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The 8 Best Free Standing Garden Awnings – [By FIM]

Best Free Standing Garden Awnings: Buy free standing garden awnings and giant-sized stand-alone umbrellas by FIM, one of the largest manufacturers of shade structures in North America. Choose retractable free standing awning designs with rust-free aluminum frames and Sunbrella canopies in oval, rectangular or hexagonal shapes; prices start under $1,300. Buy motorized electric awnings that retract (which can stand alone in a garden) for about $1,700, and illuminate your outdoor areas with patio awning lights – between $20 and $95 for complete sets.

Free Standing Garden Awnings by FIM

Affordable Giant Umbrella-Style Awnings

Stand-alone shade structures aren’t cheap – most garden awning designs are priced between $2,000 – $3,000 for anything that tilts and has weather resistant fabric canopies and rust-free frames. However, one of the more affordable alternatives on the market costs $1,290. It’s the FIM C-series oval canopy (with UV / stain resistant acrylic Sunbrella outdoor fabric) in valance or market models, measuring 8 by 12 feet. Included are the powder-coated aluminum frames (or an optional deck-mount base) and the weather resistant canopy in 16 standard Sunbrella fabric colors.

Free Standing Garden Awnings

The C07 and C08 FIM structures tilt for different angles and open and close with a crank mechanism, yet are completely free standing awning-style umbrellas that can be placed in a garden, over a pool or attached to a deck floor.

The FIM collection of giant umbrellas and freestanding awning designs are some of the most versatile and affordable stand-alone shade structures on the market. Order the C07 Market Style Freestanding (Model C07+MFSB000), and your shipment will be sent from CSN Stores within a week to ten days.

Rectangular Free Standing Garden Awnings

While the umbrella style awnings are the most affordable, FIM also creates classic rectangular designs in the T series collection. The T15 freestanding garden awnings (T15/GIB stand-alone design or the same model with a deck mount base) has an antique beige Sunbrella fabric canopy (which is an 8 by 12-foot rectangular shade), a completely weather resistant powder-coated aluminum frame (with tilting features) plus a valance, and retails for $2,460. Order online and receive your shipment via CSN Stores. The 2-year warranty is covered by FIM manufacturing (a manufacturing company that’s based in Canada).

Garden Umbrella Stand Classics and Innovations

T18 Cantilevered Retractable Free Standing Awning

The T18 and T16 Cantilevered Freestanding Awning, side retractable model, by FIM is designed specifically to cover large deck or patios that are subject to prolonged UV exposure. That’s why this free standing awning offers double crossbar support to cover 10 by 15-foot areas with a high-end Sunbrella fabric canopy and an aluminum framework that’s powder coated, rust resistant (comes with  2-year manufacturer’s warranty) and can be tilted and retracted as required. It’s priced at about $2,950 and can be ordered online (shipping from CSN). Similar to the offset umbrella styles, the rectangular free-standing awnings by FIM can be used in several ways. So, when ordering, you can choose a ground insert design or the deck-mount plate (may cost extra).

FIM Manufacturing offers installation manuals for both the T16 and T18 models that explain which base or mounting structure will work best in different areas. Those used as garden awnings, and not mounted to a deck, will use the ground inserts. These are stainless steel sleeves which can be secured into a cement base with top plates. The tubes that are inserted can be removed or added as needed and when the tubes are not present, only the top plates remain and therefore provide a smooth surface.

Is it Possible to Buy FIM Awnings Direct from Manufacturer?

Buying awnings direct from FIM Manufacturing (in BC Canada) doesn’t seem possible unless it’s for custom designs, wholesale purchases, or FIM distributors. For retail customers, ordering the products is easy through online retailers. To choose the options, you desire, including canopy colors and bases, click images/links and you’ll be taken to a secure shopping area.

Note: Prices can vary depending on the color/design of the outdoor fabric you choose and the mounting kits you require for installation.

Manuals: you can download installation manuals for awnings direct from the FIM website at

Customizing Your FIM Freestanding Awning

The free standing awning designs by FIM, for garden, deck, patio or pool areas may be customized. Metal frames come in three colors:

  1.  Textured Graphite
  2.   Textured Taupe
  3.   Gloss White

Choose a Textured Graphite aluminum frame finish for R02, C02TK, C05, C08, P-Series, T15, T18, and the XS5/G, XL7, XL8. Textured Taupe is available for the C06, T13, T16 and XS5/T models. Pure Gloss White aluminum frames can be had for R01, C03, C04, C07, T12, and T17.

