With a carport enclosure or carport covers, you can treat your freestanding carport more like a makeshift garage or outdoor shed of sorts all year long. You won't have to worry anymore about rain or snow damaging your valuables because a carport enclosure creates a durable and protective barrier. Let's go over the different types of carports and how they work.
The Benefits of a Freestanding Carport EnclosureCarport enclosures are easy, quick to install, and help transform your carport into a valuable storage unit or living space regardless of the weather.
Added Protection from the ElementsThe biggest and most obvious benefit of carport enclosures is the extra coverage it provides for everything inside the carport. How much protection will largely depend on the material you use to enclose your freestanding carport, but even a lightweight fabric tarp enclosure will add some water and wind resistance along with UV protection.
More PrivacyFully enclosed carports can essentially act as their own private room. It’s not going to block much sound, but it can easily cover for a quick clothing change or let you workout in peace without nosy neighbors or other people looking in.
Does Enclosing a Carport Add Value to Your Home?Long story short: it depends, but a nice looking enclosed carport can definitely add an additional appeal to prospective buyers. The enclosed carport in many ways becomes an outdoor shed or garage, which if done right, can potentially add value to your home when it comes time to sell.
Types of Freestanding Carport EnclosuresThere are a number of different ways you can enclose your carport from an extensive permanent conversion to a temporary fabric setup for the winter. There are fabric enclosure options for the steel Samara carport from SOJAG and a fabric enclosure option from Arrow Storage Products for the Arrow carport.
Fabric Carport EnclosuresRipstop Polyethylene fabric carport enclosures like ones used in the Arrow or Samara carport enclosure kits are relatively inexpensive and easy to install options. These kits use UV-treated triple-layer woven polyethylene which provides a good amount of water resistance and protection from the elements. The kits are easy to install and remove so you can enclose your steel carport when you need extra protection, then open it back up when you want more fresh air again. Plus, going with fabric to enclose your carport means you don’t need to mess with any sort of construction materials. The fabric enclosures also have easy zipper doors in the form of front garage-style doors, side doors, or back garage-style doors to adjust the amount of coverage. Some even have pre-built, clear plastic windows. Read on for more specifications between the Arrow and SOJAG Samara carport enclosure kits.
The Arrow Carport Enclosure KitThe Arrow carport enclosure kit is specifically designed for the Arrow Storage Carport by Arrow Storage Products measuring 12 by 20 by 7 feet. This fabric cover is UV treated inside and out to protect you and your car from harmful UV light. It also protects against mold, fading, and yellowing. Each of the four panels of ripstop fabric is made from 7.5-ounce triple layer woven polyethylene material to last you years of water-resistant use. This useful enclosure kit comes with one front panel with a double zipper door that you can zip open and roll up to act like a garage opening. The rear panel does not have a door. This fabric enclosure is simple and straightforward to offer basic all-around coverage for your carport so you can treat it more like a garage even in the winter.
The Samara Carport Enclosure KitThe Samara Carport Enclosure Kit from SOJAG is specifically designed for the 12 by 20-foot Samara carport. This durable polyethylene fabric enclosure kit can provide additional protection to your vehicle during harsh winter months. Unlike the Arrow carport enclosure kit which has four panels and one opening, the Samara kit comes with eight panels of 7.5-ounce polyethylene with four plastic windows, two side doors with a zipper open, and two large doors at the front and back with double-zipper closures. The two windows are great for allowing light in if you want to transform the carport into a sitting or living area instead of just a storage area. The fabric also meets CPAI-84 fire-retardant international safety standards and is suitable for all weather conditions.
How Do You Enclose a Freestanding Carport?Your process for enclosing a carport will mostly depend on what type of enclosure you choose. For this instruction, let’s assume you’ve chosen a pre-made fabric carport enclosure like the Enclosure Kit for Arrow Carport.
How to Enclose a Metal Carport with a Fabric Carport Enclosure Kit in 9 Easy StepsOnce you’ve gotten your enclosure kit and unpacked it, here’s what you’ll need to do to get it up. You will want to have at least two people to install the enclosure and you should expect it to take around an hour to install. (This is also the same process for taking the structure down for the summer months, just working backward.)
Step 1Gather the necessary additional items that you’ll need for installation that do not come with the kit. This includes:
- Eye protection
- Adjustable or 7/16” wrench
Step 2Lay out all the materials from the kit in front of the metal carport and make sure you have everything. The kit should include:
- 2 end tarps with zipper doors
- 2 side tarps
- 24 attachment pieces with an attachment on each side
- 16 attachment pieces with one attachment
- 32 Screws
- 32 Hex nuts
- 56 Bungee Fasteners
- 16 Poles with B ends
- 16 Poles with C ends