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The main difference between a carport and a garage is that a garage is a fully enclosed structure, while a carport is not. This means a garage will protect your car more from the elements than a carport. 

A garage is a way to go if you live in an area with severe weather conditions or simply want the most protection for your car. However, garages are more expensive and take longer to build than carports. A carport is better if you’re on a budget or need a carport in a hurry.

So, which is better? It depends on your needs and budget. Here are four things you need to consider when making this decision:

1. Available Space

Do you have the option to choose between a carport and a garage? Often the plot does not allow for a simple garage because it is too small. In addition, you should always lay a foundation for a garage just like a carport—the floors should be suitable. 

Do you want your garage to be attached to your house or to be a standalone structure? If it is attached to your house, the walls of your house will offer additional protection for your car, and you will be able to get in and out quickly and safely.

2. Getting a Building Permit

Before you can start building your garage or carport, you need to get a permit from your local building authority. Carports usually require a simpler permit, while garages have to follow stricter regulations. 

For example, garages must be built a certain distance away from neighboring properties and cannot obstruct the view of the street. The exact rules vary depending on the state you are in, so be sure to check with your local building authority before starting construction.

3. Your Budget

You should decide how much money you want to spend on a carport or garage. A carport is cheaper than a garage, but in some cases, the costs can be as much as five times more. This is especially true if you want to have the garage made by yourself. A pre-assembled garage would be cheaper, but it cannot be adapted so well to your requirements.

4. Needed Car Protection

A garage is typically a freestanding structure made of wood, metal, or concrete, with a door that allows a car to drive inside. On the other hand, a carport is typically a less permanent structure made of metal or wood, with a roof and open sides. Carports can be attached to the side of a house or other building or freestanding.

A carport is cheaper than a garage, but it does not protect as well against bad weather. A garage protects your car from storms and animal damage, but the car is exposed to poorer ventilation in the garage, which can cause the car to rust. A carport can protect your car from the elements if it is attached to a house or has plants around the sides. It also helps keep your car cool in the summer by providing ventilation.


Building a garage may be the better option if you are looking for a long-term solution to housing your vehicles. Garages offer more protection from the elements and potential break-ins than carports and can also be used for storage. However, garages are more expensive to build and may require planning permission. A carport may be the better option if you are on a budget or are only looking for a temporary solution.

Union Steel Structures provides top-rated metal buildings and carports designed to stand up to the elements for years of enjoyment and use. Building a carport will add value to your home or other property and are highly customizable. Besides cars, carports can store boats, RVs, and other vehicles. Contact us to design and build your new metal carport! Call 888-494-9031 to get a quote.

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