1. "Does the price for the Carport include shipping, anchoring and installation within the normal service area?"
Yes, Yes and Yes Again! The specific prices for carports include anchoring, shipping and installation on your level site within our normal service area. Keep in mind we do our absolute best to keep the prices that are contained in the pages of our website current and the best in your area. In some instances you may find a company who is quoting a cheaper price, please get a detailed description of the building they are quoting you in writing and we can usually meet or beat the price. Usually in these cases, the structure was quoted without features that are recommended to design a building that is going to last. This is why we require a written quote to be able to compare prices and design to make sure we are comparing apples to apples.
2. The second most frequently asked question about the installation of your Structure, "How long before my Carport or Metal Building is installed?"
Usually installed in 2-4 weeks, but can be as quick as 1 week or in remote areas up to 8 weeks. What makes us different from the competition is our years of experience. We know who will best service your area for delivery, price, and warranty.
3. Can I have my Carport built to a custom size in width and length, I don't see the size I need!
Yes. For example, you may need a carport or building that is 10' wide x 23' long. We will make it that size. To determine the cost it would be the exact same cost as the next larger standard size unit. So, for this example a 10’ wide x 23’ long would be the same cost as a 12' wide x 26' long structure. This example would apply in every circumstance.
4. Does a color choice add to the cost of my Carport and what do you have to choose from?
No, you may choose any of our 12 different colors.You may choose one color for the roof, a different color for the trim, a different color for the sides and if a gable end is desired in a different color for it at no additional charge. You may also choose to make all of the colors the same on your structure; it's your choice.
5. Can I buy the materials or kit and assemble it myself?
Yes, in some cases. Just deduct 5% from the prices. All materials will be delivered to your home. You cannot pick up materials under any circumstances. No assembly instructions are provided. There is no warranty on Do it yourself kits and 5% is not that signification of a savings when you consider your time and effort, we do not recommend this option.
6. Do I have to pay sales tax for my Car Canopy?
Yes, Tax is determined by your local area City and/or County and State. Keep in mind we only collect tax we do not charge it. If you are purchasing for the federal government, state government, have a farm or agricultural exemption or have a sales tax exemption number and are willing to sign a sales tax exemption form you can eliminate the tax on your purchase. You will need to provide proper documentation when purchasing.
7. What factors may add to the cost of the Carport?
These are some of the unusual factors that may add to the cost of your building:
a. If the building/structure is to be installed over an existing structure ,there is an additional charge of $100-$200.00 Dollars
b. Trip charges will apply outside of normal service area and may apply toward outer edges of service area. Ask your dealer about details if you have any questions.
c. Installation on an un-level area from 4"-9", additional labor charge of $150.
d. Installation on a boat dock, additional labor charge of $200 and the dock must be dry-docked there will be no installation over water.
e. Installation on an elevated retaining wall - fees assessed on a case-by-case basis (photos required)
f. If materials have to be carried over 50 feet to the installation site additional fees will apply, typically $50
Keep in mind that the aforementioned additional fees are unusual and very likely will be unnecessary in your normal circumstances.
8. Is there a discount if I purchase more than one Auto Cover?
Yes, in most cases we will give you a “Dealer Discount”. This discount is not provided by the companies we represent, but by us the dealer.
9. What is the warranty for our Metal Carports?
14-gauge carports come with a 30-day workmanship warranty, and in some states, a 20 yr rust through warranty on the frame and sheet metal assuming normal care and maintenance.
12-gauge carports come with a 30-day workmanship warranty and 20-year warranty against rust through on the frame and sheet metal, assuming normal care and maintenance.
Assuming normal care and maintenance and the 30-day workmanship warranty. Keep in mind these are the exact same warranties that all the manufactures provide with just a few differences ask us for details.
