Should You Convert Your Carport?

May 19, 2022

If you reside in a warm climate, then building a carport for your precious vehicle would be ideal. However, carports are in minute usage in cold climates. Though the garage is more useful and secure than a carport, carports are very cheap to build. To enhance the security of your vehicle, you might want to consider converting your carport to a garage.

Since the carport has no walls or openings, the conversion into a garage is extremely easy and inexpensive. However, before you embark on the process, it is important to check with regulators around your municipality for approval and get the required permits for the process. Hang the permit in a place it is visible, like a window before starting the project.

Steps in Converting a Carport into a Garage

The process of carport converting will entail a few steps. The first step is to get a professional to do the planning. The expert will help in drawing the overall layout to include the openings. Second, the process of converting your carport to a garage will entail preparation that includes digging and laying a foundation.

The third step is the erection of the walls with frames of 2 by 6’s and a center-to-center space of 16 inches. The wall foundation plate is made from pressure-treated wood and is usually covered with polyethylene paper. The fourth step in converting your carport into a garage is the installation of windows and doors by following the instructions in the manufacturer manual of the products you are using.

The fifth step is to build the garage door. Before embarking on the door, it is important to ensure that the threshold of where the garage door is sloped enough to allow proper drainage of rainwater. The sixth step is to ensure that insulation is done to avoid heat loss. The last step is to embark on the exterior finishes. It is important to make sure that your converted carport resembles the exterior of your house. This can be achieved by using the same color of siding and roofing as your house.

Cost Involved

The cost of converting a carport to a garage is dependent on the size of the garage. For a 14 by 24 foot space that approximately measures 280 square feet and enough to park one vehicle, inclusive of the labor of the contractor, the cost ranges from $8,000 to $10,000. Transforming an existing carport to a garage of the same size will cost around $9,000 and $13,000, depending on the exterior finish.

Final Thought

With the current fluctuations of the weather conditions, one needs to have a secure garage for your vehicle, and a carport to garage conversion may fit the bill. At ABC Awning Company we’ve got you covered. We will advise you and give you a quote for our services. Visit us at 3703 Broadway St Houston, TX 77017 or contact David Jones at (713)645-4281. You can also visit our website today.

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