Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) -Foam core 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.
Colors of aluminum cladded SIPs are stocked locally in a white or Ivory color panel up to 24 ft long. These panels can be trimmed out with the same colors or with the additional Bronze or a Sandstone colors.
SIPs are the newest and most advanced form of framing methods as apposed to the traditional stick or metal framing methods that most are use to.
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. Sips stay warmer in the winter & cooler in the summer.
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 are 15 time more airtight then stick framing and reduce the heat transfer coming though the panel by 97 percent and can dramatically reduce the temperature underneath the canopy 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 far superior in the thermal blocking and reflecting any heat transfer though the SIP's in the heat of the summer.
Metal - Ferrous Metals - such as steel always contain Iron within them. They have small amounts of other metals or elements added, to give the metal required properties. Ferrous Metals are magnetic and give little resistance to corrosion.
Non - Ferrous Metals - do not contain Iron, and are not magnetic and are usually more resistant to corrosion than ferrous metals. Some examples of Non-Ferrous Metals we are: Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys, Copper, Brass, Lead, Zinc
and Stainless Steel. Metal 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 /wider open spans between poles. 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 such as using setting metal trusses on a 4 ft OC wide setting versa the wood product might require us to be at a 12" or 16" inch OC settings. That facts are we can have a larger open spans between the building materials with metal products over and wood product with a much lower pitch design which we are always limited within a add on type of building application.
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High Quality Custom Built Carport Canopies
Don't waist your time or money with those cheap built and flimsy portable or temporary carports.
I don't care what they might claim or what there sale pitches might be. Call us before you purchase anything.
We offer Oklahoma made "rolled formed" building products that are custom formed to specifications, sizes and colors by the only local custom roll form mill that are located in Oklahoma.
Buy made in Oklahoma (MIO) building products made for Oklahomans and our neighbors as well.
A stand-a-lone 24 ft x 24 ft that is butted up to the house but not attached to it. All aluminum single slopped design 12"x3" rolled formed flat pan style carport canopy structure using 3 - 7 inch .125 or 1/8 thick extruded aluminum I- beams that are bronze in color and 6 - 4 inch 1/8 inch thick extruded aluminum poles gray in color. Three of the six canopy poles are cored drilled into the driveway and the others are into a cement pears into the ground. This large 2-1/2 car carport is engineered to meet up higher wind loads and up 140 mph wind loads.
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This is a 24'ft x 24'ft attached oversized 2-1/2 cars wide 8" inch high 14 gauged pained steel full boxed framed C -beam and purlin carport structure to accommodate a larger truck and car as well as a side walk to the front of the house and there porch area. These customers has had a carport in there past that one made a lot noise every time the wind blew which is most of the time in Oklahoma so they didn't want to hear any noise from this carport structure. These customers wanted something that was better build and solid. Built on the S.W side of OKC. The customer pained the metal structure.
This is a standard size 2 - car 20'ft x 20'ft attached 14ga 6" inch galvanized steel C beam full boxed frame carport with side and front bent formed canopy trim with matching painted 3"x3" lock seam poles and with the 26 gauge low rib profile steel canopy top and finished side and front trim built in MWC, OK.
There are two different basic sections of any type of carport canopy structure.
1 - The understructure or the frame of the structure with its beams and poles of the structure that does all the heavy lifting.
With every different structure it may require different frame requirements depending on its size, open spams and design and building requirements. Every different city or municipality has there own unique building requirements.
2 - The "canopy top" or its covering.
There are different types of canopy coverings - Sheet metal -Rolled formed metal flat panels - Flat pans or W pans - Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) that are available in steel, aluminum or OSB wood panel offering in different thicknesses and there different color options. We also offer a thicker commercial grade extruded aluminum end steel covered carport canopy structures as well.
A very rustic looking cedar wood 20 x 24 ft attached cable style roof design carport structure with a completed and finished out underside inside roof. The cedar wood is finished and sealed to keep the structure looking great. Built in N.W. OKC near NW 50 th & Portland Ave
Actual building designed may need to be reviewed by a licensed engineer, City or Town code enforcement official for local code requirements. Each and every municipality has there own set of rules and regulations known as codes requirements and of them all are subject to change without notice.
Engineered or Non-Engineered carport canopy systems ? - A non engineered carport is normally built using various different building materials and by a builder using various different type of building materials
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We are only interested into building a high quality permanent carport structures for the long term. This will add to your property value versa a temporary and under built and dangerous solution. Those portable type of canopies carports were only designed as only a temporary structure and mainly to cover some hay out in field from getting wet and not used to cover any type of expensive vehicle and they are not getting any cheaper.
