FAQ’s – Carport Kits

Questions on DIY Carports and Carport Kits

 

How can I get a quote for DIY carport?

Simply click on the link on the right hand side of the page or go the carport quote page, and will send you back  a quote on your carport as soon as we can

 

What Do I Get With My Carport Kit?

Here’s what you get with your carport kit:

  • Full Site Specific Engineering & drawings, designed to your local wind codes
  • A Complete Kit which means everything is included – posts, frame, roof, flashings, guttering, downpipes and fasteners
  • A carport kit that is largely cut to size and pre punched – which means you only pay for what you need and it saves time installing, because you are not having to drill holes or cut steel.
  • A complete parts list and step by step instruction manual to assist with the installation
  • Technical Phone Support for any questions you may have

How do I  order my carport kit?

It’s a straight forward process. Simply fill in the order form and send it back, together with a signed copy of the terms and condtions, and a copy of the receipt for the deposit and we can get the order started.

What information will I need to order my Carport Kit?

To order your carport kit you will need to know the following:
  • Full site address plus Lot & Plan number of your property (usually found on your rates notice)
  • Carport type and size dimensions: Width, Length and Height
  • Colours for the various parts – if you are unsure we have diagrams available to help you
  • Footing type whether it is posts in the ground, embedded brackets or footing plates – this is largely already determined on your quote

 

Can you deliver direct to me?

Because of the national contracts we have in place with our suppliers of steel etc. we can deliver to most metro and regional areas in Australia. If you live outside a delivery area of the main supplier,  there are still options available to get your carport kit delivered to you. Contact us if you are unsure.

Can I get the engineering with my carport kit?

Unless specifically requested by the customer, all of our carports include the engineering form/letter and drawings. We always recommend that should have the required engineering with your carport kit.

How long does it take for my carport kit to be delivered?

On average, if you allowed about 5 to 6 weeks, this would cover most cases, however it depends on several factors such as current demand, time of year, and any individual requirements of a particular carport  eg. non-standard design work etc. We endevour to give you an accurate time frame and keep you in touch along the way if anything changes.

Do I need to get Council approval?

In most cases you will need approval from your council before you can build your carport. It is recommended that you talk with either your local council or private certifier before proceeding.

Can I Put a Roller Door on the Front of the Carport?

Carports are designed and engineered as freestanding, open sided structures. As such the engineering does not allow for walls or roller doors to be added. This is because it changes the way the structure behaves in the wind, as well as a dead load by itself.  It may be possible to add a roller door, but bear in mind there would be extra costs and design fees involved, which may make it uneconomical to do.

What colours can I choose from?

We think people should have choices, so with your DIY carport you can choose from the full range of Colorbond carport colours as well as Zincalume if you wish.

Can you do custom sizes and designs?

A lot of things are possible, but bear in mind that there are extra processes and costs involved when a carport is a long way ‘out of the box’  as they say. Common requests are different sizes, which can be catered for pretty well. However one design request sometimes is for overhangs, which can be done for some skillion carports, but is generally discouraged by engineers because of the increased load this places on the structure. Again it may be able to be done, depending on your budget.

There is quite a range of sizes and designs already available that will suit most cases. The range of carports have been carefully designed so that you get a carport that is strong, meets standards, and also look the part with your house. All this means added value to you and  your home.

How do I anchor my carport kit?

There are 2 options –
1. Concreting the posts into the ground directly
2. Using footing plates to mount the carport onto existing. However, there are limitations to this second method – you cannot do this in a high wind area, and if it is possible to use them, there must be adequate concrete under each column to fix to. Eg. a standard slab is not enough. Piers or footings are generally required. Where existing concrete has been put down in the past, an engineer may be required to certify the concrete itself, to confirm it is suitable.
We highly recommend concreting the posts into the ground as this method is usually stronger, better looking and more economical to do. Plus, if you do it as per the engineer’s documentation, it has the best chance of being structurally sound