Building a Carport - FAQs

Building a Carport – FAQs

Installing a carport is an effective way to protect your vehicle from the elements while adding value to your home. Whether you need a safe space to store your car, motorcycle, boat or motorhome, Altec can design and build the perfect carport for your needs.

If you’re not sure what’s involved with building a carport on your property, we can tell you everything you need to know about this process.

 

What warranty does an Altec carport have?

Tested to cyclone standards by James Cook University, every Altec carport is built to last in extreme weather conditions. You can have confidence knowing your Altec carport will stand the test of time, as we offer up to a 15-year product guarantee on all carport installations. For extra peace of mind, we also provide a 10-year workmanship guarantee.

Altec carports are made out of strong materials, including hail-resistant and heat-deflecting roofing. No matter how bad the weather gets, our carports are designed to offer your car and other possessions an exceptional standard of protection from the elements.

 


 

 

What size carports are available?

Altec builds both single-bay and double-bay carports. We can customise your carport’s dimensions to suit your needs, tailoring the structure’s height and length according to your requirements. If you have an extra-long motorhome or a particularly tall vehicle, our team will take this into consideration when designing your carport.

 


 

 

Does Altec handle council approvals for my carport?

Yes, Altec can handle the approvals process to ensure your carport complies with council regulations. These regulations will depend on the location of your property and the type of carport you’re planning to build.  We’ll do everything we can to bring your dream carport to life while observing local laws.

 


 

 

Can I install my own carport?

It takes a highly specialised skillset and years of training to produce a quality carport that can withstand Southeast Queensland’s climate. Even if you’re handy around the house and have successfully completed other DIY projects, trying to install a carport without professional help can be a daunting task.

Altec doesn’t supply DIY carport kits, so if you plan to build a carport you would need to manage this using your own materials. To get a superior product, we recommend working with our professional builders.

 


 

 

How much does a carport cost?

The cost of a carport largely depends on the size of the structure and the materials it’s made out of. Some materials cost more than others, and single-bay carports typically cost less than double-bay designs.

To get an estimate of the costs involved with building your carport, contact Altec for an obligation-free quote today.

 

2017 Patio Highlights

 

Altec’s 2017 Patio Highlights

 
Altec is a leading provider of patios and carports in Queensland. Whether we’re building a patio from the ground up or making alterations to an existing structure, you can trust our team to bring your design to life.
 
To see what 40 years’ experience in patio design and construction looks like, these are some of the most innovative projects we completed in 2017.
 

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Burleigh Waters

Fitted with black timber flooring and a glass fence, this patio’s contemporary design matches up perfectly with the property’s existing structure. The heat-deflective flyover design and Coolspan roofing helps combat South East Queensland’s hot weather while allowing for plenty of airflow.

 

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Bridgeman Downs

This standalone, heat-deflective spa cover demonstrates our ability to design any outdoor structure you need. Featuring Smoothtec roofing, it protects the spa from the elements without taking away the area’s breezy, outdoorsy feel.

 

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Stafford

Featuring another heat-deflective flyover design, this patio/pool cover’s Coolspan roofing provides a shady oasis in an otherwise exposed pool area. Offering an ideal hiding place from the sun on hot summer days, it makes the entire outdoor area more inviting.

 

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Wakerley

Perfect for outdoor entertaining, this lowset Merbau deck features a combination of both shaded and open-air sections. Designed to blend in seamlessly with the main part of the house, the heat-deflective flyover ceiling is fitted with fans and lights for increased comfort and convenience.

 

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Chapel Hill

With its insulated gable cover and long narrow design, this highset Merbau deck transformed the property’s outdoor area into an alfresco dining oasis. The roof’s insulation makes it cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

 

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Mt Warren Park

If you’re trying to make the most of your property’s surroundings, this deck is a great source of inspiration. The insulated cover and open-air, highset Merbau design shelters the area without obstructing its view, giving the deck a distinctive floating appearance.

Feeling inspired to build your own patio, deck, carport or custom cover? Get in touch with Altec to book a free design consultation today.
 

