The north Atlanta area has its share of older homes. These homes are a delight to behold, from the historic to the simply elegant. However, their age often means that the designer did not design the house with a garage or protection for the modern-day commuter. Instead, a carport is the most advanced vehicle parking option in many of these homes. Some may consider adding a garage door for a carport.

Can You Put a Garage Door on a Carport?

Many people find that a carport is not enough security for their homes. They opt instead to have a closed garage with garage doors. They choose garage doors that match the architecture of their homes, no matter the style of the residence. However, there is often an assortment of concerns about the transition and beyond.

Is it cost-effective?

According to sites such as Angies List, a standard conversion from a single-car carport to a single-car garage can range between $8,000 and $10,000. This will vary depending on the products used, the garage’s size, the thickness of the garage door insulation, and the type of garage door opener. Converting a double carport to a garage will be more; in fact, anticipate it being closer to $25,000.

Will the garage doors work with my home’s architectural style?

Many styles are available in today’s garage doors, so no matter the look of your home’s exterior, you are sure to find garage doors that work for your home’s appearance.

What additional features are available?

Depending on the size of the carport, you can add other features such as shelving, a laundry area, a workspace, or any other element, such as swapping a carport for a garage.

Where is the carport located?

The type of garage and materials used can be affected by the walls of the main house the carport shares. When the carport shares a wall with a kitchen, the builders will need to construct a wall opposite the new garage. The contractor may need to build wall materials and possibly flooring if the garage is located on a side of the home where drainage is insufficient.

What about safety?

If a living space is above your carport, the garage will need a fire-rated wall or ceiling. In addition, the contractor will need to ensure the garage doors are fire-resistant and spring-loaded, rather than a roll-up garage door, so it closes automatically.

What is allowed, and who does what?

Before beginning any building project, follow up on any HOA rules and determine whether you, the builder, or the garage door team are responsible for getting the building permit. The HOA will vary from place to place. Of course, if your home is on the historical registry, you will also need to check with them.

What about time of year?

As expected, certain times of the year are better for converting a carport to a garage. The busiest times of year are spring and fall, so if you can wait, you may often get a better price and more flexible build schedule by choosing to make the conversion in one of the off-seasons. It should be noted, however, that a winter build might require the builders to use small space heaters or tarps to keep out inclement weather.

Can any carport be converted into a garage?

Not necessarily. This will depend greatly on the height and width of the existing carport. Sometimes, older homes have smaller carports, and renovating them to install a garage door instead of a carport can be a significant challenge. It may also be difficult to make the conversion look seamless or as though it were part of the original design.

Is one type of garage door better for carports than another?

This often depends more on budget, building codes, and design than anything else. However, a good choice when choosing a garage door for a carport is the roll-up garage door.

Like any home renovation project, there are always pros and cons.

Pros:

  • A garage/garage doors mean that your vehicles have complete protection from the elements of the Georgia weather.
  • A garage door offers an additional level of home security.
  • When properly insulated, your garage is the perfect place to work or provide extra storage. Plus, you can close the garage doors to keep curious eyes and hands away.
  • Typically, people find a garage more attractive than a carport.
  • Converting to a garage rather than a carport will add value to your home, especially when the contractor makes the conversion complement the existing architecture.

Cons:

  • Adding a garage can be pricey due to the materials and labor needed.
  • There are strict building requirements for a garage regarding the materials, building process, and needed fire-rated building materials.

Contact CSS Garage Doors for a Garage Door for Your Carport

Converting your carport to a garage is a great way to update the look of your Atlanta area home. If you have additional questions about a garage door for a carport-to-garage conversion, be sure to contact the pros at CSS Garage Doors. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you make the decision.