There’s nothing more frustrating than finally starting your next DIY home renovation project, only to realize that you need to make yet another trip to the hardware store because you forgot just one key material.
And preparing to build a secure carport for protecting your vehicles is no different.
Thankfully, no matter what your DIY skills look like, you don’t have to waste your precious time on endless store trips when it comes time to start building your carport.
Today, we’re breaking down everything that should be in your DIY carport base kit, so that you can jump-start your next project knowing that all your bases are covered.
1. Land Clearing Equipment
Before you can assemble your carport, you’ll need to make sure that the land you’re building on is completely free from any debris, such as tree limbs or large rocks, that could potentially disrupt the foundation of your carport.
To do this, you’ll need basic land clearing equipment that can help you remove any hazardous items with as little manpower as possible.
A few examples of proper equipment include a rake, shovel, brush mowers, or even a small excavator, depending on how much material needs to be cleared.
2. Beams, Rafters, And Frame Materials
No matter what type of carport your plan on building, you’ll need a high-quality framework that can be customized to meet your needs.
In most cases, you can achieve this using durable lumber materials that have been approved for all weather conditions and are priced affordably for every budget.
But if you plan on a steel frame as the body of your car carport, you might have to spend extra resources on properly measured metal materials.
3. Roof Panels
Determining the roof style of your carport is something you should consider before your purchase a single piece of equipment for your project.
Once you’ve picked out your roofing materials, it’s important that you measure and cut the roof panels to match the size of your carport. You can do this using our own metal cutting gear or ordering custom panels from your material supplier of choice.
4. Basic Building Tools
Of course, no project is possible without a set of essential construction tools.
For a DIY carport kit, you’ll want to have on hand…
- Large power drill
- Protective gloves
- Heavy-duty hammer or mallet
- High-quality saw for trimming
- Power auger or hole digger
With these must-haves, you’ll be ready to have your carport installed in record time.
5. Concrete Mix
In order to safely secure your carport posts, you’ll want to use a premium-grade concrete mix to keep your posts firmly in place, even in harsh weather conditions.
To mix your concrete blend on your own, you can purchase a pre-made concrete blend that you can prepare in a concrete-safe bucket, and then transport to your post holes in a wheelbarrow or another storage device.
This will make it simple and easy to solidify your post holes for a durable carport built to last.
6. Carport Base
While it can be tempting to use a cheaper carport base like dirt or gravel, these materials are not designed to last over the long term and can be easily eroded away over time.
Instead, we recommend using a high-quality GeoCell carport base that has been custom-tailored to support large vehicles, even as an RV carport and prevent erosion, all with one simple installation.
GeoCell carport bases typically come as interlocking panels that can be easily trimmed to fit your space and feature easy-to-follow installation instructions that take the stress out of laying the foundation for your carport base.
7. Base Connectors
Another benefit that comes with opting to use a GeoCell carport base is the connectors that are included to secure your foundation.
And while you’ll still need plenty of screws and nails to secure your roof panels, beams, and rafters, having a built-in set of connectors for your carport case saves money and time during the installation process, since these connectors can be quickly hammered into place.
8. Infill Materials
Finally, with the foundation of your carport installed, it’s time to select your infill materials.
If you’re using a GeoCell carport base, you’ll find that these foundations are compatible with a wide variety of potential infill materials, so that you have the freedom to pick a base that matches your style and budget.
The most common carport infill materials include…
- Angular crushed gravel
- Natural dirt or clay
Ready To Build Your DIY Carport Kit?
At Backyard Bases, we’re committed to making the carport installation process as stress-free and seamless as possible. Each and every one of our premium GeoCell carport base kits includes…
- Ultra-durable GeoCell panels
- Secure GeoCell clips
- GeoCell caps
- Strong rebar stakes
- Simple installation instructions
Most importantly, our DIY carport kits are affordably priced for every budget, so you can build the carport of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Give us a call at (888)-897-2224 to order your custom carport base kit today.