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How to Choose the Right Carport for Your Vehicle

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Sep 28, 2013

2 car carport size vehicles

'A Metal Carport Perfect for Two Cars'

Hello everyone! This week's blog is all about carports. Getting a carport is an excellent idea for anyone who wants to protect their vehicles and equipment from the rain, snow, hail, strong winds and even the sunlight. If you're thinking about ordering a carport, you may be wondering what kind to get. At Alan's, we have lots of carport designs to choose from. Let's take a look at some of the things you should consider while perusing my selection of carports for sale.

What Sort of Vehicles Do You Have?

There are different carport designs made to shelter different types of vehicles. Perhaps your family needs shelter for just one compact car or small truck. A regular style carport that measures 12x21 would be an appropriate choice. Alternatively, a family who owns a large truck as well as a minivan would need a larger carport that can accommodate bigger vehicles. If you own several heavy duty trucks or maybe some large pieces of farm equipment, you may want to look at the triple wide carport designs. On my website, I provide a list of the dimensions and prices of all of my carports for sale.

What about the Future?

I recommend that you keep the future in mind as you're considering all of the options. Do you plan to purchase another vehicle or two? Do you want to use your carport for other items in addition to a car or truck? The answers to these questions can help you to choose a carport that will fulfill your vehicle storage needs now as well as your storage needs in the future.

If you do end up sheltering several vehicles, you may find that the concrete pad beneath the carport is becoming stained with oil that's leaking from a vehicle. This is a common occurrence. Fortunately, there are methods for removing oil from concrete. By removing these stains, you are helping to keep your carport area looking its best.

What's the Weather Like Out There?

As you are considering the various carports, think about the weather you deal with each year. Perhaps you have a lot of snowfall. If you do, a carport with a vertical style roof would be a good choice. The vertical design of the roof's sheeting allows snow to slide off instead of piling up. Maybe you live in an area that experiences several hailstorms a year. A carport with any type of roof including the vertical, boxed eave or regular style can protect vehicles in the midst of a powerful hail storm. If the place where you live has a lot of rainfall, a carport can prove to be an invaluable purchase. You can load and unload items from your car's trunk under the protection of dependable shelter.

I hope I've shown you the valuable benefits that a carport can offer. Thanks for reading! -Alan

Topics: carports, Carport, carport for vehicle

Prefabricated Metal Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Apr 28, 2012

prefabricated metal carport alans factory outlet

                    Alan's Factory Outlet Prefabricated Metal Carports

Prefab Metal Carports

The style of this metal carport is vertical, allowing for snow to easily slide off of it. The only way to attach the roof panels like this is to add cross braces under the roof allowing for attachment for the panels. These braces make the vertical metal carport the strongest of the prefab metal carports available at Alan's Factory Outlet. At the same time, due to the additional labor and materials, it does cost a little more than the other two styles available. Here are the prefabricated metal carport prices.

If you plan on putting gutters on the carport, the vertical style is the way to go since the rain will slide from side to side instead of end to end. When you want prefab carports to protect your vehicles, purchase a product that you can trust; at Alan's Factory Outlet we have prefabricated carports that can withstand the weather and protect your vehicles from further damage. You can look at all of our options online.

Configuring your prefabricated metal carport

What size (width and length) will work best to provide the coverage for the items you plan on parking underneath the carport? This will help you figure out the size width and length of the carport. The prefabricated metal carports come in 12', 18', 20', 22', and 24' wide and the lengths start at 21' long and go in 5' increments longer. For example, 26', 31', 36' and 41' with no limit on the length of the carport as it is just a matter of connecting 2 carports end to end. Please keep in mind that anything 36' or longer we recommend going with the vertical style carport because the longest sheeting available is 36' long. If we overlap the sheets this can create an area for leakage or a weak spot on the carport more prone to collapse. The vertical sections are best due to the roof panels being all vertical and going longer than 36' long will not weaken the metal carport. Our prefab carports allow you the flexibility to create a carport that will cover your basic needs whether you are protecting farm equipment, a boat, your RV or a car. We have many different sizes and styles for sale.

What will be the tallest item you think you will ever want to have under it? This will help you determine the leg height you need to order.

You will then decide if you want the carport all open or partially enclosed like the picture of the above carport with just one side closed, both sides closed or you can fully enclose it and turn it into one of the prefab metal garages. We offer all options on our prefabricated carports.

Alan's Factory Outlet prefab metal carports and metal garages are delivered and installed in 27 states in the USA. We can help you save money when you buy from us.

Topics: carports, metal carports, prefab carports, prefabricated metal carports

2 Car Metal Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

2 car metal garage

                        2 Car Metal Garage

Alan's Factory Outlet 2 Car Metal Garages are custom built in the size, style and color that you want.  The 2 car metal garages can be made with garage doors ranging from a 6x6, 8x8, 9x8, 10x8, 10x10 and a 12x12 garage door.  The garage doors on the metal 2 car garage are now available with several different colors.

2 Car Metal Garages are delivered and installed for free in 27 states in the USA:  AL, AR, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

2 car metal carports are also available if you want the sizes and ends open.  The steel carports are delivered to the twenty seven states the same as the steel garages.  The steel buildings are available in may other sizes and styles to suite you.

