If you’re looking to build a wooden carport, it’s important to keep in mind that the best place to start is with your design. You can use a free plan from our website or make one yourself.
Carports are an alternative to a garage. You can utilize a carport as an area to store your car or all of your outdoor equipment. You can install a wooden carport in less than half of the time it takes to build a traditional garage. This article will explain how to build a wooden carport so you can keep your vehicle safe from the elements and protect it from damage.
Determine the size
In general, you will want to build your carport large enough for two vehicles. This is an easy way to avoid having to move your car around in inclement weather and other inconveniences that come with not having a covered parking spot.
Once you’ve decided on the size of your carport, the next step is determining how large the door should be. In order for a door to open properly, it must be able to open fully without hitting anything on either side—so make sure whatever doorway you choose has plenty of room around it!
You may also wish to consider adding windows or skylights in order to create some natural light and ventilation within your garage (but make sure they are secure).
Cut the roof rafters
To cut the roof rafters, use a circular saw and follow these three steps:
- Hold your rafter square over the edge of each piece and mark where the blade will make its first cut. You may want to tape your square to the board so you can see it better; this is especially true if you’re working with thick sheets of lumber.
- Set your saw at 45°, then make sure all four sides are exactly parallel before cutting through each piece.
- Position your rafter square on top of each board and use it as a guide for cutting off excess material from any side or end.
Construct the roof skeleton
The roof skeleton is the frame that holds the roof panels. The rafters are the main support for the roof; they are spaced at intervals along your carport’s sides and extend from one end of your building to another. It may be necessary to install a purlin between each pair of rafters, especially if you’re using heavy plywood or OSB panels that require extra support. The purlins are horizontal beams that support the rafters in place, forming a sturdy framework for your roof’s outer layer of materials.
Measure and cut the roof panels
- Measure the roof panels.
- Cut the panels to the right length
- Cut the panels to the right width
- Cut the panels to the right height
- Cut the panels to the right angle
Install the roof panels
To install the roof panels, you’ll need to use a spirit level. If you don’t already have one, get one now. It will be very helpful for the next step!
Carefully attach each panel to each rafter with a drill and screws. Be sure to use the level to make sure that all of your panels are at the same height as each other when they’re attached.
Build the frame of the walls
Next, you will want to build your frame and attach wooden beams (the posts) to every corner. Make sure that your carport is level before starting this process. Once all of the posts are attached, you can then install the bottom wall bars on each side of the corners so that they are flush with the ground at a 90-degree angle. You can also install sidings or wood wall coverings at this time if desired; however, this step may not be necessary depending on what type of covering material you choose for your walls in step 6 below.
Attach the wooden beams to create posts on every corner
- Use a drill or screwdriver to attach the wooden beams to create posts on every corner.
- Attach the wooden beams to the roof panels.
- Attach the wooden beams to the wooden posts.
Re-check if your carport is level
Once you’ve completed the framing, it’s important to check that your carport is level. You can do this by placing a spirit level on each corner and checking if they all align. If not, use shims to adjust as necessary.
If you have access to a laser level—and they’re not too expensive—you can use that too! Just like with the spirit levels, put one side of the beam against each corner and make sure they are aligned vertically and horizontally.
Attach the bottom wall bars
Attach the bottom wall bars to the frame of your carport.
- Install two bottom wall bars flush with the ends of each frame piece.
- Attach these bars with screws.
Install sidings or wood wall coverings
- The best way to protect your carport during cold winters and hot summers is to install a siding or wood wall covering. This will prevent moisture from building up inside the storage unit and keep the roof in good condition for longer.
- You can choose between many different types of siding, but they all have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, aluminum siding lasts much longer than wood but also costs more money; vinyl siding is cheaper but may not last as long as aluminum or wood.
- If you want to save some money on your project, we recommend using plywood instead of pressure-treated lumber for your walls (you can even use ordinary construction grade). It’s cheaper than pressure-treated lumber but still doesn’t require any special skills when installing it
You can build a safe, sturdy and simple carport.
Since a carport is used to protect your vehicle from the elements, it’s important that it is safe and sturdy. The following are some tips to building a wooden carport that you can use as inspiration for your own design.
- Choose your best wood planks – Selecting the right wood plank for your project will ensure that it lasts long enough to make sure your vehicle stays protected against bad weather conditions. It’s also important to choose an appropriate material based on how big or small you want the structure to be, as well as how much money you’re willing stake into the project overall (you want something sturdy but not too expensive).
- Make sure everything is level – Using even pressure when hammering down each plank will help keep every part of your structure stable and in place – which means less chance of collapsing under heavy winds or other forms of natural disaster! This makes it safer for both pets and humans alike.”
Building a wooden carport is not as difficult as it may seem. You just need to follow the right steps and make use of the right tools. If you want, you can even get a professional to help you out with the project. There are many professionals or companies that can help you out with this task.