Carports or better say “car-shed” are mostly a simplified construction, low cost (comparatively to other structures in your home until decisively made expensive) and space efficient for being outside home and can accommodate cars and other stuffs well. Built with just a hanging roof on pillars, either solitaire or supported by a wall or a complete hanging structure from wall itself, you have a plenty option for you for a simple carport.
Metal or wooden carports are built with a motive of protecting your vehicle from climatic damage, they provide safeguard and give top-screening to your vehicle with least or no anti-manmade damage protection. It’s just a leisure spot for your car to stand in open air and bask in cool air. Erected either in a tree shade or in open sun, carports can be made either in concrete (plastered with some tiles or stones), wood (like old tradition) or the contemporary usage of steel, aluminum or tin which are light weight, less maintenance needed and covered by either thick plastic sheet or tin sheets or strong iron frame and fitted in with wood planks (black color frame and natural wood would look great), or wood, pavers or thick grass layer or wooden roof may also be an answer to the material used for constructing a carport.
Given below are beautifully designed carports that serves the functional aspect and at the same time can be a wonderful addition to your outdoor space.
Wood is so universally applicable that it can be on, above, over everything. Wood color tiles can be great option to give a classy touch to something as simple and subtle as a carport (but make sure it’s in tandem with your home and not outplace). Since your carport would be standing out for you all the time, so make it little catchy by applying a combination of wood and glass, iron and wood, glass and iron, wood and pavers, aluminum and glass, aluminum and plastic, glass and steel to name some. Some for either temporary need or budget constraints use tent material (clothing kind) to hang and tie ends to some strong potent points. Other than the later kind, all other combinations can be used for private, public or large scale usage.
In parking areas, they seem to be perfect option, built with ease, space efficient, convenience and less congested but while building up the public area carports (used at shops, clubs, hotels, restaurants, parks or other public gathering places) it has to be ensured that the carport is sturdy and durable enough to manage with daily load dose (and not just collapse into debris in just one bang). So nailing, proper welding, preventing joints from corrosion, varnishing or enameling wood (to be neutral to rain and snow) can result in long lasting and stronger carports. Since it is an era of global warming and turning our face towards renewable energy resources, if the top or carports are fitted with solar panels, standing in sun all day long, they can be used to generate power for local street light posts and for landscape lights if you have, as they have advantage of having huge surface area which can resultantly accommodate enough solar panels. So think green and do green. Implant green solar panel carports in your home, office, park, hotels and everywhere.