If you are considering purchasing an aluminum carport for your personal residence, you might want to think twice about it. This is because metal carports are not all created equal. Although metal is strong and sturdy, in order to properly construct an aluminum carport, you must purchase high-quality materials. Unfortunately, metal roofing companies will sometimes cut corners in order to make a quick dollar, and you as the consumer are left holding the bill. Here are some tips to help you discern the difference between an average metal roofing company and the best company to purchase a carport from.
The first thing that you should look at when trying to identify a good metal roofing company is the quality of their workers. You don’t want to hire a company that uses inexperienced workers who can actually damage your carport. You also don’t want to work with a company that only accepts cash. You should check out their references and ask for testimonials. Ask if they have good feedback from customers and see if the staff is courteous and efficient.
Once you find a company that seems reputable, you will want to find out how much they charge to install your carport. Although they may claim that they are going to install your metal roof for free, this isn’t always the case. You will most likely have to pay for labor costs to install your carport. Check with your local building codes to make sure that your carport meets the requirements to be installed on the property that you own. You may even have to pay additional fees for permits and inspections.
Another important consideration when you buy a new carport is the price per square foot. Metal carports typically come with installation costs but you should still check out the prices of various carport companies. Look for companies that offer free installation or have a reasonable guarantee on the metal roof.
If you decide to buy a used carport, you should determine how old it is before making a purchase. It is important to get a carport that is still structurally sound. Check to see if it has been painted recently as repainting can also significantly increase the cost of the building. In addition, you should consider how many doors the carport has and where those doors are located. You can often save money by purchasing a carport that has already been outfitted with doors.
When you are ready to purchase the carport, you should carefully consider all of the above information. If you have any questions, consult your local building code or contact the manufacturer for information. Also, check to see if your chosen company offers free estimates. If you decide to purchase a used carport, you should check to see if it has undergone any modifications. Whether you decide to purchase a new or used carport, you will likely enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having your vehicle protected. All you have to do is decide on a plan and then begin building.
This article was written by Bob Elliot, Bob is the sales/design consultant for Pyramid Aluminum Inc. Pyramid Aluminum Inc is dedicated to providing installation of aluminum carports designed with an eye to detail and built for the long-lasting value our clients deserve. We are fully equipped to handle any project in the Tampa Bay area. Residential or commercial, no job is too large or too small!