An attached oversized 2-1/2 car 24' ft x 20' ft rolled formed 12" wide x 3 inch high aluminum 12"x3" flat pan with 3- 10-inch extruded .125 1'8 thick aluminum C-beams and 6- 3" inch lock seam steel poles. All white in color. Built near Shawnee, OK to protect their new vehicle.
Fiberglassframing components - is the new kid on the block andoffers the ultimate in canopy component structural pultrusion FRP building products have a superior long-term resistance to chemical corrosion, salt water or rusting or the term weathering. Like the extruded aluminum building materials are pulled though a die to form its final shapes which is called a pultruding process. These final pultruded products will not rust, rot, scale or mildew and can be finished and painted. The fiberglass building products offer the strongest building products with lowest live loads and is not normally effected by hail damage that the metal products can be. The availability of the fiberglass building products are limited and they are considered to be special application product mainly because of the cost of these products at this day in time.
Style -refer to what type of top canopy design. (i.e. flat top, cable roof, lean too, and so on.
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 but just attached from the side of the canopy.
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 the heavier the poles and the larger the beams are the stronger carport canopy system your going to have. Poles has to support the structure (Live load) and any additional added weight such as rain water, snow and ice.
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.
An 300" ft x 40 ft huge 60 car C Beam and Purlin carport canopy structure with a steel 26 ga metal covering. Frame has been welded together and painted. Poles are a 10 ga steel and all of them are into cement pears.
I spent two hours under this carport canopy structure during the wicked El Reno tornado event in 2015 that came across the OKC area with some very strong high winds and a lot of large big hail. It is a 60 car trued and tested carport canopy built to last in N.W. OKC
Extruded aluminum framing components- It is a fact that aluminum is not a strong as steel at the vary same thicknesses. But we always use a heavier, thicker product so it can equal to or strong to any steel building. The "extruded aluminum" beams will never rust are finished so you do not have to paint them. Plus the building components have a much liter weight known as live load to began with then using the any steel products. all wind and snow loads has to be considered when building any type of structure. The big advantageis that the aluminum building products will never ever rust. No matter if they finished painted or not. So the aluminum is the preferred building product materials used within most types of outdoor applications such as out door furniture and so on and so fourth. Most all aluminum building materials are available as a painted and finished product today so like with any finished building product but they just cost a little more then a unfinished building materials. A fully finished aluminum carports canopy structure will look good today without any future maintenance issues and the same in twenty years. A .125 or 1/8 inch thick extruded aluminum framing components is equal to 20 gauge thickness of steel product.
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 structures because we see numerous structures that are built real scratchy at best. When the winds blow or the ice and snow falls is when any canopy structure is going to stressed and be put to the test.
A Better Construction Co dba Carports of Oklahoma customs designs and builds a variety of high quality canopies made from different types of building materials. ABC builds all types of carports and RV canopy covering structures for 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 the weather. 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.
On the other hand a structural engineers is trained to understand. predict and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of a built structures for a building structure, to develop designs and integrate their designs.
A Engineered canopy system is designed by an engineer that is licensed within the build state only. That structure is designed, stamped and approved to meet all local and state building codes requirements within only the State that the engineer in licensed within.All design specs may very from state to state and local building code requirements change from one city municipality to another.
Steel -is stronger then aluminum building materials at the vary same thicknesses, that is a fact. Steel is used in skyscrapers and outdoor environments such a bridges but always require surface prep and painting and on going maintenance such as painting or coating services. Structured steel is available in numerous different building products shapes and sizes that are available in different thicknesses or gauges and are normally sold in 10, 20, 25 or 30 ft lengths with or without different protective coatings. The raw steel is black in color but is normally sold with a quick surface shop primer red coating or a upgraded primer coatings. An additional coating process would be a galvanized, painting or powder coating services to protect the steel metal.
The entry level red iron steelframing 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 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 coat finish that is just a primer coating protect the steel framing members from rusting until there are sold to the end user. It is suggested that all primer coated materials be prepared for paint ASAP especially in a outdoor use. The furious metal is going to rust over time and the better the primer, intermediate and finish coatings the metal building components have applied to them the longer they will keep from rusting. Do your research on metal surface preparation.
This is an attached 20 ft x 20 ft carport canopy structure that we used 12" inch wide x 3" inch high aluminum flat pan canopy that is supported by using 2- 7" inch .125 aluminum extruded beams and 3 inch lock seam steel painted poles with two of the poles in the ground and two are attached to the cement driveway. Built in NW OKC near N.W. 36th and May Ave.
