Why I Love Steel Carports

This is a true story that I volunteered for this site.  The purpose behind it is to point out why it is so important to use steel when building garages, carports, sheds etc.  At least it is important to those of us who live in Florida.

I moved here 12 years ago.  My wife and I purchased a home in a nice suburban neighborhood and settled into a wonderful life. 

At least until a couple of years later….


That is when we suffered through 3 hurricanes in a matter of a month.  Bad hurricanes.  The first one came through and took our pool screen.  We were without power for 8 days and spend that time in a local shelter which as you can imagine was not a pleasant experience.

The second one came through two weeks later and destroyed our wooden fence.  Luckily the power outage lasted only a couple of days this time.

The final hurricane came a week later and just about convinced me to vacate The Sunshine State forever.  The damage in my neighborhood was extensive with fallen trees splintering roofs and landing on cars.

But let me digress to the point of this article.

My nest door neighbor had a steel carport that I had never paid much attention to.  I didn’t even know it was steel.  Yet, during the hurricane, a giant oak tree fell directly on it.  And it didn’t buckle!  In fact, it barely looked damaged.  Of course the new car under it was untouched.

I was amazed that the structure had held up to a massive tree and asked my neighbor about it.  He informed me it was steel and was guaranteed for incredible winds.  Winds maybe, but a tree?

Needless to say after that fall, I made a few changes.   I invested in a generator, stocked up on emergency supplies and bought a steel carport for my new car. 

Here it is 10 years later and it looks as if it was installed yesterday.  No upkeep, no problems, no rotting.  Just an unbelievably smart investment on my part if I do say so myself.

I truly do love steel carports and highly advise you to investigate them if you live in Florida!


Learn more about the hurricanes here


The Truth About Moving To Florida

Is It Truly A Dream?

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Many people in the US and other countries grow tired of the cold, snowy weather and dream of relocating to a warmer climate with beaches such as Florida. So is the reality as good as the fantasy? Read this post to discover the truth as written by a LONG-time resident!

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Florida. Warm weather year round, white sandy beaches, girls in bikinis, surfing, fishing, swimming and a tropical lifestyle that can’t be beaten.


Well, hold on just a minute.

There are a few things that they don’t tell you when you are thinking of selling your old couch and moving a thousand miles to be a beach bum.

The truth is that Florida has a few negatives to go along with all the positives.

For instance, when you drive through Florida, you will invariably encounter something called a stoplight. And at every stoplight, there will be a person or persons standing there glaring at you with a sign that says, “Homeless, please help.”

Now, most people have a charitable spirit but it appears that every homeless person in the world has decided to relocate to Florida and stand at the intersections. The problem is that it has become big business with groups taking shifts and splitting their earnings. There have been reports of some sign holders clearing nearly $100,000 a year, tax free of course.

The truth is that these people tend to give you the bug eyes, making you feel uncomfortable until you finally feel obligated to hand over your money.

Another problem is the proliferation of child molesters. Now, again, I don’t want to tell anyone how to live their life, but molesting a child or having child porn on your computer is a little bizarre. But for some reason, they seem to be having a national convention in the Sunshine State that never ends. Be prepared to have several molesters living in your neighborhood as the government publishes the address of those that have already been convicted.

And the insects? We have everything from scorpions to something called love bugs. Love bugs show up twice a year. They are actually two bugs hooked together hence the name love. The male dies during mating and the female carries him around for a few weeks still in the throes of passion. That is what I call some serious lovemaking! These things come in hordes and basically just float in your face driving you crazy until they fall down, die, and make a huge mess.

Love to swim? Well, every creek, river and pond has a surprise in it…..alligators! These prehistoric beasts love to take a bite out of a human or pet. So most of your swimming is going to be relegated to the pool.

But what about swimming in the ocean? it is true, there are no alligators in the ocean. However, there are some gray things called sharks that often mistake a leg for a tuna or mackerel.

The weather? Well, my first year here, we had four hurricanes and I lost power for nearly two weeks. Now, I am no sissy, but living in Florida without air conditioning or modern conveniences is not fun to say the least.

And did you know that Florida has more tornadoes than anyone with the possible exception of Kansas? We also lead the country in lightning strikes. And severe thunderstorms are a constant.

To combat the weather conditions, we invested in a steel carport and then later a metal building that doubles as a garage. We purchased these on the advice of life-time residents who sent us to OSE Florida. Their website is http:/cfsteelbuildings.com.  You can visit it here.

So before making the decision to move, please understand that Florida is not all sunsets and beaches. Oh, and did I mention the snakes?

