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Carports and Garages - 2022 Buyers Guide

Metal Carport


Carport season is upon us and getting a carport or garage is a great idea for anyone looking to protect their vehicles from the elements. If you've decided you're ready to invest in a carport, your next step is to consider the different types of carports and which one is right for you. At Grizzly Shelter we offer a large range of carports and garages in varying sizes, colours, and materials. Keep reading to find out which carport or garage will best suit your needs!

Polycarbonate Carports Vs Steel Carports

We offer two main types of carports - aluminum/polycarbonate and steel/metal. Our polycarbonate carports are built with rust-resistant, anthracite powder-coated aluminum frames, galvanized steel connectors and polycarbonate roof panels that let natural sunlight through while still offering 100% UV protection. Our steel carports on the other hand are built with either steel or rust-resistant aluminum frames and a steel galvanized roof. Both options are built to withstand the tough Canadian weather and come with great snow load/wind ratings. Ultimately, the choice between polycarbonate vs. steel comes down to largely visual appearance as well as snow/wind loads and cost.  Of course your intended use for the carport is also important as the steel carports come with generally larger width and height size options. 

Polycarbonate Carports  

Palram polycarbonate carport

Polycarbonate carports offer many great benefits and are sure to impress with their sleek and modern appearance. Palram, our manufacturer for polycarbonate carports, is a 50 year old Israeli company that holds the patent for nearly bullet-proof polycarbonate. This polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable, shatter resistant and 100% UV protected - keeping your vehicles truly safe from the elements. The panels will not discolour, fracture or become brittle over time. Our polycarbonate carports come in quick and easy DIY assembly kits, with ready to assemble pre-cut panels and pre-drilled aluminum frames. Polycarbonate has become a popular choice for outbuildings over the years as it is sturdy and withstands tough weather conditions, perfect for Canadian winters!  

See our assortment of polycarbonate carports below;

*psf = pounds per square foot. Generally, 1 pound per square foot = 1 inch of average moisture snow*

 Model Panel Thickness Snow/Wind Rating Light Transmission Size Warranty
Victoria 6mm twin wall 22 psf / 90 kmh 15% 9.5' W x 16' L 10 years
Arcadia 6mm twin wall 30.7 psf / 120 kmh 15% 11.9' W x 14.2'-49.2' 10 years
Arizona Breeze 5000 2mm clear panels 15.4 psf / 120 kmh 90% Single car OR Double car 10 years
Arizona Wave 5000 1mm corrugated panels 15.4 psf / 120 kmh 10% Single car OR Double car

10 years

 Palram polycarbonate carport

Arizona Breeze 5000 Single Carport.  

Palram polycarbonate double carport

Arizona Breeze 5000 Double Carport. 

Can I Customize My Polycarbonate Carport?

Although we don't offer custom sizes, we do have many extensions available for our do-it-yourself polycarbonate carport kits. For example, our Arcadia Carport comes in a base size of 11'9" wide x 14'2" long x 7'11" high, but can be extended up to 28'2" long or longer (via 7 foot extensions), which easily accommodates two vehicles. Leg extensions can also be added to raise the height an additional 2 feet 6 inches to 3 feet 7 inches to accommodate taller vehicles or RV's. Our Arizona series carports can be attached together using our EZ Connector system to create a double carport. 

How Do I Anchor My Polycarbonate Carport To The Ground?

Our Polycarbonate carports require a solid, level surface for the included anchoring foot-pads and concrete anchors which allow you to secure the carport to a surface of your choosing. This allows for easy and convenient relocation of your new carport! Find more anchoring and foundation information here.

carport anchor system

Steel and Metal Carports 

steel metal carport

Steel and Metal carports are strong, robust and durable. They hold up great against even the toughest weather conditions, with their high snow load/wind ratings. Steel carports have the added advantage of coming in a large variety of sizes and being able to accommodate larger vehicles, multiples vehicles and even your outdoor recreational vehicles such as RV's.