All the FIM freestanding awning designs, including the large umbrella models, are made with the Sunbrella outdoor fabric as canopies. The basic 16 Sunbrella colors that FIM keeps in stock, and can be used to customize your shade structure, are:

  1.    Natural / Natural Mesh
  2.    Antique Beige / Beige Mesh
  3.    Heather Beige / Heather Mesh
  4.    Black / Black Mesh
  5.    Taupe
  6.    Dupione Papaya
  7.    Fern
  8.    Tuscan
  9.    Terra
  10.    Dupione Cornsilk
  11.    Sesame Linen
  12.    Dupione Palm
  13.    Parrot
  14.    Glacier
  15.    Linen Curacao
  16.    Capri

Discover other collections of outdoor shade products, such as the P – Series awning umbrellas which ship through CSN.

Versatile Hexagonal Free Standing Awnings For Poolside or Garden

One of the more unique and versatile free-standing awnings that FIM makes is the Hexagonal C – Series umbrella/awning design. The most affordable is the C05 in the market style with Heather Beige Sunbrella fabric (and a deck mount plate) for between $1,250 – $1,145, although the offset-free standing base is the most versatile and is the one pictured, it must be chosen separately.View more options by going to the shopping page where you can place orders online and receive shipments within a week or two.

Lifetime Metal Shed Kits 

(Select the C05+MDMT5476 model with the 10.5-foot hexagonal canopy. The Offset Base Option includes a powder-coated two-piece base design where the pole doesn’t obstruct the front or sides of the shaded area because the weight is “offset” towards the back of the structure. To order the offset option will add $87 to the total price.)

What About Electric Awnings in the Garden?

Electric awnings, usually termed motorized retractable awnings (especially the top models made by SunSetter Awnings) are designed to be attached to a “structure,” such as a patio wall, the front of a porch or the beams near a backyard deck. Freestanding electric awnings that retract at the push of a button are available though not very common (see Oasis model below); nevertheless, it’s possible to add any of the SunSetter motorized devices to a garden summerhouse, a pergola structure or even to gazebos.

Motorized units can be installed in a garden area by mounting the devices/canopies to almost any free standing wooden, aluminum or metal shade structure. Most of the electric awnings by Sunsetter, such as the Retractable Motorized Pro 15 by 10-foot design retail for about $2,000 – $2,300 and can be purchased online (via Amazon) and will ship from distributors such as Stacks and Stacks. Having an electric awning in a garden setting will require some planning to ensure you have an adequate stand-alone structure in place onto which the motorized retractable shade canopy can be mounted.

Discover various other alternatives in related posts that deal with other options for Home Porch Awning designs and Motorized Retractable Porch Awnings such as the OASIS Retractable Awning by SunSetter that’s a free standing unit and retails for about $1,700.

Eucalyptus – The 7 Best Alternative to Teak Patio Furniture

Shop for the OASIS electric awning that’s a free standing structure ideal for gardens, with a natural linen canopy (which will ship from CSN) and costs $1,695.76.

Adding Awning Lights

For making any outdoor area (with a shade structure) more functional for the evening and nighttime use, it’s recommended to add the final touch – lighting. For free standing garden awnings or motorized retractable electric coverings on a porch or patio, a set of awning lights can be easily added.

The Sunsetter patio lights are specially designed for withstanding the outdoor elements because they’re made from Lexan, an unbreakable proprietary material that’s also waterproof. Soft bulbs (somewhat bronzed but officially termed “smoked”) offer a mellow non-glaring glow and come in sets of six on a stretchy cord with twenty feet extra that runs from where the bulbs end to where an outlet can be reached.

The set of six awning lights costs about $100 and the hooks to attach them (Camco Fabric Awning Hooks) come in packs of seven. The awning lights and hooks work for caravan awnings# or permanent canopies over decks at home. Order a set of the SunSetter Patio Awning Lights and they’ll be shipped to you through Comfort Channel.