Altec at the Brisbane Home Show

 
If you’re planning an outdoor renovation project, be sure to visit Altec at this year’s Brisbane Home Show. You can see our state-of-the-art designs and talk to our experienced team about building your very own custom outdoor enclosure. No matter what kind of structure you’re thinking of adding to your property, Altec can offer expert advice on a wide range of outdoor solutions, including carports, patios, decks and privacy screens.
  
The 2018 Brisbane Home Show will be held 23 - 25 February at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Open from 9am – 5pm daily, it’s the ultimate event for anyone in search of inspiration for a home renovation.
  
As one of South East Queensland’s most trusted suppliers of outdoor structures, Altec knows what it takes to withstand tough weather conditions. We can help you choose the right type of enclosure based on the shape and size of your property, its exposure to the elements and the kind of aesthetic you’re trying to create.
  
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to building or renovating an outdoor area, Altec can bring your ideas to life. We specialise in creating spaces that transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor areas, ensuring any new structure we build blends in with your home’s existing design features.
  
When it comes to renovating the outside of your home, speaking with a professional is the best way to ensure a stress-free build. Whether you’re looking to lock down a colour scheme or you’re having trouble deciding which materials to use, our expert design consultants can make sure you get every detail right.
  
Don’t wait any longer to start living your dream alfresco lifestyle - book your tickets to the Brisbane Home Show online today.
 

Decorating Your Outdoor Area for Christmas

Decorating Your Outdoor Area for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to dust off your decorations and start prepping your home for the holidays. To make the outside of your house look extra festive this year, Altec can help you bring a touch of Christmas cheer to your patio.

Whether you’re planning to go wild with Christmas lights or you want to create a more subtle effect, get the look you want with these outdoor decorating tips:

 

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Get Creative with Christmas Lights

There’s nothing wrong with adding a few fairy lights to your patio and calling it a day – but if you really want to make your home stand out, don’t be afraid to get creative with your Christmas lighting scheme.

Here are some cool things you can do with Christmas lights in your outdoor area:

• Wrap foliage in fairy lights – From towering trees to tiny pot plants, any type of greenery will look festive once it’s been bound with twinkling fairy lights.

• Highlight windows and doors – Tracing the outside edges of windows and doors in rope lights will make your home look like a glowing gingerbread house.

• Hang glowing wreaths – Make your Christmas wreath look even more festive by fitting it with a few fairy lights.

To keep your patio free of electrical hazards, always check the Christmas lights you’re planning to install on your patio are suitable for outdoor use. Read the instruction manual carefully and make sure none of your electrical leads are damaged.

 

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Create Ambience with Christmas Candles

If you prefer a soft glow to flashing fairy lights, give your outdoor area a beautifully festive vibe by placing a few candles around your patio. Keep in mind candles can create a fire hazard when left unattended, and you should always extinguish them before heading indoors.

Create the perfect setting for an alfresco Christmas dinner by placing clusters of chunky candles on and around your outdoor dining table. Securing your candles inside cylinder shaped glass vases will make them harder to knock over, minimising the risk of fire damage.

 

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Embellish Store-Bought Decorations

Not much of a DIYer? If you still want to add personal details to your outdoor Christmas decorations, simply alter store-bought items. Add a few homemade details to your wreath by decorating it with foliage from your own garden, or tie old ribbons around store-bought reindeer figurines.

Rather than trying to become a master of Christmas arts and crafts overnight, these simple embellishments can save you tons of time and effort.

Once you’ve got your outdoor Christmas decorations set up, you can start celebrating the festive season in style. Of course, Christmastime in South East Queensland can get pretty hot and humid. To keep you outdoor area cool this Christmas, we can offer handy tips on shielding your patio from soaring temperatures in our blog post on Technology to Improve Your Outdoor Living.

