There are a few buzzwords that you might hear if you’re considering building a new carport for your Sydney home, and one of them is likely to be ‘low maintenance’. Fair enough, too. With most of us busy and lacking time, the last thing we want to do is spend our weekends working around our homes. So, how can you make sure your new carport is low maintenance?
Building a low maintenance Sydney carport
Before we look at our tips on building a low maintenance carport, it’s a good idea to point out that low maintenance doesn’t mean boring. In fact, there’s no reason why any carport can’t be absolutely stunning, while still requiring very little upkeep.
Having a stylish carport is almost as important as practicality. So, rest-assured you don’t need to compromise on style to win back your weekends.
Here are our tips:
- Perhaps not surprisingly, the most important factor in making sure your Sydney carport is low maintenance is the materials you choose.
- For the structure, steel will be a better choice than timber. Timber is still and always will be a great material, but it does require maintenance to help it stay looking good and ensure its long-lasting. Steel can be used in virtually all structural components of your carport, including the posts, beams, guttering and downpipes. Plus, steel components can come pre-painted, so there’s no need for paint or paintbrushes at all. These days, steel also looks great. From afar or even reasonably close, most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between painted steel and timber.
- For the roofing, steel is perhaps your best choice too. You can choose tiles and this may be your best choice if your home also features tiles. Titles are definitely a low maintenance choice, but steel (e.g. Colorbond roofing) is virtually maintenance free.
- If your carport is to be located in a dark area, you may consider using polycarbonate sheeting for all or part of the roofing and it is a great choice. However, it does require some maintenance to keep it looking its best. Not a lot, but you will need to clean it regularly, perhaps every six to 12 months.
- No one likes cleaning gutters, so when you’re building your carport consider fitting good quality gutter guards.
Low maintenance is not zero maintenance
Even if you do follow all our tips, remember that low maintenance is not necessarily zero maintenance.
For example, it’s a good idea to periodically check all parts of your carport for any issues. Look for things like any damage, rust, dents or flaking paint and fix anything you do notice. This is perhaps more important once your carport gets a little older.
It can also be an excellent idea to clean your carport occasionally, perhaps once a year. This could be by using a little dishwashing detergent in a bucket and giving everything a good wipe down, or even using a pressure washer. Nothing that can’t be done within an hour.
Call Mr Carports
To get started on your new low maintenance Sydney carport, call Mr Carports 1800 557 782. For more information on building a carport in Sydney, see our Sydney branch page.
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