Building an awesomely handsome carport – that is way more solid – can be easier than you might expect.
You can easily …
… go from this …
… to this – and as in most cases
– in as little asONE afternoon.
How can an oversized timber frame carport possibly be built this =FAST= andsoEASILY?
First, our Design Managers will guide you step by step from your initial ideas, to a completed custom kit.
They are committed to making your kit fit your yard, your style, and your budget.
Your carport can be freestanding or attached to your home. Besides being protection for your recreational vehicles, automobiles, and equipment, it can also serve as an entertainment area for parties and family get-togethers.
The beauty of a carport is its versatility. It can partially be covered or fully covered, act as a windbreak and if you change your mind and want it fully enclosed, walls or extra roofing can be easily added later.
What Makes Us Different
Timberwright Craftsmen take great pride in their attention to the small details. We smooth all exposed edges on our heavy timbers with a ¼” round. The rounded edge allows the timbers to retain their rough appearance, with a touch of refinement. Our top “shade planks” are spaced closer together, when compared to other pergolas offering additional shade and a unique look. We use true to size rough-sawn timber for all components rather than standard smaller ‘dimensional’ lumber. We also use taller and wider rafters on our double tier roof as compared to what you will find elsewhere.
All of our Kits are delivered ready to assemble with all parts pre-cut, drilled and notched with roof layout, and pre-stained with two coats of premium grade UV-rated exterior semi-transparent stain, which makes installation even faster, more convenient and ensures for a high quality RV or car cover! Our special mortised joints not only allow for a long-lasting, perfect joint, but it also virtually eliminates the use of unsightly galvanized brackets, hangers, and bolts.
Each pergola comes complete with all hardware and post mounts needed for to install your car or RV cover. Our unique assembly method allows the Timber pergola to have a sleek final appearance with no visible screws, lags, bolts, hangars or mechanical fasteners.
• 500% Stronger Than Hangers and Bolts
• Structural Integrity
• Quick Installation
• Pre-cut Slots
• Fast Alignment
• Simple Installation
• No Exposed Hardware
• Authentic Craftsmanship
Western Timber Frame™ joint system that allows for the natural seasonal expansion and contraction of timber pergola joints. We Pre-Fit Your Kit to make sure that your installation is easy and flawless with Superior Quality.
We help you design and build your kit, from Concept to Creation
Every single piece is pre-cut, then assembled completely together in our shop and tested & pre-stained before it is ever shipped out.
We do all the hard work for you.
But there is more. There isan essential elementthat makes all the difference!
The Dovetail Difference®
The Dovetail Difference® allows for even a large oversized 20′ beam, for example, to just slide into and lock in place with an extremely tight seam and no unsightly gaps. With a beveled cut, the wood can naturally expand and contract in the outdoors, wherein you will not see any gaps as it is behind the dovetail mortise notch. Not only is The Dovetail Difference® stronger, but it also adds to the beauty of the structure by maintaining a tighter more aesthetically pleasing joint. This also allows for stronger and larger shelters.
“If I had a complaint, it would be that Brian told us it would take us 2 weeks to build, It took two old men and two young strong guys 2 DAYS!!!!It went together SOLID and without any modifications!!! Awesome engineering!!” Don Ward – Texas
The word “kit” can tend to solicit fear in the hearts of some but these timber frame ShadeScape® DIY pergola kits are in fast and easy to assemble, despite their incredibly massive size. In fact, their mass and size make them in many ways much easier to install than a big box store kit only these timber kits are architecturally responsible, built with new technology and old-world craftsmanship to last for generations. With The Dovetail Difference®, the pieces interlock, connecting together in quickly and easily.
The Dovetail Difference® is:
More Aesthetically Pleasing
Faster & so Much Easier to Install
Cover Expensive Farm Equipment
Industrial-strength tarps can cover equipment, tools, and tractors and help to keep them dry and rust-free. Timber frame shelters offer a more permanent solution for vehicles and farming machinery, a significant investment in operating a family-run farm or a large-scale commercial farm.
Timber frame ShadeScape® kits are individually designed to be perfectly sized for all types of task vehicles, tractors, trailers, miscellaneous equipment, tools and supplies. You can have peace of mind, whether you are covering a vegetable processor, apple harvester, de-stoner, or mulch-tiller, structural timber can help in the prevention of damage to expensive farm equipment.
Timber frame ShadeScape® kits can easily have walls added at any time for additional protection to use as a storage building, garage or barn.
Can Always Do a Second Phase
“I might have been willing to cover the entire pool, which would have been a huge pergola; but Tyler said, ‘Why don’t we start with one section and see how you like it? You can always build more.’
They built it in a way that we could do a second phase if we wanted. They weren’t really pushy. It was clear that he was just trying to help me meet our goals.” – Sarah Burton – UT
Timber frame ShadeScape® kits can also be attached to an existing structure, such as a home, outbuilding or barn.
