16
Sep

Stop Sun Damage With a Steel Carport

Stop Sun Damage With a Steel Carport

Your car may suffer the most damage when it’s parked if you don’t take steps to protect it from the sun. Not all sun damage is obvious. Although faded paint and upholstery usually pose the most immediate concern, ongoing exposure to UV rays can cause even more severe damage. The sun weakens upholstery fibers and can cause plastic components, such as dash boards, to develop cracks. Rubber and vinyl exterior features also weaken and eventually crack due to sun exposure.

Protection Is the Best Prevention

Keeping your car in the shade provides the best protection against the dangers of the sun. If you don’t have a garage, a steel carport is your next best option. Although a plastic or fabric carport may seem like a good option at first, these materials also break down in the sun so they require frequent replacement.

Steel reflects both the heat and rays of the sun, so not only is your car protected from sun damage – it’s also cooler. You can further take advantage of the shade and cooling effect by placing the carport next to your home, which will provide additional shade and protection for your car.

The steel also keeps other weather, including hail and rain, off your car. Hail can tear right through flimsier materials, so they provide no protection. Even rain is a danger or fabric carports. Rain may pool on the fabric, leading to a collapse. Not only does this leave your car vulnerable to weather damage, but also to the dangers of the collapsing carport. A steel carport is sturdily constructed so both the carport and your car remains safe.

More Tips to Prevent Damage

A carport on its own provides excellent protection, but you can further protect your car from damage by:

  • Wash and wax your car at least once a week. Pollutants and dirt on the car can react in the sun and heat, leading to paint damage or etching.
  • Set up your carport for maximum protection. If the setting or rising sun shines in under the cover on one side, consider installing side panels on the carport to provide additional protection.
  • Park in shaded locations when away from home, if possible. If it’s not possible, use a window shade to protect your car’s interior from the sun when you will be in an exposed area for the greater part of the day.

Although the intense summer sun may seem the most damaging, winter sunlight still contains harmful UV rays. Protect your car year around, not just when the weather is hot.