A carport is an affordable alternative to building an enclosed garage. In fact, building a carport can be half the cost of a fully enclosed garage, and having a pergola designed by professionals for this purpose makes the carport a more attractive addition to your home. Pergola carports are aesthetically pleasing and may improve the value of your home while adding functionality.
Pergola Carport Cost Breakdown
Construction work for your new stylish pergola carport will include various tasks, which have associated costs for materials and labor. Your contractor will be able to breakdown the costs for each item but understanding it beforehand may help.
The general costs include:
- Site excavation and preparation
- Installing concrete foundations and slabs
- Installing wood framing
- Installing electricity if requested
- Painting or staining
- Miscellaneous materials
Prices for each section can vary depending on location and materials used.
5 Steps to Get an Estimate for Your Pergola Carport
Before getting a quote from a pergola construction company, you should do a little research for your carport project. You will want to make sure you are following local regulations, and that the project will work for your property.
1. Research Local Regulations
Before deciding to have a carport installed, you need to check with your local zoning and planning commission and your HOA (homeowner association), if applicable, to find out if it is allowed. Your city may restrict the size of your potential pergola carport, or it may have regulations that will determine where the carport may be built. You can call your local zoning commission to see what rules you must follow, or you may be able to find your city’s zoning ordinances online. A good carport contractor can help you through this process and will be familiar with local building ordinances.
2. Determine Location
Your carport should be easily accessed from the entry of your home and your driveway. You will need to pick a relatively level area where the carport is protected from the wind, ensuring that it will remain sturdy for its lifetime.
3. Determine Carport Size
Before determining the size of your future pergola carport, you will want to decide how many vehicles you would like to cover. A typical car is about 9 feet by 16 feet, and you will want to add a few feet for walkways, about 2 or 3 feet. This means a minimum of about 12 feet by 20 feet may be required.
For additional cars, you will need a wider pergola covering. Of course, the larger your pergola carport is, the higher the cost will be. Size may also be determined by location and relation to your home.
4. Decide on a Finish
Cedar pergola carports showcase a natural and classic wood appearance. The materials may be stained to match other wood elements on your house, or they may be painted to match the trim. You will want to decide how you want it to look before contacting your contractor for a quote.
5. Design Add-Ons
Pergola carports are typically constructed with wood beams that are set into foundations and with a concrete slab for parking. Ask your pergola carport construction company about additional finishing features for the custom design, including latticework or climbing vines.
Call a Trusted Pergola Carport Contractor to Get a Quote Now
Nortex Fence & Patio of Dallas, Texas has been designing and building custom pergolas for more than 20 years. You can trust our experienced master craftsmen to work efficiently and safely. You can check out our website for photos from previous projects, which may be useful for dreaming up pergola carport ideas for your home.
Call us at 972-382-7800 to determine your new pergola carport cost, or contact us online to schedule a free estimate.