Carport Canopy Coverings Materials -
There are various and numerous different type of different styles of canopy structure covering that are available in various different thicknesses and different profile types.
Numerous different product providers offers there own unique product customdesigned rolled panels and pan designs that are unique to that one product provider and to that one manufacture only. It is important to know where your building materials originated from in the first place because rarely can the different building products be mixed or matched.
Carports of OK doesnot market nor sell any type of those fake cheap or flimsy so called "portable" or temporary 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 and they just fly away while doing damage to your and neighbors property.
Metal (Steel / Aluminum) - Most canopy covering materials are a machined rolled into shape or formed from a steel or aluminum flat stock coil material that are available in numerous different thicknesses and color options or it is formed by forcing the materials though a series of roller to form its shape. Most are rolled because the process is more economical priced product other then the heavy gauged extruded products that is formed by forcing the material though a die to form its shape. There are limits to how thick of a building materials can be rolled into there final shapes and designs and is limited by the machine that forms it.
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Much like our vehicles that are painted and polished for a nice 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 painted finish should always be applied to any metal surface. The red iron steel should be painted to protected it from the outdoor weather environments to maintain its appearance.
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.
Carport canopy 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 or formed 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.
An standard 2-car 20 ft x 20 ft attached 26ga steel single slopped design flat pans style using standard 7"-inch .125 thick extruded aluminum beams and 4 - 3 inch lock seam steel poles. The full perimeter structural guttering systems and its downspouts are a .050 or 18 ga 7" inch rolled aluminum system. This all white in color was built in N.W. OKC near Britton & Penn.
Do you have any insurance company or a local city or town code requirement that requires a engineered type of carport structure to be built ???
Pre-engineered carport canopy designed system has been designed by a manufacture provider that has been designed and engineered by a independent design consultant firm or a qualified architect as per the span, wind or its dead and live load carrying capacity. Building specifications has been calculated and signed off on by a State approved professional design engineer. This type of engineered canopy may be required by a insurance companies or a local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) or local building permit office. These product documents says that he structure meets its stated design standards. The product provider can show a signed engineering design documents that some of the local cities now are requiring this type of structure to be built.
Adding onto a existing roof structure- A carport canopy structure can be built into or onto most existing roof structure. But the existing roof structure may not have been built or designed to handle any additional added weight or live load of a new add on structure. 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 weight 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 and just attaching to the roof or just laying the add-on structure on top of the existing roof structure. There are different construction trade disciplines needed such as roofing, framing and painting. At ABC we are professional framers by trade ca handle any type pf add -on structure.
Carports of Oklahoma offers real carport canopy solutions for year round protection from snow and ice during winter season and from rain and hail damage during spring season. Also from the harmful sun's rays and the sizzling hot heat during summer season as well as from the all of the stuff that can fall from the trees in the fall season that can damage or ruin your vehicles finish.Get year round protection !
An attached 20 ft x 20 ft attacked 26 gauged steel flat pan canopy over 2 - .125 or 1/8" inch aluminum beams and 4" inch aluminum poles that are into the ground. Built in Moore OK and to exceed there 125 mph wind load building requirements. This structure is engineered to handle up to 140 mph wind loads with its oversized pole and beams. Near SE 104th & Eastern Ave
We also offer the heavy gauged galvanized steel that has been galvanized coating process to keep the steel framing members from rusting. The galvanization process is additional finish process that the steel framing members has been put though a seal process and keeps the steel framing member from rusting. The galvanized products looks much like a new chain link fence and it has a bright silver color and can be trimmed out and covered. This can make a good looking strong low maintenance carport canopy structure and is preferred over just using exposed red iron or red steel framing members.
Unfortunate before most of the steel products are 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 they are picked up from the steel providers location. So 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 huge "rust bucket" within a short period of time.
Truss designed roof -A pre-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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Rolled formed pans -Flat Pans or W- Pans are a machined 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 while under the structure. With the W pan you see a corrugated type or a V or a W types of shape ceiling. With the Flat pan your see a flat ceiling. That looks like one big panels when constructed. Plus with the W pans has to use a foambird blocks to keep the birds from nesting in the under the canopy top as it the formed panels rises and lowers. These pans types are formed into their final pan shapes out of metal (steel or aluminum) rolled coil 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. A built-in roll formed gutter system assures quick rainwater run-off to protect the integrity of any structure. These 8" or 12" inch wide x 3 inch high pan shapes are available in various different pan colors as well as various different canopy gutter trim colors that you may choose from that are joined together. You can also combine any color of pan to any color of guttering and make a two tone color canopy top. Note: Their are difference thickness of coiled flat stock available and each canopy pans can be ran in a steel product or a aluminum product.