10. What is the gauge and size of the metal frame and sheet metal?
14 gauge galvanized steel square tube frame; square measures 2 1/2"x 2 1/2"
12 gauge galvanized steel square tube frame; square measures 2 1/4"x 2 1/4"
29 gauge steel R-panels in 12 different colors.
11. What if my ground is not level?
Normal installations allow for the ground to be 3-4 inches out of level. If ground is more than 4" out of level, we likely will have to trim the legs to fit the contour of the ground. Carports can typically be assembled if ground is out of level from the highest point to the lowest point 4"-9" with additional fees. Carports will not be assembled if the ground is more than 9" out of level from the highest point to the lowest point.
12. What can I do if my ground is more than 9" out of level?
You can always dig out or use blocks, timbers or piers to level up the base rail.
13. Do I need a permit?
You may, depending on your local zoning regulations. It is up to you to determine and obtain any permits. We as the company do not require that your have one. Please inform us if you will be pulling a permit or if inspections are necessary. We will need to price the carport to match your local requirements and in most cases will add an additional cost to the standard price. We also offer some units that are engineered and certified for your area at no additional cost, ask you salesperson for details. SPECIAL NOTE: All buildings in Florida “DO REQUIRE” a permit and must be obtained before construction will start. We can assist you with this process; we have a specially trained staff for Florida buildings YOU WILL NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE US WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS AS TO WIND ZONE.
14. What if I want to enclose the whole carport?
Superior Outdoor Structures can build partially enclosed or fully enclosed structures. See below for questions that pertain to garages, workshops, barns, combo buildings and such.
15. What if I want to just get a carport now, and later on have installers come back and put sides on to make a garage? Is that possible?
Yes that is no problem. There would just be an additional return trip fee plus the cost of the options you were having installed at a later date. Keep in mind when doing this you will need to plan for the future when it comes to height of the building to accommodate doors.
16. How tall does this need to be to cover my motor home or camper?
The number one mistake people make is they get them too tall for RV's. If you were in the pouring rain with an umbrella in your hand, would you hold the umbrella as high as you could or hold it down close to your head for added protection from the elements?... Even the tallest RV's on the market today are 12'6" tall to the top of the A/C .It is up to you to tell us the height that you require but we know that in all cases your travel trailer or 5th wheel will fit under our tallest unit with 12’ legs. All carports have two heights to consider; the leg height and the peak height. We specialize in RV Covers, give us a call and we can help you determine the length of the legs to best suit your needs.
17. Can the Carport be attached to my home/garage/other structure?
No, we do not attach the units to any existing structures. With that being said, it is possible to be attached, but this is something you will have to do yourself.
18. Who installs my structure?
Factory trained installation teams deliver the materials and assemble the structure immediately upon arrival in your area.
19. Can you install on a boat dock?
We will only install on a stationary dock. We will not, under any circumstances, install a carport on a floating boat dock. We must be able to back a truck and trailer up to the boat dock without carrying materials over 50 feet or up/down steps. Installation on a boat dock will assess additional fees.
20. What width carport is good for 2 cars?
Most people prefer a carport width of at least 20' wide for 2 cars, although some report that 18' wide is sufficient. Keep this in mind when ordering that your basic parking lot strips are 9’ feet apart.
22. Do I need to do any site preparation?
Remove anything out of the way that would impede the progress of the installation. Clearly mark the four corners of the buildings location and level the spot if necessary.
23. How many braces are included?
All carports come standard with peak braces and a minimum of 4 corner braces. In some states, units come standard with braces on all legs. Some locations will require leg braces on all bows in which case they are standard in these situations.
It is recommended that on all structures 8’ tall and higher that braces be installed on all legs, 9’ and taller requiring 3’ or longer.
24. What is the difference between 14 and 12 gauge framing?
Both are galvanized steel. However, the wall thickness of the 12 gauge framing is 3 hundredths of an inch thicker and in most cases only required when heavy snow loads are encountered or taller legs are installed in high wind zones.
25. What is the roof pitch on my carport?
Most regular style, the roof pitch is approximately 3:12.
