If you’re thinking about designing and building a new carport for your Adelaide home but the best location on your block is a bit on the dark side, here’s some news that will please you. There are some things that you can do to brighten up your carport and most of them don’t require significant effort or cost.
Space helps increase light in a carport
If lack of natural light is a concern, the last thing you want to do is build a low carport. This will reduce the light that can enter your carport and make it feel that much darker. A better option is to increase the height to let light in and provide a feel of more space, even if your carport is wedged between your home and a fence.
If your carport will be freestanding you won’t have any problems adding extra height, but what if you want it up against your home? There are several potential ways to increase the space under your Adelaide carport in this instance:
- If you’re home features high ceilings you may be able to still attach the carport roof to the fascia.
- If this is too low or you still want extra height, special attachments called roof extenda brackets can be used. These brackets clamp to your home’s roof and provide an attachment for the carport roof. This raises your carport roof well above the level of your fascia.
- A curved roof can also add extra space in your carport. They don’t necessarily suit all styles of homes, but can add wow factor in some cases.
- Other roof styles also increase the height inside the roof line of carport, providing you don’t install a ceiling. For example, a gable roof, which is a roof with two sections sloping up from the sides to meet at the top.
Choose ‘light’ roofing options
Another excellent way to increase the natural light that can penetrate a dark carport is to use polycarbonate roofing sheets. Polycarbonate roofing is transparent, lightweight, strong and incredibly resistant to impacts. It’s also available in a range of profiles and shades to suit your style.
If you’d prefer not to use polycarbonate for the entire roofing, that’s fine as it combines very well with metal roofing sheets. Another interesting point is that you can even curve polycarbonate roofing, so you’ll have more light and space in your carport.
Choose colours wisely
If your carport is likely to be dark, the last thing you want to do is use dark, heavy paint colours. Choosing the right colours can help to make the inside of your carport feel more spacious and light. This doesn’t mean you necessarily have to choose white or creams.
Paint specialists Dulux recommend:
- Pale shades of grey and blue to help walls to recede.
- Yellows to provide a bright, sunny hue.
- Choose a glossy finish to help reflect light.
- If you’re going to have a ceiling, avoid dark colours. White is safe but you can choose pale tones too.
Add lights to your new Adelaide carport
This may seem a bit obvious, but it’s worth stating: if your carport is going to be a bit on the dark side, add some lighting. This is particularly important if you’re planning a new carport as you can integrate the lights during the design and build. This will provide best results and look pretty fancy too. Lighting will also help with security and can include a sensor to reduce power use.
Mr Carports for your new Adelaide carport
If you’re considering a new carport for your Adelaide home, give Mr Carports a call on 1800 557 782 or take a look at Adelaide carports page.