If you want to protect your car from the weather without adding a garage, a carport is going to seem like a natural choice. That said, you'll still need to think long and hard about the material you use; there are plenty of options available, but the most fundamental choice is between timber and metal.
While metal is less expensive and does have its advantages, timber carports should still be strongly considered. Here are just four good reasons why timber carports beat metal ones.
1. Ease of Construction
Firstly, wooden carports are a lot easier to construct than metal carports. Wood is much lighter than metal, so it's easier to work with. It's also significantly softer and therefore easier to cut, shape and join. Granted, you probably won't be putting the carport together yourself, but going for the more convenient material is going to hurry up construction.
2. Ease of Repairs
Just as wood's softness makes it easier to work with than metal, it also ensures that repairs are easier. You can cut away sections of wood or replace any damaged sections without much fuss, and those replaced parts will soon weather to blend in with the rest of the structure.
Timber carports offer a wide range of practical benefits, and yet most people are sold on looks alone. Timber is a natural material that has been used for centuries, and it still hasn't lost its appeal. Adding a timber carport to your home should increase its curb appeal, and wooden structures are also more likely to blend in with the overall design of your home. Timber also offers plenty of flexibility. In stark contrast, metal carports look a little industrial, and they offer little flexibility.
People will tell you that metal is more durable than timber, and they're absolutely right. There's a reason why tanks and airplanes tend to be made from metal instead of wood. However, timber carports can still last a lot longer than metal ones. As stated above, they are a lot easier to repair. You can also keep them looking their best by refinishing the wood every year or so. Better yet, timber tends to look more distinguished as it ages and weathers. Metal just looks shabbier and shabbier, so you might find that a metal carport constructed today becomes an eyesore in need of replacement after just a few years.