In much of Australia, when it comes to building a new carport, steel is one of the most common choices for the structure because of its durability, strength and low-maintenance characteristics. In Brisbane, however, the timber carport is still very common.
Why is a Brisbane timber carport still so popular? It’s predominantly because of our love affair with weatherboard homes, and particularly our stunning Queenslanders. But is timber the best choice?
In this we’ll article, we’ll explain that while it does need special considerations, a timber carport alongside a weatherboard home is a smart investment.
Key considerations for a Brisbane timber carport
- Before embarking on your timber carport project, familiarise yourself with local building regulations and obtain the necessary permits. Brisbane, like many other cities, has specific guidelines regarding the construction of structures on residential properties. In some heritage areas, you may find that timber carports aren’t just desirable, but required.
- When choosing timber, only use high-quality, weather-resistant timber species suitable for Brisbane’s subtropical climate. Timber that is durable and resistant to decay and pests. Proper timber selection ensures the longevity of your carport, even when exposed to Brisbane’s occasional heavy rain and intense sunlight.
- Brisbane’s soil conditions vary, and it’s crucial to assess the ground where you plan to build your timber carport. Ensure a solid foundation by addressing any issues like poor drainage or unstable soil. Proper foundations contribute to the structural integrity of the carport and prevent issues such as sinking or shifting.
- Consider the design of the carport roof to maximise protection against Brisbane’s frequent rain. Ensuring rainwater is directed away from the carport will prevent potential water damage and water issues.
- Termites are common in Brisbane and can infest homes and other structures, including carports. Choosing timber that is highly resistant to termites is the best way to protect your carport. Applying appropriate sealants and finishes adds an extra layer of protection against both termites and the harsh weather conditions.
- Brisbane’s climate can be hot and humid, making proper ventilation crucial for your carport. Incorporate design elements that allow for sufficient airflow, preventing the build-up of heat and moisture. This not only protects your vehicle but also contributes to the longevity of the timber structure.
- Regular maintenance is key to preserving the beauty and functionality of your timber carport. Establish a maintenance routine that includes inspections, cleaning and reapplying protective finishes as needed. This proactive approach will extend the lifespan of your carport and ensure it continues to enhance your property for years to come.
Why use timber for your Brisbane carport?
With all these considerations, why not simply use steel for your carport structure?
Timber offers a traditional charm that’s hard to deny. While steel has improved in this regard, timber is still better. Plus, if you have a weatherboard home, a timber carport will offer a harmonious and cohesive blend. Aesthetically it will look fantastic and provide a sense that the carport and home are as one.
The warmth and character of timber will enhance the overall architectural style of your property, adding significant value to your home.
For the best Brisbane timber carport it must be Outside Concepts
For residents in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, our Southern Branch representative, Brody Glasby, is ready to connect with you and plan your new carport.
A complimentary, no-obligation visit can be arranged to your home, during which Brody will comprehensively assess your requirements. This visit serves as a foundation for Brody to offer a free design and quote tailored to your needs.
From there, you can leave everything to Brody. He’ll guide you through the entire process and, if desired, handle the council approval procedures.
Take the first step by calling now or submitting a contact form on Brody’s dedicated page. Your hassle-free journey to a customised Brisbane timber carport begins now.
Find out about Outside Concepts’ 10-year structural warranty. Call us on 1800 601 674.
What are the key considerations you need to think about when building a Brisbane timber carport?