For something decorative, try the art deco Mission-Tiffany Style Lantern Lights made by Universal Lighting and Décor (and shipped from Lamps Plus) for just under $20 a set. The strings of mini tiffany lanterns come with 10 lights that have a bronze finish and tiny colored panes for soft evening radiance. This set of patio awning lights come with spare bulbs, connectors, fuses, and are strung onto a green cord that’s about 11.5 feet long. Order your sets of Mission-Tiffany Style Lantern Lights.

For more ideas on how to create practical and decorative outdoor spaces, browse related posts with ideas for things like hot tub gazebo designs, where to buy pergola kits, how to choose the best garage kits and how to order high-quality metal shed and outdoor storage units.

Pergola Kits and Spa Gazebos Ideas

We also offer suggestions for buying eucalyptus wood items as a way to save money instead of choosing expensive teak patio furniture, and how to get deck furniture (that looks like wicker) that’s completely weather resistant because it’s resin.

Outdoor Patio Covers is all about helping you create an outdoor space that’s functional, comfortable and long-lasting. That’s why we’ve chosen to include posts that deal with outdoor cushions that are stain and UV resistant, as well as patio furniture cover designs that have been engineered to protect furniture even in harsh winter conditions.

Discover the world of summerhouse design as playhouses for kids, work areas, studios, and spare rooms. Choose a Summer House in the European styles or from American SolidBuild Kits.

Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture

Learn how to plan an outdoor / beach wedding using garden arch trellises for walkways and decorative accents and how to select the right canopy tent that will accommodate your guests for sit-down dinners or casual buffets. Decorate your bridal areas and garden arch trellises with lights – find out where to shop for the items you need and learn which products have received the highest customer satisfaction ratings.

Lifetime Metal Shed Kits [& Other Steel Structures]

Lifetime Metal Shed Kits: Top rated storage buildings by Lifetime – experts in the prefabricated metal shed designs that don’t bend, dent, buckle or crack. Buy the best outdoor shed structures that combine steel reinforcement with high-density polyurethane for exceptional strength and durability without maintenance.

Lifetime Metal Shed Kits

The Lifetime metal shed kits are sturdy, UV resistant and come in 7 to 15-foot designs, with the smallest units priced under $850. These high-end steel sheds can be expanded to custom dimensions using extension kits that start under $200. Order your metal shed and get free shipping within the United States.

Reinforced Steel Sheds with Maintenance-free HDPE

While standard metal sheds may be prone to rust, the Lifetime steel sheds are rust resistant and maintenance-free. They’re uniquely crafted with HDPE (high-density polyurethane) that are reinforced with steel. The dual materials offer strength and protection from UV deterioration while requiring no painting or annual maintaining.

Lifetime Metal Shed Kits

Although the Lifetime metal shed models are too numerous to describe each in detail, as an example of the quality, features, and price, consider model number 6405, metal storage shed that’s 8-by 10 feet. This is the design that retails for just over $1,000 and features skylights, a window, interior shelves, peg strips, and corner storage boxes.
All hardware for these prefabricated steel sheds are included in the kits along with three steel roof trusses (A-frame trusses), a slip-proof floor, steel reinforced door and galvanized hinges/handles/latches/locks, a non-shattering polycarbonate windowpane, four polypropylene skylights, and all the screws required for assembly.

The entire structure is built from steel that’s powder-coated for rust resistance, and the walls are double-sided high-density polyethylene resistant to cracking and denting as well as being fully UV resistant.

How Resistant and durable are the Lifetime metal shed structures?

They’re not called “lifetime” for nothing. They come with a 10-year warranty, which says a lot. Buy the Lifetime metal shed kit, and choose to add a 2.5-foot extension for just $199.99. Shop online and purchase the steel Lifetime sheds from retail outlets you trust.

Are you worried about snow collapsing the roof?

Stop worrying! The Lifetime steel roof trusses are designed to withstand snow during winter and protect the structure from denting or bending. Unlike many cheap metal shed kits, the Lifetime products have A-frame steel roof trusses that provide exceptional support and allow for a high ceiling, so air circulates. No more stuffy, musty, dingy storage areas. Take a look at how practical these steel sheds can be in your backyard. The roof trusses support the structure from within, so they remained safe and protected year-round in the steel sheds that come with a ten-year warranty.

