Best Carports in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 22, 2018
If you need a portable yet reliable alternative to a permanent garage, you might want to look through our carports review and you won't leave your car shelterless! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
PEAK HEIGHT
PROTECTION
DESIGN
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
Warranty
 
PROS

The company's very own Ratchet Tite cover tensioning system significantly simplifies the installation process. The system makes it a lot easier to pull the triple-layer polyethene cover onto the powder-coated steel frame. Plus, it will prevent any potential crinkles and creases, so the carport will always remain in a top-notch condition.

CONS

The carport is prone to condensation (water buildup). 

OUR VERDICT

The Rowlinson SL62584 can serve as a great temporary or permanent home for your car, protecting it from anything that nature might throw its way. The construction also makes it possible to use the carport for keeping tool chests and gardening equipment from harm's way.

detailed parameters
PEAK HEIGHT

~2 m

PROTECTION

Sun, rain, snow, hail, strong wind

DESIGN

Garage (all-around cover)

MATERIAL

Frame: steel

Cover: triple-layer polyethene

DIMENSIONS

3 x 6.1 x 2.4 m

Warranty

10 years

PROS

The transparent PVC church windows provide great lighting and a solid view. You can remove the sidewalls and unzip the doors to enjoy cross ventilation on a hot summer day. There's a door on the front side and in the rear, so you will be able to exit and enter the marquee through each side. 

CONS

It might take some time to set the whole thing up. 

OUR VERDICT

The Outsunny 01-0805 is easily the most versatile option on the market. You can arrange a wedding reception under this thing. You can use it as a party tent and throw one hell of a party in your garden. This marquee can be used for just about any social or commercial function. But, of course, you can also use it as a carport.

detailed parameters
PEAK HEIGHT

~2 m

PROTECTION

Sun, rain, snow, hail, strong wind

DESIGN

Party tent / canopy (all-around cover)

MATERIAL

Frame: steel

Cover: polyethene with transparent PVC windows

DIMENSIONS

4 x 6 x 2.8 m

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It comes with 4 leg weight bags, so you can pour some sand into those and use them as a sort of stabilisers that will keep the gazebo in place under windy conditions. It also comes with a practical carry bag. Both the steel frame and the polyethene cover fit nicely into it, making it a lot easier to transport the model.

CONS

The plastic clips are a tad flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

The canopy from AllSeasonsGazebos is all about its simplicity. It doesn't take a whole lot of time to put the whole thing together. One person can do it in about 10 to 15 minutes. Plus, you can always take it with you on the road. It can be used on patios, concrete, sand, grass, and a number of other surfaces. 

detailed parameters
PEAK HEIGHT

~2.1 m

PROTECTION

Sun, rain

DESIGN

Canopy (covered roof)

MATERIAL

Frame: steel

Cover: polyethene

DIMENSIONS

3 x 4.5 x 2.8 m

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The industrial-grade cover is particularly tear-proof. The tubular steel frame features 3.8 centimetres in diameter, so there's practically no chance it will deform or bend one way or the other. All the pipes and connectors are also made of robust tubular steel, so the whole thing will be able to withstand the wear and tear of time.

CONS

The light-coloured PE cover is easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

The Quictent 3x6M is easily one of the most rugged canopy-type carports on the market today. The model's maximum height of 2.6 metres makes it a great choice for pickup trucks, minivans, and other tall vehicles that require protection against the often harmful nature of the weather.

detailed parameters
PEAK HEIGHT

~2.6 m (side height ~ 1.8 m)

PROTECTION

Sun, rain

DESIGN

Canopy (covered roof)

MATERIAL

Frame: steel

Cover: polyethene

DIMENSIONS

3 x 6 x 2.65 m

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model provides all-around protection, so you can leave your car outside underneath it without worrying about snow or hail. You can also take it with you on a camping trip and enjoy a cosy night under the stars without strong winds blowing through your bones. The roll-up doors will prevent water buildup.

CONS

The cover isn't quite as tear-resistant as it could be. 

OUR VERDICT

What we like about this carport is that it covers an area of 18 square metres, so there's more than enough space not just for an average car but also for tools that didn't fit in the storage room. There's also enough space for a close group of friends on a backpacking trip. 

detailed parameters
PEAK HEIGHT

~2 m

PROTECTION

Sun, rain, snow, hail, strong wind

DESIGN

Garage (all-around cover)

MATERIAL

Frame: steel

Cover: polyethene

DIMENSIONS

3 x 6 x 2.6 m

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Rowlinson SL62584

More Than a Temporary Shelter

The Rowlinson SL62584 isn't necessarily the cheapest option on the market but we believe that the model is worth the extra few pounds.

