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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Carports & Metal Buildings

How long before my product is installed?
Delivery times vary depending on how far you are from the manufacturer's nearest facility. Typically our delivery times run from 10-20 business days. In more remote locations lead-times range from 4-8 weeks. If you already have your site prepped and can accept immediate delivery please make a note on your order that you are ready for delivery.
This is why only a small portion of the sales price, (10% - $595.00 to $1,999.00, 12% - $2.000.00 to $3,999.00. and 15% - $4,000.00 and up), and no sales tax is required to order. The balance, (85% to 90% of the sales price, plus the sales tax), is only paid when the work has been completed and your product has been installed. Call before you order and we can find out if there are any delays in your area.

What do I need to do before my metal building arrives for installation?
Here is a checklist of things to do before an factory trained authorized installation subcontractor arrives to put up you building:
1. Mark any utility lines running underneath planned installation site. If you do not know the exact location of any water, gas, or electric lines please call 811 to have them come out and mark the lines free of charge.
2. Prepare level lot: move earth if necessary to create a level installation surface. Sites must not be more than 3” off level to avoid any cut leg fees or other additional labor/ return trip fees.
3. The installation of buildings upon concrete retaining walls or on shipping containers will be addressed on a case by case basis. Please email us pictures and a brief description of what you need.
4. Clear any and all obstacles in and around the installation site such as cars, recreational vehicles, and debris to avoid a build over fee. Additional labor fees can be found on pricing sheets underneath additional options.
5. Installation crews need a minimum of 36” all around the building to fasten any wall paneling, end wall framing, and trim.
6. Have payment ready before the arrival of the installation crew. A small unit such as 18×21 carport will only take the installation crew about 45 minutes to complete. Remember the installation crew could have more appointments after yours to complete.
7. Any safety requirements must be disclosed to Metal Carport Depot before purchase of unit. We must be aware of any safety training or safety classes/videos our installation contractors must complete prior to installation. Such requirements must be noted on purchase order before it is submitted.

Site preparation is crucial to ensuring a smooth installation. Failure to adequately prepare your site could result in additional labor charges or even a return trip fee by the manufacturer which is either $150.00 or 5 % of the building price whichever is higher

What are the roof designs that are available?
The Regular Style, (Standard Rolled-Corner Type), and the Boxed Eave Style, (or A-Frame Type), both come standard with the Horizontal Roof Design. The Boxed Eave Style can also be built with the Vertical Roof Design. Each style can be constructed with either the 14 Gauge or 12 Gauge Frame. The ridges of the steel panels in a Horizontal Roof design run parallel to the sides of the carport or building. On a Vertical Roof Design, the ridges of the steel panels run from the top of the carport or building to the sides. Both Styles and Roof Types can also serve as the metal frame for any Full or Partial Wall Enclosure, or almost any type of custom job you may require. We strongly recommend the Vertical Roof Design on all structures over 31 Ft. long.

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Why should I consider a vertical roof versus a horizontal roof in my metal building?
The maximum length of a horizontal panel in most area is 31'. Any carport or building over 31' will have two panels seamed. This does have the possibility of leaking in the future. Also as explained on sections of the website, the ridges of the steel panels in a horizontal roof run parallel to the sides and ridge of the carport or garage. Water, snow, etc., will drain to the front and back of the building, towards the door openings. If the building is perfectly level, water will ten to pond on a horizontally installed roof. On a vertical roof, the ridges of the steel panels run from the top of the carport or garage to the sides. This roof configuration displaces water, snow, etc., much more efficiently, and water will not pond on the roof. You receive a 20 Year Limited Rust Thru Warranty On All Lengths Of Vertical Roof Style Metal Carports & Metal Buildings, but on Horizontal Roofs Only Up To 31' long are covered under the warranty. Please call us at 1-800-324-5315 for more information.

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What materials are used to make the structures?
The majority of components utilized in our frames are made of 2 1/4" by 2 1/4" galvanized steel tubing for 12 gauge buildings and 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" for 14 gauge buildings. Some manufacturers use a 2 1/4" 14 gauge or a 2" x 3" 14 gauge frame.


Parking Guidelines:
First measure the width of each vehicle or piece of equipment you want to protect and get a total. Then take that total and add 5' to it. This should accommodate the opening of the doors to each vehicle or room to store the equipment and move around. Remember that all photos on our website are for illustration purposes only. So that means the picture you may be looking at may not actually represent the true width and length of the one you are ordering.

Or you may use the following guideline to park cars, trucks, or SUVs:
12' Wide Carport: 1 Car, Truck, or SUV
18' Wide Carport: 2 Compact Cars, Compact Trucks, or Compact SUVs
20' Wide Carport: 2 Mid-Sized Cars, Mid-Sized Trucks, or Mid-Sized SUV's
22' Wide Carport: 2 Full Size Cars, Full Size Trucks, or Full Size SUV's
24' Wide Carport: 2 Full or Over-Sized Cars, Full or Over-Sized Trucks, Full or Over-Sized SUV's.

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What methods are used to anchor the carport and garages?
There are three anchoring types. If the structure were to be mounted to a concrete pad or footing, then traditional concrete wedge anchors would be used. We offer a 30-inch rebar anchor that is intended for use when a structure is mounted directly to a dirt or gravel surface. On our certified buildings, a helical mobile home anchor is used. On non-certified structures, these can be purchased as an optional item.

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How long does it take from the time I place my order until the time the building is installed?
The majority of our installations are completed in 3-6 weeks!

What are the tallest legs that can be ordered?
The tallest legs that can be ordered are 12 feet. Our installation professionals are equipped with the tools to handle installations of up to 12 feet. In some areas we can offer legs/walls up to 16', call for quotes

What preparation should be completed before my building is installed?
Insure that the site designated for product installation is a flat and square surface. In order to provide you with affordable products with quick installation, site preparation as well as building permits, are the responsibility of the customer. The customer is responsible for any local permits, covenant searches, rights of way, set-back restrictions, etc.

Will ordering direct from the manufacturer result in a lower price?
No! They don't even take your order, and even if they did, the price will not be any lower. They would prefer that you visit us, a partner/dealer. We are available more days and hours than anybody at any of the manufacturers. We are paid to answer your questions and assist you in placing your order with the manufacturer's factory.

What are the on center spacing of the frame legs/bows?
As a general rule, the spacing of the frame legs/bows are 4 feet or 5 feet on center, depending on snow and wind load certification.

If installing a garage door what leg height would I need?
If installing garage door centered on the end (width of building) the leg height can be the same height as the garage door. If installing two garage doors on the end (depending on width of building) the legs need to be 1 foot to two feet taller than the doors. If installing a garage door on the side (length of building) the legs need to be 2 feet taller than the door.

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Where are your manufacturing facilities and what states do you offer free delivery and installation?
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WV, & WI.

Manufacturers We Represent Have Factories Located Near These Cities To Serve You: Nacogdoches TX, Mount Airy NC, Dickson TN, Sasser GA, Clovis NM, Clearfield PA, Hattiesburg OR, Fresno CA, Bethany MO, Effingham IL, Jackson GA, Gainesboro TN, Tyler Tx, Pioneer OH, Wilkes-Barre PA, Kewanee IL, Joshua TX, Everett WA, & Colusa CA.

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*20 Year Limited Rust Thru Warranty On All Horizontal Roofs Up To 31' Long & On All Lengths Of Vertical Roof Style Metal Carports & Metal Buildings.
Free Eagle is only available on Eagle Carport Products.