Not every home has a garage. About 50% of homes in the UK have one.
The rest may have been built before the car was looked on as an everyday essential or maybe there is just enough space when you take into account the foundations and distance from boundaries required by planners for erecting garages.
Many people have gotten round this by tracking car ports of one type or another. These may be may be cantilevered from a house wall or supported by timber or metal posts and be the results of someone's DIY or maybe a purpose built one.
Often the roofing is corrugated polyethylene which can be treated to be mildew rot resistant and tinted to protect the car from harmful UV rays.
They do not have as long a life as a garage in general but can be a cheap and easy method of giving some basic protection to your car and sheltering the car driver and passengers from the elements when going to and from the car.
They are often adjent to a side or kitchen door and offer a safer and drier environment for unloading.
On the other hand they may be used for storing vehicles that are not used year round.
Maybe your caravan sits under one or you have a boat.These are great enjoyment in the warmer months but can easily deteriorate if left open to the elements.
Mold can develop and leaks go unspotted which soon damages the fabric they are constructed from and even the effect of UV rays can lead to problems you only discover at the start of the next season when you are keen to set off on trips again.
It has to be said that most car ports are functional rather than decorative and can sometimes even be an eyesore.
Whatever is parked under them is no more secure than if it was in the open so a recent trend has been to install roller garage doors.
This creates a semi enclosed area with the added advantage of weather protection, security and safety while enhancing the overall look of your home. As long as there are overhead or upright supports strong enough to hold the doors and opening mechanisms then you can use any kind of garage door. One of the easiest to fit are garage roller doors but you may prefer tradition side hinged doors, or sectional garage doors. Some heavier ones may not be suitable so check that the load is safe before you settle on a particular type.
Although they can not offer all the advantages of a totally enclosed garage this may upgrade your old car port at a very reasonable cost and will certainly add to the curve appeal of your home. Cleverly designed garage doors installations may be very difficult to spot from the real thing but with less of the hassle of erecting from scratch.