A Quick & Easy Guide for Buying Carports in Melbourne.
Do you live in the city of Melbourne or surrounds? Are you looking to buy a carport, but not sure how to start or go about it?
We can certainly help you with whatever you need. Here are some of the things you need to know first:
Which carport is right for me?
Before choosing a carport, you need to ask yourself some initial questions – what am I using the carport for, and am I also looking to improve the appearance of my house and add value to it. The answers to these questions lies in choosing the right size and buying the best design for your situation.
Is it high enough?
Make sure the height is enough to clear your vehicle. If you are thinking of buying a higher vehicle in the future, make some allowance for this as well. There can be restrictions by some councils on the maximum height allowed.
Width and Length
Width – make sure there is enough space so you can not only park the car, but also open your doors to get in and out.
Length – Ideally the length needs to be enough to cover vehicle, with some extra in case of driving rain. Possible exceptions are sometimes caravans where the draw bar assembly is maybe not a s important, but cover it if you have the space.
With the wide variety of house designs now available in Melbourne, it’s important to find something to match your home. To complement this, we offer all the different carport designs so that your carport will match your house and seem like it was always there. The carports work well in many houses in Melbourne, from federation to modern plans, and they do this at affordable prices.
Before you order a carport
Do You Need Council Approval?
In most cases, Carports require some sort of approval from the local council. So it’s a good idea to check before ordering and building. There can be exception, but these are in the minority.
Regardless, all our carports come with site specific engineering that meets or surpasses the various building codes and wind standards in Australia.
You can approach the council directly about gaining approval for carports. The other is to get a private building surveyor (also called a building certifier) involved in doing the process for you. Doing it this way usually makes it a lot quicker and easier for you. See if you can find someone local who has experience with carport type structures. Most are very competent at what they do.
For your information, here is also a list of Councils in the central Melbourne area, & there are many:
- Banyule City Council
- Bayside City Council
- Boroondara City Council
- Brimbank City Council
- Cardinia Shire Council
- Casey City Council
- Darebin City Council
- Frankston City Council
- Glen Eira City Council
- Greater Dandenong City Council
- Hobsons Bay City Council
- Hume City Council
- Kingston City Council
- Knox City Council
- Manningham City Council
- Maribyrnong City Council
- Maroondah City Council
- Melbourne City Council
- Melton Shire Council
- Monash City Council
- Moonee Valley City Council
- Moreland City Council
- Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
- Nillumbik Shire Council
- Port Phillip City Council
- Stonnington City Council
- Whitehorse City Council
- Whittlesea City Council
Buying Carports that are Strong Enough and Will Last
Living in Melbourne means that you get a wide variety of weather from days of rain, to days of very high temperature. When looking at various carports, you need something that will protect your valuable vehicles and last a long time.
Know the wind region you are in
With carports, the design and strength of the structure is partly dependent on the wind region you are in. In simple terms, you want to know that the carport will still be standing after storm etc. Melbourne is in wind region A (N2 and W33 are other terms used). It is on the low end of the scale, and is a non-cyclonic wind area. However we do find there are certain ‘pockets’ where the council will stipulate the next wind region up, which is Region B or N3 or W41m/s. Whichever level is needed, the design and engineering needs to meet or exceed these standards and be signed off by a registered engineer. For your peace of mind, all of our carports do come with fully compliant and signed site specific engineering.
Using Quality Steel Means Your Carport Will Last Longer
It’s quite simple, when your carport is made from genuine steel from Bluescope Lysaght, you know that the steel has been tested and made to suit Australian conditions. When it comes to colours, Colorbond is the best finish you can get. We also offer the choice of all the colours, not just a limited range.
The Tools You Will Need to Build Your Do It Yourself Carport
You will need some basic tools to make the installation job easier. These include a cordless drill or screw gun, tin snips, tape measure, spirit level, rivet guns and a socket set. Aerial equipment such as ladders, trestles or scissor lift also help. Note: Always put safety first when building. For more information read the article on Tools Needed to Build your Carport.
Once you know what you need and you know where you stand with council approval, it’s time to find the best carport for your situation. As long term specialists in carports, we believe we can help you to find the ideal solution.
