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What is a Carport, and What Are the Benefits of Investing in One?

Have you ever wondered exactly what a carport is? According to Merriam-Webster, it’s a shelter for a car that has open sides and is usually attached to the side of a building. The attention-getter here is “shelter for a car.”

What Type of Protection Can a Carport Offer?

If look at our vehicles, we can ask first of all, what do we want to protect them from? The number one kind of protection is against UV exposure. As you know, sunlight can be extremely damaging to vehicles. In addition, rain can be a problem if don’t want to get wet the moment you get out of your vehicle. Snow is annoying when it gets inside vehicles and when you’re in a hurry but your windshield is completely covered in it. Dirt might not seem like a big deal, but a carport can definitely keep your vehicle clean for a longer time.

See how convenient a metal carport can be? Although a carport can be made of many materials, particularly the roof, American Steel Carports will provide you with galvanized steel construction.

What does that mean?

Galvanized steel carports effectively resist rust, corrosion, and chipping. We offer two both 12- and 14-gauge, with a one-year workmanship on both a 20-year warranty on rust-through of the framing for 12-gauge (heavy-duty) offering. Both are capable of resisting winds of up to 90 mph if you purchase the required anchors, and are certified for 30 PSF snow loads. These metal carports ensure reliable protection and versatility.

Why versatile?

The basic structure of all our metal buildings is indeed a carport. But when you take a regular carport and add an enclosure, roll-up doors, and windows, it’s no longer called a carport. It’s now just a metal garage. And when you have a metal garage and add a two lean-tos on each side, it’s no longer longer a garage but an agricultural metal barn. And going back to our original carport, if we make it 14 feet tall and enclose the sides but leave both ends open, it’s now called an RV cover.

Do you see how everything relates? Well, now you know what the word carport means, how everything else is based on carports, and some of the benefits they offer. Place your trust in a company that has been in this industry for twenty years, a company that knows how to deliver a great experience when it comes to installation. Don’t trust just any company: put your trust in American Steel Carports! Give us a call now and let one of our experts help you with any questions or concerns you have. Don’t forget to check out our products page for more pictures and information.

Lighting & Metal Buildings

Are you worried that your metal building might attract lightning? We’ve all been there. Fortunately, I’ve got good news and great news.

Here’s the deal:

The common myth is that out of all types of structures, metal buildings are the most prone to lightning strikes. In other words, metal buildings and metal roofs are basically lightning magnets. Makes sense, right?


A ton of other crazy myths are also still floating around—including that being outside in a lightning storm is safe as long as you’re not wearing metal jewelry and that wearing metal cleats or carrying something with metal makes you more prone to getting struck by lightning.

Also wrong.

I bet you’re thinking, “OK, but then what is lightning really attracted to?”

Long story short, lightning is not actually attracted to specific materials. Lightning can strike anything. Overall, “lightning occurs on too large of a scale to be influenced by small objects on the ground, including metal objects.”

That’s the good news.

Ready for the great news?

Because metal buildings are not especially prone to lightning strikes, you can easily take precautions to ensure that you and your steel structures are safe!

Most people know that counting the seconds between the flash of lightning and the following crash of thunder gives the approximate number of miles between you and the storm.

So, instead of worrying that lightning may have it in for you or your building, here’s what you need to know:

As it turns out, steel is not a lightning magnet! Lightning does not care about the small amount of metal that you might be wearing or carrying.

Instead, lightning is most attracted to targets that are higher off of the ground.

On the slight chance that a steel building or roof is struck by lightning, both are less likely than other types of building and roofing materials to spark a fire. A metal building and roof will usually survive a lightning strike with minimal damage.

In fact, a properly grounded metal building actually creates a more secure way for lightning to travel. Should your metal roof or building be grounded? The answer is a definite yes!

Why a Metal Roof?

Metal roof systems have always been known for their long lives, but exactly how long they last has been a subject of debate.