 

Privacy and Protection for Carports and Patios

Privacy and Protection for Patios and Carports

Are you trying to shield your patio or carport from prying eyes? Or maybe you want to secure your structure against thieves and bad weather? Altec can help you do all of the above! With a few simple alterations, you can easily enhance your outdoor area’s privacy and protection. Here’s how:

 

Make the Most of Your Garden

Shielding your patio or carport behind a dense wall of greenery won’t just keep nosy neighbours at bay – you’ll also be less likely to get robbed. Since opportunistic thieves won’t be able to see your patio (or as many entry points into your house), they won’t be as tempted to take advantage of any unattended valuables.

From hedges to large pot plants, you can use any type of foliage to prevent passers-by from peeking into your outdoor area. Growing enough greenery to make your patio or carport feel protected can take quite a bit patience and gardening skills, but the end result will be worth your time and effort.

 

Install Protective Features

Plants and trees may offer some concealment, but they don’t exactly guarantee complete protection against thieves and stickybeaks. If you’re looking for a more concrete solution to your outdoor area’s lack of privacy and protection, Altec can help you install a custom-made privacy or weather screen. Made of low-maintenance materials designed to withstand the elements, these screens can cope with rain, hail and sky-high temperatures.

In addition to making your outdoor area feel more like your own private sanctuary, having a weather screen in place means you won’t have to worry so much the next time a thunderstorm rolls into town. From colour-coated lattice to static louvres, you can choose to build your screen from a range of materials at Altec.

 

Enclose Your Outdoor Area

If you really want to make your patio or carport feel secure, enclose the entire area to create an indoor/outdoor hybrid space. You’ll still be able to enjoy alfresco living, but with more privacy and superior protection against bad weather. Built to last, our screen enclosures come with powder-coated aluminium frames. All you need to do is slide open the doors and windows to enjoy the feeling of being outdoors.

Every patio is unique, and finding the right solution to your structure’s lack of privacy and protection can be tricky. Get in touch with Altec to learn more about making alterations to your outdoor area today.

 

4 Ways To Use Your Carport (That Don’t Involve Your Car)

 

A carport without a car?! We understand your surprise, but hear us out. We’re not suggesting you kick your car out to use your carport for other things – after all, it’s a carport – but if your car has a safe spot in the garage, or you’ve recently downsized your car family (leaving a sad, empty carport), then this is for you.

 

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1. Put your other vehicles in there

Boats and caravans need a place to live, too! Extreme weather can impact all of your vehicles, so if you have an empty carport and other vehicles sitting out in the yard or on the curb, you know what to do!

 

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2. Turn it into a gym

While you won’t want to leave expensive equipment out in the carport for security reasons, having a space for things like skipping, bodyweight workouts, or light weights that you can store in a locked chest or locker can be an awesome way to keep fit in all sorts of weather. And it means you don’t have to lose your rumpus room to all your fitness equipment!

 

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3. Create a kid-friendly haven

Got little ones? Although time flies, individual days can sometimes seem to drag. Use your carport to create an age-appropriate circuit for the small person or people in your life. Consider sensory activities like water play buckets with kitchen utensils, a sand box, a finger-painting station, and have a snack table at the end. It’s a great way to spend even the rainiest of afternoons – and it’s outdoors, so no stressing about getting paint on the floors or furniture!

 

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4. Turn it into an outdoor cinema

Still waiting for that theatre room to happen? In the meantime, set up your carport for the big game or for the next movie night. All you need is a projector, a plain sheet, a way to fasten the sheet, and some chairs. Voilà – your very own cinema. Just don’t forget the popcorn (or the wine, if it’s a grown-up occasion).

So there you have it! Four ideas for making use of an empty carport. And if you don’t have one, what are you waiting for? We love a good carport – have a chat with our team to find out why!

 

Getting Council Approvals For Your Patios, Decks and Carports

 

The council approvals process can be tricky and time-consuming. From knowing which council to get your permits from, to making sure you’re filling in the right forms, there are all sorts of steps involved – and each one has its own elements that can go pear-shaped.

We’ve been doing this for a long time, so we know how best to get things done. Here are our tips for getting through the council approval process quickly and easily.
 

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The basic steps:

 

  • •  Zoning (check with local authority)

 

  • •  Determining which permits (if any) you need

 

  • •  Drafting and Engineering

 

  • •  Applications and fees

 

  • •  Waiting for approval!