Aluminum pans can be made entirely out of aluminum flat stock, including its under support frame systems, that is superior to and wood, iron, steel, and metal covers because they will not rust now or in the future.
There are economical grades of aluminum rolled form pans (.019 or a thicker .025 rolled pans) or a upgraded .032 aluminum pans that refers to the thickness of the aluminum coal or 26 gauged steel pans which are equal in there strenghts. The pans can be boxed on one end to help prevent water from blowing into the wall header frame or we can use a optional 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 and gutter scopes or down spout's can be used.
A foam insulator insert panel and cover can be used which 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 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.
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Rolled formed- Sheet Metal building productsthat are 36 inches wide - Numerous different types of different profiles or styles of numerous different styles of multi-ridded rolled panels(different from a flat pans that are 12 inched wide) are used as a cladding materials for canopy structure. Most all of the 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 numerous and different color options. Different product provider offer various different product profile and thicknesses. See color chart below.
Community or deed restrictions - Within some communities like a historical district they might have by laws or a "community restriction" on building any carport canopy - It is up to customer to do there own leg and research and find out about any community by laws or deed restrictions that may or may not show up when a authority having jurisdiction issues any carport building permit. Just because a AHJ issues a building permit the local community may have own building restriction.
When your ready to do build then let us know so we can talk about what your building requirements might be and what your different options might be when building your carport canopy structure.
There are such a thing as an engineered designed carport canopy structure, However most are a non-engineered carport structures but all of the building materials must be design engineered and used for the purpose of which they are intended and by the local code requirements.
Post & Beam Structure -Most 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 or core drill below the surface. With larger posts and beams structures their are longer and wider open areas that require large building materials. Their are also limits to any type of building materials of how far they may safely open span. Note not all poles are the same. The more secure the structure beams and poles are the stronger the structure may be.Using larger size beams and poles allows for longer span between poles on a average height structure. A structure built higher up in the air may need stronger building framing member such a one for a RV or motorhome.
The taller the structure might be the more updraft winds the structure is going to receive up under the structure and that want to lift the structure up in the air and turn it into a flying object. The heavier and stronger the canopy under framing may be the higher the wind and snow load the structure can withstand. An RV owners canopy requirements that is built 14-ft up in the air so the canopy under structure or frame should be heavier and stronger then a standard 8-foot height canopy requirements just because of the wind loads the open structure may receive. In Oklahoma we can experience some really strong wind loads during one of high wind events that will stress any structure.
Any building code requirements is minimal building requirement.A home owner may want to build above the standard building code requirements. The ole saying says "It is better to over build then to under build" - Just in case!
Wood-Stick framing run deep within our roots and we are old framers from way back. All building products should be used for the purpose of which are intended and all has their own building limitations. All wood product has to be protected so they won't be effected by moisture and decay faster as well as being protected from bugs such as termites. When using wood within a outdoor environment you have to be commented to protecting and preserving the wood building products from the weather or the wood is going to turn a dull gray color and not look very good within a just a few (3) seasons. We call it wood weather rot. When wood is used within a outdoor application it is always suggested that we use a premium wood that performs better within a outdoor application such as a Cedar or a Redwood. Those types of woods is considered to be a premium wood products and just cost more the standard white pine stick framing members that the framing members are normally going to be covered up with wall or roofing cladding materials.
Using the premium woods does have a higher overall building cost. Their are always additional services such as roofing and painting services that has to considered when using of any wood products. Wood has a "limited life span especially when used within a outdoor use application. The facts are we always use a whole lot more sticks and timber while framing the same type of open span outdoor structure as we do using as metal product. As much a 4x times more wood products are needed to safely cover the same open span as a metal product. Normally there has to be at least 3-4 time more roof pitch when using wood product over metal. Within In a add on type of structure applications that ties into the existing structure we must be sure that that the existing structure is designed or engineered to handle any additional structure and that may required to add to the structure. Additional professional architectural services may be needed. With that being said their is nothing that look like and the smell like a nice cedar wood framed structure and some just prefer the rustic look of a nice wood framed structure.
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 and engineering is very important to any carport structure design !
