Shades of Steel Building
Jack Hicks needed a carport—not just as a place to park his pickup truck where it was protected
from the elements, but as a spot to entertain and
grill while keeping himself and his party guests
protected from dicey weather as well.
For Hicks, who is from Ohio, heavy duty
construction and a pleasing aesthetic were key
factors in his decision to build with steel. “I also
liked the fact that the company I chose to work
with uses a Galvalume Plus coating.”
The Galvalume Plus coating provides years of
maintenance-free use, which means that Hicks won’t ever have to worry about treating, painting,
or maintaining his metal carport.
The metal carport kit that he used is built to withstand a wide range of climate conditions
through its unique clear-span, single radius, low-profile arched structure that is supported by a 14
gauge beams and posts system. This design provides security and durability against things like
snow and hurricane force winds.
Hicks says it took him and three others only five hours to erect the metal carport, which saved
him the expense of hiring someone to do it.
“Most of our customers assemble and raise the posts, beams, and panels to complete the
construction of their metal carport kit without a contractor,” says Michelle Wickum, marketing
director for SteelMaster Buildings, which sold Hicks his carport. “Each of our metal carports
comes with an easy-to-read and detailed construction manual to aid our customers in
construction, and a SteelMaster Steel Building Specialist and our Customer Service
Representatives are also available should they have any questions during any phase of the
The company’s metal Building kits range in sizes from 12 feet wide up to 20 feet wide and 18
feet to 40 feet in length. Height for the metal carport varies from 9 feet to 15 feet depending on
the width and length of the selected carport. Customizable carports are also available.
“I'm very satisfied with the carport overall,” says Hicks. “The only change I would recommend
is to make the carport about one foot longer. I have a full sized, extended cab pickup truck that is
just short of being fully covered.”
Metal carports can be used for a variety of building applications including: Single Vehicle
Coverage, Multiple Vehicle Covers, RV Storage, Heavy Equipment Covers, Farm Storage, Patio
Covers, Bus Covers, Walkways, Animal Shelters, Boat Lift Covers, Car Wash Covers, Bus Stops
and in Hicks’ case, a place to hold a great party.
By Brenda H. Welch