Are you reluctant to buy an expensive car because you do not own a garage where you could park it safely?
If yes, you are not alone! There are tons of people who do not have the luxury of a garage. While it may not be an issue for some, the majority of car owners would prefer to have a sheltered space; even more so if they live in an area that is prone to heavy rainfall or snowfall.
Buying or building a garage may be impossible, but getting a carport is not! A carport is a free-standing, roofed structure that can offer much-needed protection for vehicles from extreme weather conditions.
There are hundreds of carports available in the market. We don’t want you to go through the annoying experience of finding a needle in a haystack. So we have listed 13 of the best options you should consider, followed by an informative buyers’ guide.
- Best Carports
- ShelterLogic Peak Style AutoShelter
- Arrow Carport
- Abba Patio Heavy Duty Carport Canopy
- Palram Vitoria 5000 Carport & Patio Cover
- Caravan Canopy Domain Carport
- Quictent Heavy Duty Carport Gazebo with Windows
- Abba Patio Outdoor Carport with Steel Legs
- King Canopy Universal White Carport
- Ikuby All-Weather Foldable Carport
- ShelterLogic Barn Shelter
- Palram Verona 5000 Carport
- Abba Patio Heavy Duty Carport with Removable Side Panels
- ShelterLogic SuperMax Heavy Duty Carport
- Carport Buyers’ Guide
We have used each of these recommendations extensively to gain a clear understanding of their pros and cons.
Without further ado, let’s dive into all the details you need!
The numero uno spot on our list of best carports goes to the Peak Style AutoShelter from the renowned ShelterLogic brand. This is not the only ShelterLogic product on this list, but it is the best (in our humble opinion). After all, a carport with side panels that go all the way down to the ground isn’t very common!
- DURABLE FRAME: Made from an all-steel metal 10 x...
- MADE TO LAST: Bonded with a premium powder-coated...
It took two of us about eight hours to assemble this carport. It can be a bit tricky sometimes, but if you follow the instructions carefully, you should be able to DIY without paying for professional help. The ratchet-tite cover tensioning system is advertised to ensure a drum-tight cover, but clearly, it isn’t flawless.
Despite being careful about measuring and tightening every mount and support, we noticed that the top panels started sagging in a couple of spots. These spots accumulated some snow in the winters. The dry and light snow was carried away by the wind, but we had to step in to push up and slide off the wet and heavy snow.
Other than this small snag, we found this carport to be an absolute masterpiece! The all-steel frame and the 5-foot, five-rib spacing make it extremely durable. We especially liked the Easy Slide Cross Rail system, which helps lock down the cover and allows continuous cover tightening. Lastly, the sandstone-colored polyethylene cover is UV-resistant and 100% waterproof.
The second spot on this list of recommendations goes to the Arrow Carport. It is perhaps the most versatile carport out there. You can choose from three width sizes (10’, 12’, and 20’) and almost a score of length sizes (ranging from 15’ to 100’). It is available in two colors – charcoal and eggshell.
- Built to Last: Featuring a 2 inch square tube...
- All-Weather, All-Season: Protect your vehicle or...
We purchased the Arrow Carport after seeing extremely positive reviews on the official ShelterLogic site. It was delivered quickly, and installation was a breeze! You will appreciate the distinctly marked parts and easy-to-follow instructions. We suggest that you do not go at it alone though (it took two of us one long day to install it).
Being an all-steel carport, it is a bit expensive. We purchased the 10’ x 20’ Eggshell variant for our two sedans. We especially liked the durable build of the carport. And its top-notch painted galvanized steel is powder-coated, making it rust and corrosion-resistant.
We have been using it for two years and found no significant downside yet. You will find it to be adequate shelter for your cars against heavy rainfall and snowfall. It can withstand winds up to 100 MPH fast and snow loads of 35 PSF.
You need not worry about the durability of this carport, as it comes equipped with a 2-inch square tube frame. Moreover, the 12-inch overhang from the roof provides extra protection for your cars.
After the top two spots going to ShelterLogic products, it is time to switch to another exceptional brand. This next carport bears the brand name of Abba Patio. It is a standard canopy-style carport, measuring 20 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 9.5 feet high. You can choose from two colors – white and beige.
- Uv protection - the durable 300 denier Oxford...
- Heavy duty 1-1/2-inch diameter white powder coated...
The first thing you need to know about the Heavy Duty Carport Canopy from Abba Patio is that it is unbelievably easy to assemble. It took us around one hour to get it up, including unboxing the parts and reading the instructions, which are as simple as they could possibly be!
One of the key highlights of the canopy is that it is made from double polyethylene fabric that is UV-resistant and 100% waterproof. So you can rest assured that it will protect your car from rain, wind, and snow.