Cost Evaluation When Purchasing
A Heavy-Duty Carport RV Shade Shelter Kit
First, let’s talk about differences in cost —followed up with maintenance— of a DIY ShadeScape® Car or RV cover kits compared to other vehicle cover kits: metal, dimensional lumber, vinyl, reinforced aluminum, etc.
Obviously, cost needs to be one of your first considerations when making a deciding on an RV or carport cover. We build a wide variety of structures to your budget and needs. Every Carport RV Shade Shelter Kit is custom designed for you.
When it comes to weight, pound-for-pound a Western Timber Frame™ pergola or pavilion kit costs less and has less maintenance.
Most importantly, your ShadeScape® boat, carport or recreational vehicle cover will still be beautifully standing long after the demise of any conventional metal, dimensional lumber, vinyl, or reinforced aluminum coverlet.
Typically, you can expect the upfront cost of a ShadeScape® Carport RV cover to cost 4 to 6 times morethan (for example) an aluminum carport cover.
So, why is this?
Galvanized and reinforced-steel (brand name) pergola kit blown over in the wind.
Big-Box-Store of 2-to-3 Cardboard Boxes or OurFreight Truck Delivery
We ship ShadeScape® Gazebos, Pergolas, Pavilions, and Arbors daily throughout North America. The kits range from 2,500 to 11,000 pounds —while our often larger, commercial or expansive, custom projects will be exceeding heavier.
The average shipment weight of a ShadeScape® kit is over 5,500 pounds. Because of the sheer mass and weight of the timbers, kit it is transported by freight.
ShadeScape® timbers are NOT a small bundle of wood or dimensional lumber from your local big box hardware store. These structures are massive in size —unlike your average cookie cutter pergola kit. Again, one of our “light-weight” kits will be around 2,500 pounds.
Conventional kits will typically weigh somewhere between 200 and 380 pounds. A big box store kit will generally run between $800 to $2,000 —and all the pieces fit inside 2 or 3 cardboard boxes.
That’s a huge difference!
Remember, our structures are 10 to 30 times the weight of commercial or big box store kits. And as I stated previously, when we ship your kit, it is going to come on the back of a semi-trailer.
Packaged ShadeScape® structures have an average of 16 feet in length, and 36 feet in height, and 48 feet with the width. We build custom heavy-duty pallets to ship these ShadeScape® kits to sustain the mass and weight of the timbers.
Not to worry though, despite their massive size, they are easier and quicker to assemble than smaller less sturdy kits.
Western Timber Frame™ utilizes The Dovetail Difference® joint method for our beam-to-post connections. Everything is pre-cut, pre-finished, and pre-fitted. We make it easy to assemble.
Extra Tall or Large Carport RV Covers Require Additional Material
Motorhomes, 5th wheel RVs, diesel pushers, boats, etc. are a few examples of recreational vehicle that vary in size and luxury — from a fold out camper to eclipsing a tiny home in square feet. Along with types of equipment, recreational vehicles can require extra height; which requires the utilizing of more timbers. This is why as a general rule, a vehicle cover will cost more than a standard ShadeScape® outdoor living pavilion.
Timber Is a Cooler Cover for Your Vehicle
Cool off your vehicle with 100% genuine wood. Wood is the world’s best insulator and can carry two different temperatures at the same time on either side, warming up on cold days and cooling off on hot days.
With our proprietary water-based, UV resistant stain, ShadeScape® pergola kits may only require a touch up stain every 3-5 years .
In some cases, simply add some of Western Timber Frame™ stain to a spray bottle. Mist any needed areas, roller over them and it is looking brand new again —good for another 3-5 years, .
Maintain By Preservation Through Prevention
Vinyl Wind-Damaged Pergola Post
Inserting ShadeScape® Steel Post Plate
Wind-rated aluminum reinforced vinyl is offered as a lightweight, low maintenance and cost effective alternative to modern shade structures. Of all of the pergolas or pavilions replaced by Western Timber Frame™, Vinyl is the #1 most replaced material. All materials have some upkeep and maintenance.
This is a “steel reinforced” vinyl pergola Western Timber Frame™ was asked to replace recently. Like many other vinyl pergolas they have replaced, this one was steel reinforced, supposed to stand up to wind and snow, etc. This kit cost this customer over $6,500, and the national brand company they purchased it from would not do anything to help them.
A warranty is only as good as the company behind it. Luckily for this client, their home insurance covered the damage and they are able to replace this kit with a ShadeScape® that will stand.
Wind Collapsed Wood Pergola
Snow Collapsed Reinforced-Aluminum Pergola
Wind Bent & Damaged Metal Pergola
Aluminum, steel and those types of garages, carports, etc. are often advertised as being fade-resistant and rust-resistant. Galvanized steel takes longer time to rust, but eventually it will rust. Aluminum can’t actually rust, but it does oxidize. We have replaced many of them that are said to be strong enough to withhold heavy snows and stand against the wind; which was not the case.