Each carport canopy application may have different building specifications and use different building materials depending on the carports design requirements. It is the size as well as its open span requirements and what types of building materials are to be used within any one canopy application. It is important to understand any structural load requirements such as dead load (the weight of the structure) and live load(the weight of the structure with rain, and snow and yes earth quake loads) on any structure.
Remember that any and all of the building materials has their own limits to how they should be safely used and how they can be used to open span between any structure poles. If you exceed the building materials limits the structure could fail while under stress which normally comes during a server weather event. The stress can come from many forms but normally come from wind, snow. earth quake or shafting of the dirt soil. Snow load refers to the amount of "snow and ice" weight per sq ft (PSF) that a building's roof is able to support.
Wind loads refers the amount of force the winds put on any type of structure and in a canopy type of application we talk about up-drafts or down-drafts winds.
When dealing with a larger clear open span structure without the use of any center poles you must use a building material that is engineered and designed for the purpose it is intended. The larger the canopy structure the larger and heavier the beams and poles must be as that is what is doing the heavy lifting of the canopy above.
If any project requires blueprints or design and engineering stamps then we need to know that upfront because their are additional professional charges for those additional to be provided.
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 or commercial grade projects normally will use these types pans for their
Bus Stop loading areas and their walkway canopies as
they are considered to be a lifetime roof system. 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. Color are avilible in a white, bronzed or in a clear anodized option.
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Structure Framing Materials- Much like our skeletons in our body the canopy under structure or frame of a carport is what holds any structure together and does all of 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.
There is huge difference between a 12 gauged 2"x 2" bent tubing or a fence post tubing canopy viruses a 6" or 8" high with a 11 or 14 gauged 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 winds, snow, ice or a earth quake.
Attached or Stand-a-lone type of carport canopy -Any type or design of carport canopy structures can be attached or a stand-a-lone type of carport canopy structure. Most are attached because of several building reasons. If attached the house structure can act as a set of front legs and makes the structure stronger.
The other reason might because of insurance purposes. If a canopy is attached it is normally treated different in the ins world then a stand-a-lone type of outdoor structure with a whole different set of insurance protection rules.
Today we have deal with numerous different local specific building code regulation and requirements and/or engineering criteria's that are updated all the time without notice by the local municipalities and are ever changing and much stronger then before.
The larger municipalities the more likely they will have some type of building permits with regulations to what type of carport canopy structure that may or may not be build.
Most of cities or towns do not allow those flimsy blow away portable type of carports using 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 allow. You should check with any and all athorthories having jurisdiction.
Wood /Timber - Because carports are a outdoor structure we normally use a cedar or a premium type of timber or a engineered wood product such as a composite type of wood product. Timber wood canopy structures are required to have a much sharper pitched roof design and are built similar to a traditional stick frame or a timber frame design roofs. The interior roofs or the underside of the roof canopy may or may not be finished and the roofing timbers may or may not be exposed. All exposed timbers should be finished to protect them and for longer life spans. Most of the time the exterior roof are finished out using either a metal or shingled type of roofing materials. Today anything is possible and we mix and match newer building materials all the time.
Oklahoma is where the server weather is like no other place on earth.We live in the middle of tornado ally as well as hail core ally region of the US. If you do noby t 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 might be under constructed and they are not fit for use and is a danger to you or the community. We fight that today because there is a lot of cheap under built so called carport structures that are no more then junk that is marketed and sold all over the internet and by road side vendors every where. These type of low end cheap structure are being outlawed by most municipalities because they can turn into a flaying UFO or roll down the street and doing damage to others property.
You don't have to settle for less!
Color options for the custom rolled formed Flat pan and W-pans building products. Note that all of color option are available for the system rolled formed outside guttering system but the Green and the Red is excluded from the Flat and W-pan colors.
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.
This is a advanced 24' ft x 20' ft attached 3" inch thick all aluminum cladded structural insulated panel - (SIP) carport canopy structure with a stucco finish and using the standard 7" inch high trim package. The understructure is using two 10" inch high 1/8 inch thick or .125 extruded aluminum beams and 4- 3" inch lock seam steel poles that are in a cement pears. The guttering system is built into the canopy top and also is using 2- 4" inch aluminum downspouts This carport canopy was built on the N.E. side of OKC near N.E 23 rd & I-35 Hwy. Canopy is also covering the 4 ft walkway to the porch area.
When we say that we custom build carport structures the key word is custombecause we offer a very diverse product offerings and we can fabricate these structure out of numerous different buildings supplies. We custom build because their just isn't one type, one style, one design or cookie cutter type of carport design to fit all canopy applications.As a matter of fact no two canopies are the very same.