There is huge difference between a 12 ga 2"x 2" bent fence post tubing canopy viruses a 6" or 8" high 12 ga C or I beams with fully boxed frame strong carport canopy structure system. There is no comparisons to how these structure will hold up while under any type of stress such as wind or snow and ice loads. 

Wood - Because carports are a outdoor structure we normally use a cedar or a premium wood that has a built in resistance to insects and bugs. Larger wood with longer open spans normally cost more the a metal structure because there has to be larger sized wood building materials we have to be use because we have to span longer open spans between poles. we also have use more materials versa metal product depending on its application. The wood products has to protected and maintained from the weather. With that being said there I nothing nicer then a well build wood structure and some just prefer a rustic type of structure.

In Oklahoma is where the server weather is like no other place on earth. We live in the middle of tornado and hail core ally of the USA. If you do not have a garage structure to park your vehicles within then a carport canopy structure is a necessity to protect your vehicle(s) or RV investment(s).

A carport canopy structure are cheaper to build then a garage but they should not be so cheap that they are under constructed are not fit to be use and is a danger to you or the community. We fight that today because there is a lot of cheap junk that is marketed and sold all over the internet. You don't have to settle for less!

When we say that we custom build carport structures the key word is custom built because we offer a very diverse product offering and we can fabricate these structure out of numerous different buildings supplies. We custom build to fit various different carport applications because there isn't one type, one style, one design type of carport to fit all applications.


Pre-engineered carport canopy designed system has been designed by a manufacture that has been designed and engineered by a independent design constraint firm or a qualified architect as per the span, wind or its load carrying capacity. Building specifications has been calculated and signed off on by a state approved professional engineer. That professional then signed and his seals those documents with his professional seal or stamp of approval. That is a signed engineering documents thatsays that the structure per has been approved and will meet a certain wind and load that may be required by a insurance companies or local authorities having jurisdiction or building permit office. These documents says that if the products is build as designed the structure meets its design standards. The product providers can show a signed engineering design documents that some of the local cities and states now are requiring.  


If project blueprintswith productengineering stamps are needed then there are additional charges for those additional professional services to be provided.        

When your ready to do build then let us know so we can talk carports and what your different options might be when building your carport canopy structure.

Metal (Steel / Aluminum) -Most canopy covering materials are either machined or rolled formed from a flat stock material or it is extruded by forcing the materials though a die to form a its final shaped finished product. Extruded aluminum products are normally thicker then rolled formed products. Most are rolled because the process is more economical priced then the heavy gauged extruded products.

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Truss designed roof -A per designed truss roof is available using metal or wood products. In metal we use red iron or galvanized steel products. Truss designs can be engineered as per the project requirements and then there are non engineered trusses depending on the project requirements.  

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Today we have deal with numerous different local specific building code regulation and requirements and/or engineering criterias requirements that are updated all the time without notice by the local municipalities and are ever changing and much stronger then before.

The larger municipalities normally have some type of
building permits with regulations to what type of carport canopy structure that we may build and most of them do not allow those blow away carports using trailer home anchors to sure them as they can dangerous for the neighborhood and first responders as a whole in a high wind weather storm event. 
It is the customers ultimate responsibility to find out and to know what there local building codes may or may not be. 

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There are engineered and designed carport canopy structures then there are non-engineered carport structures that may not meet any local code requirements.  

Don't waist your time or money with those cheap built and flimsy blow-a-way portable temporary carports. I don't care what they might claim or what there sale pitches might be...

Carports of Oklahoma offer year round protection from snow and ice during winter, and from rains and hail damage during spring as well as the harmful sun's rays and the sizzling hot heat during summer and all the stuff that is falling from the trees in the fall that can damage your vehicle(s) finish.

FYI before you buy: Within the steel industry the lower the gauge of thickness the heavier the panels or pans are. Within the aluminum industry the higher the gauge of thickness are the heavier the panel or pans are. 

Today it is not uncommon to mix different type of building materials within any one canopy structure!

There are two different basic sections of any type of carport canopy structure.

