Iron car canopies

Iron car canopies

iron carports

A very advantageous solution for not leaving vehicles outdoors without shelter is to install iron carports. They are easy to install structures, able to fit well within various architectural contexts, which provide effective protection from bad weather and direct exposure to sunlight. A carport is also an excellent alternative to a garage, when for reasons of space or for economic reasons, building a garage is not a viable path. They protect well from heat, hail, even heavy snow, saving the bodywork of vehicles and helping to preserve their value.

They can be mounted in private contexts, therefore, in the home garden or in the condominium courtyard. Or in commercial spaces, such as in the parking lots of shops and supermarkets to cover customers’ cars. And, why not, even in a corporate context, protecting employees’ cars during working hours. Placing a modern iron carport is also affordable for prices and permits. Getting a green light to build, in fact, is a procedure that does not take too much time, and the expense is much smaller than a traditional brick garage.

Table of contents

  • Iron carports: how they are made
  • What are the advantages of iron carports?
  • Iron carport canopies: regulations
  • Considerations and Conclusions

Iron carports: how they are made

Traditional carports are made up of one or more pairs of iron posts. They usually do not have side walls, providing more room to maneuver and more surface to park vehicles. The posts are surmounted by a roof, made of fireproof PVC sheet or metal. The fabric offers the possibility to rewind the cover in the seasons when it is not needed, while the metal roof is an extremely robust protection.

The use of iron for the structure is not the only possible alternative. In fact, on the market there are car canopies also made of polycarbonate, or wood to create garden pergolas with a natural material. The professional shelters, however, remain those made of metal: iron and modern steel and metal offer greater stability and resistance outdoors, elegant lines and protection from any atmospheric event.

Depending on the context in which they are to be inserted, the canopies can be self-supporting or leaning. In the first case, these external coverings are supported on their own supports regardless of the surroundings, while the lean-to canopies are designed to lean against the walls or walls of buildings.

What are the advantages of iron carports?

The use of the carport ensures effective protection for parked cars, whether they are in the garden, on a square or in a commercial context such as a dealership. The iron structure (metal or aluminum) offers the same guarantees as a garage in terms of coverage, creating a protected environment in which to park the car. Compared to the garage, however, carports offer more room to maneuver and the opportunity to easily park more vehicles. The shelters are assembled quickly and can be extended by adding another identical module alongside. So you can easily cover parking lots of shops and shopping centers, outdoor car exhibitions, company parking lots and other large environments.

Fitting a carport means optimizing space by creating a shelter for the car without building a real building. This does not excessively affect the outdoor environment of the home or the commercial area: on the contrary, the elegance of the structural lines makes the context as well as functional also more modern and design. For a truly excellent and performing result it is always better to turn to roofing professionals. On various models of car canopies are available, made to measure and with installation service, a further advantage over prefabricated or kit solutions.

To make carports in the garden or in commercial spaces, no lengthy building interventions are required. Most of the structures are assembled on site and fixed to the ground, without pouring concrete and without ruining the external layout. What is more, they have a much more advantageous bureaucracy than a traditional construction.

Iron carport canopies: regulations

A question that plagues many people who intend to make an iron car cover concerns the bureaucratic issue. When a private individual or a company intends to set up a carport for the shelter of the car, it is imperative to ask whether or not the building permit is needed. The solution to the bureaucratic knot is not univocal, sometimes even unclear. Sometimes it can be free construction, other times intervention subject to concessions. Whatever the case, there is often the risk of irregularities and consequent litigation for building abuse.

In general, if a canopy for covering parking spaces is fixed, not temporary and affects the layout of the territory, a building permit is required.

The easily removable constructions without anchoring to the ground are free. But a recent ruling by the Council of State, n.4177 of 9 July 2017, introduced another discriminating factor: the purpose of the canopy. In particular, in order to establish whether it is a free work, it will be necessary to evaluate whether or not it is urban furniture, intended for the best use of the space. If the cover is intended for stable and prolonged use for the shelter of the car, the building permit will be required, otherwise the start of activity signaling is sufficient.

Structure with retractable roof and is open on all four sides

In this case it can fall within the concept of free building, as it does not determine closed volumes, nor increases the useful covered area. In fact, it is important to evaluate whether the shelter causes an increase in volume and the covered surface, or if it creates a new building structure. If it does not alter the prospectus or the outline of the building, does not expand the enclosed spaces or does not modify the intended use of the interior spaces, it is not among the works subject to building permits.

Considerations and Conclusions

As we have seen, the boundary between a carport with or without a permit is really blurred and there are many legal disputes due to the lack of authorizations (see for example also the sentence no.5008 of 22 August 2018). It is easy to commit an offense, a crime that among other things does not fall into statute of limitations, especially as private citizens who independently decide to install an iron cover for their courtyard or company space.
For this reason, the best solution is always to ask for advice from professional technicians, experts in the sector regulations and the necessary authorizations.


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