Carports Brisbane Guide

The Ultimate Carport Building Guide for Homeowners

Carports Brisbane Guide

What are Carports?

Carports are constructed to give protection to your vehicle from extreme heat, rain, and the wind that may damage it. It has a semi-covered design and is usually open on two sides.

Why are Carports Popular?

Carports are a great alternative to other types of car protection because they are extremely easy to build and they far more cost effective while serving the same purpose as a garage. They also are made of a material that is hail-resistant as well as heat-deflection from the daily sun. They are also a convenient way to keep your vehicle clean by shielding it from dust or bird droppings. You can either build it yourself using a carport kit which is the cheapest option. Or you can hire a custom carport builder like NO1 Carports Brisbane who build quality designs off a plan.

Carports vs. Garages

  • Carports can be easily dismantled whereas garages are permanent fixtures.
  • It can also be built in one or two days while a garage may take weeks to construct.
  • Carports don’t take up too much space and are usually attached directly to your home while garages require some reconstruction of your house for this to happen.
  • You have much more flexibility with choices in a material when building a carport, especially if you are looking for a protective structure for your vehicle that you can match to the outside of your home.
  • Carports give nearly the same protection as a garage at a minimal cost of $3,000 in comparison to the materials and labor for a standard garage which may start at as much as $15,000 and up.

What Materials are Used for Carports?

There are a wide variety of choices for carports when it comes to materials. It is not only about how durable the material is, but it is also about how well it suits your home aesthetically and gives it curb appeal:

Carport Roofing Options

Zincalume

Zincalume is a sheet metal roof that has been coated for extra durability that will protect the steel from all types of inclement weather and extreme heat. This is a material that is better suited for professional installation of carports since you can easily damage the coating if optimal care is not used during construction.

  •  Very durable and can last longer than galvanized steel
  • Very easy to clean
  • Can be painted over to any color you choose
  • Mid-range price: A bit more cost-efficient than using steel or aluminum

Colorbond Steel

Colorbond supplies a type of carport material is specifically designed to withstand the harsh heat of Australia. It is also the most versatile when it comes to choosing a color that will suit your home’s outside décor with a choice of over 20 colors. This makes it easy for you to choose something that will blend with the color of your home and make it look like the carport actually came with the home when you bought it. Some other advantages of Colorbond steel are:

  • Extreme durability with coating lasting for up to 50 years
  • Much more cost effective than a tiled roof
  • Very low maintenance
  • High price point: The cost is in the durability and versatility of colors

Polycarbonate

This is considered a very durable material for carports. It comes in transparent as well opaque. Polycarbonate can be less cost-effective than other materials, but it is also waterproof and does not require any type of maintenance.

  • Extremely durable
  • Very lightweight
  • Highly resistant to extreme heat
  • Mid-range price point: a good alternative to steel and aluminum

Aluminum

Aluminum carports are best known for being highly resistant to corrosion. The interlocking design of this material prevents this. This is the reason it is also one of the most expensive materials for carports. But, it is virtually maintenance free and lasts a very long time.

  • Can be modified without adding treatment
  • Lightweight material
  • Will not corrode
  • Recyclable product
  • Can be color-coated
  • High price point: You pay for durability

Tile

More than any other material for carports, tile can be matched to the home’s roofing material better than any other choice. It is usually done with a gable design, and there is a variety to choose from including concrete tile, terracotta tiles, and slate tiles. All vary in price and installation should be done by a professional.

  • More like home roofing material
  • No maintenance required
  • High-price point: Equal in cost to aluminum or steel or more depending on tile

Posts for Carports

Posts are needed to secure the roof of carports, and for aesthetic reasons, most homeowners choose the same material for their posts as they choose for their carport roof. Some materials can be mixed and looked virtually the same like steel and aluminum, but usually matching the materials gives carports a more completed look.

Wood

There are carports that can be made from wood with the option of latticed-walls for privacy that are also wood material. This material can either be built attached or detached as other material. The wood is a treated cedar for durability. It also gives more of a garage-style to a carport.

What Type of Designs Can I Choose for Carports?

DIY Carports Designs

Open Vs. Enclosed Carports

You need to ask yourself what type of protection you want for your vehicle when you are choosing a carport. Carports with open sides may not be what you are looking since it will give you the least protection. So, you will want to consider walls on each side for optimal protection for your vehicle from the elements. There are also roof designs to consider:

Hip Roof

This style is an entirely sloped roof where the sides meet at the ridge of the roof. All the sides are equal in length, and the slope itself does not have a steep incline.

  • Inward sloping is very stable
  • Works well in extreme wind and rain
  • Potential storage area underneath (slopes create space)

Flat Roof

This is probably the most traditional style for carports and also the most easily customised. There is no pitch whatsoever to this type of roof unless you choose to have it created by the builder in order to allow for water drainage.

  • Most cost efficient
  • Easy to maintain
  • Environmentally customisable to install solar panels for home efficiency

Gable

Gable style roofs have only two slopes and have a triangular shape. There is much more versatility with a gable roof than a flat roof because it automatically drains away any excess water. It has more of a sophisticated look for carports which can be customised.

