Carport versus Garage: Which is better for me?

The great carport versus garage debate has rumbled on for many years. There is a wide range of factors that you need to consider before you embark on either for your vehicle. When it comes to making home decisions, it’s always best to have a list of pros and cons that you can work with. See which are applicable to you, your home and lifestyle and ensure that you make the right decision for you.

After all, your home is your castle. You want to make sure that it looks perfect in every way.

Let’s get to the debate: carport or garage?

Costs

It goes without saying that Softwoods carport kits are going to be cheaper than building a permanent structure. But, you need to consider your usage too. If you don’t use your garage, but you want something to keep your car protected, it may be wise to opt for a carport. But, if the cost is not an issue and you wish to add value to your property, a garage would be sensible. After all, a carport will add no value to your home, whereas a garage will. If you are thinking of selling your property in the future, you will need to think about this carefully.

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Aesthetics

Many think that the garage is a more aesthetically appealing option of the two. Garages can be adorned with lovely door and electric fittings to make the structure look more homely. But, carports come in a wide range of different materials. Wooden carports tend to look nicer when they are adjoined to a property. There are some metal carports that can be sought, but these tend to be for commercial settings. Think about what you prefer the look of. Of course, your budget will play a large factor in this decision-making process.

Functionality

What would you use a garage for? Would it be a storage space, or a place to leave your car? Many people under utilise their garage space and as such, they become akin to junk rooms. If this is the case, start looking at carports. Other people want a garage so that they can extend their home. But, if you want to protect your car, a carport is the sensible choice. You need to think about the functionality of each. If you want space to store your car and your household items, opt for a garage. Thinking about how the space will be used is vital. After all, carports and garages offer very different things when it comes to practical and functional features.

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Planning Permission

Typically, a carport does not require any planning permission. Adding a garage, however, will ensure that you need to speak with your local authority about planning. Some councils and local authorities will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation that you need. Others are less than forthcoming. If you cannot obtain planning permission for permanent structures, the obvious choice is to go for a carport.

So, there you have it. The debate has been untangled. Which option will you go for?

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.