a cost vs value report by the construction industry researchers at Hanley Wood that spending $50k on adding a new garage would only increase the property’s value by $35k. This leads us to the following question: Does a carport add value to a home? And if so, how much value does a carport add to a house? Well, the cost of building a carport is lower, and depending on its location and footers it could increase property value by $700 to $10,000.
Does a carport add value to a home if you do it on your own? With a little DIY, the cost to build a carport can be offset; using a rented concrete mixer and cutter, which doesn’t need lots of manpower or skill. You’d need a higher skill level to build one on your own, as without the proper construction knowledge and experience roof joints become a potential source of leaks in attached garages. There’s some extra cost to add a carport with more-resistant materials that make you realize that a carport is worth it.
Protection with Style
While a carport protects your car from some weather and offers little theft protection, garages offer both at a higher level. This is just one difference between garages and carports. For some people, getting a garage is justified by the type of car you own. There are some modern, beautiful carport structures that will protect your car from the destructive powers of snow, sun, and rain while adding to the aesthetics of your home. To lower your energy costs and carbon footprint, you can even get a carport with a solar panel.
The Clutter Factor
Building a garage could mean too much space for clutter if your goal is just to have a somewhat protected spot to park your car. In 2010, it was reported by the United States Department of Energy that 25% of adults with a two-car garage have so much clutter there’s no room for the car, so these people need a carport as a garage is clearly for “storage.”