A roof over a front door is very practical to stay dry when it rains, even when unlocking. A canopy also looks inviting. The protection can easily be built by yourself and can be constructed self-supporting or with support posts. Materials are wood or metal, from which the desired roof shape is created.
Common forms of construction
When building a canopy yourself, there is a selection of design forms available that match the appearance of the house and depend on the size. The following forms of roofing are possible:
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- Mounted freely floating on the facade
- Tow roof attached to rafters
- Flat roof
- Simply sloping roof
- Gable roof
- Free-standing projecting roof erected on four support posts
- Roof attached to the facade with two vertical support posts
- Roof attached to the facade with diagonal wall supports
- Symmetrical or asymmetrical roof shape
In addition to the visual appearance, the size and material also play a role. Light acrylic glass with a light aluminum frame can usually be mounted without support posts. Instead of beams or posts, retaining wires can form an elegant and stable form of attachment. Wooden structures usually need at least diagonal supports.
Practical design information
If the roof is to be covered with the same appearance as the house roof, a simple wooden slat construction is sufficient. The battens are screwed transversely onto several rafters placed at an angle on a frame. The easiest way is to construct a right-angled frame on which the sloping rafters are placed so that triangles form.
The roof drainage must be considered. The drip edge should either protrude over any stairs or be provided with a rain gutter. Flat roofs need a slope of at least three percent.
If vertical support posts are set when building the roof yourself, point foundations are required. Fastening anchors can be embedded in them and then placed on the ends of the beam.
In the case of a small canopy with the drip edge over stairs or a place directly in front of the door, the rain drain can be easily led away with an attached gargoyle.Tips & Tricks Remember that there is a lintel in the masonry above doors. If it is made of a concrete strut or even reinforced concrete, the drilling of mounting holes becomes more complex than in normal masonry.