Terms To Know When Buying A Carport

When searching for carports you might come across terms that you may or may not recognize. This article is to give you a brief explanation of those terms.

Boxed-Eave Trim

Boxed Eve trim is used as a finishing touch on Box Eve-style structures. The trim provides a boxy look on the sides of the structure.

Base Rails

The square tubing on which the legs of the carport sit. Available in 12 gauge or 14 gauge steel.

Concrete Anchors

Anchors used in installations on concrete. Giving the warranty to 90-100 mile wind rate.

Corner Braces

Corner braces help reinforce the structure of the building or carport 4-two foot long corner braces come standard on all structures, and more are available at an additional cost.

Double Truss

Double trusses are used in our triple-wide structures, which begin at 26 feet to 30 feet wide and are designed to provide additional support.

Gable End

A Horizontal Panel that covers from the peak of the building to the eve of the building. Gable Ends can be installed Vertically at an additional cost.


Headers are placed at the top of the door frame when an opening or garage door on the side is requested. They eliminate as many posts as needed. NOTE: They also take away the 1-foot height of clearance.


J-Trim is used as a decorative trim around walk-in doors, windows, vents, and to prevent injury from sharp edges.


L-Trim is used as decoration on the ends of Classical Style structures to provide a finished look. L-Trim is also used around the edges of garage doors and portions of the Boxed Eve-style structures.


Legs are the lengths of square tubing that elevate the top portion of the structure.


Optional window is 30” x 30”.

Walk-in Doors

The optional walk-in door size is 36” x 72”. Can also have 36″ x 80″ upon request.

Mobile-Home Anchors

30″ long Mobile home anchors are used strictly for ground installations. Giving the warranty to 90-100 mile wind rate.


Paneling is 29-gauge steel and comes in standard lengths of 21’, 26’, and 31’ and in thirteen different colors (available at no additional cost).


14-gauge square tubing comes standard but customers can upgrade and make the structure stronger by using 12-gauge square tubing. 12 gauge also comes with a 20-year rustproof warranty on the framing of the structure.


Rebar anchors are approximately 3-foot-long pieces of rebar with a 5/8” nut welded on one end. Rebar anchors are used as temporary anchors.

Ridge Cap

Ridge caps are used on Vertical Style structure roofs only to cover the gap at the peak of the roof, where the separate roofing panels meet.


A truss is a single piece of square tubing bent to make the roof of a structure.


Refers to the thickness of the metal; a lower gauge number indicates thicker metal.


A process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rusting.


A measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. Higher values indicate better insulation.


Decorative detailing is added to improve a carport’s appearance and protect against the elements


Devices used to secure the carport to the ground or foundation.

Base Rail

The lowest horizontal support of a carport forms the base of the structure.


The curved pieces create the roof’s shape and provide support.


Additional supports added to the structure for stability against wind and snow loads.


Indicates that a carport meets specific standards for load and resistance.

Eave Height

The vertical distance from the ground to the edge of the roof.


A decorative trim or panel that covers the ends of the rafters and trusses.


Material used to prevent water penetration at joints or edges.


The underlying base or support for a carport, which can be concrete, asphalt, or even gravel.


The triangular portion of the end wall extends from the eaves to the peak of the roof.


Horizontal beams that provide lateral support to the walls.


A horizontal support beam over openings such as doors or windows.


A type of carport attached to an existing structure, sharing one wall.

Leg Height

The height of the carport’s side from the ground to the eave.


The weight the carport is designed to support, including snow, wind, and roof loads.


A vertical or horizontal structural element that divides sections of the carport.


Horizontal beams that support the roofing material.

Ridge Cap

A piece placed at the peak of the roof to seal the joint between two sloping roof sections.

Sectional Overhead Doors

Garage-style doors that open vertically and are made of several panels.


Window-like openings in the roof for daylight.


The angle of the roof, usually represented as a ratio of vertical rise to horizontal run.

Snow Load

The weight of snow the roof is designed to handle.


The distance between two supporting structures.

Square Footage

The total surface area within the carport’s perimeter.


Vertical supports in the wall framing.


A framework, typically triangular, that supports the roof.

Turnbuckle Braces

Adjustable braces used to maintain tension and stability.

Vapor Barrier

Material used to prevent moisture from penetrating walls or roofs.


Systems or features designed to allow airflow within the carport.


A paneling is applied to the lower part of the walls for aesthetic or protective purposes. This can be a different color to add contrast to your bui,ding design.

Wall Height

The vertical distance from the base rail to the top of the wall panel.
Weather Stripping – Material used to seal gaps around doors and windows against the elements.

Wind Load

The force exerted by the wind on the carport.


Diagonal braces are designed to add rigidity to door panels.

Foundation Anchors

Anchors are used specifically to secure the carport to a foundation.

Insulation Kit

Pre-packaged materials used to insulate a carport for thermal efficiency.

Peak Height

The highest point of the carport, measured from the ground.


Another term for the slope of the roof and indicates its steepness.

Roll-up Door

A door that opens by rolling up on itself, commonly used in commercial applications. The garage doors roll up into a cylinder above the opening rather than pulled back along a track.


The vertical walls on the sides of the carport.

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