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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;

New Tariff on Steel

It looks like the price of steel will be going up more and more here in the United States within the next few months. As such, we highly suggest that you purchase your metal carport or building prior to the tariff on steel imports goes into effect. Due to this nationwide increase in the cost of steel, we and many other carport companies will be increasing the prices of most of our buildings.
On March 8th, 2018, in hopes of reviving our domestic steel industry by opening closed mills and reducing the need to rely on foreign producers of steel products, President Trump signed Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports from all countries except Mexico and Canada. According to the president, this new tariff will also provide a form of national security.

Although our company makes it a mission to purchase all American-made materials, we will still feel the strain of steel prices increasing. American Steel Carports, Inc. and American Carports, Inc. will work hard to keep our prices as low as possible while still providing the best in steel carports and buildings nationwide. We still suggest placing your orders within the next few months to ensure that you receive the lowest price possible. Remember that we have an excellent sales team who will work with you to design the perfect metal building for your needs. Give us a call and ask to speak with one of our representatives, and don’t forget that we offer financing.



4 Things to Consider When Buying a Carport

Since their initial appearance back in the early 1900’s, carports have had a substantial high demand in the market. Because the industry has grown more complex, consumers have to put more thought into what unit to choose and who they are buying from. From car coverage and protection to workshop areas, the uses of these metal buildings are limitless. However, there are a few things  you should consider before buying a carport, from quality to the work ethic of the business. The process of purchasing a product should run smoothly and be an excellent experience from the sale representatives and the manufacturer to the customer service and installation process. We want you to be satisfied with your decision. That’s why we’ve created a list of important things to consider when buying a carport. Read below for some food for thought.



Top Factors to Reflect Upon


You must decide if you want to purchase your building from a local or online dealer. Many of our  clients buy our carports from local dealerships where they’re surrounded by one or more of our demo displays, thus giving them a personal glimpse. You can also contact us directly by calling our shops in Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Mexico, and Indiana, which service more than half the states of the nation.


Take note on what you are looking for. Perhaps you simply need space to park your car or need a larger building to store large capacity vehicles. We offer different roof styles such as an A-Frame Vertical Roof, A-Frame Horizontal Roof, and a standard roof that will better suit your needs and satisfactions. Our knowledged staff can give you suggestions if you have any doubts regarding your choices.


Prior to choosing a carport location, check your local code specifications. It is important to consider your area’s building permit laws: you may need one to have a building on your property. You should also make sure, before installation, that the flooring is prepared ‒ whether it’d be concrete, asphalt, or plain ground. The geographic of your structure location should be leveled.


Consider investing in any additional add-ons. We offer skylights that allow the sun to shine through your structure, dismissing the hassle of electric costs and light installation. Depending on the flooring we also provide concrete, asphalt, or mobile home anchors for extra reinforcement that will maintain your carport secure.



We aim to keep our clients satisfied before, during, and after installation day. If you order a product from our company, you will receive engineered certified steel structures with free shipping and installation. With these services we include you won’t have to worry about transportation or construction issues. Our buildings will last for years, so we know you need a company who will be there for you and support the product you purchased, and who will stand behind it. This is what sets us different from the rest. Choose your carport manufacturer wisely, choose American Steel Carports, Inc.



Call today for a free quote. We’d be more than happy to assist you.  

New Ag Barn at our New Mexico Shop

It’ almost April you guys! Time is going by fast, and our busy season is just getting started. However, don’t let that stop you from ordering your metal barn with us! It’s better to order yours now, then wait until the summer.


Our metal ag barns offer the protection you need for your livestock, farm equipment, and/or any other belongings that you want to store inside. Aside from the protection we offer, we give you the freedom to customize your metal barn as much as you want it. If you want to take a closer look to one of our newest demos in New Mexico, come and visit us at 3205 Industry Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301.




This Ag Barn has 3 sections connected together with any custom size you desire. On this one, a 24’W x 31’L x 12’H A-Frame Vertical (middle unit) comes with 2 (two) horizontal ends, 1 (one) 12’x12′ Roll-Up Door, 1 (one) 36×80 service door, and 2 (two) 2×3 skylights. Along with two lean-too’s connected on both sides are 12’W x 31’L x 10’/8’H A-frame Vertical units. With 10’ high on the inside coming down to 8’ on the outside, gives you plenty of space to use these two storage sections for your car or even a garden shed to store all your landscaping equipment. With both outside walls closed giving you a fully enclosed secured building. 2 (two) 9×7 Roll-Up Garage Doors, a total of 5 (five) 30×30 windows, and 2 (two) vents.



Am I limited on where I want windows, vents or service doors placed?


Absolutely not! Get creative and place them wherever you feel most comfortable. We are here to let you choose how you want your building and making sure you are fully satisfied. You will not be limited to however many things you want to add to your building.



Can I get insulated garage doors or insulated building?


