The A-Frame Carport , or sometimes known as a ‘boxed eve’ carport, is a metal structure built in the same design as a traditional American house. BetterMetalBuildings offers the a-frame carport with a horizontal or vertical roof. The more economical horizontal roof utilizes the strength of the metal roof panels in its industrial design to reduce materials required for the strong structure.
A-Frame horizontal carports are available in both 12 and 14 gauge steel framing. The 12 gauge steel is stronger and comes with a 20 year rust through warranty. For a stronger building, extra braces, bows, and anchors can be added. Certifying a building guarantees the building to meet specified building codes and regulars as well as insuring a stronger building.
Certify an a-frame horizontal carport to make sure it meets or exceeds local building codes and regulations. BetterMetalBuildings can certify carports to meet wind and snow load requirements almost anywhere. Certifying a carport adds the necessary bows, braces, and requires stronger anchors to meet wind loads of 90+ mph and snow loads starting at 20 and 40 lbs per inch. Higher certification is available, just ask a BetterMetalBuildings representative or Authorized dealer for more details.
Options and extras – Options that are available for the A-Frame horizontal carport include gabled ends, extra panels, extra braces, extra bows and legs, height extensions, pitch adjustment (standard pitch is 3/12), concrete anchors, mobile home anchors, optional ground concrete supports, 12 gauge upgrade, certification, roof insulation, and 12 color options.
Gabled ends – Gabled ends the top of an end that fills the triangular space formed between the tops of the legs and the peak of the building. A gabled end reduces the clearance height but adds more support while making the steel building look more refined. Gabled ends can be added to the front, back or both ends of a metal carport.
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Clearance – When determining the clearance of an a-frame horizontal building you will start with your leg height. The roof has a standard pitch of 3/12, meaning that for every 12 feet of width, the roof will rise 3 feet. To make math easier, that is the same as a ¼ pitch, so for every 4’ over, go up one foot. From the top of the legs to the point at which the roof begins to slop is about six inches on the a-frame carports. To break this down on an example of an 18’ wide a-frame carport with a leg height of 6 foot, you will calculate the clearance as follows: First take the leg height of 6’ and add the 6” to the roof where it starts to slope. Now you’re at 6’6”. Next you will move towards the peak (or center of the building) and count 4 feet in, then move up 1 foot. Now at 4’ inward you have a clearance of 7’6”. Do this until you reach the peak of the building. In this case it is 9’ from a leg to the peak so the rise will be 2’4” plus the original 6” from the leg, plus the leg height. So, in total, the peak will have a clearance of about 8’10”. However, you must take in account for the top brace that will lower your peak by a few inches.
Cement or Ground installation – Every carport from BetterMetalBuildings comes with Free delivery and installation weather it is on ground or cement. When a carports is being installed on cement it will come with cement anchor bolts that are pounded into a drilled hole and then bolted o the base rail of the carport. When a carport is being installed on the ground, it is the customers’ responsibility to level the ground and call the ‘call before you dig’ people. Carports on the ground are installed with the standard pin anchors. The pin anchors are classified as temporary and it is recommended that buyers upgrade to stronger anchors if wind or snow conditions are a threat. The pin anchor is a 3’ rebar anchor with a nail head top, and is pounded into the ground through the base rail of the carport.