Most box eve styles, the roof pitch is approximately 4:12.
26. What is the post spacing?
For 12' to 24' wide carports the post are spaced no more than every 5' apart and in some locations 4’ apart.
For 26' to 30' wide carports the post are spaced no more than every 4’ in most cases they are 3’ 6”.
27. Can I have this installed on a wood floor or deck?
Yes. You will be required to facilitate the mounting of the unit to the substrate by providing fastening materials like bolts and screws in such cases.
28. Is the Box Eve style or the Regular style stronger?
There is no difference in strength. The Vertical style is the strongest.
29. How long does it take to assemble?
Carports can take anywhere from 1 - 8 hours to assemble depending on the options that were ordered.
30. How tall will my gable end be?
The bottom of the gable end is typically the same height as the legs.
31. How close can I put this Carport to another structure, building or fence?
There is no hard and fast rule. However, keep in mind that there will have to be enough room for the installers to attach the sheet metal to the sides with their screw guns and set their ladders for taller structures.
32. If I order a side panel, how far down the side will it go, or how much coverage would I expect?
Side panels will come down 3' (three feet). So if you order one side panel, you will have three feet of coverage. If you order two side panels, you will have six feet of coverage. Three panels would equal nine feet of coverage.
33. How is my Carport anchored to my concrete slab?
Holes are drilled into your concrete slab. Then wedge anchors are inserted through pre-drilled holes in the base rail of your carport into the holes in the concrete and securely fastened for a secure hold.
34. How is my Carport anchored to asphalt?
32" long anchors are inserted through pre-drilled holes in the base rail. A small hole is made in your asphalt and the anchor is driven into the ground with a sledgehammer under the asphalt.
35. How is my Carport anchored to the ground or dirt?
32" long anchors are inserted through pre-drilled holes in the base rail. The anchors are driven into the ground with a sledgehammer for a secure hold.
36. How is my carport anchored to a wood deck or other wood surface?
Lag bolts are inserted through pre-drilled holes in the carport base rails and screwed down into the wood surface for a secure hold.
39. Can I have the Carport built now on the ground and then pour concrete inside later?
Yes, that is possible but certainly is not recommended. You turn out with a much better floor finish and appearance if the floor is poured ahead of time.
41. What size should I pour the slab?
Pour slab 3/4" wider in width and the same length is recommended but we leave this up to you and your concrete contractor. As an example for a 24' x 40' Carport a slab should be a minimum of 24' 3/4" x 40' long.
42. Should I put anchoring bolts in the slab while I am pouring the slab to make the installation easier? That way they can just put the garage base rails right over my anchor bolts and not have to drill.
Absolutely not! The base rails are pre-drilled during manufacturing and will never line up where you place your bolts. These structures are engineered to have the bolts at specific locations. Therefore, please allow us to drill our own holes in your existing slab where we need them.
44. What type of roofs do you offer on your Carport type covers?
All of our carports are quoted 3 ways 1.) Standard Style (Rounded over look) 2.) Box Eve Style (A-frame Look) and 3.) Vertical Roof, which is far superior to all, Why is it superior? A vertical style roof is far less prone to leak. The roof does not hold water, leaves, pine straw and other debris. It also has a natural ridge vent and a more pleasing appearance. Consider the vertical style roof as your best choice, even though the standard and box eve styles work well depending on your particular use and budget.
45. What are the financial terms to purchase?
Deposit usually paid with a credit card or check is required when purchased. First months payment and security deposit paid when your carport is installed. No credit check!
46. Is financing available?
Yes, we have No Credit Check. Call for details.
47. How do I order?
Give us a call at 1-877-305-4334 and we can place your order over the phone.
48. What happens after I place an order?
Once we receive your signed invoice, the scheduling department will contact you approximately 2-6 days prior to installation. We will not just show up to install your carport. You will get a call to schedule the installation.