 

Each of these steps can be quite time-consuming, and occasionally be difficult to manage. This is particularly true if your home has any special local authority limitations regarding trees, protected species or specific building envelopes.

Council approvals can be complex and stressful. Choosing the right builder can minimise the hassle, as they will either handle the process for you, or guide you through what you need to do – and when it should be done by.

At Altec, we happily handle all council approvals for our customers at no extra costs outside the application fees.

For more information on council approvals for your home extension, visit our page on council approvals, or simply contact our friendly team on
1800 503 682.

 

 

We’re Not Trying To Be The Cheapest

 

It might sound crazy to admit this, but we aren’t trying to be the cheapest patio builders in Brisbane and South-East Queensland. Why? It all comes back to our core beliefs. These main values that we stick to are what set us apart from the rest and keep us as the #1 Patio builder in Queensland.

 

Quality Products 

Quality products

We want the best results, and to get the best results you have to use the best products. Quality materials and reputable brands are essential to achieving amazing home extensions, and that’s something we believe in.

 

Excellence in Design and Construction

Excellence in design and construction

Our dedication to excellence in both design and construction is central to what we do. We don’t believe in just throwing up a structure as fast as possible – we prefer to plan it with you to ensure you end up with an end result that every member of the family loves.

 

Genuine Value for Money 

Genuine value for money

What does ‘value for money’ mean to us? It means you get an asset for your home, one that adds dollars to your property value and will stand the test of time. No one wants a patio cover or carport that has to be replaced in 5 years. We deliver a hardy, durable product that can be enjoyed for years to come.

 

Genuine Value for Money 

Stress-free projects

Spending hours on the phone trying to coordinate a project isn’t our idea of fun, so why would we make our customers go through that? Our experienced designers and builders work with you to ensure a smooth build from start to finish, so you can kick back and relax as your new extension is built.

Sure, it might be odd to proudly proclaim we aren’t trying to be the cheapest option in the market. But we stand by our values and will continue to deliver the extremely high standard of patios, carports, decks and enclosures that we have been creating for more than 40 years now.

If you would like to find out more about what Altec can offer you, request a free consultation today!

 

How Having a Quality Carport Can Save You A Lot of Money

 

Cars are one of those things in life that when working properly, you barely notice. Unfortunately, though, when things go wrong, repairing a vehicle can end up costing you large amounts of money. With so many variables – and so many mechanical elements that need regular maintenance – it’s smart to try to minimise the risks your car, van, bike or ute is exposed to.

So how can you protect your car or other vehicle? A carport is a sound investment that can save you a lot of money over the years. Here’s how!

 

Protection from the weather

If you live in an area with unpredictable weather, then you definitely need some sort of roof to protect your car from the elements. From extreme heat causing the interior to age, to hail damaging the body, the cost of repairing weather damage can skyrocket into the thousands. Not only that – if a storm sweeps through the area, even getting your vehicle booked in to be fixed can be a nightmare.

A high-quality carport can help protect your car from weather damage, potentially saving you both time and money.

 

Safeguard from physical damage

Have you ever heard of gum trees dropping their branches? From natural phenomenon to more general debris, you’d be surprised at how many cars sustain damage while sitting parked in a street or driveway. Physical damage is costly to repair, so having somewhere safe to store your vehicle when it’s not in use can save you considerable amounts of money!

 

Potential to reduce insurance premiums

Some insurance providers will ask whether your vehicle is kept in any sort of protective environment. While lock-up garages are obviously ideal when it comes to reducing risk, the extra protection offered by carports can potentially lower your premiums. On top of that, if you can avoid having to make claims for the sorts of damages we mentioned earlier, your premiums are more likely to stay the same, saving you cash over the years.

Your vehicle isn’t just an expensive investment – it’s also often essential for transportation. Give it the protection it deserves to keep it on the road (and out of your savings!).

Want to get regular tips and maintenance advice for your patio, deck, carport or home extension? Check out the rest of our blog!

 

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