Which carport is right for your home

Building and owning a home is the dream of many Australian families! Having a house is one thing but improving it and adding value is another. Often seen as an afterthought, this article seeks to help homeowners make better use of their outside areas with a range of shade sails carport solutions.

A well-designed shade sail carport can be part of creating a better aspect to the property, and much more likely to add value to the home. Homes are a significant investment, which is why shade solutions are often neglected as an afterthought. It’s only once you have exposed assets that you don’t know how you ever thought you could live without it.

Shade carports are ideal for protecting and cooling your hard-earned assets. Whether it be cars, boats, caravans and motorbikes, the great feature of carports is there flexible options for design, size and application.

Shade sails also protect against organic matter such as bird droppings, leaves and foliage.

Why are carports so popular?

Weather safety

Carports are designed to protect your outdoor assets from dangerous weather conditions like the harsh Australian sun, wind storms and heavy rains.

Space for other vehicles

residential shade sails brisbane car parked on driveway exposed to the sun. this car needs a shade sails carport

Carports store cars, boats, motorbikes, trailers and motorhomes. Any vehicle without the space to fit in your garage can be kept inside a carport.

Additional Space

Carports have so many uses and can easily be converted into an outdoor porch for events and celebrations.

Easy Use

modiform car parked in driveway with cantilever shade sail structure to the front of the driveway

Carports are convenient in that there is no need to open and close doors when they come loaded with shopping bags or other goods.

We understand the importance of a good first impression and the reason that Modiform is design-focused, having developed many options that will complement and improve your home’s outlook.

As such, there are a few factors that need to play in selecting the right shade sail carport for your unique property.

1. Sun Orientation

When it comes to protecting your vehicles, the first thing to factor in is where the afternoon or western sun sets, as this is the hottest part of the day. The location and design need to limit exposure to your parked vehicle/s in the evening.

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2. Coverage

modiform car parked in driveway with cantilever shade sail structure to the front of the driveway

Whether it is a single, or multiple vehicles, a motorhome or a motorbike, Modiform will design your shade sail carport to sized to suit your asset being protected. Coverage is so crucial as more coverage improves the overall protection of your assets.

3. Application

Ask yourself, for what do you need to protect your asset? Modiform has many solutions, both waterproof and shade only option, to suit your individual needs.

Modiform Double shade sails carport over driveway 5x6 metres in charcoal colour

Types of carports available 

Hard roof carports 

Hard roof carports consist of supports and a roof (either flat or gable) and offer two to four open sides. Materials used for hard roof carports can be timber, metal, polycarbonate, Colorbond, Zincalume or tiles. Carports are great in that they provide extra space for opening doors and loading the car.

Traditional hard roof carports can be cost-effective, quick to erect, flexible and available in do-it-yourself options.

This being said, hard roof carports are Less versatile than shade carports in that they generally have square corners and set sizes.

Shade Carports

Modiform shade sails carport with waterproof shade sail brisbane in driveway for double shade sail carport colour gold fixed to house
Modiform Double shade sails carport over driveway 5x6 metres in charcoal colour
Modiform Double shade sails carport over driveway 5x6 metres in charcoal colour

Shade sail carports add artistic beauty to homes in a way that can’t be achieved with any other shade structure.

If value for money and design consciousness is your main priority, you may be hard to find a shade sail carport solution quite like a custom-made Shade Sail.

Shade Sails are fantastic for providing shade that helps keep outside areas fresh. By installing a Shade Sail in over your vehicles, you can also create a feature, something that will improve your home’s frontage.

Taking inspiration from yacht sail making techniques, Shade Sails are typically constructed from high-quality shade-cloth fabric. Using stainless-steel wire edge, fixings, and fittings, the sail is pulled tight to form a robust canopy. With Modiform, each sail is 3D-designed using computer software where each panel is stitched, sewn, or welded together to create a single Sail. The result is a tear-resistant sail with minimal puckering and almost zero “sag” with fabric warranties of up to 15 years depending on which fabric you choose.

If shade sails seem like a good solution for you, here are a few steps to making sure the shade sail you choose will look great and last for years to come

1. The shape of your shade sail

Square and Rectangle Shade Sails

A traditional, cost-effective option is the simple single sail shade sail. These give excellent shade coverage but can look plain if designed poorly Pro tip: Make sure the corners have two higher than the others, and that these high posts are opposite each other so that water is able to easily be removed, but creates opposing forces that will tension in the sail and prevent it sail from sagging and catching the wind.

This impressive Double carport that is 6 metres by 6 metres is a great example of the single shade sail carport.

Modiform Double shade sails carport over driveway 7x6 metres
Modiform Double shade sails carport over driveway 5x6 metres in charcoal colour
modiform waterproof shade sail brisbane in driveway for double shade sail carport colour burgundy fixed to house
Residential shade sails carport over driveway with blue skies

Architectural overlapping Shade Sails

For a high-end finish, Modiform’s shade sail carports can be designed with multiple shade sails overlapping to form a unique aesthetic with an architectural feel. With multiple sails, be mindful of gaps that may affect the amount of cover you can have as sunlight will beam through these gaps.

This project was created with two overlapping shade sails and created a beautiful shade sail carport solution to the outside of this modern home at The Gap, Brisbane, Queensland.

2. The type of fabric for your Shade Sails

Waterproof fabric

Waterproof Sails are a great alternative shade solution for creating usable, protected spaces outside of the home. PVC sails are our most popular waterproof product. These watertight, PVC canopies provide shade and UV protection for residential and commercial outdoor living spaces such as backyard patios, playground equipment, parks, restaurants, swimming pools and cars. Our waterproof PVC fabrics are Italian made fully welded waterproof membranes with a 10-year warranty.

close up detail of modiform cantilever waterproof shade sail 3x6 metres with modiform valmex waterproof fabric
modiform vehicle under waterproof shade sail brisbane in driveway for double shade sail carport colour burgundy fixed to house

3. Where your Shade Sails will fit

Cantilever Shade Carports

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If you like the idea of an architectural shade solution, you may elect for a cantilever shade sail carport.

Cantilevered posts are simple, modern and functional. The structure is made with two columns fixed at one side of the sail so that your outdoor area can stay open and unobstructed.

The posts are engineered to support the span of the sail without external bracing required.

Here’s an example of a new PVC single carport in a cantilever shade sail carport.

modiform waterproof shade sail carport in pvc sand colour

Single Shade Sails – The Gap, Queensland

Black Single Shade Sails – The Gap, Brisbane
modiform branded vehicle underneath a modiform cantilever shade sail carport in colour charcoal

Koedn Shade Sculptures