ShelterLogic Metal Carports / Canopies & Metal Covers for Vehicles by Arrow

While we’re talking about metal and steel products for the outdoors, it’s worth noticing (although we wish Lifetime had metal carports and garages in the same design as their storage sheds) that some of the best metal garages and carports are those by ShelterLogic.

There are high-end options, but just as a quick example of what’s available, look at the ShelterLogic 10 by 20-foot metal carports that can be extended, used open with canopies or closed with sidewalls. Choose the basic models or add extension kits and create your steel garage design with a lightweight, heavy-duty canopy covering.

A metal carport by ShelterLogic can cost as little as $100, although the one we feature is mid-priced at about $330 and it’s a good overall size for most vehicles.

Are you looking for more permanent structures than steel garages with canopies? Then have a look at the Arrow sheds, and metal cover carports that have solid roofs and are free-standing units that measure about 10-by 20 feet (in prefabricated kits) sold ready to assemble.

Look for the Arrow Free Standing metal carport designs such as the CP1020 metal cover that’s available online through trusted distributors. The Arrow 10 by 10-foot metal carport is cheaper – about $1,000. Choose which metal carport design suits your space by browsing other products from Arrow and ShelterLogic.

Versatube Steel Garages in Funky Colors

If you need something more sturdy, almost industrial-strength, as a metal cover for a boat, RV or large vehicle, we suggest the metal cover designs by Versatube Building Systems. They offer an excellent selection of metal garages that can be open or closed, large enough for a bus, or small enough for a VW bug. Choose the Versatube Building Systems steel garage kit that suits your needs.

The 10-foot high steel garages by Versatube come with roof trusses to support a system that can withstand snow and rain. But what’s unique about these steel garage styles is that they come in funky colors like evergreen, burgundy and hickory moss, just in case plain old grey, white or stone colors aren’t enough.

Have a look at some of the features of the Versatube steel garages and see how easy a patio cover or garage can be erected in a weekend using the convenient all-inclusive kits. Notice how the Versatube roof trusses support the entire building from ground to roof. Watch step by step process that can be followed to put up your own steel garage, metal patio cover or carport.  “DIY Steel Buildings by VersaTube Install with Ease”:

For more information on building or buying outdoor structures, please consult related posts where you’ll find other unique carports, metal patio covers, and ideas for aluminum and steel outdoor buildings. We offer advice on patio covers – from shelters for tools, sheds for equipment, metal garages for vehicles/boats, and canopy metal cover pop-ups for parties.

The 7 Pergola Kits and Spa Gazebos Ideas 2019

Pergola Kits and Spa Gazebos: Complete pergola kits from $900 – $2,000 or build your own using pergola design stencil / hardware kits for just $170. Choose wooden gazebo/pergola structures or vinyl ones in classic New England trellis styles.

Pergola Kits and Spa Gazebos

Order your pergola plans or complete kits online and assemble everything easily with necessary tools. Discover hot tub gazebo styles in cedar wood and find out where to get a DIY Gazeebo in a Box starter kit for $275.

#1. DIY Pergola Plans and Hardware

If you’re a handy person, the most affordable way to create a backyard trellis-like structure over a patio, pool, hot tub or garden area, is to order a set of pergola plans with stencils for cutting curved ends as well as all the hardware required to assemble the unit.

Garden Craft LLC offers what you need in the Build a Pergola Hardware Kit and Stencil, which costs just $170. This kit eliminates the guesswork when building an outdoor shade structure. It comes with a set of wooden stencils for placing on beams and posts to cut the decorative shapes that make pergolas unique. It also comes with detailed instructions and pergola plans you can follow to complete the project.

The best part is that the Garden Craft pergola kits come with the hardware you’ll need to put the structure together. It’s designed to be used for any of 3 pergola sizes, either the standard 8- by 10-foot design, a midsized 10 by 12-foot model, or a large shade structure that’s 12 by 14 feet. You decide the size and buy the lumber (beams and posts) in the lengths needed, but the hardware is the same.

The pergola design with curved ends is elegant and simple.