Benefits to You With Excalibur Carports
- Almost limitless range of sizes
- Choice of all the Colours
- Coloured Screws as standard for Roof and Trim
- Engineering Included
- Every Part Included
- Made As a True Do It Yourself Kit
- Locally Made Using Australian Steel
- Genuine Colorbond Steel
- Expert Advice and Technical Support
Where are the Carports Made?
The main manufacturing plant for Victoria is in Melbourne, so all the carports are manufactured locally from Australian made Bluescope Lysaght steel. Some companies advertise that they make your product here in Australia. However, this does not mean that they are using Australian steel. As mentioned above, we only use and recommend genuine steel from Bluescope Lysaght. Once all the components are made, everything consolidated and professionally wrapped, ready for delivery.
Every area is covered in and around the city and surrounds. Daily runs are carried out, so once your carport is made and wrapped, it is delivered to your door very soon after that. Site drops are done with both fixed body (tray) trucks as well a semi-trailers. All trucks have crane to unload the steel onto your site. It’s always best if someone is present at the time of delivery to answer any questions from the driver. Below is a list of suburbs that the carports can be delivered to.
Once you receive your carport
After all the steel has been delivered, we encourage you to first check off the bill of materials and make sure everything is there.
Remember, if you have questions during the build, feel free to call us. We are always happy to help.
Advantages of buying Do It Yourself Carport Kits
Carport Kits provide an good way to add value to your property whilst protecting your car, bike, boat, caravan etc. Selecting the most appropriate type of carport for you will make sure you get the utmost added value for your house. From Skillion Carports to Gable, Dutch Gable and Hip Roof Carports, there are carport designs and sizes to suit your particular requirements.
A carport kit is essentially an unassembled carport that can then be put together by you with the help of your friends and family, or you can hire experienced tradesmen or a builder to assemble the kit for you. You’ll save the most money by assembling the carport all by yourself which can help save you hundreds if not 1000s of dollars in the long term.
The least expensive and best method to construct a new carport is to get a steel & colourbond carport kit from Excalibur as we have dealing in these kinds of products for a long time and have the reputation of supplying superior kits. You will find that you can build it in a few days using basic home tools. Carport kits include every part and steel that are required for finishing the assembly work.
Obviously it goes without saying, that carports of all types and sizes enable you to protect vehicles from the elements. Our carport kits usually come in one car or two car designs but we can also do custom carports which are generally longer and wider compared to the average kit.
Excalibur carport kits supply you with the best choices because of the various sizes and shapes as well as diverse colours and alternatives that you have to choose from. Additionally, since these are kits and not pre-assembled or pre-made carports they often tend to be more affordable because the manufacturers do not need to pay for the labor expenses related to constructing it.
The most important advantages of our carport kits are that they are::
Pre-Cut and Punched – you are only spending money on what you need, you don’t need to source each of the components yourself. Moreover it will save on installation time whether it’s a DIY carport project or you are employing a builder for your work.
Engineered – Carports supplied in Melbourne will include the relevant engineering for your unique area within the city, so you know that your carport kit has been developed with the right weather and wind conditions in your mind.
Delivered – There is the major manufacturing plant in Victoria for carports servicing the Melbourne and neighboring areas, and this means extra reductions to you as a result of very small delivery fee available. Once the carport has been delivered to your site, it’s simply a case of checking over the all the parts for correct quantity, length & colour. You’re then ready to start installing.
Each one of these reasons mentioned above represent a big saving of your time and money to you, and purchasing a carport kit has never been easier as it is now.
When placing your order, be aware of the Australian made solutions and products because they are very high quality and straightforward to assemble. We carry a wide array of carports kits from the most reputable Australian brands. Our manufacturers have countless years of expertise in the industry.
We supply your carport to your house in metropolitan areas and many country towns. You can check out the specifics of your town when you go to our quote page. Please browse our wide variety of carport kits and don’t be worried to let us know if you have any queries.
So if you are looking for a supplier of Carports to Melbourne, give us a call or send us an email with what you need and we’ll be happy to help. You can contact us on 1300 011 191 or simply go to the carport quote page and fill in the details.
Keith and Ashley Fraser
Delivery Area for Carports Melbourne – All of Melbourne, Geelong, east to Sale VIC, north to Albury and Wodonga, west to Horsham, and south to Phillip Island.
Pickup direct from the steel depot or branch can also be arranged.
Melbourne Depot Locations:
55 Monash Drive, Dandenong South VIC 3175