1 - The understructure or the frame and the beams and poles that does the heavy lifting of any type of structure.

Very different types of structures require different frame requirements depending on its size, open spams and design and building requirements.

2 - The "canopy top" or its covering.  

There are different types - Rolled formed metal flat panels - flat pans - W pans - Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) that are available in steel or aluminum offering in different thicknesses and color options. We also offer a thicker commercial grade extruded aluminum end steel covered carport canopy structures as well.  

Engineered or Non-Engineered carport canopy systems ? - A non engineered carport is normally built using various different types of building materials that the builder might go get from a local provider then builds the structure and that does not meet any specific building code or engineering criteria.

Hey carport man!

We are only interested into building a quality carport structure or the long term and adding to your property value versa a temporary and under built and dangerous solution. Those portable type of carports where designed as only a temporary structure mainly to cover some hay out in field from getting wet and not used to cover any expensive vehicle. 

Style -​All carport canopy structures can be in a formed into am attached or a stand-a-lone type of carport canopy structure. Most are attached because of several building savings reasons. If attached the house structure can act as a set of legs. The other might because of insurance purposes. If a canopy is attached it is normally treated different then a stand-a-lone type of outdoor structure.

Single slope design - Flat or shed type of roof design with a single slope. The roofs - slopes may be front to back or side to side.   

Lean too design -
Normally tied to an existing structure that is capable of holding the structure up and acting as a set of it poles. A form of a single sloped design.   

Cantilever type designs -
There are numerous different versions of a cantilever type of canopy structure but the most common is a double cantilever design that has a center type of pole(s)  and then the structure is built of equal sizes on both of it sides. Then there are a single cantilever structure which has larger poles just on one side or end of the canopy structure. Requires larger poles and should be deeper into the ground.

Cable or Hip roof design -Double sloped design with and without end caps and/or a finished ceilings. ​Hip roof design - Double sloped design with a canopy roof hip or a sloped back cable end included. 

​​​​​​Poles & Columns - Are one of the most important part of any canopy structure and is the most overlooked part of the structure.  The poles hold up the other parts of the structure and does the heavy lifting. All canopy structure snow loads and wind loads are connected to the carport structure beams and its poles so were going to talk poles.

"We do not scamp on frame structure and the poles or the beams" They do all of the heavy lifting! 

When the ices and snow loads pile up on top of any canopy it could be a heavy load and any canopy structure would get stressed and with out the use of stronger enough pole the end result is that it could collapse. We also offer a line of decorate aluminum and fiberglass poles that are available for a architectural design options.   

 It is very important for any home owner to be fully aware of what type of building materials are being used to build there carport canopy because I see numerous structures that are built real scratchy at best.   

A Better Construction Co dba Carports of Oklahoma customs designs and builds a variety of high quality different types of carport and RV canopy covering structures for numerous different types of residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Commercial Carports - Carports have become a standard feature on many commercial and multi-family properties, and even those buildings without carports have parking lots with space for them. Carports provide users the benefit of shading cars and protecting cars and people from rain and snow. Carports keep cars cool, reducing the power required to air condition them when they’re started, and reduce sun and hail damage to the car finish. Larger versions of the smaller residential carport canopies. These larger structures can be engineered for certification that might be required by city, state regulations or insurance requirements. By using heavier or larger framing members and poles the extra wind and live loads can be increased as needed. Actual building designed may need to be reviewed by a licensed engineer for local conditions, codes, and requirements. 

A structural engineers are trained to understand. predict and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of a built structures for a building and non-building structure, to develop designs and integrate their designs.

Steel -is stronger then the aluminum materials at the vary same thicknesses and that is a fact. Steel is used in skyscrapers and outdoor environments such a bridges but always will require painting and on going future maintenance.​ We offer some thicker aluminum structures that are equal in performance that do not require any maintenance other then cleaning once in a while. 

Today in a lot of cases steel, aluminum and wood building materials are mixed together to form any one type of structure.

