A carport is a covered structure used to offer limited protection to vehicles, primarily cars, from the elements. The structure can either be free standing or attached to a wall. Unlike most structures a carport does not have four walls, and usually has one or two. Carports offer less protection than garages but allow for more ventilation.
The term carport was coined by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, when he began using the carport for the first of his “Usonian” homes; the house of Herbert Jacobs, built in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1936. Modern carports are typically made of metal while remaining flat-roofed permanent structures in much of the rest of the world. The carport is considered to be an economical method of protecting cars from the weather and sun damage, gaining in popularity. Due to modern steel molding and manufacturing techniques today’s metal carports are more durable and longer lasting than past iterations.
They are also more versatile. With the recreational vehicle or RV gaining in popularity, so has the need for a structure that can cover and protect these modern, moving homes. Many find that a RV carport is the perfect solution. Some enterprising businesses have even expanded the uses of these structures by taking advantage of their versatility.
They have created complete garages, carports with enclosed storage space, pole barns, storage units, even horse barns. The carport was therefore a cheap and effective device for the protection of a car. Mr. Kariuki-(a client) added: “Our cheap second-hand car had stood out all winter at the curb, often in weather far below zero. A carport was a downright luxury for it.”