The two main differences in carport design are based on different roofs. One type is the lean-to carport. The lean to is the simplest structure because it uses another building’s structural support to keep it up. The construction materials really just serve to keep out the weather. A lean to does not have the same shielding effect as a closed garage door. The way a lean to works, it uses one side of the structure it is attached to as the exterior wall. The lean to becomes an integral part of your house. So make sure you match the two structures as much as possible. Get a Denver roofing estimate on a connecting roof at the same pitch with the same roofing materials. That way your structure will look like it was built with the house instead of looking like a hodgepodge job.
A free standing carport is one that you build yourself that are structurally independent. At its most basic, it is just a shed big enough for you to park your car in. The easiest is a shed roof which is just a one plane roof. Consult your Denver roofing estimate for more fancy ideas like a peaked roof. Many sheds now have peaked roofs, and it does not necessarily have to match the house style.
If you want the carport to be a seamless addition, go with the lean to. While the construction of a lean-to is simple, free standing carports come in kits just like DIY sheds. The free standing carport can be built anywhere on the property, and some are even transportable. A good lean to is integrated with building design. This costs more to match roof and paint design. From a skilled labor standpoint, the free standing kit is easier to do without construction knowledge.
The ideal carport protects your car from sun, wind and water. After roofing, another important consideration is the siding. Metal is good for carport construction because it comes in large sheets. You can use the same material for the roof and sides, and because it is not a living space it does not need to be insulated. For short term alternatives, you can have tent canopies and pop up roofs.