There are many different options to discover when searching online for a new carport or canopy. Making a decision on the final structure, appearance and additional features can feel overwhelming. At Alfresco Canopies, we like to keep things transparent and easy to understand. Here are our three tips on what to consider before choosing your carport or canopy.

Weather Resistance

Although it doesn’t happen every day, freak weather can cause considerable damage to an external structure. There are a few simple ways that you can prepare and protect your carport or canopy from the effects of severe weather. Firstly, we recommend including guttering and downpipes. This prevents rainwater from pooling on the roof of your structure but runs to a specific location, preventing puddles around your carport or canopy.

Next, consider the resistance to hailstones. A polycarbonate roof has high impact resistance, preventing it from damage in a hailstorm. Finally, ensure that your carport or canopy designs conform to the correct wind and snow loadings for your area.

Planning Permission for your carport or canopy

A carport or canopy open on at least two sides and less than thirty square metres in floor area would not normally require building regulations approval.

Similarly, carport or canopies under thirty five metres do not usually require planning permission, however this is dependent on your property’s exact location.

However, it is always advisable to contact your local planning authority to check the specific planning requirements for your building and your area.

Quality vs Cost of a carport or canopy

A canopy or carport is a valuable investment for your home. The cost might influence your choice; however, it is not always best to go for the cheapest option. Purchasing a carport or canopy is a fine balance between finding the best quality at a price you can afford.

Choosing a slightly more expensive option, constructed from superior materials, is more cost effective in the long term. Not only will it look great on fitting, it should be simple to maintain and stay looking good for years to come.

And Finally…

A good guarantee is a reliable indicator that your carport or canopy is built to last, and that the company has confidence in their structure’s durability.