Are Metal Carports Better Than Metal Garages?

For some people the answer is in black and white. They know exactly what they want, how they need it, and where it's going to be installed.


That might not be the case for you.

You might have done some research already and have found the pros and cons of carports and metal garages.

Is there a difference between a carport and garage?

                       CARPORTS                                                         GARAGES                                                               

No concrete pad needed

Needs a concrete pad

Can be open on some or all l sides (Maybe attached to another building) 

Sheeting on all 4 walls


More Expensive

Covers automobiles

Completely protects automobiles


Whether you get a carport or a garage and both are made of metal, they will both rank high for durability.

Hurricane-Rated structure is used to building steel carports and steel garages so that your vehicles and other motor toys are safe from hurricanes and other types of extreme weather conditions.

This DOES NOT mean that all steel can withstand a hurricane, but rather, it is the way the building is designed and secured. 

Hurricane rated carports withstand hurricane winds, however, they are not meant to protect your vehicles while an actual hurricane is approaching.

Their main purpose is to cover your vehicles from the sun and normal rain conditions.


Metal buildings can come in a variety of colors. The colors can be customized from the walls, the doors, roof, trim, and you can even do strips, if that's your thing! Try Out Our Custom Building Color Selector!


There's no limit on how big or small you want your carport to be. 

Solar panels are a great option for buildings that are in states with a ton of sunshine.


Carports can be used for personal or commercial use. Either of these options will be up to the state/ county with what is and isn't allowed as far as permits and regulations go.

Rules and regulations...

vary state to state, and neighborhood to neighborhood.

Check to make sure what your zone laws are for having a metal building.

SHOW ROOMS are another great example of what carports are used for.

PARKING LOTS can sometimes have carports so that [some] of the cars can be covered from the sun and/ or rain whether it is at a mall, gas station, or even a school.

ADDITION TO YOUR HOME There's no limitations on where a carport can go, even attached to your home or commercial building is a great, and popular choice. 


MBMI creates a custom look that is unique to your needs; our designers and engineers help you throughout the process of your project.

American Steel is used to create these hurricane approved carports and the customizations are second to none.

Metal carport prices can vary from state to state. But for a good reference a carport and a garage that are both 30 x 40x12 could be around: $9K VS. $12k.


Can be made as simplistic as possible...

Meaning, you can just have it as a roof system and not have any walls around the structure.

Durability is a huge advantage, but not all companies can uphold that promise.

With that being said...

MBMI prides itself on the high-quality products used to create not only their carports but with each and every building that was created.

Affordable and tend to be cheaper than a fully-enclosed garage. This is a great option for those that do not need to have a fully enclosed building for their vehicles.


Keep in mind, the only way a car port is really cheaper is if it is a non-rigid frame.

I-beam constructed buildings are A LOT stronger which can increase the price compared to other companies that use cheaper and weaker materials.

Carports protect your vehicle

They require little maintenance...

With our buildings being mold and termite resistant, there is very little maintenance that goes into owning an MBMI product as well as having a 40-year warranty on the paint of the building.