We especially liked how easy it was to disassemble the carport and pack it for traveling. It is easily one of the most portable carports on this list. The only shortcoming we observed about this beautiful carport was the subpar quality of its ground anchors. We recommend that you get better ground anchors to ensure uncompromised stability and long-lasting performance.
The peak of the canopy is 9.5 feet high, while the sides are 6.5 feet high. Compared to the majority of other polyethylene carports, this is a big positive!
The next carport we have picked for you comes from the reputed brand of Palram. The Vitoria 5000 Carport & Patio Cover is easily one of the most durable and user-friendly options you will find on this list. It measures 10 feet wide, 16 feet long, and 8 feet high.
- Stylish and durable Carport to protect your car or...
- 197" length x 114.5" width x 94.5" height
Straight off the bat, the Vitoria 5000 Carport is very easy to install. We faced no hassle with the assembly, thanks to the clear instructions and quality parts. However, you will need another pair of hands when you want to install its legs. Someone will have to stand on a ladder and hold one end of the unit high enough to attach the legs.
We especially liked the top-notch polycarbonate roof panels on this carport. It offers 100% protection from harmful UV rays and keeps your car cool during hot summer days. Moreover, its built-in rain gutters help keep its surroundings dry during rainfall.
The durable structure of this carport features an anthracite powder-coated, rust-resistant aluminum frame coupled with galvanized steel connectors. You’ll appreciate the thoughtful inclusion of anchoring and foot-pads.
If you want to get a carport that does not have the conventional tent-shaped design, the stylish Vitoria 5000 is the perfect option. It looks great with nearly all kinds of house exteriors.
The next carport we have handpicked for you comes from the reputed brand of Caravan Canopy. The Domain Carport is a bestseller on Amazon and is available in two colors – white and black. We were a bit confused after seeing mixed reviews but decided to give it a try, and we weren’t disappointed!
- 【WARRANTY】1. Lifetime Free Replacement for...
- 【Heavy Duty White Powder Coated Tube】37mm...
The first thing to note about the Domain Carport from Caravan Canopy is its extremely reasonable price. We were slightly skeptical about its quality right after seeing its price. It is the best bargain you will find when it comes to carports!
But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for! Do not expect this carport to withstand harsh winds or heavy rainfall. We recommend this carport to anybody who does not have to put up with extreme weather conditions where they live. It was fairly straightforward to assemble this carport.
Getting to the specifications, this carport features a steel frame with a 1.375-inch diameter and six legs. The cover is made of a heat-sealed, waterproof polyethylene material that is UV-treated inside and out. We especially liked its peak height of 8 feet and 9 inches, which is more than most of the other options on this list.
If you are looking for a Carport that looks and functions somewhat like a gazebo, go for the 10’ x 20’ Heavy Duty Carport Gazebo from the reputed brand of Quictent. It is available in a serene white color. You can choose from four height variants – 8.6’, 8.7’, 9.1’, and 9.2’.
- 【WARRANTY】1. Lifetime Free Replacement for...
- 【Removable Sidewall】2 removable sidewalls with...
After quite a bit of thinking and reading mixed reviews, we decided to place an order for this gazebo-style carport from Quictent. The first impression matters, and it was a resoundingly positive one for us. It arrived neatly packed in two large boxes. The wooden brackets in the boxes eliminated the chances of any shipping damage to the steel poles.
You will get a steel frame, a top cover, necessary assembly parts, two sidewalls with windows, and two front/back doors in the boxes. Assembling it is a two-person job that could take around two days on average.
We especially liked this carport because it is much more than that – it can be used as a party tent. Each sidewall has three large windows that let in light. However, these windows do not open, so you will have to keep the front or back door (or both) open shall you choose to have a party in it.
It is made of UV-resistant, waterproof polyurethane material. And its heavy-duty steel frame is rust and corrosion-resistant.
We are halfway through with our recommendations, and it’s time to introduce the second Abba Patio Carport we have shortlisted. It is the tallest option on this list and perhaps in the market too. It has a white polyethylene canopy with a 9.5-feet peak height.
- Tough triple-layer UV woven polyethylene top,...
- Heavy duty 1-1/2-inch diameter white powder coated...
We wanted to get a carport that would conveniently house our large SUV truck, hatchback car, boat, and surfboard. Since we use the SUV, boat, and surfboard only in the summers, we wanted to keep them stacked in the rear end with the more frequently used hatchback in the front. But the biggest challenge was finding a carport tall enough for us.
One of our friends told us to check the 10’ x 20’ Outdoor Carport from Abba Patio, and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise! With a peak height of around 9.5 feet, we were able to conveniently stack and keep the seasonal, space-taking items in the back.