We carry three main types of Steel carports - our Arrow carports are an all-steel engineered carport (pictured above), made of tough all-steel, powder coated 2 inch tube frame with a heavy-duty, galvanized steel roof. Secondly we offer the Sojag Carport, a 12x20 Metal carport (pictured below) with an aluminum frame and steel roof. Designed with a sloped ribbed roof system to easily shed snow, rain and ice. This second option is our most contemporary looking steel carport and makes a great addition to any home!

Lastly, our fully-enclosed ShelterLogic Carport is made with a steel frame and fabric covering to protect your equipment. Choose the thickness of your fabric (9oz or 14.5oz) and your structure length (20, 25 or 30 feet). This heavy duty garage has a high snow load rating of 43 psf and a wind rating of 80 mph. 


steel garage


Looking for more coverage and protection? Our Everest Steel Garage With Rollup Door is a great option. This sturdy steel garage comes in a variety of sizes and boasts a 20 year warranty and fully lockable doors. The Murryhill Arrow Steel Garage is very popular as well. This prefab building is thoughtfully designed to hold virtually anything you want to store, from small vehicles to bikes or extra household items. 

See our assortment of steel carports and garages below;

*psf = pounds per square foot. Generally, 1 pound per square foot = 1 inch of average moisture snow*

 Model Snow/Wind Rating Size Warranty Enclosed?
12x20 Metal Carport (Sojag) 12x20 5 year roof / 1 year structure Fabric enclosure sold separately
Steel Metal Carport (Arrow) 35 psf / 100 mph 10-12x15-38 10 years Fabric enclosure sold separately
20 Foot Wide Steel Carport (Arrow) 35 psf / 100 mph 20x20, 20x24, 20x29 or longer 10 years Fabric enclosure sold separately
Truck or Boat Garage Carport 43 psf / 80 mph 12x20, 12x25, 12x30, 12x40 1 year 9oz fabric / 10 year 14.5oz fabric Fabric covering included
Steel Garage With Rollup Door (Sojag) 35 psf / 100 mph 12x10, 12x15, 12x20, 12x25, 12x30 20 years Fully enclosed garage
Steel Garage (Arrow) 25 psf / 100 mph 12-14x10-31 12 years Fully enclosed garage


 Can I Customize My Steel Carport?

While we don't offer customizations, our steel carports come in a large variety of sizes ranging from 10-20 feet wide and 15-38 feet long. You can add height with a raised/pony wall concrete foundation, cinder blocks or pressure treated 4x4s. 

Can I Enclose My Carport?

Fabric enclosures can be purchased for almost all of our Steel carports. Our Arrow Enclosure Kits include drive-through panels on both the front and back and heat-sealed seams for 100% water resistance - further protecting your vehicles all-year round! 

How Do I Anchor My Steel Carport To The Ground?

Our Arrow Steel Carports come with a set of 300 pound pull-strength ground auger anchors to keep it secured to the ground. Our Sojag Carport is pre-drilled for easy anchoring to the ground. Find more anchoring and foundation information here.  

What About RV, Boat and Trailer Storage? 

steel RV carport


Not to worry! we offer that as well :) If you like the sound of our Steel Carports, you're in luck because we have one specifically made for RV's. The Steel RV Carport is 14 feet tall, and will easily protect your RV from tough weather conditions with it's 35 psf snow load rating and 100 mph wind rating. If it's a boat or trailer enclosure that you're after, check out our Round Garage for RV, Boat and Trailer. This structure provides a great compact storage solution for really anything you need - boats, lawn equipment, patio furniture. It features a premium powder coated steel frame, and strong waterproof fabric. 

Looking For Something Even Bigger?

Our Custom Heavy Snow Load Garage is 14 feet wide and can be made up to 50 feet long. These premium shelters live up to their name with a 120 psf snow rating and a 180 mph wind rating. These are custom made in the US and shipped to Canada, so lead time is approximately 5 to 8 weeks depending on your location in Canada, time of year, shipping delays etc. 


large enclosed carport


Do I Need a Building Permit?

Generally, any structure over 10 square metres (108 square feet) for a non-temporary building may require a permit. See more information on building permits here. 

If you still have questions about Carports and Garages, please contact us here at Grizzly Shelter and we will be happy to help!