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Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Automobiles and RV's are serious investments that need to be protected. An alternative to the protection of a traditional garage is a unique and economical carport. Carports protect your car from sun damage, hail damage, and heat deterioration. They keep your automobile cool in the summer and clean during seasons when leaves, dirt, snow and rain can alter the finish.

Carports can be built within 1 to 2 days, making it an easy means for protection against costly damages made to your vehicles, boats and other RV's. They are much less expensive to build then a garage and do not require consent from the building department. Also, carports are available in any configuration to fit the needs of any project.

Carports can be attached to your house, your garage, or be free standing. They are typically made from metal or wood. However, you also have the option of constructing a carport that uses vinyl to protect against sun, snow, hail, and rain.

Metal carports are extremely durable and economical. They are available in many colors and sizes. They can be constructed of steel, standard aluminum, and alumawood aluminum (wood texture). The material used will depend on the level of protection you are looking for. Wood is generally more expensive than metal, but it also brings the warm inviting appeal that many homeowners enjoy.

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