Traditional or modern styles?
A timber door canopy over the entrance to your house or porch provides a great look and reliable protection against bad weather. But another advantage of timber is that the material 'breathes' throughout the year. In other words, the material adapts to the environment, temperature and humidity. So aside from simply being an aesthetic choice, the material of the support structure also influences other factors. For example, metal supports may heat up during the summer months, unlike their counterparts made of softwood.
So, picking timber as a building material isn't just the more traditional choice; it may also have practical effects. Don't worry – you still have the option of a glazed door or porch canopy with wooden brackets if you prefer a more modern look.
Installing your front door canopy
windows24.com sells door canopies as convenient kits, including everything you need to install them (except for tools). You can ask a professional builder to install your door canopy kit, this may be more costly, but it's safer, too. Wooden door canopies with glazing elements or shingles can be quite heavy, making it harder to install them if you don't have a helper or two. Luckily, wooden supports are a bit lighter than metal ones, making them easier to mount. The kit includes a manual that'll walk you through the entire process step-by-step.
When installing your front door canopy, keep the following things in mind to ensure it'll reliably protect your door:
- Install a functioning gutter system
- Always mount the support structure securely on the wall
- Keep the insulation of the wall in mind when drilling
How to make water run off your rain shelter efficiently
No matter what type of door or porch canopy you mount above your door, you need to ensure rainwater can run off easily. If left on the door canopy, this water may damage the surface by providing nourishment for mosses or by running into the material and freezing in the winter, which may create cracks. In the warmer months, stagnant water may even cause the supports to rot, creating a safety hazard over time.
To prevent this, you need to mount the canopy over your door correctly so that water can simply run off.