The assembly was a bit of a hassle because we could not find the instruction manual in the package. After wasting some time looking for it, we found it online, and it took about three hours to get this thing up. We especially liked the installed foot-pads with the rust and corrosion-resistant frame.
The next carport on this list comes from the reputed brand of King Canopy. It is one of the most affordable options we could find. It is available in three colors – white, tan, and green. You can expect it to have everything that a standard polyethylene carport has.
- 6-Leg Design
- 180 gem White Drawstring Cover
We weren’t looking for a fancy or extremely durable carport because the primary purpose of getting one was to prevent our car from getting extremely hot during the summers. So we wanted to buy a reasonable carport that would be used seasonally. And the Universal White Carport from King Canopy was the best bet!
Assembling it was not difficult; it took two of us around three hours to get it up. The size of this carport tends to be a bit of a gift as well as a curse. The peak of the canopy is almost nine feet tall, which is more than most of the other options we have reviewed. However, each of the six posts is about six feet tall.
You may not be able to park a large, rectangular vehicle under this carport because of its short poles. But other than that, we don’t think you should face any significant issues with this carport.
Do not correlate its low price with its quality – it is an excellent product. However, it’s not meant to last as long as some of the other (much higher priced) options. The posts are made of 20-gauge steel, which is lighter than nearly all the other recommendations on this list.
If you are looking for a small, portable carport, this Ikuby product will fit the bill perfectly! The All-Weather Foldable Carport features a unique shell design, which can be closed completely to shelter your vehicle from all sides. It acts more like a retractable, foldable, portable, car garage that can easily be moved.
- Super Sturdy structure, carport weight 170 lbs....
- Durable 600 D oxford fabric with PU coating,...
For those of you who want to park a small car safely but do not own a garage, this exceptional carport from Ikuby comes to the rescue! We bought it for our C5 Corvette, and it did not disappoint one bit.
Installation can be a bit tricky because the instructions are not the best. So we recommend that you do not install it alone. Unlike most of the recommendations on this list, this carport cover has a sturdy, polyurethane-coated 600D Oxford fabric. You can rest assured that your car will be protected from the sun, wind, rain, and snow.
Although it is foldable and retractable, it weighs around 170 lbs. It should come as no surprise though, given its folding steel frame. We wish it had a more durable build and did not use powder-coated, mild steel that can rust over time. Also, it is quite expensive for a small carport.
Essentially, you end up paying a premium for its unique, modern design.
After the top two spots on this list, we are back with a ShelterLogic carport. The Barn Shelter is available in six size variants and two color options – green and grey. It is one of the few carports that comes with side panels that go all the way down to the ground, which offers more protection for your vehicle.
- Made of all steel DuPont thermoset baked on powder...
- ShelterLogic's patent pending ShelterLock...
We purchased the 12 feet by 24 feet variant in green color. The instructions were not up to the mark, and it took two of us almost an entire day to assemble it, which is much more than the advertised 2-3 hours assembly time. So the first impression of this carport wasn’t exactly favorable.
However, once we managed to assemble it, we could not find much to complain about. It looks sturdy and rightly so! The all-steel frame and commercial-grade, UV-treated polyethylene fabric ensures that your car is safe even in extreme weather conditions.
We especially liked the thoughtful inclusion of universal footplates that ensure a robust connection of the frame to the ground anchors. You will not face any problems with the cover as the Ratchet-tite tension system ensures that it is taught and smooth.
Overall, this is one of the best large carports you can find today.
Most of the recommendations on this list have been canopy-style carports because it is a popular choice among buyers. However, this next pick from Palram stands apart from the competition. It is available in three size options, and you can opt for a flat or an arched roof.
- Stylish and durable Carport to protect your car or...
- 196.9" length x 117.1" width x 85.8" height
We bought the 16 feet by 10 feet variant of the Verona 5000 Carport. It is quite similar to the Vitoria 5000 we reviewed earlier. Assembling it isn’t as easy as it is for canopy-style, polyethylene carports. It took an entire day for the two of us to get it standing upright safely.
You will appreciate the heavy-duty aluminum frame that is coated with a rust-resistant, anthracite powder. That, coupled with its galvanized steel connectors, offers unparalleled durability. It does require a robust and level surface to be installed.
We especially liked the virtually unbreakable polycarbonate panels. These bronze-tinted twin-wall panels can withstand inclement weather and are shatter-resistant. Moreover, the thoughtful inclusion of anchoring and foot-pads is a definite win-win!
The built-in gutter heads ensure that there is no flooding around your car in the case of heavy rainfall. To cut a long story short, the Verona 5000 Carport is a premium option, ideal for those of you who have a more lavish budget.
The penultimate recommendation on this list is the Heavy Duty Carport from Abba Patio. What sets this option apart from the rest is the fact that it comes with removable side panels. You can effectively use it as a carport or a gazebo, depending on the requirements.
