How to Disassemble a Carport

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A carport can be a good place to keep your vehicle.
A carport can be a good place to keep your vehicle. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A carport is a good way to protect a vehicle on your property. Removing the carport needs to be approached systematically, working from the top and side and progressing down to the ground. It’s a procedure that will go more quickly if two people work together, especially in the early stages when you will be working on a ladder. Be sure to have somewhere to store the materials salvaged from the carport.

Things You'll Need

  • Stepladder
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Resealable plastic bags

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Removing The Roof

Step up the ladder by the carport and begin to remove the roof. Remove the screws holding the roofing in place. Begin with the outside edge of the carport as this will offer the easiest access. As you remove the screws and rubber washers, place them in a resealable plastic bag for safe storage. Remove all the screws holding the roofing to the outside of the carport frame; if there’s a second row of screws, remove them.

Move the stepladder to the front of the carport and remove the screws holding the outer roof panel in place. Swing the roof panel out over the one behind it to access the remaining screw holding it in place. Lower the panel to the ground. Repeat for the other outer panels, moving along the length of the carport.

Return to the front of the carport and remove the screws that hold the remaining front panel in place on the frame. Swing this panel to access the screw that still holds the panel in place. Remove this screw and lower the panel to the ground. Continue until all the panels have been removed.

Removing The Structure

Loosen the bolts on any purlins that help to support the weight of the trusses. The trusses are the cross pieces that support the roof. Remove the bolts and the purlins, keeping the bolts in a resealable plastic bag. Stack the purlins next to the carport.

Loosen the trusses along the length of the carport from the uprights but do not remove them immediately. Finish unscrewing the bolts from the first section — from the front of the carport to the next upright on both sides — and lower the trusses to the ground. Loosen the bolts on the truss between the uprights at the front of the carport and remove it.

Repeat this process along the length of the carport, finally removing the truss between the upright at the back of the carport.

Check the uprights to see if they are in one piece on in-sections. Unbolt the sections one from another, if needed. Unbolt the uprights from the metal rail. Move the uprights out of the way.

Unbolt the sections of the metal rail from each other and move them off the concrete carport apron.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have someone to help you, especially when working on the roof. A second person can steady the stepladder and help lower roofing sections.

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