  • Built-in drainage design
  • Works well in areas with heavy precipitation

Dutch Gable

This is actually a style that incorporates elements of the hip roof and the gable roof design. It is sloped like the gable and hip roof, but the look of the Dutch Gable gives far more curb appeal than any of the other style of carports.

  • Will increase property value
  • Greatest amount of curb appeal

Carports Kits vs. Custom Design

While carport kits seem like they are more cost-effective, you will find that with most home projects you usually end up having to consult with a professional along the way in order to complete it to the proper specifications.

Also, unless you have proper training in the specifications of how to construct a carport, it could lead to issues with water seepage. If screws are not secured correctly, it will lead to corrosion. Overall, a lack of skilled construction could hinder the durability of the carport altogether.

So, a carport kit might seem like a cost-effective alternative to a custom-designed carport, but you will find that you might just have to spend more money to fix it before you have even used it.

Carport Costs, permits and Inclusions

Carports and Initial Considerations

A professional carport installer usually knows all the answers to the following very important questions that will help you make a choice for a carport that suits you best:

  • How many cars will be utilizing the carport?
  • Is it best to have an attached or detached carport for my home’s structure and shape?
  • What regulations specifically apply to my area regarding building a carport?
  • What style and materials are best for my home?

Regulations for Carports Council Approval

Homeowners who are planning to install a carport on their property have to meet specific regulations before they can begin construction. Council approval is based on the following criteria:

  • How big the carport will be
  • Where the carport will be located on your property
  • The distance of the carport from any other permanent structures
  • The distance of the carport from the street
  • The style of the carport in relation to other permanent structures in the area

You will need to attain a council permit before you begin any construction on any type of carports. Some areas even mandate that only a licensed builder construct carports of any kind, so you may not have an option to buy your own carport kit and construct it yourself.

There is also different zoning depending upon the type of area you live in including rural, township, rural residential, emerging community, and environmental zoning regulations. Once you know which zone your property is considered to be in, you need to look over the dwelling house code book and use that to see if your house complies with all the necessary codes for a carport to be installed. If your home is brand new, then the building approval for a carport is usually part of the home building approval certificate. Visit here for more information on regulations.

Carport Costs

The list of costs that need to be considered before you build a carport are:

  • Materials
  • Installation
  • Council permit processing fees
  • Actual permit fees

Prices will vary depending on all these factors but typically range from $2,600 to $6,000 for a unique, custom-designed carport with maximum curb appeal.

Where Can I Find a Good Carport Builder?

Custom Carport Builders

There are licensed carport professionals all over the region including:

Brisbane CBD

This is city center with a population of nearly one million and makes up roughly 10% of the population of Australia. It is concentrated with skyscrapers but has several parks like Roma Street Parklands and the Botanic Gardens interspersed within the city limits.

Brisbane Northside

The northern suburbs are made up of 48 cities The area populations is approximately 250,000 and the average home property value is $500,000 and includes the following areas:

  • Gordon Park
  • Kedron
  • Aspley
  • Chermside
  • Everton Park
  • Stafford
  • Bridgeman Downs
  • Bald Hills

Brisbane Southside

The southern suburbs are made up of 54 cities with a population of nearly 200,000, the average home property value is $450,000. It includes the following areas:

  • Acacia Ridge
  • Burbank
  • Calamvale
  • Coopers Plains
  • Doolandella
  • Durack
  • Greenslopes
  • Holland Park
  • Inala
  • Karawatha
  • Larapinta
  • Macgregor
  • Nathan
  • Pallara
  • Richlands
  • Sinnamon Park
  • Tarragindi
  • Willawong
  • Yeerongpilly

Ipswich

This is located in the southwest of Metropolitan Brisbane near the Bremer River. It has an up and coming urban area with a population of approximately 200,000 that is expected to double by the year 2030. It is known for its architecture and homes are valued at an average of $425,000. There is also a rural area of Ipswich which is less populated with half the towns of its urban counterpart. Some of the areas are:

Urban Ipswich:

  • Augustine Heights
  • Basin Pocket
  • Bundamba
  • Churchill
  • Central
  • Springfield Lakes
  • Tivoli
  • West Ipswich
  • Woodend
  • Wulkuraka
  • Yamanto

Rural Ipswich:

  • Amberley
  • Calvert
  • Deebing Heights
  • Ebenezer
  • Goolman
  • Grandchester
  • South Ripley
  • Tallegalla
  • Thagoona
  • Willowbank

Toowoomba

This city is located 125km west of Brisbane with a population of approximately 115,000. It is known for its annual Carnival of Flowers, and the average value of a home in this area is $350,000. Areas include:
Inner Toowoomba:

  • Blue Mountain Heights
  • Glenvale
  • Kearneys Spring
  • Mount Lofty
  • Wilsonton
  • Rangeville
  • Middle Ridge
  • Highfields
  • Newtown

Outer Toowoomba:

  • Birnam
  • Charleton
  • Gowrie Junction
  • Mount Rascal
  • Vale view
  • Wellcamp