One thing that many people look for in a new home is a garage. This extension of the home is more than just a place to park your cars. It can be a workshop, a storage space, and many other things. If you’re not looking to move, you might consider adding a garage to your current home instead. For some people, this is a great choice. Others opt for a simple carport instead. Is one better than the other? That depends on your needs.
A carport is a non-enclosed structure that provides cover for your vehicle but nothing else. This makes it much easier and less expensive to install than a full garage. You don’t have to worry about fire regulations for the ceiling (and there are no walls). City and Home Owners Association rules are also usually much simpler for a carport than a garage. There are even carport kits that you can purchase and set up in less than a day. The roof of a carport will shield your car from sun damage and falling branches, but other weather can still impact your vehicles from the sides. The open sides also mean that a carport offers no added security or protection from thieves or animals. Finally, while the initial cost of a carport is much lower than that of a garage, it does not improve your home’s value significantly.
A full garage, on the other hand, is a significant investment but you also get a lot out of it, including up to triple your investment in increased property value. A garage can be as secure as your home if it has good locks and windows and it can be a place to safely store your tools, appliances, and (of course) your car. The added storage space is one reason so many people want a garage in the first place. A garage offers protection on all sides from threats, weather, and animals. Building a garage is a big undertaking, requiring lots of time planning and permitting. Once you have it, however, you can customize the storage options endlessly to get exactly what you need.
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