- Made with polyethylene top cover, UV-resistant,...
- Two detachable zipper doors can be easily removed...
We were looking for a large gazebo/carport when one of our friends recommended this beauty from Abba Patio. It measures 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, which meets our needs perfectly. It took us around three hours to assemble it. The instructions were as clear as they could possibly be, and all the parts locked together easily.
We strongly recommend that you get another set of anchors. Because the one included with this carport is not durable enough to hold it down if there’s a strong wind. Other than that, you won’t have to fret over anything when it comes to this carport.
The detachable zipper doors at the front, and the back can be quickly removed. We especially liked how easily collapsible this carport is. When it comes to durability, it features a 1.5-inch diameter steel frame and a waterproof, UV-resistant polyethylene top cover.
The final recommendation on this comprehensive list is yet another top-notch product from the reputed brand of ShelterLogic. The SuperMax Heavy Duty Carport is available in eight different size variants. It is as good as (if not better than) any polyethylene carport you will find in the market. So what makes it tick?
- Easy-to-install swedged frame is constructed of...
- Premium powder coat finish protects frame from...
We ordered the 12’ x 20’ Canopy-style variant of this carport. On delivery, we noticed that the box was slightly damaged. It might have been because the parts are quite heavy. We were relieved to see that none of the components had sustained significant damage, just minor scratches here and there.
It took two of us a little over four hours to assemble it. The instructions are relatively straightforward, and the installation video on the purchase page of the website helps a lot, so make sure you do not skip watching it.
The 12’ width gave us the option to park our sedan and ATV side-by-side. However, we advise you to tread with caution if you are going to park more than one vehicle horizontally. You do not want to accidentally take out one of the poles and bring the entire structure down on top of your cars.
We especially liked the polyethylene cover, which is UV-resistant and 100% waterproof.
Carport Buyers’ Guide
Now that you have looked at the 13 best carports available in the market, it is time to narrow it down to just one. We generically ranked these recommendations, so the first carport on the list may not be the ideal option for many of you.
This informative guide will tell you the determining factors to be considered for choosing the best carport for your needs. We have divided it into two parts – types and features.
Types of Carports
Steel and Aluminum
Steel and aluminum materials make for a heavy-duty carport, which commands a high price. You need to go for one of these carports if you plan to park your vehicle in a densely wooded area. The additional bucks you will spend to get this carport will pay off if your car escapes unscathed from a falling tree branch.
At a glance
- More expensive.
- More durable.
- Not portable.
- Ideal for wooded areas.
Carports made of poly materials are more reasonable, hence more popular. These carports do the needful in terms of protecting from rain and snow. But they are not as durable as steel and aluminum carports, making them incapable of withstanding a falling tree branch. It is an excellent option for anybody looking for a budget-friendly, portable carport.
At a glance
- More affordable.
- Exceptional portability.
- Less durable.
- Ideal for non-wooded areas.
Features of a Carport
Perhaps the most crucial determinant of which carport to buy is its size. You want to buy a carport that can accommodate the vehicles you need to keep under a shelter. Also, it should fit where you want to assemble it.
Carports come in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Most options have a width of 10 feet, but the length and height differ.
Durability is one of the most vital features for an optimal carport. You want to buy a carport that will stand the test of time as well as adverse weather conditions. The materials of the frame and the roof/cover determine the durability of a carport. While all carports have a more or less sturdy frame made of steel or aluminum, the roof panels can vary considerably.
Here’s a list of the different materials you can find on a carport roof, going from most durable to least durable:
- Steel & aluminum
You won’t find a hell-and-heaven difference among the three poly materials. While polyethylene is stiffer than polyurethane, it is not more durable. If steel & aluminum carports exceed your budget, go for polycarbonate or polyurethane rather than polyethylene.
Having said that, if you want a reasonable carport that will be used in an area that does not get too much rain and snow, a polyethylene carport will get the job done.
Another aspect of durability that you should look into is the frame of the carport. Some of the recommendations on our list feature eight legs, while others six or four. Go for a carport that has more legs and a thick steel frame.
An optimal carport will be capable of protecting itself and your vehicle. You should go for a heavy-duty steel and aluminum frame that is powder-coated to make it rust and corrosion-resistant.
If you are looking for a canopy-style carport, the cover should be 100% waterproof and UV-treated inside and out. If a carport does not provide top-notch protection, it is a definite deal-breaker.
There is no denying that a carport comes nowhere close to a garage in terms of security and protection. But the utility it provides as a basic shelter for cars cannot be overlooked!
We have included a wide range of carports in this guide – tall, affordable, durable, versatile. And so on. And our buyers’ guide lists out all the factors that should help you select the best option that meets your needs and falls within your budget.
Till next time!