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What Is the Highest Rated Wind Load That a Tubular Steel Carport Can Take?

Ensure your installation is protected from the elements

Tubular steel is a fantastic option for those looking for protective, durable carports that won’t break the bank.

With tubular steel, you get the strength and rigidity of steel but in a format that is lighter, faster to construct, and less expensive compared to other steel building types. Capital Steel Industries specializes in supplying high-quality, pre-kitted tube steel carports that offer outstanding protection from the elements. They’re also simple enough for DIY-ers to erect.

Even though we recommend tube steel carports to be installed in areas where climates are temperate with consistent conditions, high-wind events will invariably occur wherever these structures are installed. And, because of the shape and dimensions of carports, many of our customers ask us just how well our tubular steel carports stand up to high winds.

In this article, Capital Steel Industries is addressing this question and providing a bit more color on the features and benefits of tubular steel carports.

The Strength Is in the Geometry

Before we tell you just how fast winds can blow without damaging a Capital Steel Industries tube steel carport, it might help to explain why our tubular steel is as strong as it is. This will help you to understand how a structure that is so seemingly simple can withstand such powerful wind forces.

The tubular steel frames and supports used in the construction of our carports are made from 12-gauge, extruded steel tubing. This isn’t cylindrical tubing, either—this is square steel tubing, which makes a huge difference when it comes to strength.

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Inferior carports use cylindrical steel tubing, which can bend and crease under much lighter loads. While these carports may be less expensive, they’re definitely not going to hold up to extreme weather conditions like a Capital Steel Industries square tube steel carport will.

When you factor in the buttressed design of the carport itself, the result is an exceptionally strong structure that will provide ongoing protection for decades. Granted, no tubular steel is going to be as strong as i-beam steel, but it often doesn’t need to be. For carports, square tubular steel is an economical, efficient choice.

Note: Keep in mind that Capital Steel Industries provides tubular steel carports that are certified, not engineered. Engineered metal buildings come with stamped engineering drawings that attest to the materials and their properties. Steel structure engineering and certification requirements for permitting vary from location to location; contact us to learn more.

How Strong Are We Talking, Here?

It’s time to get down to brass tacks. What is the highest-rated wind load that one of our tubular steel carports can take?

The answer is 160 miles-per-hour.

According to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Capital Steel Industries tube steel carports are rated to withstand up to category four hurricane-force winds. That’s real strength you can rely on.

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Even if your installation location isn’t in a known hurricane zone, it does give peace of mind knowing that your carport can take virtually all of what Mother Nature dishes out. And, because Capital Steel Industries offers tube steel carports of varying sizes, you can select just the right amount of coverage needed for a single car, multiple cars, or even a Class B RV (and an ATV or two).

Our tube steel carports are available in the following dimensions:

  • 20’ x 30’
  • 20’ x 40’
  • 12’ x 12’
  • 12’ x 20’
  • 12’ x 24’
  • 12’ x 30’

Because we want your carport to be as good-looking as it is strong, we offer twelve attractive color choices to choose from.

Lastly, Capital Steel Industries tubular steel carports can be designed to be canopied or open-sided. Open-sided carports may not provide as much lateral protection, but they also afford more vehicle accessibility (and, they’re less expensive). Whichever option you choose, 29-gauge steel sheeting is used to protect the assets underneath.

Ready to Get a Quote? Contact CSI Today

If you’re in the market for a cost-effective yet durable steel carport, you’ve found your supplier with Capital Steel Industries.

We have an extensive network of local contractors that we’ve already certified to be able to install our tubular steel carports. Because we quality-control every steel building kit we send out and we ensure that our contractor partners are expertly trained, our customers can count on a quality installation that leaves nothing to chance.

When you’re ready to receive a quote for a strong, durable carport solution, contact Capital Steel Industries.