Installing a carport could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Owning a home is the great Australian dream. It\u2019s something many Australians want from an early age. If we\u2019re ever lucky enough to achieve that dream, the next step is improving on what you have. Renovating and making additions to your house can not only improve your lifestyle, but can also add to the value of your home. One such renovation might be the addition of a carport. Installing a carport could be one of the most important financial investments you ever make on your house. Carports are a fantastic addition to any home, and they can be good for so much more than just sheltering your car. Carports offer protection from the elements We\u2019ll start with the most obvious benefit of a carport: protection from the weather. Rain, wind, hail and sun can all hurt your vehicle over an extended period of time. Installing a carport will also protect your vehicle from things such as falling branches and birds doing their business \u2013 both of which can damage your car. A carport has a number of practical uses. Protection against theft and vandalism Housing your car underneath a carport has the potential to protect it from theft, vandalism and other random attacks. Thieves and vandals rub their hands together when they see a car parked on the street, but a car under a carport poses a higher level of risk for them. They\u2019ll think twice about approaching a car so close to a house, as they may run the risk of alerting the homeowner. Criminals also prefer to act under the cover of darkness, so installing a carport with sensor lighting will deter any would be thieves. Carports can suit any type of vehicle Obviously carports are great for providing shelter and protection for your car, but they can also house other vehicles such as boats, caravans, trailers, RVs and motorcycles. Australian Outdoor Living can help you adapt the design of your carport to suit any type of vehicle. We have a number of designs and styles of carport, so we won\u2019t have any trouble finding one that\u2019s perfect for your type of vehicle. This also means you\u2019ll no longer need to store your extra vehicles in your front yard. Having a caravan or trailer perched on your lawn not only reduces the attractiveness of your house, but it can actually be very bad for your lawn as well. This may deter prospective home buyers, as well as lower the value of your home. A new carport can blend in with your home It\u2019s a common concern: many people want to install a carport but are worried about ruining the aesthetic of their house. The good news is that it is possible to install a carport that looks like it was built with your home. At Australian Outdoor Living we understand that every house is unique. That\u2019s why we offer a range of styles that can duplicate the distinct character of your house. This will ensure the end product blends into the rest of the property so well it looks like it was always there. Choose from the practical Flat design, or take a pick from our beautiful Gable roof styles. Whatever your preference, we\u2019ve got something for everyone. We can also give you the choice of installing your carport with timber and steel, meaning you can be in full control of your project. Our friendly staff can take you through the benefits of both materials \u2013 we can even offer a combination of the two! Australian Outdoor Living can install a carport that will complement your home. A carport can double as an entertaining area If you\u2019re sick of your plans being ruined by the weather, you\u2019ll be pleased to know that a carport can double as a practical entertaining area. Installing a carport provides shelter from the wind, rain and sun, so it makes sense that you can also use them for BBQs and parties. The best part is that you can install a practical set of outdoor blinds from Australian Outdoor Living as an extra barrier to protect you from the elements. Not to mention, you can increase the value of your home even further by adding outdoor blinds. They're also great for protection from the weather! A carport will save you money on car insurance Since a carport will protect your car from weather, theft and vandalism, insurance companies will offer lower premiums on car insurance. Carports go a long way in protecting your car against pretty much everything, meaning you can spend less money on insurance and more money on things that really matter\u2026 like home improvements! Carports add value to your home As you\u2019ve seen, installing a carport has many practical applications, all of which will eventually add to the value of your home. Prospective homebuyers are far more likely to show interest in your house if there is a carport attached. You\u2019ll also be able to ask for a higher price, purely because you had the foresight to make such a practical and attractive addition to your home. Now that you understand the benefits of installing a carport, how do you actually go about it? Contact Australian Outdoor Living today for a free measure and quote \u2013 you can even use the form on the right hand side of this page. It\u2019s that easy! Our friendly staff will be happy to help find a carport to suit your home, lifestyle and financial needs. Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blindsArtificial grassRoller shuttersConcrete and fibreglass swimming poolsCarportsTimber deckingPergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.