The entry level red iron steel  framing components are used in a lot of covered metal building that are protected from the weather. Steel is strong but it is a furious material and has iron within it so any type of moister even humidity in contact with the steel can cause the steel member to start to surface rust. Carports are a outdoor building structure that are exposed to the weather and its moister. Over 65% percent humidity is like spraying water on the exposed steel. So the steel providers coat the (black in color) steel members with a red oxide shop finish that is just a primer coating protect the steel framing members from rusting until there are sold to the end user.

Much like our vehicles painted and polished finish the premiered coating of the red iron steel is just a "temporary" coating and is not a middle nor final paint coating finish. A final finish should always be applied. The red iron steel should be painted to protected it from the outdoor weather environments to maintain its appearance in the long run or it going to start to rust.

Solar Carports -  Today and because these thin-film flexible modules they can be installed over low-load-capacity roofs that prove challenging for conventional crystalline panels and rack systems because the roofs can’t support the added weight. Today’s flexible modules use a factory-applied butyl-based self-adhesive tape Installed with this simple peel-and-stick adhesive, flexible modules become an integrated part of the roof system and have the same wind uplift and seismic performance characteristics of the roof system itself. From an installer perspective, without racks to assemble, ballast to carry and place, or leak-causing roof penetrations, peel-and-stick thin-film modules are the simplest, fastest and lowest labor cost rooftop solar solution.

Adding onto an existing roof structure - A carport canopy structure can be built into or onto most existing roof structure. But your existing roof structure may not have built to handle any additional load of a additional add on. It is always best to have a more detailed and professional plan when adding onto any existing roof structure. An architectural engineered should be consulted to make sure that the existing structure is able to handle the additional loads of any added structure. Most of the time there are extra internal frame bracing that might be required to add any additional weight to any existing framing structure. It is always best to remove some of the roof decking and cladding to be able to tie directly into the frame of an existing structure as opposed to cutting corners and taking risks.    

Each and every carport project stands on it own and is unique onto itself and there are no two types canopies that are just a like!

Rolled Formed Flat Panelsthat are 36 inches wide -  Numerous different types of profiles of the multi-ridded rolled panels(different from a flat pans that are 12 inched wide) are used as a cladding materials for canopy structure. Most flat panels are the very same panels used to build metal buildings that are formed from a coated sheet steel that are available in different thicknesses and 14 different color options. Different product provider offer various different product profile and thicknesses. NOT ALL PANELS ARE THE SAME...

Metal -(steel and aluminum) always has an advantage to any wood product when used within an outdoor environment because of its life span and its strength. The metal materials are stronger which allows us to span much longer and wider open spans between beams. When protected wood is not effected by moisture and decay and termites like the wood product might be. Heavy gauged metal allows for much shallow roof pitch designs as apposed to wood products and you don't have to use near as much building materials when using the metal building materials.  

​​​​​​​​​Framing Materials -Much like our skeleton in our bodies the frame of a carport structure is what holds any structure together and does the heavy lifting.

Types -Wood - Wood truss, Engineered Wood and Wood composites.  Metal - Red Iron or Structural Steel, Galvanized Steel, Aluminum, Fiberglass are all used to build any one type of canopy structure.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rolled formed Pans -Flat Pans or W- Pans

are a rolled formed type of building material used to cover canopy structures. The big difference between the two pan systems is what you see when you look up! With the W pan you see a corrugated type of shape ceiling. With the Flat pan your see a flat ceiling. These pans are formed pans out of metal (steel or aluminum) from a flat stock material available in various different thicknesses and color options that is ran though a bending machine that has a series of roller and forms the pans to it final shapes and cut to its final length. These pans and are joined and interlocked together to make a solid type of clean and modern canopy structure. Roll formed valance and gutters adds an attractive finishing detail for aesthetic appeal. Built-in roll formed gutter assures quick rainwater run-off to protect the integrity of any structure. These 8" or 12" inch x 3 inch high pan shapes are available 7 different pan colors and 9 different gutter trim colors that you may choose from. You can also combine any color of pans to any color of guttering and make a two tone color canopy top. Note: There are difference thickness available in these different type of canopy pans and that these pans can be ran with a steel or aluminum flat stock. Made entirely out of aluminum, including the support systems, they are superior to wood, iron, steel, and metal covers

There are economical grade (.019 or a upgraded 032 refers to the thickness of the aluminum or 26 gauged steel pans. The pans can be boxed on one end to help prevent water from blowing into the wall header frame or we can use a full perimeter guttering system.  Stamped aluminum leaf guard snaps into end of pan at gutter, helps to prevent leaves from building up in its built in guttering system.

