How To Build Carport Out Of Wood

You can build a carport out of wood or metal. There are many advantages to building a carport with wood, including cost and ease of installation. If you want to build your own wooden carport, here are some tips to help you get started.

If you’re looking to build a carport with wood, you have many options to choose from. The type of wood that you use can affect the strength and durability of your carport, so it’s important to consider the climate where you live and the amount of time that your carport will be exposed to weather conditions.

You can build a carport out of wood. Carports are useful for those who don’t have a garage, since they provide parking and protection from the elements. You will need to use high quality materials to ensure that your carport is structurally sound. Make sure it has treated lumber or cedar posts and beams, as well as plywood sheets for the roof. The overall cost will depend on the size of your project and the type of materials used.

You can build a carport out of wood, but it may not be worth it if you already have an existing structure nearby where you store your cars or trucks in winter months when snow falls heavily across North America each year (which means most winters).

Step 1: Mark the location

The first thing to do is to mark the location. Make sure you have good access to your carport and that it’s a level surface, well-drained, dry and well ventilated. You should also make sure that it’s away from trees or other objects that might obstruct your view or be dangerous in heavy winds. And finally, make sure that it’s away from power lines so you don’t accidentally touch them while working on your carport build project.

Step 2: Decide on the design

The next step is finding a design that fits your space, as well as your budget and needs. There are many different types of carports available, from traditional to simple and sleek. Some designs will be more difficult than others, but if you’re up for a challenge and want to try something new, then go ahead!

The most important thing is that the design you choose should be easy to build. You don’t want it taking over all of your free time just so you can have a nice shelter for your vehicle(s). It’s also important that this design is easy to maintain so that when it comes time for repairs or cleaning up after storms, no one gets stuck doing extra work because there were too many complicated steps involved in building or maintaining the structure itself.

When choosing between different carport plans based on safety concerns alone, make sure they meet minimum standards before looking at other factors such as ease-of-use versus cost efficiency versus aesthetic appeal (how good does it look?). If these three conditions aren’t met by each individual plan under consideration then throw them out immediately!

Step 3: Attach the ledger

The ledger is the horizontal board that sits on top of the side walls and connects them to your house. You’ll need to attach it to both the house and the ground, so that all four corners are supported.

To attach a ledger to your house:

  • Make sure that everything is level, then mark where each corner should go with a pencil. You’ll want at least 2″ between each corner, but no more than 4″.
  • Use shims under any corners that are too close together or too far apart and re-mark until they’re level again. Then use nails or screws to fasten them in place by driving into both sides of either end of each board (this will help keep it from moving when you have rain).

Step 4: Install the beam and posts

  • Lay the posts in the ground, making sure they are level.
  • Place them at equal distances from each other and from the edge of the building.

Step 5: Add the joists

To secure the joists to the beams, you will need to use joist hangers. These are metal brackets that attach directly to the top of each beam and provide a secure place for your joists to rest upon. They are available in various sizes and can be purchased at most hardware stores or lumberyards. Follow the instructions on how to install them before proceeding with this step, so you can make sure they’re installed correctly.

Once you’ve secured all your joists, it’s time to put up your roof structure!

Step 6: Install the posts for hanging brackets

After you’ve built your carport, it’s time to install the posts for hanging brackets. You’ll need to make sure that you have the right posts for the size of your carport and that they are straight and not twisted. You also need to ensure that they’re level and plumb (i.e., perpendicular). If your posts don’t meet these requirements, then it’s likely that when you put up your carport, it will be crooked or leaning toward one side or another.

Step 7: Attach the purlins/rafters

In this step, you will be attaching the purlins/rafters to your walls. The purlin is the horizontal beam that runs along the roof and supports it. The rafter is the vertical beam that runs from the purlin to the wall. If you are using a shed or garage door as one of your walls, you can use 2x4s for these beams; however, if you are building a carport with concrete block walls (like we did), I recommend using 2x6s instead of 2x4s because they will provide more support and durability over time.

Step 8: Add wooden blocks between rafters

Once you’ve inserted the rafters, it’s time to add a wooden block between each one. For this step, you’ll need to cut the blocks so that they’re slightly longer than your longest rafter and slightly thicker than your shortest rafter.

Once you’ve measured and cut all of your blocks, place one at each end of every rafter in an alternating pattern. The first two should be placed directly above each other on top of the beams (or 2x4s if you’re using them). Then continue adding one above every other beam until all are connected. Be sure not to skip any—it will make for a weaker structure!

Step 9: Finish the frame by securing more purlins on top of rafters

  • 1. Secure the purlins to the top of each rafter, then attach them to the beams by screwing them in place with 3″ deck screws.
  • 2. Cut siding boards to length and attach them using 4d nails or screws. Leave gaps at the end of each board so that it overlaps onto another board when you reach a corner (see image above).
  • 3. Cut out holes for windows and doors as necessary, then install these openings with more siding materials as before.

Step 10 (optional): Add finishing touches to your wooden carport design, such as installing lattice for shade or covering it with corrugated metal roofing.

Once you have the basic framework of your wooden carport in place, you can decide how to finish it out. A lattice covering will create shade for your car, while corrugated metal roofing is another option that provides shade as well as protection from rain and snow.

You can also add other decorative touches like shutters, awnings and more to help personalize your creation.

Build a carport out of wood using these step-by-step instructions.

  • Use wood for the frame.
  • Use metal for the roof.
  • Use metal for the floor.
  • Use metal for the door.

Use a carport to park and store your vehicle, or use it as extra living space when you need it!


If you follow these steps and take your time, you will be able to build a carport out of wood that will last for years to come. Remember that the most important thing is not how much time it takes but how well done it is when finished.

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