Four Benefits Of Steel Carports

So you’re thinking about adding a carport to your property or business, but aren’t sure where to turn? Well, unless you opt for a steel carport, a grave mistake has been made!
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Read on my friend, read on!
Steel carports have risen to the forefront the last several years. They have popped up all over the country and have become popular not only with homeowners but with commercial property owners also. These carports provide a plethora of benefits. Let’s take a look at just four.
1: Steel carports LAST.
Remember when you were a kid and you bought a toy and they always seemed to break pretty quickly? And you would think, “I wish it could have lasted longer.”Steel carports are the toy that never breaks. These structures are nearly indestructible regardless of the elements. They are made to withstand hurricane force winds, rain, hail, and tornadoes.Wood carports on the other hand tend to rot very quickly and are easy targets for pest such as termites. Because of the durability, steel requires no ongoing maintenance costs or constant care.

2:Steel carports are incredibly versatile.
If you choose a reputable carport company, you are empowered with tremendous flexibility in the look, size and design of your new steel carport. There is realistically nothing that can’t be built with a custom design. Need a carport for your RV? No problem. Have five cars? Again, no problem.

Ensure that you find a company that specialized in custom designs before purchasing your new steel carport. Then use your design skills to the max!

3: Steel carports can be built and installed quickly.
When you are ready for a new carport, you don’t want to wait forever to get it done. Well, again with the correct company, it doesn’t have to take long as opposed to wood or other materials.

And you even have the option of having the company install or do it yourself. The company will supply you with a kit to make the job fast and easy for most people. However, having the company build and install will always be the quickest option that you can choose.

4) Steel carports make your property more valuable.
Steel carports are an extremely attractive add-on to any property, be it commercial or residential. Again, the fact that there will be not rotting or constant maintenance makes the building even more attractive.

But the real value comes from the protection. Steel carports protect extremely valuable merchandise such as cars, RV’s, motorcycles, boats and more from the elements that shorten their life and reduce their value. In short, steel carports are indispensable for saving you money by way of protecting your valuables. Don’t overlook this fact!

So what are you waiting for? Start protecting your assets immediately and improve the look of your business or home all for a very low price.

If you need a great carport, check out Central Florida Steel Buildings and Supply, the most trusted name in steel for over forty years. Send them an email using the form on their website and they will get back to you immediately with a custom quote.

Why I Purchased My Own Steel Carport

Look, I live in Florida; you know, the land of sunshine and bikinis.

But there are some things here that they don’t put in the brochures. Upon arrival from a Northern state, I enjoyed two months of Florida living until the first of THREE hurricanes hit in a span of 5 weeks! Everything around me was devastated including cars, campers and motorcycles that had no protections.

And yet…

My neighbor had a steel carport. Just a simple structure built to protect his truck. Nothing but a roof, no walls, nothing. And do you know what? His carport and his truck escaped all three hurricanes without a scratch. It was unbelievable.

It was after number three that I looked at my smashed car, (a tree had fallen on it!) and decided that I would take the plunge (after I got an insurance payment) to buy a steel carport. I still have it to this day.

I was so pleased that I also went back and had them build me a small building to keep my tools and lawn equipment in. That too, is still standing and doing well.

Never underestimate the importance of a steel carport! And that is coming from the voice of experience!


Florida and Steel Buildings-Just The Facts

Florida is a large state with varying degrees of weather.  For the most part, the weather is mild with a great deal of humidity.  However, what most people don’t realize is that the state also suffers more lightening strikes than any other state!

Besides lightening, Florida is also a magnet for tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and dust.  What this means is that inclement weather is a constant for those who are considering moving to the state.

One of the major problems with bad weather is that your expensive items such as cars, boats, recreational vehicles and motorcycles are in constant danger of being damaged or even ruined.

So what is the solution?  OSE Florida steel building

Well, the majority of residents have taken the precaution of building steel buildings or steel carports.  A building can be anything from a one car garage to ten and is used to store anything that is considered valuable, while a carport has no sides and is used more as a roof.

But why do they need to be steel?   (Visit here for more information!  http://www.oseflorida.com)

Simple, steel is stronger than anything else that these structures are made out of.  In short, they hold up to any kind of weather, even hurricanes.  They are indestructible!

Secondly, they stand the test of time.  While a wood building is subject to termites and weather  and will need to be stained and painted nearly every year, a steel structure is self sustaining, remaining solid and impenetrable for an average of 25-30 years.

Thirdly, they are much cheaper.  Face it, wood is expensive.  Steel would seem to be a natural as a higher priced item, however the opposite is true.

So in summary, a steel building is less expensive, last longer, looks better and can withstand the elements much better.

If you are in the state of Florida, check out the steel buildings on the Central Florida Steel Buildings Carports Page.


OSE Florida
13640 SE 31st Ave
Summerfield, FL 34491
(800) 257-5513