A insulator pan system allows for single ply carport canopy material to be retrofitted with a foam core insulation and top covering panel that can be added during the installation process. The Insulator Pan System adds energy efficiency while adding protecting the lower pans and also does not allow the heat transfer though the pans. Much like the SIP panel carport panels below.   

We do not market nor sell any type of those fake flimsy so called "portable" or tempory carport cover structure because most of the time we can offer a custom carport structure that is far more superior. We call them "blow-a-way carports" because that is what happens when the winds come swiping down the southern planes as those light weight things turn into flying UFOs they can do a lot of damage to your and neighbors property while blowing down the street.

Extruded Aluminum Pans-are used within a commercial type of "heavy duty" applications. Extruded means that the aluminum was forced though a die to cerate the formed pans. Schools normally will use these types pans for there Bus Stop area and there walkway canopies as they are considered to be a lifetime. They are also great for used as a RV canopy that is needs to be higher up in the winds. Pans range from .080 to .125 which is 1/8 thick.  

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Unfortunate before the steel is purchased most of the steel members has been left outside in a steel mill yard before being transported to a local steel providers sales yard and sometime the building member are already starting to surface rust when we pick them up from the providers location. They might use a penetrating oil on the steel members to wipe the surface rust off until the products are sold. So all red iron need to be protected or it could become a "rust bucket" within a short period of time.

Wood -Wood framing run deep within our roots and we are ole framers from way back. All wood products should be used for the purpose of which is intended and when using wood within an outdoor environment you have to be commented to protecting and preserving the wood from the weather or it is going to turn a ugly dull gray color and not look very good within a just a couple of seasons. Wood unlike metal also has a limited life span especially when used within a outdoor use.  With that being said there is nothing like the look, feel and the small of a rustic outdoor cedar outdoor carport structure.


Structural Insulated Panels (SIP)  -Foam core panels - Insulated Panels are pressure laminated composites of baked, polyester-coated steel or aluminum coil sheets that have been roll formed, and computer cut and routed expanded polystyrene foam (EPS). These elements are laminated under pressure with an adhesive to produce a panel having structural and insulated properties. SIPs are great for any type of outdoor canopy structure and have been used within the sunroom and cold storage industry for several years but is now becoming more main stream framing panels of today.

SIPs are the newest and most advanced form of framing methods as apposed to the traditional stick or metal framing methods.

SIP panels are available in 2 -12 inch panels thicknesses with different - steel, aluminum or a OSB wood cladding and different colors and cladding type options. The canopy top covering as a whole wall or a roof structural panel in itself are unlike the traditional stick framing disciplines the SIPs is a whole structural panel in itself. Think of it as if we just framed a wall with 2x4 studs then added a super insulation, then cladded the exterior and the interior walls all in one building panel. 

Insulated patio cover roof panels are great for energy efficiency, and are extremely rugged in design, supporting up to 72 lbs. per sq. foot. The insulated foam panels can dramatically reduce the temperature underneath the cover. SIPs are vary strong they do not require as much understructure framing like traditional stick framing methods would require. 


The exterior cladding of the SIPs are available in a 26ga steel or a various thicknesses or a .030 cladding options. Today we also blur the lines by using a 4 inch SIP panel that is cladded with a OSB plywood so we can nail the shingles onto the exterior SIP panel surface. 

