Easy Steel Carport Construction
When Mark Gramont of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee (near Chattanooga) wanted a new carport
to provide shelter for his boat, he did what any tech-savvy, intelligent consumer would do.
He went on-line and researched his options. That is when he came upon the SteelMaster
As soon as Mark saw a Steel carports design, he said he knew SteelMaster was the way to
go. The pictures and customer stories on the SteelMaster blog were part of what convinced
him to place his call to SteelMaster.
Mark and his wife, Gina, had a good idea of what they wanted, but wondered if SteelMaster
could really accommodate them. Their carport had to be
approximately 16' x 32' with a clear span, and built upon
a concrete slab against a retaining wall in their backyard.
The answer is unequivocally, "YES!"
SteelMaster steel and metal arched buildings are custom
designed with the unique specifications for each
customer in mind. The width, height, and length of each
building is tailored to suit whatever the customer's needs
are for each and every SteelMaster boat storage facility,
carport, shed, airplane hangar, workshop, etc.
Another aspect that sold Mark on a SteelMaster carport was the ease of construction our
customers have shared. Construction had to be relatively easy and an unobstructed view
was a must-have, since their home backs up to a beautiful view of the water.
"I wanted something that would be built to last, not flimsy like some of the other carports
out there – and pleasing to the eye," said Mark.
SteelMaster fit the description perfectly.
The only minor glitch in the whole process was when delivery truck broke down. However,
the Gramont's were called and advised their delivery would be a couple of days later than
Mark had a positive attitude about the delay. "Hey, that's no biggee, really. Stuff like that
happens in real life. At least we were notified and not sitting around waiting for the
"I must admit though, when the truck showed up with all the pieces to our carport kit, we
were a little intimidated. But once our slab was finished and we actually started assembling
the pieces of the SteelMaster kit with the directions, we breathed a big sigh of relief," Mark
said.Mark and Gina constructed their carport themselves, with a little help from a couple of
friends with assembly of the steel arches. It took them on and off approximately 50 hours
from start to finish. They opted for a concrete slab floor and it ended up taking two
truckloads of concrete. The only questions Mark had were regarding their concrete base and
"The SteelMaster Engineer and their customer service staff were very helpful when I called
their home office in Virginia Beach," said Mark. "I had not bought anything of this
magnitude from out of state before, but any reservations I may have had were quickly
alleviated," he added.
The Gramont's also made use of scaffolding, which made their construction a lot easier due
to the scope of the carport. And, they devised their own pulley system for raising pieces of
the steel up and down.
Mark humbly mentioned that he has raced sailboats and catamarans for quite some time.
(SteelMaster has a feeling he has probably won more races than he has lost.) And Mark had
a feeling he could incorporate some of his boating equipment into the construction process
to make it even easier. Mark and Gina used sailing block cleats as a pulley system for
raising pieces of steel up and down. This ingenious process worked out wonderfully for
them, and they did not mind sharing their idea with others who may have sailboat
equipment available for use.
SteelMaster customers are just cool like that. They like sharing ideas, tips and pictures of
their buildings. SteelMaster customers share a unique sense of comradery, almost like an
elite club, one always open to helping new members. Our customer enthusiasts are so
proud of their accomplishments, that SteelMaster even has a dedicated YouTube Channel:
SteelMaster's steel and metal pre-engineered buildings are designed for a broad range of
residential and commercial applications including homes, farm buildings, garages,
workshops, agricultural storage, Quonsets, airplane hangars, RV storage, roofing systems,
carports, military buildings, commercial warehousing, and industrial storage as well as a
wide variety of custom building applications including athletic facilities, retail stores,
churches, bus stops, smoke shacks, doggie dorms, and correctional facilities.
Mark and Gina are thrilled with their SteelMaster carport. They have a sturdy and safe
shelter for their boat, and something that blends harmoniously into their landscape and
Mark has already had compliments on his carport. SteelMaster is proud to have him as a
Partner in Steel too. We want him to make some extra money when people he refers call in
and purchase a building for themselves.
"Satisfied customers and word-of-mouth advertising are the best compliments SteelMaster
could ever receive," said Michelle Wickum, Director of Marketing for SteelMaster.
Here's hoping Mark and Gina take some time out and enjoy their view!
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