Amish built wood and vinyl 2 car garages are delivered as fully assembled portable garages.  The wood and vinyl garages are delivered in Virginia and West Virginia.  They are made with or without a floor compared to the metal buildings and carports that are built on site and only come with no floor.

Metal 2 Car Garage Options

  • 12 GA thicker steel tubing with 20 year rust through warranty
  • 13 different colors
  • Barn roof, a-frame roof and vertical a-frame roof which aids in snow sliding off
  • Taller legs up to 12' leg height
  • Single entry door and windows

Thanks for reading this blog on the 2 car metal garages at Alan's Factory Outlet.  Please feel free to share this article with family and friends who may be looking for a metal garage or metal carport or add a comment or question of your own.

Topics: Garages, carports, metal garages, 2 car metal garages, 2 car metal carports

20x21 Carport, Prefab Metal Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Oct 16, 2011

20x21 carport prefab carports

Prefab 20x21 Carport Kits

If you think prefab carport kits are only useful to store your vehicle, think again. This 20x21 prefab carport was used as a go cart shelter. Prefab carports can be the solution to protect all kinds of items you want to last longer. Whether you're looking for an out of the way place to store your lawn equipment, sports gear, boat, or anything else that needs place of its own at your home, a prefab carport is the answer. Save time from constantly having to clear snow, dust, and dirt off your belongings by storing them under a sheltered area. This 20x21 prefab carport was built in the boxed eave style carport. It is fully braced with one of the sides closed for additional protection.

Order the 20x21 Carport for delivery and setup in 19 different states in the USA. The 19 states prefab carports are for sale include: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV. The prefab metal carports come in many different styles and sizes. Here are the metal carport prices and sizes showing all the sizes available. The carports can be built smaller or larger than the prefab 20x21 carport. Simply let us know what you're looking for and we will help you find the perfect prefab carport to fit your needs.

Maybe you're looking to buy rv carport covers for your motor home. If you want to shield your RV from the rain, snow, dirt, and all the other elements of the great outdoors, prefab carport kits serve as great protection. The prefab carports can be made with up to 12' legs which is the side height which gives you even more room for the air conditioner on the RV roof.

The 20x21 carport can also be partially closed, as shown above, or fully enclosed, turning the structures into metal prefab garages with a garage door. Windows and walk-in doors are other purchase options on the metal garages.

Check out our online inventory or visit Alan's Factory Outlet at 643 West Main St. Luray, VA 22835, to see our display area of the metal buildings.

Topics: carports, metal carports, 20x21 carports, 20x21 metal carports, prefab carports

Metal Carports Are Not Just For Cars

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jul 14, 2011

metal carportsMetal Carports are not just for cars.  The metal carports also make a great picnic shelter.  Put a grill under it and you have a shaded place for family and friends to gather and catch up new events in their life and make some new memories.  Carports also provide a shelter that will keep everyone dry from an evening shower.

The metal carport shown in this picture is a 24x31 metal carport.  Carports come standard with 2' center braces and 4' corner braces.  This carport has options 4' braces for additional wind and snow strength.  The 24x31 carports have 7 tubing bows which are 5' on center.  The tubing is 2 1/2" square tubing which is 14 ga.  A thicker 12 ga 2 1/4" tubing is also available as an upgrade.  This 12 ga tubing comes with a 20 year rust through warranty.

Another idea is to use the metal carport during the warm summer months as a picnic shelter and during the winter snowy months you could use the carport to protect your car from getting snow and ice on it.  This will save you time and energy in the morning as you won't have to shovel or scrap the snow and ice off your car or cars.  

There are many other sizes smaller and larger than the 24x31 carport size.

Metal garages are also available if you need a fully enclosed carport.

Feel free to share some of the ways you utilize your metal carport.

Topics: carports, metal carports, Metal Carport, Carport, 24x31 metal carports, 24x31 carport

Carport Kits

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, May 31, 2011

Carport Kits

carport kits

Carport Kits are built on site with free delivery and setup to AL, AR, GA, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.  Metal carport kits are built in 3 different roof lines.  The style carport in this picture is a boxed eave.  The best style for the snow is the vertical because the way the roof is built the snow slides off.  The vertical carport looks just like the boxed eave style except the roof runs side to side.  The other style is the regular carport which has a barn shaped roof.

The carport kit in the above picture is shown with three options

  • Taller 9' legs
  • Fully braced with 4' braces
  • 1-3' panel on both sides

Here is a list of the sizes and options on the carport kit prices.

Garage kits are available with free delivery and setup to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Here are the garage kit prices

Both the carport kits and the garage kits are built with galvanized 14 ga steel tubing and can be upgraded to a thicker 12 ga tubing which has a 20 year rust through warranty.  The sheeting used on the metal buildings is 29 ga. 

