Why You Should Invest in a Carport or Garage

Far too many individuals are leaving one of their biggest investments exposed to the elements for long periods of time, allowing extreme temperatures and inclement weather such as rain, snow, and hail — as well as animals and tree branches or other debris — to damage it. 

When the time comes to resell this major investment, that minimal daily damage caused by outdoor storage suddenly shows up, often resulting in hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost resale value.

The best way to protect your vehicle against these issues is by sheltering it in a carport or garage, but many individuals don’t have easy access to these shelters. 

If you’re currently parking your car outside, and don’t have the right amount of storage space or a carport or garage connected to your home, you should consider alternatives to protect your investment in your vehicle, and reduce the likelihood of costly wear and tear.

Here are some reasons why investing in a tensioned fabric carport or portable garage from WeatherPort® Shelter Systems is the right move for people who park their cars outside.

Portable Carports Are Cost-Effective

Unlike a traditional garage, pole barn, or a metal shed, tension fabric carports are often considered temporary buildings, meaning you may not need a building permit to put one up on your property. We recommend that you contact your local city or state building or planning department to determine if a tensioned fabric structure could be used to quickly create a garage structure.

Because most can be put together in a single afternoon, even if you hire a contractor to assemble the carport, the expense incurred will be minimal. For a fraction of the cost of a garage, you can protect one vehicle (or more) from the potential ravages of outdoor storage and harsh weather in just about any setting, urban or rural. 

Whether you need seasonal shelter for your RV or protection for your classic motorcycle, WeatherPort has a carport or garage to meet your needs at a competitive price.

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No Expertise Is Required to Install a Portable Carport

Most of our carports come in easy-to-construct, ready-to-go kits that include everything you’re going to need, precut and sized, with the exception of a few hand tools. 

You don’t need an electrician or an engineer to help you put it together like you would for a newly built garage or an addition to an existing garage. The ability to follow simple directions and the physical ability to lift and move the component pieces are all that is required for you to put together a carport to protect your vehicle from environmental deterioration.

All of our tensioned membrane structures are easy to rapidly install on any level surface, with or without foundations. With less site preparation needed compared to wood, steel buildings, or brick-and-mortar structures, WeatherPort carports and garages offer quicker build times and lower construction costs.

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Car Entry Won’t Be a Hassle 

There’s nothing worse than climbing into a vehicle with a dark paint color on a hot day after it has been sitting out in the sun for a few hours. You can feel like you’re being roasted alive. 

Of course, if it’s winter, you’ll probably have frozen fingers before you can scrape all the accumulated ice and snow off the exterior of your vehicle, to say nothing of the snow that inevitably falls inside onto your seat when you reach in to grab your ice brush. Even if it’s only raining, you can end up with a wet seat in a matter of seconds. 

Why deal with the misery of numb fingers, a wet seat, or intolerable heat for your whole commute? By protecting your vehicle from the elements, you will need less time getting ready each day, and your commute will be more comfortable as well!

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Portable Carports Move With You 

There’s a reason they’re called portable! 

If you’re renting, the lack of a garage doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker for an otherwise lovely property. While you’d need permission from a landlord to build a garage (to say nothing of the expense incurred for a property you don’t actually own), a portable carport can be a semi-permanent structure. 

When your tenancy at the property is over, you can disassemble the carport and move it with you, wherever you go.

Say Goodbye to Bird Droppings, Hail Dents, Tree Branch Damage, and Other Debris

With a portable garage protecting your vehicle, you won’t have to worry about debris from nearby trees, inclement weather, or migrating birds making a mess of your vehicle. It will still be clean and dry, protected from the elements and other sources of damaging materials.

WeatherPort Carports Are Extremely Versatile

Not only do our tensioned membrane structures offer rapid installation, easy portability, and industry-leading longevity, they’re also incredibly versatile. 

A Jubilee Series structure can be used as a carport one day and be disassembled, moved, and reassembled as an attractive event tent the next, all without the need for special tools or equipment.

Our shelters have personal, commercial, and recreational capabilities for vehicles of any style. Whether you’re looking for motorcycle storage, a winter covering for your RV, or simply want to protect that custom auto restoration, our garages or carports are the perfect solution. They’re designed for both visual appeal and long-lasting durability.

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Customize Your Carport or Garage Exactly the Way You Want It

Our custom garages can be configured with a wide range of options and features, such as doors, windows, skylights, insulation, HVAC, or other ventilation systems, lighting and electrical systems, and partitions to create the perfect garage structure. You can also customize the color and look of your garage or carport, making them perfect for racetracks, go-kart facilities, dealerships, and automotive companies with branding requirements.

Contact WeatherPort Today!

We’ve been designing portable garages and carports since 1968. Made in America, our carports and portable garages set the standard industry-wide for high-quality and reliable fabric structures that offer an unmatched degree of portability.

Garages and carports from WeatherPort® Shelter Systems are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and styles. Nearly every facet of a carport or garage structure from WeatherPort can be customized to meet your unique building needs.

Whether you need storage for your golf cart, tractor, boat, RV, or your car and truck, you need a structure that will stand up against the harshest elements and look great while doing it. WeatherPort carports and portable garages can be the solution to your vehicle storage needs, so give us a call at +1-970-399-5909 or request a quote today.


  1. Baxter-Reply
    October 25, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for bringing up the portability feature of carports, I had no idea they were portable! Are there any maintenance requirements for carports that help them last longer? I’ll definitely be looking more into carports if I need my car protected in the future.

    • WeatherPort-Reply
      October 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Hello Baxter! WeatherPort carports are virtually maintenance free. In addition to the portability, a WeatherPort carport offers the ability to be stored and used seasonally or left up year-round! You’ll find the durability of our carports a great alternative to purchasing and building a metal carport. Contact us (make a link) if you would like to speak with one of our friendly building specialists to customize a carport!

  2. Jenna-Reply
    December 21, 2016 at 10:38 am

    It was great to learn that one can say goodbye to bird droppings with a carport! We live on a farm and we park our car right under a tree that is bird infested. Every morning I come out to my windshield covered! I would imagine one wouldn’t have this problem with a carport!

    • WeatherPort-Reply
      December 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Sorry to hear about your bird dropping problem Jenna! WeatherPort carports have been protecting people’s vehicles from sun, snow, rain, ice, and bird droppings for nearly 50 years, so give us a call if you want us to help you out.

  3. Taylor H.-Reply
    April 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    This is a great building product for carports and portable garages! I’m thinking about getting a carport installed so I can store and protect my extra car during the winter.

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