If you are planning to buy a new carport and are considering buying anything other than a aluminum carport you might want to do a bit more research before you spend your money. There are essentially three different materials used in the construction of a carport and two of these three have variations. Vinyl is very inexpensive but if you want more than a temporary carport or live in an area with below freezing temperatures vinyl is a bad choice. Wooden carports are more durable and give the home a very natural look but wood needs a great deal of care or you will find yourself replacing the carport in a few years.
That leaves metal carports, aluminum and steel. A steel carport can last for 30 years or longer and will greatly increase the value of your home. Steel can also hold up will to the worst weather. The problems with steel are twofold. In the first place steel is very expensive, at least 25% higher than aluminum and 60% higher than wood. While it is capable of dealing well with the worst weather it is also extremely heavy and difficult to install. This is a job that can easily take three to four people to get this job done. And aluminum carport on the other hand is very strong, light and easy to install, less expensive, and you can probably install the thing with one to two people.
The great thing about any carport is that along with protecting your cars and garden equipment they will protect RVs, boats, or anything else you can slide under them. There a lots of different styles available and finding a good aluminum carport kit is as simple and going to you local home improvement store. Not only do these stores sell them they can advice you as to the best tools to use and the best time and place to install the carport.