All carport kits are assembled for you on your level land the same day we arrive to your house.  We even anchor the building to the ground for free with rebar or concrete anchor bolts.  Worried about the wind?  Well, we have something that can help you with that.  Mobile home anchors are available as an option if the carport is being anchored to the ground.

carport kits mobile home anchor

Alan's Factory Outlet carport kits time frame for delivery are approximately 2 to 4 weeks year round.

Topics: carports, mobile home anchors, Carport, carport kits, garage kits, kits, carport kit


Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, May 15, 2011



Carports are the perfect place to protect your truck or car.

Carports are built in several different sizes and styles.  The carport in this picture is a boxed eave style carport.  The metal carports can be left open and used as a shelter, fully close it and you have one of the metal garages or like this carport you have the best of both worlds. 

Carports Garages

A carport shelter area where the vehicle goes and then a garage storage in the back to secure items that need to be locked up or require 100% protection from the weather elements.

The garage door size on enclosed garage section in this picture is 6x6 which is the smallest size garage door we offer.  Another option would be to go with a taller leg height carport and then you would be able to go with a 9x8 size garage door.  Or if you will only be storing items that need to fit through a 36" door than the 36" walk in door may be they way to go. 

Carports length go every 5' in length increments.  This metal carport is 26' long so that leaves you with 5' of storage space.  The next size longer is 31' long which would give you 10' of garage storage space if you kept the carport portion the same.

Alan's Factory Outlet carports garages may just what you've been looking for a carport and a garage in one convenient building.

Topics: Garages, carports, metal carports, metal garages, carports garages

Carolina Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, May 14, 2011

Carolina Carports

carolina carports

Carolina Carports metal carports are built in three different styles of carports and metal garages as shown in this picture.

Carolina Carports 3 Roof Styles

  1. Regular roof style carolina carports start out in the 12x21 size.  The base width is exactly 12' wide and the base length is 20' long.  It is called 21' long because the 6" front roof overhang and 6" back end overhang is counted in the overall dimensions.  The regular style metal carports are built with a traditional barn roof.  The regular carport is the most economical of the three carport styles.  Here are the carport prices.
  2. The middle style shown in this picture is the boxed eave metal carport.  The boxed eave carolina carports are built in an a-frame roof which is nice if the carport is right beside your home as most homes have an a-frame roof so the carport may go with the architect of your home better.  These carports also have the 6" roof overhang however when you get a boxed eave carport you get a 6" overhang on both sides.  As far as the price point goes these metal carports are the middle road on price.  They are a little bit more than the regular style carports but less than the next style we are getting ready to cover.
  3. The third carolina carports style is the vertical roof carport.  This carport looks just like the boxed eave carport as both are built in an a-frame roof and have a 6" overhang all the way around it.  The big difference is the roof is built with the ribs running side to side which allows the rain and snow to slide off it where on the other two style carports the sheeting ribs run lengthwise which causes the snow to stay on their roof.  In order to put the roof on this way on the vertical carports we have to place metal cross braces to attach the sheeting.  These extra metal braces along with the fact that the snow will slide of the roof make this the strongest of the three carolina carports.  The downside for those advantages in strength is the vertical carports are the most expensive of the three carport styles.  Vertical carports can be fully enclosed to make a metal garage.  Take a look at the metal garage prices

All of the carolina carports are built with 14 gauge tubing and 29 gauge sheeting.  Many options are available such as 12 gauge tubing which comes with a 20 year rust through warranty.  All carports come standard with center and corner braces.  Carolina carports are anchored to the ground, cement or asphalt with rebar or cement anchors for free.  Mobile home anchors for additional wind protection and fully braced carports are a couple of other options you may want to consider.

Carolina carports also has have many other sizes of steel buildings such as triple wide carports and lean to carports.

Alan's Factory Outlet carports and metal garages are delivered and setup for free to 18 different states.

Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment about the carports.

Topics: carports, metal carports, metal garages, Carport, Carolina Carports

40' Wide Certified Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Apr 7, 2011

40 Wide Carports Certified Carports


Good news!  32', 34', 36', 38' & 40' Wide Certified Carports come standard with:



  • Vertical Roof
  • Vertical Sides
  • Vertical Ends
  • Fully Braced
  • Certified

You may be asking yourself what does certified mean?

Certified means that the Carport is engineered to meet 130 mph winds and meet 30 psf snow load.  Certified also means we will provide engineered drawings to your town or county if needed.  These drawings are faxed only after purchase.

14 gauge tubing is standard but can be upgraded to 12 gauge for extra strength.

We offer FREE installation on your level land.

The roofing system is extremely heavy.  Customer does need a lift on-site for the installers to raise the roof.  The lift should be 1' taller than the leg height you want.



Topics: carports, Carport, Certified Carports, 40' Carports

Boxed Eave Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Mar 8, 2011

Carports A Frame Boxed EaveBoxed Eave Carports come is a variety of sizes and 13 different color options.  You can custom build your carport piece by piece and even build yourself a garage.

We would be glad to price a Metal Carport or Metal Garage for you.  We need to know what style and size (WxLxH) carport you are looking for.  Do you want the sides or ends closed?  Do you want garage doors, windows or walk-in man doors?

Topics: carports, metal carports, Boxed Eave Carports, metal garage

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