Have you finally decided that it’s time to get a carport? Whether you just don’t have enough space to fit your car, have an extra car that you need to protect from the elements, or you need something to protect your work vehicles, Central Florida Buildings and Carports can create the perfect carport for your situation.
Of course, just because you want a carport does not mean you are ready for a carport. We work out every detail from size, material, cost, and can help with the permit. But first, we provide a free inspection of your location to be better prepared for a build.
Whether it’s going in a lot, backyard, or front yard you need to be sure that you do the pre-work necessary to have your carport installed. This will make our lives easier when we arrive to do the installation process, because we will already know that the early groundwork has, quite literally, been done for us on these carports.
Sometimes you can handle the groundwork on your own, but for certain carports you will need to do some prep work beyond just the carport itself. When this is the case just talk about it with us and we may be able to make a recommendation for the work that needs to be done.
If you do not know where your gas or water lines run then consider calling 811, the national call before you dig number, to see if there are any lines beneath the ground that could be damaged upon installation or land clearing.
Before you do any of this you will need to complete some preemptive work
Clear The Land
This should go without saying, but make sure the intended location of the carport is clear of any potential debris. This can be as simple as removing sprinkler heads, moving an outdoor pool, or just keeping the yard clear of any gardening supplies like a hose.
Of course, it can also be more elaborate. You don’t want any vegetation, trees, or really anything in the way. Yes this includes grass. If you plan to lay your carport on top of bare ground then it needs to be soil. Not grass. You can have grass surrounding the carport, but not during installation. Think of it this way. Do you really want your car, tractor, or any equipment you are storing in your carport sitting on top of grass?
Once the land has been cleared we can decide what your carport is going to sit on top of. There are multiple options, none of them are bad, but there are definitely ones that have higher potential downside than others. We will always make you aware of this before installation.
A standard dirt or soil foundation carport is the most basic kind you can place your carport on top of. You simply clear the land before installation and then place the carport on top of it. You, of course, want to be sure the land is level so your carport isn’t tipping one way or the other.
One concern with a dirt foundation is that it doesn’t prevent flooding, mud, or many of the potential negative weather effects that your carport is supposed to protect against. So if you plan on keeping anything besides cars inside this carport be wary of that.
Gravel can be a cost effective and slightly more secure way to place your carport. Like dirt it needs to be leveled out and balanced, otherwise, your carport is not going to be able to be installed properly. The gravel foundation is a little less prone to flooding, but water can still get up under the carport if you do not have something surround the outside of the carport.
We should note that gravel can shift over time and may need to be repaved and maintained to keep the structural integrity of the carport/ground intact.
What we usually suggest to our buyers is a concrete foundation. It’s stable and if you plan on keeping anything else in your carport besides the vehicles themselves then you will want the extra ground support to keep those items safe.
Unlike a gravel or dirt foundation however, you are more than likely going to need a professional to handle the concrete pouring process to create the ground that the carport will stand on. We may be able to point you in the direction of someone that can pour the concrete for you if you do not know where to go for that kind of service.
Before you pour the concrete foundation you want to be sure that we have squared away on our end everything size and height related as that could impact how much concrete you are pouring and what the dimensions of everything need to be.
If you have any more questions about a concrete foundation then feel free to contact us and we will answer any questions you may have.
At Central Florida Buildings and Carports we have made a name for ourselves for being honest and upfront with what you are getting. There will never be any hidden or surprise fees when it comes to our services. We play it straight with you.
If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to prepare for your carport installation then go ahead and give us a call at 321-474-4357. You can also use our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.