Pergola Kit

By following the pergola designs that are included, a handy person can set up a structure over a weekend. Since the lumber isn’t supplied with this pergola design kit, you can buy it at your local lumberyard or home improvement center and save a lot on shipping costs. Choosing the lumber you need is easy because the kit explains what pieces and sizes are required, such as 2 -by 4 and 2 by 6 beams and posts that can be found wherever lumber is sold.

Order your pergola kits online and get your wooden stencils, instructions, and hardware all in one neat package.

#2. Prefabricated Vinyl Pergola Kits

There are several pergola designs available in prefabricated structures that are sold as all-inclusive kits, which come with all the beams, post, hardware and instructions to set up the structure.

One of the most affordable pergola designs is a waterproof, rust-resistant vinyl model called the Portland Pergola. The design is classic and comes in white. It offers UV resistance and won’t require painting or staining. The kit comes with the vinyl posts and beams that will create a 7 by 7-foot pergola that’s 97 inches high. The package costs $899 and will be shipped from Woodland Direct by UPS to addresses within the United States. Order this pergola design, and you may qualify for free shipping.

#3. New England Style Pergola Plans

Very similar to the Portland design is the Liberty Pergola, by New England Arbors, which ships through DeerBusters. It measures about 9 feet and is almost 8 feet high; crafted from maintenance-free vinyl.

The Liberty pergola design is elegant and has cross beams that provide a little shade and act as a trellis for vines and hanging plants. This is another complete pergola kit that comes with everything needed for quick set up.
Although the various pergola plans are similar, notice that the sizes are not the same, and therefore the costs may vary. While the structure may look almost identical, you’ll need to check the dimensions carefully and make sure you order the kit that’s the right size for your hot tub, spa or outdoor area. This Liberty pergola design costs about $1,100, however depending on when you order, it may be discounted to about $1,000.
Remember that it’s possible to set up a pergola over an existing deck, cement pad, or in a garden area (since the structures are free-standing), so long as the surface is level.

#4. Choosing a Patio Gazebo Plan for an Outdoor Spa Area

While there are patio gazebo designs which can be quite affordable, the wooden gazebo models that are made specifically for outdoor spas and hot tubs tend to be expensive. One of the least expensive gazebo kits that’s designed exclusively for a hot tub is the Laguna Hot Tubs Jacuzzi Spa And Recreation Room in the Alliance Woodcraft collection, which ships from Willy Goat Inc.

Although by no means cheap, the Laguna hot tub gazebo is priced at around $2,700 and is finely crafted with a lattice-style cedar roofing system that’s domed. The kit includes wooden beams and supports that are all pre-stained ready to assemble. This particular model of the Alliance Woodcraft spa gazebos line measures 8 feet square on the inside and 8. 5 by 8.5 feet on the outside. It’s designed to accommodate a hot tub (as pictured) and can be set up on a wooden deck or garden area. It’s easy to order the Laguna wooden gazebo spa kit online.

#5. Larger Outdoor Hot Tub Gazebo Kits by Alliance Woodcraft

Alliance Woodcraft offers a variety of different spa gazebos in the same Laguna collection. One of the midrange models is called the Big Laguna Spa And Recreation Room, and costs just under $4,000.

The Big Laguna hot tub gazebo kit is larger than the regular Laguna, measuring 8.6 by 12 feet (outer dimensions) and comes with a decking kit and the three bar stools you see pictured. It also includes the roofing system and lattice panels, all the beams and posts and hardware for assembly. All the wood has been stained so there’s no need to do anything but put the pieces together and enjoy.
Order all-inclusive spa and hot tub gazebo kits online by clicking the product you desire. You’ll be taken to a secure shopping area where Alliance Woodcraft products can be purchased and from where you can view the Willy Goat Inc. shipping policies.

#6. Supreme Spa Gazebos – Luxury Cedar Spa / Recreation Room

Although many spa gazebos that are sold as luxury kits are priced upwards of five to seven thousand dollars, there’s an Alliance Woodcraft model called the Supreme 750 which retails for about $4,400 and is a luxury wooden gazebo that includes eight windows that slide open. The unit design is crafted in such a way as to accommodate an 88-inch hot tub spa. The additional features of this model are the domed cedar roof and tinted Plexiglas windowpanes.

