Making Sure Your Carport Can Survive a Storm: 3 Top Tips

Australia often experiences severe weather caused by tropical storms. These storms can cause significant damage to structures such as wooden sheds, fences and carports. However, by taking steps to protect these items, you can make sure that they make it through the next storm unscathed. This article will focus on the steps you can take to protect your carport from high winds and heavy rain.

Use extra poles and support columns

Standard carports are typically constructed using a single pole to support each corner of the rectangular cover. While this may be ideal during fine conditions, these primary supports may not fare very well in stormy conditions. You can address this problem by asking the contractor who constructs the carport to install additional support columns or poles to the design. If you have already built your carport using the basic support poles, you can ask a contractor to carry out this modification to your carport so it is strengthened against high winds.

Add additional anchoring

The best way to keep your carport stable is to sink the poles into a concrete base. However, if it isn't possible to set the poles or support columns in a concrete base, you should consider adding additional anchoring. The easiest way to do this is to place sandbags or stone blocks at the bottom of each support. This will help to stop the poles or columns from sliding around during a tropical storm. However, if you opt for sandbags, you should be aware that they can degrade over time and lose their effectiveness so you will need to check on their condition periodically.

Add a pitched roof

Aside from high winds, another leading cause of carport collapse is heavy rain. When a lot of rain falls in a short period of time, it can collect onto of a flat carport roof. The weight of the water may eventually cause the support columns or poles to collapse or for the roof canopy to fail. You can avoid this problem by asking a construction contractor to install a pitched roof on your carport. A pitched roof will allow water to run off the top of your carport and into the local drains, protecting your car and your carport. However, you should be careful that the roof is not pitched at such an acute angle that it catches the wind like a sail, as any high winds could lift your carport and blow it away. A contractor will be able to advise you on the best pitch for your location.

If you would like further advice, you should contact a contractor today.