For centuries dovetail mortise joints have been used for wood-to-wood joinery. We have used dovetail mortise and tenon joinery on our pergolas and pavilion for many years, and our customers can attest to the strength and durability of The Dovetail Difference®.
ShadeScape® Pergola Stood Strong Through Hurricane Irma!
“Are you kidding this Pergola has already been through its first hurricane, Irma. She stood tall and proud and never wavered.
Our neighbors with us sat under her and watched as men from Texas cut trees down off the lines and restored our power. Thank you for your wonderful product she gave our neighbors shade when there was none.
Be proud of your product. Thanks.” — Kenneth Baker, Florida
Maintaining integrity isn’t only about the material it is made from but it also how it is all connected together. The old deck had vinyl railing that would move if you leaned on it. Vinyl is soft and pliable anyway, but it also weakens, breaking down in the sun over time. Thankfully, timber and a metal railing gives the “muscles” and “power” this deck so needed.
ShadeScape® structures with wood-to-wood, slide-in interlocking joint connections gives resilience that a wood structure can not stand up against and maintain it’s integrity over time.
Double Use for Carport RV Covers
ShadeScape® shelters provide shade for outdoor activities or protection for cars, boats, recreational vehicles, farm equipment and more. As an added value, a DIY carport shelter is great answer to free up space or create a sheltered area that can double as a space for entertainment and relaxation. While some ShadeScape® families install an attached or free-standing addition to their Carport RV Cover for recreational or other aspirations, some families choose to build their timber frame vehicle cover to serve multiple purposes and functions, e.g. outdoor movie nights, family barbecues, gatherings, a solar stand, etc.
Extra Benefits of a Timber Carport RV Cover
Timber also comes with some extra side benefits, bacteria will not reproduce itself on wood and wood is earth-friendly as well as human-friendly. The warmth, smell, and variations in wood color is stimulating and rejuvenating to our senses creating a welcome atmosphere anytime.
Fabric Recreational Vehicle & Car Covers Uncovered
Before the late 1980s, some will recall cars that changed color, e.g. red cars that oxidized, turning pinker over time. Cars used to be factory painted with several layers of pigmented paint over a primer coat. The color coating had little resistance to the sun’s rays. Eventually, the finish would degrade to a chalky surface. That layer would then be polished with a rubbing compound. Repeating the polishing process would then thin the paint layers until the primer and metal were exposed. Modern color and clear coat finishes have come a long way, and few areas of an automobile are as misunderstood as the paint.
Car manufacturers began using clear coat finishes making a more durable coating than in the past. The paint has a pigmented layer that is covered with a translucent layer with UV protectants. From waxes, polishes, clay bars, to covers, looking after your vehicles facade can be confusing with so many competing companies vying for attention.
Here is a look at some fabric car cover considerations.
People buy car covers to safeguard against moisture, scratches, debris, pollen, insects and bird droppings. But the number one reason most vehicle owners want a protective cover is to keep their paint jobs in pristine condition and prevent fading from UV sunlight.
Manufacturers of car covers’ main promotion of their products are in the claim of how effective a fabric cover is in blocking UV rays, implying that when a car is exposed to the sun, the paint will fade, crackle and peel.
Modern clear coat finishes have come a long way, with UVA and UVB radiation inhibitors, as long as the finish is in good condition, the paint will be protected. Plastic and rubber interiors do benefit from a cover, but the paintwork does not need the same amount of protection from the sun as did automobiles of the past. As a word of caution, if it is protected from UV radiation you are wanting, some fabric car covers do not actually protect against UV rays.
One primary reason for buying a fabric car protector is to keep a vehicle from becoming scratched, when in fact, putting on a car cover with any dirt or debris can cause some minor scratches. The cover itself will not scratch but the dirt it picks up can. Fabric covers attract and hold particles that can scratch the clear coat as it is slid over a vehicle.
Hailstorms are another reason people use car covers, however, covers typically lay on the surface of the vehicle and offer very little protection from large hailstones. There are car jackets that can inflate over your car that can provide a cushion of air to prevent hailstones from causing damage.
As is mentioned above, covers for RVs and vehicles attract dirt. They are also difficult to wash. Though vehicle covers can be nice for indoor use when storing a vehicle, keeping an automobile covered outdoors for several days isn’t always the best idea. Even covers that are said to be 100% waterproof will allow moisture to collect between the car’s surface and the cover. Moisture and hot, sunny days can create a degrading environment and damage bodywork.
We have you covered for all your outdoor activities.
Safeguard Your Investment
• Bush hog
• Dirt bikes
• Farm Trailers
• Farm Wagons
• Four-wheel all-terrain vehicles
• House trailers
• Mobile homes
• Motorized bicycles
• Motorized tricycles
• Road Vehicles
• York rake