The Difference Between A Carport and A Garage

At Carolina Garage Door, we specialize in garage doors for your commercial and residential garages. We’re sure everyone’s familiar with what a garage is, but there’s a similar option that has a few differences – a carport. Let’s look at the differences between carports and garages to help you decide which one to choose.

What is a carport?

A carport is not a full, contained building like a garage is. It consists of a roof or covering supported by a frame rather than solid walls. Like regular garages, carports can either be detached or attached to your home. This means that the carport will be open on either 2, 3, or 4 sides as it also doesn’t have a door.

While a garage is often used as a multi-purpose space (and may not even be used to park a car), a carport is specifically designed for sheltering a car and for sheltering people when going between the car and the house. And like a garage, you can also build a double carport if you need more space to park two vehicles.

Which is right for you?

When choosing between a carport and a garage, you should consider your specific needs. Are you just looking for somewhere to park your car or do you also want a space for storage and somewhere to pursue hobbies like DIY or band practice? A carport is sufficient if you just want a parking space that’s protected from the elements, but you’ll need a garage for any of the other requirements.

If you do just need a parking space, then a carport will be a more affordable option as fewer materials are required compared to a garage. However, a carport won’t provide as much protection against the weather as it is open on at least two sides. This means rain, snow, and hail could still reach your car, particularly on windy days. It also won’t protect your car from pests as they are not locked out like they would be with a garage.

One advantage that carports have over garages is that you don’t have to worry about ventilation as they aren’t enclosed, avoiding problems like mold and damp that you may have with garages. You may also have aesthetic preferences when it comes to carports vs. garages. Carports are very varied in terms of materials, design, and size, so do some research to decide which you prefer the look of.

If you’re installing a new garage or upgrading your existing garage, then contact us for garage door installation, repair, and maintenance services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, NC.


Recycling and Repurposing Your Garage Door

If you’re having a new garage door installed, then you may be wondering what to do with your old one. It can be difficult to dispose of something so large, but there are services that can help you get rid of it. Alternatively, you could keep your door and use it for something else. Read on for some ideas of how to recycle or reuse your garage door.

Recycling your garage door

If you simply want to get rid of your old garage door, then you may be able to recycle it rather than just sending it to the landfill. The door’s material and other parts could be used for other things, depending on the material. This is a great way to contribute toward waste reduction. For example, you could find a scrap metal composter who will buy your door and/or parts of you. It’s a good idea to look and your local regulations and advice when it comes to proper disposal and recycling.

Creative ways to repurpose your garage door

Now let’s look at some ideas for upcycling and repurposing your garage door.

Outdoor furniture

Garage doors are already built to withstand the elements, making them ideal for use outside. You could cut down the material to make an outdoor table or bench, for example, or a bar top for an outdoor kitchen. Wooden garage doors are particularly ideal for this, although metal doors could provide an industrial aesthetic for your outdoor area, and can look especially attractive once finished.

Garage workbench

Move your old garage door inside your garage and turn it into a workbench for any DIY that you do at home. You know that the material is nice and durable for this purpose, and you’ll have plenty of material to work with. This means you could use it for the top of the workbench and even a shelf or lower level for storage.

Indoor décor

Small pieces of your old garage door could make great accent pieces or décor inside your home. For example, you could create add hooks to a piece of the door to hang coats or keys from. You could make picture frames or paneling for walls.


A wooden garage door can make a great addition to your bed in the form of a rustic headboard. Or you can finish and paint it if rustic isn’t the style you’re going for.


Create shelves or a complete shelving unit using your garage door, or even cabinets, wardrobes, and other kinds of storage systems for inside your home or your garage.

If you need installation services for your new garage door, then contact Carolina Garage Door for our installation, repair, and maintenance services for both residential and commercial garages around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.