Why do Gas Stations have the roofs/carports over the gas pumping areas?

This may sound like a dumb question but I am doing some research and am wondering…Are these there to protect us from the elements (rain,wind etc.) while we pump our gas? Is it protection for the gas pumps? Is it a code requirement for gas stations to have these or do they build them “for our comfort”?

Maybe someone who works at a gas bar or oil company personell can weigh in on this one. Thanks

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the early days, most gas pumps did not have covers over the pumps as the pumps themselves did not need the protection (being mechanical pumps). Also, since the attendants were the only ones pumping the gas, they could wear rain suits during bad weather. As for protecting the car from getting water in the gas tank, attendants would carry a rag that they would wrap around the nozzle at the point the nozzle entered the car to prevent any water from getting in.

    As pumps became electronic, the need to protect the pumps became more important. While the pumps are sealed to protect the electronics from bad weather, these seals tend to leak over time and if not replaced regularly, the electronics will begin to corrode. This became even more important once CRINDs (card readers in dispensers) were installed in gas pumps. Card readers and printer slots provide unsealed openings into the pump which can easily allow water into the system (and this still occurs during blowing rains).

    Check most service stations and you will find that most pumps are placed such that rains falling at a 45 degree angle will not come in contact with the pump island but might come in contact with the person using the pump; therefore, the higher the cover, the wider the cover.

    The shelter also provides protection of the pumps from direct sunlight. The heat that builds up inside a pump if subject to direct sunlight is awful. While the pumps do have built in heaters to warm the electronics during the cold, most are not equipped to remove heat during the summer. The shelters help protect the pumps from this intense heat.

    And the obvious is also that the shelters protect the users while pumping gas.

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  • Dianne
    5 days ago


  • joel g
    1 month ago

    Protection from rain, sun’s heat and snow is an obvious answer. There are three reasons why we should do it:

    Imagine it rains when you fill gas at a station without roof when it is raining! You wouldn’t want water to mix in your fuel as it would reduce the vehicle engine efficiency.

    Then the costly pump equipment should be protected against corrosion caused by rain and snow.

    The workers at gas stations also should be given a good working environment, right? Shelter from rain is a minimum thing we should do for them. And it adds to customer comfort also.

    Now, there is another technical reason: In case of gas station catching fire, a roof made of inflammable material can reduce the height of the flame to an extent. That brings down the intensity of fire because the smokes deflected off the roof blocks the oxygen supply. That gives some more extra time for fire fighters. But the roof isn’t going to stand the high temperature of gasoline fire for too long though.

    Yes, there are certain guidelines for the material and design of the roof in my country, India. I don’t know about rules and guidelines in other countries. Hope this answers your queries.

  • bessie smith
    1 month ago

    To protect the people who pump gas. Gas pumps do not need protection from the elements.

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    5 days ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    To shelter the customers from the elements while they are pumping their fuel.

  • Chicken_Wing__
    1 month ago

    To keep the rain, snow, or even sun off of you while you’re pumping.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I wouldn’t stop at a station in the rain if they didn’t have them. I think it has more to do with marketing than anything.

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