This step by step diy project is about how to build a carport roof. After building the frame of the carport, you need to attach the gable ends and the roofing. Make sure you take a look over PART 1 of the 3 car carport plans, so you understand what is needed to build the structure from the very beginning. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Building a Carport Gable Roof
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- D – 16 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 8 pieces – 45 3/4″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 45 3/4″x48″ long ROOF
- E – 1×6 lumber GABLE ENDS
- F – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 141 3/4″ long OVERHANGS
- G – 800 sq ft of tar paper, 800 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- H – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 192″ long TRIMS
- 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12′
- 14 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 20′
- 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 16′
- 27 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 500 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws
- 2″ brad nails
- 800 sq ft of tar paper, 800 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
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- PART 1: 3 car carport plans
- PART 2: How to build a carport roof
- Double carport plans
- Flat roof carport plans
How To Build a Carport Roof
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the roof of the carport, starting with the bottom left side of the structure. Align everything with attention and secure the sheets into place with 1 5/8″ galvanized screws. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result and continue the process till you have covered the whole structure.
Attach the 1×6 trims to the front and to the the back of the carport to cover the ends of the rafters. Use 2″ brad nails to secure the trims into place.
Use 1×6 slats for the gable ends of the 3 car carport. Cut both ends of the slats at 30 degrees before securing them into place with 2″ brad nails.
Build the overhangs from 2×6 lumber. First, you need to make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the overhnags using a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Next, you need to make a cut to the bottom of the overhangs, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the overhangs to the sides of the carport, over the gable ends. Align everything with attention, drill pilot holes and secure them into place with 3 1/2″ screws.
Install the roofing felt, starting from the bottom left of the roof. Secure the paper to the roofing, using a stapler. Make sure the tar paper overlaps at least 2”. Don’t forget to cover the top ridge with a 14” strip of paper .
Start the first course of shingles with a full tab, the second with 2 1/2 tabs, the third with 2 tabs, the forth with 1 1/2 tabs, the fifth with 1 tab, the sixth with half tab and the seventh with a 3 tabs.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood and after it dries out even out the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to protect the components from the elements and to enhance the look of your new carport.
This 20×32 carport is roomy enough for 3 cars, so its the perfect project is you want to keep the costs down while protecting them from the elements. You can easily add lattice panels to the sides and to the back of the carport. The panels will act as privacy screens and it will further protect your cars from rain and snow.
You can adjust the size of the carport so you fit as many cars as you want. This project is easy customizable to your particular needs. Remember that you need to adjust the size of the components so they suit your particular own needs and you have to check the local building codes before starting the building process. Read PART 1 of the project to see how to build the frame of the carport.
This woodworking project was about how to build a carport roof. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.