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Carport Greening

Carports are often covered with greenery for privacy protection and are usually fully greened with quick-growing climbing plants like silver lace vine and hops, or - for an opaque greening all year round - with ivy. Trellis wire nets or cable systems from FassadenGrün are suitable for guiding the plants between the posts; selection of plants and their attachment are shown here using examples. Caution: wire-cable-trellis nets are only conditionally suitable for public areas because of the vandalism risk (temptation for people to climb). More photos under "pergolas."

Carport covered with ivy on two sides
Carport covered with ivy on two sides

Greening along the Carport Construction

At first, it is a good idea to green a carport along the supports and horizontal purlins. As described in the sections on columns and pergolas-- annual climbing plants and clematis hybrids, as well as rosesgrapes, and wild (fruitless) grapevines are suited for these projects. The necessary wire ropes are arranged as vertical strands as in system 1020 and 1030, or as T-shapes or angles (2000 and 3000 category systems).

 

Light and easy kits from FassadenGrün usually suffice, but medium and even heavy kits are often used to make the carport wider on the inside. Even massive kits are an option, but in any case, the space for the vehicle should not be restricted by the greenery. The choice of a fixture depends on the wall type (often solid wood or square metal pipes).

Greening the Roof Area

If a carport has an open or transparent roof surface, it can be greened as described in the section on pergolas. Often the special system 0060 is used.

Greening the Side Areas

To green the side of a carport, 5 - 6 horizontal wires are usually installed. This arrangement is similar to that of a vineyard wire frame or a system 8010. The space between most carport supporting posts is 2.5 metres. This is too far apart. The wire rope can not be tensioned correctly and will sag. Therefore, we recommend an additional vertical wire rope (a "hanger") in the middle between the supports from above, i.e. a wire rope fastened into the roof or rafter with an eye bolt and a rope clamp, where the horizontal strands will be connected to it via a cross clamp. Alternatively, these vertical wire ropes can be fastened at the bottom with a ground anchor. The plant shoots are then guided and braided into the system until a thick, opaque carport vegetation is created.

 

In public areas, horizontal ropes are not recommended, because of the ladder effect (easy climbing access for potential vandals or children). Arrangements similar to system 7060 are a good alternative there.

Carport greening with wisteria on a modified system 7060
Carport greening
Greening a carport with English ivy
Greenery of a carport

Examples of Greened Carports

Here you can see just how diversely a carport can be greened...

Greening a wooden support with annual morning glories
Greening a carport with grapevines on wire ropes
Carport with wire rope of the easy style (eyelet screw WH 06061) for honeysuckle
Cable support for wisteria, heavy style with special mounts WM 12XX2
Cable run in accordance with system 1060 along an inclined roof edge; medium kit "classic"- installed into rafters with veneering
Wire rope system 5020 for grapevines, arranged horizontally as a climbing field on the back of a carport; easy construction style, but this time with eyelet screws WH 06061
Beautification of a carport with different plants and cable systems
Cable arrangement in accordance with system 60320, massive kit, for climbing roses
House greening with kiwi on a wire rope system 3040.
Under the transparent roof made (synthetic material), wire ropes are run through the rafters-- similar to system 0060; fungus-tolerant vine species
Wattle fence greened with Japanese honeysuckle on a carport
A horizontal wire rope arrangement would be best for this kind of greening (on a carport)
Grapevines on a modified system 8010, heavy kit with WM 12161; this was chosen for the greater wall distance and thus more space within the carport. Between each support, additional vertical ropes are integrated as "hangers" (attached with cross clamps).
The same carport greened with wild vines two years later
Modified system 8010, easy kit, wall eyelets, tensioners, and cross clamps; an 'interweaving' aid for ivy
The green privacy screen from the previous photo-- 2 1/2 years later
Metal carport with the modified wire rope system 5050 and cross mount 10081; different climbing and creeping plants as privacy screen
The same rope net as in previous photo: the lower attachment of the vertical ropes in the concrete shelf (with glued-in eyebolts and screw links SG 05050) is visible
Modified system 5050; the system was installed into the rafters with eyelet screws. At the bottom, eyelets WH 08080 were glued into concrete blocks with composite mortar.
Planning sketch for a modified system 7060: both outer ground anchors are installed at a slight angle.
Photo corresponding to the previous sketch-- for an opaque greening, English ivy was used here. The density of the cables provides the ivy a good hold and quick progress.
Base point of the previously pictured fan-form system-- the earth anchor is visible
Modified system 7060-- the ropes above were affixed with eye screws WH 07080; below, with earth anchors EA 12800
Greening of a carport with different species; modified system 7060
Fully-greened carport: parthenocissus (Virginia creeper) and "vitas coignetia" (crimson glory vine)