First of all, the company's very own Ratchet Tite cover tensioning system significantly simplifies the installation process. The system makes it a hell of a lot easier to pull the triple-layer polyethene cover onto the powder-coated steel frame. Plus, it will prevent any potential crinkles and creases, so the carport will always remain in a top-notch condition.

The said triple-layer PE cover, by the way, is worth mentioning as well as it ensures impeccable protection against UV lights, so your car won't fade away under the sun.

As you can infer from the picture, what we have here is a garage type, all-around cover model. So it won't just protect the interior from sun and rain but also from snow, hail, strong wind, and any other weather condition (aside from a few obvious cataclysmic exceptions).

The double-zippered front door panel is really practical. It serves as a convenient entrance point and it is really easy to open and shut the panel. On the other side of the tent, there's a solid rear door panel that provides another layer of protection. Finally, 15 shelter lock 3-steel stabilisers will keep the whole thing in place regardless of weather conditions.

In short, the Rowlinson SL62584 can serve as a great temporary or permanent home for your car, protecting it from anything that nature might throw its way. The construction also makes it possible to use the carport for keeping tool chests and gardening equipment from harm's way.

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Outsunny 01-0805

Any Outdoor Event is Welcome

The Outsunny 01-0805 is everything. The size, the construction, and the model's overall design make it a suitable choice for just about any task or purpose. You can arrange a wedding reception under this thing. You can use it as a party tent and throw one hell of a party in your garden. Frankly, this marquee can be used for just about any social or commercial function. But, of course, you can also use it as a carport.

The high-quality, rust-resistant, galvanised steel framework makes the whole construction rugged and reliable. The heavy-duty metal corner joints add an extra layer of stability, making the product even more durable.

The weather isn't always quite as nice as you want it to be, especially the often strong autumn winds. But since the whole thing is positioned with wing nuts on joints, the canopy will be able to resist the weather and stay in its place.

And when the weather finally decides to show you some mercy, you can remove the lovely sidewalls and unzip the doors to enjoy cross ventilation on a hot summer day. The said zippered doors, by the way, are positioned at both ends of the marquee, so you'll be able to exit and enter the canopy from either end.

Though not quite as sturdy as the steel framework, the polyethene cover isn't a weakling either, featuring waterproof and rot-resistant qualities that will keep the canopy looking nice for years to come.

Again, the Outsunny 01-0805 is easily the most versatile option on the market. We don't even have to point out the robust construction and the convenient design to make it clear that this is one of the more interesting prospects in its price range.

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AllSeasonsGazebos Metal-Textile

Take It With You

The model from AllSeasonsGazebos is more of the more straightforward models on our list. As you would imagine, the canopy-style design with a covered roof will be enough to protect the car and anything (or anyone) underneath it from sun and rain.

But as there are no sidewalls nor zippered entrances, it won't be able to protect you or your belongings from strong winds, snow, or hail. Of course, you can't really hold it against the model as it is clearly designed as a temporary cover and not a permanent shelter.

And the simple construction has its advantages too. It is really easy to set the whole thing up. One person can do it in about 10 to 15 minutes. It comes with 4 leg weight bags, so you can pour some sand into those and use them as a sort of stabilisers that will keep the gazebo in place under windy conditions. It also comes with a practical carry bag. Both the steel frame and the polyethene cover fit nicely into it, making it a lot easier to transport the carport.

The said cover features taped stitching and reinforced pressure points, so it is a lot tougher than you would think. The steel frame is no slouch either. The matte black design gives it a dignified look and the rust-resistant properties will keep the construction in a good shape for quite some time.

All in all, the canopy from AllSeasonsGazebos is all about its simplicity. It doesn't take a whole lot of time to put the whole thing together. Plus, you can always take it with you on the road.

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Quictent 3x6M

Tall Canopy for Tall Cars

The Quictent 3x6M is another canopy on our list. But don't let the design fool you. Sure, as there are no side walls and can't cover the entrance point, you wouldn't be able to use the canopy to hide from strong wind or protect your car from snow. But it is a lot more rugged of a construction than one might come to expect from this type.