The SIPs offers advantages over any single ply rolled formed carport canopies when used within a hail prone areas. If there are hail dinged on top of the SIPs you won't see the dings from the button side of the panels. The SIPs canopies are much quieter and you don't hear that pinging noise that you might hear during a heavy rain or hail storm event. They are superior in the thermal blocking and reflecting any heat transfer though the Sips in the heat of the summer.

Canopy Coverings Materials -There are various and numerous different type of different styles of canopy coverings that are available in different thicknesses and different types of profiles.Different manufactures offer there own unique and different custom rolled panel and pan designs that are real common today. So it is important to know where your building materials originated from in the first place.Just in case...

Types of Carport Structures - Carports are a form of a large "canopy" structures and are used for numerous other and different types of applications such as break area pavilions, foyer entry way, product storage covers, side walk coverings all designed to protect people and/or materials from the weather.

Good wind and seismic performance engineering is vary important to any carport structure design !

​Each carport application may have different building specifications and use different building materials depending on the carports design requirements and

its size as well as its open span requirements and

what types of building materials are to be used

within any one carport application. Remember that all building materials has it limits to how they should be used. If you exceed the building materials limits the structure could fail while under stress. The stress can come from many forms but normally come from wind and snow loads. Snow load refers to the amount of "snow and ice" weight per sq ft that a building's roof is able to support.

When dealing with a larger clear open span without the use of center poles you must use a building material that is engineered and designed for the purpose it is intended. ​​The larger the canopy the larger and heavier the beams and poles must be as that is what is doing the heavy lifting of the canopy above.

Price -We know that price is important to everyone and is a lot more complicated then just saying so much per square foot as each structure may require more or different materials then another which would effect the overall project price. There are way to  many building variables and options to consider in a canopy design before we can come to the final price. It is not like concrete that is the same price all the time! Each and every structure must stand on its own merits and they can not be thrown into a ball park figure as per price per squire foot or the estimate is going to be way off. Carports of Oklahoma only bids each and every job after visiting and meeting with each customer(s) at the job site as we must have a meeting of the minds going forward. Let us know what you have in mind and what you want your carport to look like.


We offer heavy gauged galvanized steel that has been galvanized coating process to keep the string steel framing members from rusting. The galvanization process is additional costing process that the red steel framing members has been put though and seal the steel member from rusting. The galvanized products looks much like a chain link fence and it has a bright silver color and can be trimmed out and covered. This can make a good looking low maintenance carport canopy structure and is preferred over just using exposed red iron steel framing members.      

Post & Beam Structure -Most any types of a carport canopy structure is a form of a post and beam type of structure. All posts should be secured to a approved concrete pear or in some cases it may be securely attached to an existing slab surface. With larger posts and beams structures there are longer and wider open areas. There are limits to any type of building materials of how far they may safely span. Note not all poles are the same. The more secure the structure poles are the stronger the structure may be. Using larger size poles allows for longer span between poles on a average height structure.

The taller any structure might be the more updraft winds the structure is going to receive under it, so the heavier and stronger the structure and its canopy covering should be built.  

An RV owners canopy requirements that is 14 ft up in the air.  The canopy under structure should be heavier and stronger then a standard 8-10 foot height canopy requirements just because of the wind / snow loads the structure may experience. In Oklahoma we can experience some real strong wind loads during one of high wind events so it is always best to over build then to under build any structure.

Carport Trim - Add carport canopy trim options - There are various different trim options that are available for different types of types of canopies.

Metal / Steel Bent Trim -Various and different type of steel coil in bent into form to shape various canopy and pole trim is used to trim out any type of metal carport structure. There are different trim pieces used to hip, valley, and ridges and side and front trim pieces. water guttering, scoops and down spout's also can be added.



Prevent unfinished steel from rusting: We also offer painting and/or powder coating services for new building materials before they are installed for additional service charges. In some cases the customers are willing to there own painting and we can work with that.

​​Santa-Fe Trim - Is a aluminum type false pergola ends trim option is also popular trim option for the canopy top with four different false pergola canopy trim on a rolled formed or a SIP panel canopy. There is a Santa-Fe trim option for the canopy top and or the poles and beam set as well.