With many garage door sizes to choose from, get our Overhead Garage Door (roll-up doors are not insulated). As well as getting your building either fully insulated or just the roof insulated! Trying to keep the inside at a controlled temperature or condensation off the roof? Ask to get just the roof insulated and we will do the work!



I’m interested, what’s my next step?


With many options to choose from, create the metal building you been dreaming for! If it’s to store your investments on the farm like this Ag Barn building or to having a man’s cave on one side and protecting your toys on the other while having some space in the middle to be used for your shop. Get with one of our representatives today by calling us at 866-730-9865. Or visit us here in New Mexico at 3205 Industry Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. For any other state give us a call for your quote.


*Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Please contact our sales department for our latest prices.*

Let’s Get Your Vehicles Protected

We’re almost halfway through March, folks! It’s time to get your metal garage ready before the intense heat starts to hit us. Our metal garages will protect your vehicles, equipment, or any valuables you might consider storing inside.


All of our garages come in different sizes. The key to getting a good-sized metal garage is to know the dimensions you’re looking for. Many customers will freeze when we ask what dimensions they want. That won’t stop our experts from recommending certain sizes that will work for you – but keep in mind that if you need the additional space to store something besides your vehicle, it would be better for you to measure the space needed.


Take a look at this 30’W x 31’L x 12’H garage:



There’s plenty of space for your vehicles and enough to fit an average-sized truck inside. It also has a vertical roof, our most recommended roof style, horizontal siding, 2 (two) 10’ x 10’ roll-up doors, 2 (two) 30” x 30” windows, and a 36” x 80” walk-in door.


What if I like the concept of the building, but I need to change the length?


We would be more than happy to customize your metal garage according to your needs. All of the pictures we post are live examples of what we can do. If you need us to customize it, we will do it!


What if I like everything about the building except the colors?


With over 13 (thirteen) different colors to choose from, you can add your personal touch to your metal garage.


Don’t wait too long! Give us a call and let one of our experts help you customize your metal garage! And don’t forget to ask about our financing options!


Want to see our buildings in person? Ask for your local dealer!


*Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Please contact our sales department for our latest prices.*

There’s Still Plenty of Time to Place Your Order

Still debating about getting a brand-new metal workshop for your toys? Don’t know exactly what you’re looking for? You still have enough time to place your order or get help finding the right building for you.


Our metal workshops offer the protection, versatility, and durability that you need. We’re proud to say that all of our metal units are engineer-certified! This means that you won’t have to worry about your metal building not been able to withstand whatever is thrown at it.


It’s extremely recommendable to visit your local building department to get a permit before purchasing your metal unit; the local building department will tell you the exact requirements for your area. Whether your metal building needs to hold over 40 PSF snow loads or withstand winds of over 90 mph, American Steel Carports will certify it.


This 30’W x 51’L x 12’H metal workshop is a perfect example of what we can do:


• Fully Vertical

• 3 – 10’x10′ Roll-Up Doors (on the side) .

• 36″x80″ Walk-In Door (on the side)



Because this metal workshop is fully vertical, it allows natural elements such as dirt, water, and snow to slide off without the need for constant maintenance. Also, having your roll-up doors on the side can give you plenty of advantages when it comes to this type of building, since it’s cheaper to grow in length than in width.


You can customize your metal building, too! Give us a call and ask to speak with one of our sales representatives. The metal workshop of your dreams could be one call away!


Looking for a different style? Call us, and we will help you customize the metal building that suits you best. Financing available!


*Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Please contact our sales department for our latest prices.*

Now is a Great Time to get Yourself a Workshop

We’re already halfway through the month; next thing you know, it’s going to be Spring Break. This year feels like it’s going pretty fast, but you still have enough time to place your order and be ready for the summer and winter!


We specialize in metal buildings. Whether you want a mini-storage, metal barn, simple carport, or more complex building or warehouse, American Steel Carports will be there to make sure that your unit gets installed correctly. Our sales representatives will work with you to ensure that you get exactly what you’re looking for. We can even provide a free sketch for visual purposes!


Take this 30’W x 51’L x 10’H metal workshop as an example of what we’re capable of:


• A-Frame Vertical Roof

• Four (4) – 10’x8′ Roll-Up Doors (on the side)

• Two (2) – 30″x30″ Windows (one on each end)

• 6’x7′ Roll-Up Door (front end)

• 36″x80″ Walk-In Door (back end)



NOTE: Adding roll-up doors on the side of the building can save you some money, since it’s cheaper to grow in length than in width. When the metal building overpasses 30’ in length, we strongly recommend opting for a vertical roof; this will help you avoid any leaks in the future.


You can always share your ideas and thoughts and customize your own building, and we will do our best to make it happen. Remember, the dimensions and additional features (such as garage doors, windows, etc.) can always be changed.


Give us a call! And don’t forget to ask about our financing options. Ask for your local dealer if you want to get a closer look at our available metal buildings.


*Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Please contact our sales department for our latest prices.*