According to a 2014 study conducted by the Metal Construction Association and the Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association, the projected service life for GALVALUME® standing-seam roof systems is a minimum of 60 years. This is the longest service life of any commonly used roof system on the market. Interestingly, this was calculated using a conservative estimate of the expected lifespan of the butyl sealant used in laps, flashings, and penetrations. In a 2015 study, the National Coil Coating Association reviewed data on pre-painted PVDF fluoropolymer metal panels subjected to exposure testing in South Florida. They concluded it was reasonable to project a minimum service life of 40 years for these.

As with any roofing material, proper design, detailing, installation, and maintenance are critical to achieving the best performance and service life. However, all roof systems, including metal ones, eventually need to be replaced or re-covered. What happens then?

As a roofing professional, building owners will turn to you for advice on whether to replace or re-cover their existing metal roof systems. When considering the re-cover option, there are several elements to keep in mind to maximize the longevity of the new roof system.

Replace vs. Re-cover

There are two types of metal roof system: structural and nonstructural. Structural systems’ panel profiles can generally carry significant wind and snow loads over framing members spaced at intervals up to 5 feet. Structural panels are typically characterized by significant rib dimensions to provide the necessary strength, and they are used in metal building system applications. Nonstructural metal roof systems require a structural deck or substrate to support the new roof and loads. This article focuses on structural systems because these are more common.

According to the Metal Building Manufacturers Association’s historical shipment data, there are billions of square feet of structural metal roofing currently on buildings that are more than 40 years old.

The advantage of replacing a roof system is that it allows vinyl-faced insulation, which may have deteriorated over time, to be removed and replaced. However, this can present some challenges, as the process also exposes the building and its contents to the elements, and this exposure can be prolonged if other structural elements must be added.

The advantage of re-covering a roof is that the original materials can remain in place to protect the interior during installation of the new materials, allowing the building’s normal operations to continue. Re-covering takes full advantage of the existing insulation with the option of easily adding more, increasing the building’s energy efficiency. Keeping the original roof system in place also provides a safer work surface than open framing for the workers installing the new system. In addition, re-covering reduces landfill waste and the need for a large laydown area for temporary storage of old roofing materials. All these factors can lead to a lower cost for re-covering than for replacement.

Many conventional roof systems have inherent excess capacity because their structural systems are not amenable to optimization. However, metal roof and metal building systems can be highly optimized for design load requirements so that materials can be used more efficiently. Because of this, the materials used during a re-cover installation must be lightweight (less than 3 pounds per square foot) so structural modifications are not needed or are kept to a minimum to carry the added roofing materials.


  1. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., P.E., is director of research and engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association;

Vincent E. Sagan, P.E., is senior staff engineer for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association;

Two Car Metal Garage

Not looking for custom buildings? Do you prefer a traditional garage instead? American Steel Carports has the right metal garage for you.
At American Steel Carports, we let our customers come up with their own ideas, including extra features like lean-tos, headers, skylights, and solar vents. Of course, other customers prefer traditional metal garages without these features. But whether it’s one roll-up door you want or three, we’ll help you make your garage the way you want it and need it.
Most of our customers opt for regular garages or workshops to store their belongings, without windows or insulation. A very nice example is this one, 30′W × 36′L × 12′H:



A-Frame Vertical Roof


Horizontal Sides & Ends


2 – 10′ x 10′ Roll-Up Doors


36″ x 72″ Walk-In Door


Concrete Anchors (90-MPH Wind Warranty)




Perfect for storing farm equipment and vehicles. And with twelve colors to choose from, you can add your personal touch. Remember, it’s your building. We can make it as wide as you need and as long as you need. Whether it’s a mini-storage, garage, barn, or wide span, American Steel Carports is here to help you.
Contact us now and let our sales representatives to help you with the building you need! If you have any questions about dimensions, let our experts answer them. Don’t forget to ask about financing, or click here to check all the requirements you need.


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