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Steel Carports vs Aluminum Carports: What are the differences?

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Comparing Steel Carports and Aluminum Carports: Examining the Distinctions

three carport structures

Whether you’re looking for a way to protect your RV or create a shady spot to beat the heat, investing in a carport can be a great decision.

However, all carports are not built the same and it’s important to weigh the pros and cons.

We’re here to let you know some of the key differences between aluminum carports and steel carports.

Maintenance and Cost

One of the most important factors to consider is the cost of your purchase over time.

While an aluminum carport’s low price may seem appealing right now, it’s important to think about the future of your purchase.

Although they are more expensive, SteelMaster’s durable DIY carports require little to no maintenance after assembly.

Instead of wasting money on maintenance or replacing it after a storm hits your area, you will only have to build a SteelMaster carport one time and it will last for decades.


Steel carports have a huge advantage when it comes to strength and durability.

Aluminum carports are usually thinner than steel carports, making them much more vulnerable to collapsing in areas with heavy winds and snow loads.

SteelMaster’s carports can survive some of Mother Nature’s most deadly weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy snow storms, hail, and even fire.

Plus, aluminum is less than half the weight of steel and isn’t nearly as strong. Because aluminum is a softer metal, it is prone to dents and scratches.

SteelMaster’s do-it-yourself carports are coated with Galvalume Plus, which is a zinc and aluminum mixture that resists the extreme heat of the sun and protects the steel from rusting or warping.

The Bottom Line

Why settle for a weaker, cheap aluminum carport to protect your vehicle, RV, or boat? When you want quality, durability, and low maintenance, a SteelMaster carport is the way to go.