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Oct. 1, 2017, 3:48 p.m.

Should you buy used carports for sale?

18x26 Regular Roof Double Car Carport Image
18x26 Regular Roof Double Car Carport Image

There are various benefits of adding a carport to your property. Besides providing fundamental protection for your vehicles and belongings against the elements, a carport can increase the overall value of your house. A carport can be a great attraction for potential buyers. This is especially true if your property does not already have a built-in garage. In many of our blog posts, we have discussed the numerous benefits of a metal carport, including the structural strength, low maintenance, durability, sustainability, etc. But what if you want something more affordable than a brand new metal carport? Today we will discuss what the advantages and disadvantages of used carports for sale actually are.

When you have a tight budget, used carports for sale can seem like a tempting option. But are they actually better and more cost-efficient than new, custom metal carports?

Why might you choose used carports for sale?

The main advantage of used carports for sale is the price tag. They are fairly affordable at the time of purchase. Some of them can actually provide decent coverage and protection for your belongings against the harsh weather conditions. But the protection they can offer is very much dependent on the condition of the carport. Certainly, even among used carports for sale, some are better than others. Metal carports will always trump other construction materials. This is because metal carports do not lose structural integrity with time. Thus, you can salvage those metal carports even after years of use and neglect. Steel is such a durable construction material that even after recycling, they can retain their structural strength.

The Disadvantages of Used Carports for Sale

The disadvantages of used carports for sale are affected by a number of factors; the condition of the said carport, the material used, whether it still has some warranty or not, etc.

Used Carports for Sale Require More Maintenance

Used carports are what the name suggests, used. Hence, most of them are not at the optimum conditions possible and can require minor to major repairs, a repainting job, etc. All in all, even though you might have paid a little bit less for the used carports for sale initially, the maintenance of these carports might cost you more in the long run. In the best case scenario, you can get away with some repairs. However, there have been cases where people have purchased faulty used carports for sale and have paid for it dearly later on. In cases of used metal carports, there are leaks that need regular sealing and fixing, there are parts that have corroded, etc.

New timber carports require a lot of treatments and paintings at regular intervals to protect them from damage. The situation is worse for second-hand wooden carports. That is because wooden carports might already be rotting, molding, or attacked by termites, etc. Vinyl carports are not really strong, to begin with, but used vinyl carports will have lost most of the already low structural strength.

Customization of Used Carports for Sale is Difficult

With used carports, you will not get the same customization options as new metal carports. What you end up purchasing might be too big or too small for your parking or storage requirements. The colors and the roof style might not complement the look of your house and your property. In the end, as is the case with most of the second-hand purchases, it might just be more of a bother to keep a used carport than to buy a new, fully-customized metal carport that is tailored to your needs. With metal carports from Carport1, you can modify the dimensions, the aesthetics as well as the additional features of the carport so that what you purchase is exactly what you need.

Used Carports for Sale do not offer Warranties

With used carports for sale, you do not get the same warranties that you get with a new metal carport. Most of the workmanship warranties that the factories provide with new metal carport will have expired if you buy it second hand. In addition, used carports for sale do not come with any extra product warranties.

Certification and Used Carports for Sale

The used carport that you are planning to purchase might not be in accordance with the local building codes. These types of carports might not come with any weather certifications as per your local building codes. The framing or any other materials might not fulfill the certification requirements. As a result, you might not be able to acquire the building permits. Those situations will be legally troublesome for you in the long term. Certification for your carport is not only required for legal formalities though. They are needed to ensure that your carport structure is structurally safe for the place where you live. If your carport is not certified, then the carport may fail at any moment under the slightest of pressure.

At Carport1, we offer metal carports with certification according to the locality you live in. These metal structures have been engineered to withstand the specific weather loads of the place.

Scrap Value of Used Metal Carports for Sale

The salvage or scrap value of any product will decrease with more use. If you have purchased used metal carports for sale, then you will not be able to get very high scrap value for the carport once its service life ends. This is also true with used metal carports, which usually have a high scrap value compared to other construction materials.

Based on all the advantages and disadvantages of the used metal carports for sale, we recommend buying a new carport instead. The initial cost-benefit of used metal carports for sale is overshadowed by the high maintenance that is required to keep the carport in good working order. The metal carports at Carport1 are high-quality and fully customizable to fit the individual requirements of all of our customers. Contact us or browse through our website to get more information on the numerous metal carports and metal buildings that we have on offer.

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