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We list the building dimensions as Width x Length x Height. For example, one of our models is listed as 12x21x5, meaning it is 12 feet wide, 21 feet long, and 5 feet tall. This means that you can fit one standard car in the space provided. Please note that the roof of every structure is always 1′ longer than the base due to 6″ overhang on each end of the roof.

You will need to prepare a space that is large enough for your structure, and to accommodate installation of the carport or metal building. Start by measuring the width of the space to see if you will be able to have a level area large enough. Then measure the length of the space and again make sure that area is level.

The height is defined as the lowest point closest to the sides of the structure. This is the point known as the “eave height” the “leg height” or the “sidewall height.” Make sure when you measure for space that any vehicle or equipment that you plan to store in the carport or metal building is taller than what you plan to store, and to accommodate a garage door at a later date, if one plans to completely enclose the metal building in stages.

Some areas require building permits to install carports or metal buildings. To find out about your local ordinance, please visit the website of your local city or township. There you should be able to see what is required in your community. The majority of areas do not require building permits, but it is still to a customer’s advantage to purchase a certified structure for long term performance of your carport or metal building. It is always best to check with your local government to see if a permit or a certificate of zoning plan approval is necessary before moving forward with the project.

A certified building has been designed by an engineer and has ratings for wind and snow load. Some local ordinances require that you certify any building that you construct. The objective of the building codes is to insure safety and to protect the public. Some states, don’t require buildings to be certified because they may not have to worry about heavy snowfalls and high winds. Certain states require that any new structure constructed be certified. Some require all structures to be inspected, while others only require that occupied structures be inspected prior to people living or working inside. We are able to prepare and install custom metal carports and RV carports to meet the criteria for certification. When preparing your base for your carport or RV carport installation, please be sure that the ground is level and the concrete slab or asphalt slab poured is wide enough to support the carport and anchors. Please note there is no additional warranty on certified buildings. A certified building simply means the building is built to specifications and certified by a professional engineer to meet local building requirements.

If you do need to certify your building, you will likely need a copy of the blueprints for the engineers to review. Please speak with our customer service representatives to learn how to get a copy of the blue prints.

Our most economical option is the 14 gauge steel framing. This is the industry standard, measuring 2 ½” x 2 ½” in diameter.

The lower the gauge, the thicker and stronger the material. Our 12-gauge framing is 2 ¼ ” x 2 ¼” in diameter and has a higher tensile strength that provides higher snow load and wind load ratings. Which is why we recommend the 12-gauge steel for areas with heavy snow and high winds, as well as carports 10’ and taller.

The 14-gauge steel is the industry standard of frame thickness and the most nationally accepted gauge for carport and metal structures. Both gauge options are structurally sound and will allow you to use the metal structure safely. All of our gauge options can be certified, but we can only offer our extended warranty when you select the 12-gauge steel option.

Anchors are one of the most important features! Anchors keep your custom carport or metal building from moving with rough weather. Each soil type has a special anchor that helps to keep the building fastened tightly to the ground.



Asphalt anchors – Asphalt anchors are barbed to keep them secure to the material.

Concrete anchor –When driven into the ground it expands for a more secure anchor.

Mobile home anchor – These anchors have an auger at the end, and are best for attaching structures to soil.

Rebar anchor – Used standard with all surface types except concrete, to secure structures

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