One of the reasons this design is popular is because it offers a higher level of privacy with the tinted windows and because it’s large enough to accommodate a luxury sized spa tub.

You can order the Supreme 750 Spa Recreation Room online.

Similar to the Supreme 750 wooden gazebo is the Supreme 800 that retails for about $4,600 and is a stand-alone unit for a garden or outdoor area that’s not attached to the house or other buildings.
This Alliance Woodcraft wooden gazebo model also includes eight tinted windows and has the curved corners that make it possible for an 8-foot spa to be inserted with ease. (Spa and hot tub kits are sold separately and cost between $2,000 and $3,000.)

#7.  Your Gazebo’s Entry and Exit

Since most hot tubs/spas are too high for easily stepping into, when you order a wooden shelter or enclosure package it’s a good idea to add a set of steps. Your gazebo’s entry system will vary depending on the model of enclosure you’ve selected, but in most cases, the wooden steps that cost between $99 and $110 are more than adequate. Choose some of the best wooden models that will match your gazebo’s finish, such as the QCA Spas Redwood Steps or the skid-proof Lifesmart Sahara Spa Steps.

It’s a small thing, but making your spa easy to enter and exit will make using it more relaxing. For easy shopping, order excellent Gazebo’s accessory sets online.

Think you can Do It Yourself?

If buying the prefabricated wooden gazebo kits are out of reach due to budget constraints, there’s another option. It’s called Gazebo In A Box Do It Yourself Starter Kit and is made by Gazebo Junction, sold through Willy Goat Inc. This unique kit doesn’t include the wood, but does provide all the gazeebo plans, templates for cutting / shaping, a set of instructions and a CD, lists of lumber you’ll need to buy, and the hardware and specialty pieces you’ll need to put everything together but don’t know where to get them.

The gazeebo DIY starter kit comes with unique fittings like the rafter kingpins and copper caps as well as redwood finishing balls. You also get the deck mounting blocks, a plan with roofing panel layouts, stencils/templates for cutting decorative accents, and a series of pictures to view as you follow instructions.  You can build a gazebo on your own (or with the help of a few friends) by following the detailed guide in custom sizes. Choose the 8-foot gazebo plan or make a larger 10 or 12-foot model. For spa gazebos, you may use cedar and utilize the instructions that pertain to the 14-foot design (also included in this DIY kit). If you need a single or double roofing system and follow the steps as indicated. Your gazeebo can be a weekend project or a summer-time family activity. Order the Gazebo In A Box for about $275.

More Outdoor Living Ideas

Find out more about outdoor gazebo designs and garden gazeebos that are for sale online by browsing related posts that deal with kits, enclosure packages, mosquito netting, and gazebo curtains. Discover how to shop for outdoor accents such as wicker furniture, wooden garden furniture, outdoor cushions, and patio furniture covers.
For outdoor building options, find ideas regarding European Gartenhaus designs which are small summerhouse styles that can be used for storage, as spare rooms or playhouses. Learn how you can use furniture to convert a simple summer house into useable space and how to select cushions and outdoor fabric for pillows and chair pads that will be decorative yet practical when exposed to the elements.

DuraMax Prefabricated Garage Kits/Arrow Carports/ShelterLogic Portable Structures

Prefabricated Garage Kits: The DuraMax prefabricated garage kits have maintenance-free vinyl walls. DuraMax garage kit packages with reinforced metal columns and roof trusses also include a roofing system strong enough to withstand heavy snow loads (around 20 pounds per square foot), and the double doors open 7.3 feet wide.

DuraMax Prefabricated Garage Kits / Arrow Carports / ShelterLogic Portable Structures

Prefabricated Garage Kits

These prefabricated garages not only provide the strength of steel and the no-maintenance features of rust-resistant, mildew-proof, non-corrosive, dent-free vinyl but are elegant structures that come in a neutral beige to match contemporary house finishes. They don’t look like basic metal garage designs, but most importantly, the roofs, being supported by steel yet having vinyl outer panels, don’t create irritating noises, typical of tin or metal roofs, when it rains.


Affordable Shade Sail Designs

The most affordable portable garages in the DuraMax collection measure 10.5 x 15.5 feet and provide sufficient space for storing such things as lawn tractors.

