If you’re looking to shelter your cars or vans, but don’t want to go to all the trouble of building garages, then you might just find that carports make a great alternative.
This article attempts to provide you some straightforward steps to help you build your own carport. If you would rather have a professional company build it for you, then have a look at www.pergolasrus.com.au/carports-melbourne.
1) Planning Your Carport
Before you do anything else, you need to do some background checking and make sure that what you propose to do, doesn’t impede on any building regulations in your area. You also need to ensure that your carport doesn’t have any adverse effect on any underlying gas, electricty or water lines.
Once you’ve done that, use a cord, along with some pegs to mark out the layout of the carport.
2) Setting Up The Posts
When digging the holes for the posts, you need to make sure that they are at least a foot in width and a foot in depth. The next step is to then mix up your concrete and fill up the holes while placing stirrup brackets in the centre of each hole you’ve added the concrete to. You will need to make sure that you have a three inch allowance between the bottom of the posts and the ground level. Cover up the concrete with a plank of wood to protect it while it sets for 2 days.
3) Planning Out The Roof System
You need to measure how high up you’d like to place the roof, so to do this, get a string line. Once you’ve measured the heights, you can get rid of any section of post you dont’ need. You must also make sure that the roof is slanted to ensure any rain water drains off instead of collecting in one place and causing you problems.
4) All About The Bearing Beams
You need to cut a beam to the correct length of the intended carport. Then go ahead and make sure you use bolts to connect the bearing beam to the rebates. Use coach bolts (4 and a half inches).
If you’re looking to attach the carport to your property, you’ll need to measure up another load-bearing beam, making sure it’s parallel to the first one. If you have a wooden wall, you’ll need to use coach screws, if it’s masonry, then it’s best to use dynabolts instead.
5) Installing The Rafters
You will now need to count up the number of rafters you’ll need and then proceed to attach them in-between the load bearing beams making sure to space them apart with a gap of around 3 feet or so.
6) Final Step Of Attaching Your Roof
Now all you have to do is measure your roof size, cut it up and pop it on top of the rafters you’ve set up previously using roof screws. Again, make sure you affix the roof at a gentle slope to drain away any unwanted rain water.
This article is provided by Pergolas R Us who help Melbourne residents with any custom building projects such as verandahs (www.pergolasrus.com.au/pergolas-verandahs-melbourne), carports, garages, pergolas, patios and more. Give the a call to find out more about how they might help you with your custom outdoor building project.