The extra-thick polyethene fabric will, of course, protect anything or anyone underneath it from the harmful ultraviolet radiation. And, just like the rest of them, the fabric is also waterproof, so you won't have to waste your time drying it out after a rainy night.

But the industrial-grade cover is also particularly tear-proof and it should be able to provide your car with a roof over its proverbial head for years to come. The only thing that we sort of don't like about the PE cover is the light tone that makes it easily soiled.

Of course, it isn't just the cover. The tubular steel frame features 3.8 centimetres in diameter, so there's practically no chance it will deform or bend one way or the other. All the pipes and connectors are also made of robust tubular steel, so the whole thing will be able to withstand the wear and tear of time.

Taking all of the above into account, the Quictent 3x6M is easily one of the most rugged canopy-type carports on the market today. The model's maximum height of 2.6 metres makes it a great choice for pickup trucks, minivans, and other tall vehicles that require protection against the weather's harmful nature.

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KMS FoxHunter

A Night Under the Stars

The garage all-around cover types are often not quite as affordable as we like them to be. But we can't really say the same about KMS FoxHunter. Now, it isn't cheap, but it isn't that much more expensive than your standard canopy-type carport.

And, unlike the latter, the model in question provides all-around protection, so you can leave your car outside underneath it without worrying about snow or hail. You can also take it with you on a camping trip and enjoy a cosy night under the stars without strong winds blowing through your bones.

Unfortunately, it doesn't have removable sidewalls or transparent windows, so you can't really use it for wedding receptions and it isn't really that great of a party tent. But it does have roll-up front and back doors that can be used for ventilation purposes or to streamline movement and provide multiple entrance points. The roll-up doors will also prevent water buildup.

The whole thing covers an area of 18 square metres, so there's more than enough space not just for an average car but also for toolboxes and other instruments and equipment that didn't fit the storage room. Or, again, quite a lot of space for a backpacking trip with a close group of friends.

As per usual, the 42-mm steel frame will be able to provide a solid supporting structure for the cover. The cover itself is rot- and UV-resistant, as well as waterproof, the usual package to protect you, your car, or the tools from sunrays and rain.

In conclusion, the combination of affordable price, solid coverage area, and practical construction makes this carport with sides a solid choice for an array of different customers.

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What Is a Carport?

A carport is a sheltered construction used to protect vehicles from rough weathers and other external negative factors precarious to a car and car coating. The carport also protects from direct sun and so, prevents the paint from fainting. Apart from its main mission to give a shelter to cars, carports are often used as picnic canopies in the open country. When completely disassembled, they take little space in the trunk and thus, become very portable. Just like regular summer gazebos, they allow for air circulation and ventilation with the side walls rolled up or taken off aside.

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What Features to Compare

While you can go get one of the first carports brought to your sight, we highly recommend considering key aspects to choose a reliable and lost-lasting kit for your car. Simple as they are, guided by our recommendations you’ll be able to spot the real product to last and serve you for years.

Material

The first and the most important thing to consider from the outset is the material a carport is made of. It is the material rather than anything else that predetermines longevity of an auto shelter. Pay attention to the frame. It’s got to be solid and corrosion-resistant to withstand rain and snow alike and stay steady on the ground. The canopy ought to be made of water-resistant material so as not to let the rain in and ensure safety for your car. Besides, if you plan to take your carport on junkets, protection from the moisture would be just same important.

Dimensions and Portability

The dimensions of the chosen carport will tell you about mobility options. If the unit is just too big, you’d not be able to fold it up and put in a truck, and thus, it would suit only stationary use in the yard (which isn’t bad if you don’t plan to travel with an auto shelter). The carport that can be disassembled and then put together will be a good fit for picnics as well as home use. The only inconvenience with smaller carports is the time spent on assembly each time. The peak height of a carport is important for owners of lorries and heavy trucks since it directly points at the maximum distance from the ground to the canopy. On knowing the peak height, you’ll easily see whether a carport will suit your vehicle or not.

Kit

Last but not least thing to consider is the kit included with a carport. Knowing what bits and pieces come in a package, you'll know how quick and easy the assembly will be. Manufacturers offer different kits with different stuff like nuts, screws, as well as anchors for soft and rock-solid ground. You may also find straps and tie-laps. They come in handy when one needs to mount the canopy to the frame.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-22 12:48:40