It’s easy to park them because the garage kit comes with an access ramp, so driving vehicles inside are effortless. An additional feature of the DuraMax prefabricated garage design is that it has two sets of doors, one that’s double wide for vehicle entry and another side door that allows for quick access.


The basic garage kit costs under $1,800 and includes what’s required to assemble, however, it’s possible to add windows to personalize the units.

Choose larger models such as the ones that measure 10.5 feet wide and over 20 feet long. These garage kit designs are over 7 feet in height. 

The overall design and structure are the same for all the units, although the dimensions vary. For example, DuraMax offers the vinyl / reinforced metal garage kits in a barn-style that’s 13 feet wide, and another version, which is slender and measures 10 feet by 29 feet long.

Order your prefabricated garage online from trusted dealers – click and choose your desired model.

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Arrow Carport Kits

Carport kits that are built of steel with a durable, maintenance free vinyl coating are the best all-weather choices. Arrow makes one of the most affordable steel carports that retails for around $1,000 (which is the 10 by 10-foot model) and a little more for the 10 by 20 structure.

Both are open, but have a steel frame, a complete roofing system, and can be assembled easily over a driveway or cement slab almost anywhere.

Many of the Arrow steel carport designs can be used for protecting marine vehicles, farm equipment or added to a front porch or backyard for covering recreational vehicles that are used frequently.

The first model that’s recommended is number CP1010, which offers 755 cubic feet of space and is over 91 inches high. The second model, CP1020, is also 10 feet wide, but is double in length, providing over 1,500 cubic feet of space. Both items can be ordered online and will be shipped as complete steel carport kits that can be assembled by armatures, as a DIY project. Everything comes cut to exact measurements and pre-drilled ready to be put together with necessary tools.

Affordable Shade Sail Designs

The Arrow steel carports that are sold as kits can be ordered online and come with the standard 15-year limited warranty offered by the manufacturer.

Alternatives to Steel Carports – A Look at ShelterLogic Garage and Carport Kits

If you don’t live in such a region where there are extremely heavy snowfalls, you may be able to choose a more affordable alternative – an aluminum carport that’s a metal frame with a large canopy covering. These designs are lightweight and practical for residential use or for protecting farm equipment, marine vehicles, RVs and tractors. 

It’s possible to use the aluminum carports as portable garages, meaning they can be moved with considerable ease. A cement pad isn’t necessary since the portable carports can be set up on grass, wooden surfaces, or on any flat space of ground. ShelterLogic is the company that makes one of the largest varieties of aluminum carport designs in several sizes; which is ready to assemble.

One aluminum carport option is to purchase the framework and then choose the canopy kit that suits your needs. Why? Because you can decide if a canopy is enough or if you need sidewalls or an enclosure for more protection – including netting.

The 12-Feet ShelterLogic  Super Max Canopy Accessories Enclosure Kit is priced between $100 and $135, and the ShelterLogic Aluminum Carport that measures ten by twenty feet, and has an eight-leg support structure with a canopy roof and fully enclosed screen kit, costs just under $270.  Buy just the ShelterLogic aluminum carport legs and canopy for about $180. Order any one of these packages or single items online and receive free shipping within the US.

Durable Wooden Garden Furniture

Please note that the above aluminum carport and portable garage alternatives are “affordable,” not steel structures that are permanent. These canopy style kits are intended for use in regions that do not receive heavy rainfall or snow that will accumulate on the canopy roofs.

The carports are lightweight and protect vehicles and equipment from UV rays, dust, and drizzles, but the manufacturer’s warranty doesn’t cover damages associated with severely inclement weather, storms, the weight of snow on a roof, or other natural weather-related problems. It’s highly recommended that the structures not be considered protections from rains, snow, ice or strong winds.  

If you require heavy duty carport kits or garages, we suggest DuraMax, Arrow, VersaTube or American Steel structures – and yes, you’ll have to budget at least a thousand or more for a solid carport or garage.  (Item pictured is the VersaTube 12 by 30-foot steel carport).

For more information on steel sheds, steel garages, and heavy-duty metal carports, please browse related posts that offer product reviews and shopping guides for outdoor shade structures that can withstand any weather.