B asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 7 years ago

Building a carport out of wood designed after metal carports a good idea?

I want to build a carport out of wood without a permenant foundation. I was wondering if framing it like the metal ones would work. Im good enough at working with wood to do it. Framing like the ones in carport.com. Im thinking freespaning trusses...or more accurately "arches"

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes,.Like a Pole Barn,..4x4's directly in the ground,..with sleepers for metal(normal),..or sheetmetal horizontal ordered the correct length..,..

    http://www.carport.com/

    You can always pour a foundation after the fact,..If you saw a need.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

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  • lackey
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Build Wood Carport

  • Janine
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    If the tree isn't in the way, try standing on top of the house roof(not the carport itself), squirt some dish liquid soap on the roof at the high end(attached to the house roof), and then spray it with a pressure washer. You might need a stiff bristle brush for some places, but mostly the pressure washer will do the job. I've used this technique several times, and it almost always goes smoothly. Good Luck. :)

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  • rick
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    No foundation is just a bad decision, and here's why. First, if you leave somewhere where it's gets to 32 degrees or below, the ground freezes and this will cause the slab to (what is called) "heave". That means it it actually rises. That will cause the slab to crack (even with steel rebars in it) and displace up and down. Second a straight concrete slab (at 4" thick) cannot support the load of the framing you want to place on it (as well as the weight of an automobile). This will cause the concrete to break. If you want to frame with wood, you need to identify what the "frost line" depth is in whatever region you live. Here in Maryland for example it's 30". That means your footings need to be dug to 30" depth below the ground level. From that point you need to pour a minimum of 8" thick by 16" wide to support the structure. You have a choice of either pouring the footing solid up to 2"-3" below the grade/ground outside and lay 1 course of cinder block, or just pour 8" thick and bring it up above grade with 4-5 courses of cinder block, or you can form it with boards and pour the whole thing footings and slab in one pour (called a monolithic pour).

    Source(s): remodel contractor
  • 4 years ago

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    5 years ago

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  • Harry
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    since wood is not as strong as steel, i would go ahead and crosstie the trusses. besides having a structure underneath allows you to cover or side the carport nicely

    Source(s): i have built many, and rebuilt a whole lot more.
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I personally recommend metal because it lasts longer and is more stable. As for no foundation, i do not think thats a good idea. Anything built with foundation has a more sturdy feel and lasts longer.

    Source(s): Contractor
  • XTX
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    === this is a great idea and since you ask --- my suggestion to you is to use metal/iron poles that are anchored in post hole sized digs that will` anchor the thing to the floor == get a welder to fix the iron to hold the roof supports and thus you are secure and avoid a slab foundation [[ easily add a slab at a later time ]] .......

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