Choose from a range of Porches,
lean to designs, flat or victorian style roofs. PVCu,
also known as uPVC or
PVC is the most popular option, a choice of colours including
a wood grain finish – so ensuring that your new
porch will match the rest of your home.
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A choice of styles are available:
Why a Porch is a good idea or two!
A porch is an excellent addition to your home.
It might not sound as stylish as a conservatory or an
extension, but it can be!
For one thing it can transform the look of a plain building.
If the name conjures up the old fashioned image of a
roof jutting out over a door, or a lean-to of corrugated
iron or plastic sheeting added to the side of a house.
Start looking around. A porch can be just as
stylish as a conservatory - and that’s what lots
of the modern ones look like - a mini conservatory.
is a style to suit every home
from modern to traditional.
not just the look - what about the practicalities!
It is an excellent way to ward off draughts and keep
out the damp. Just closing the porch door behind you
before you open the house door will help to cut heat
loss, and stop that blast of cold air or rain getting
It is also an excellent place to come indoors and drop
off the wet boots, coats and brollies without dripping
rainwater through the house.
A porch is the ideal place
to store the baby’s
buggy, coats and shoes - anything that might just be
standing in your hallway at the moment in fact!
I need a low-maintenance
reliable material for my porch – What
do I choose?
Over the last few decades PVCu has gone to the top of
the list as a quality material for doors, windows, conservatories
- and porches!
Good quality PVCu will not demand a regular coat of
paint, or fade or yellow in the sun.
So why is it a good material for Porches
Around the world 50 per cent of basic PVC material is
used in construction, which must say something for what
the experts feel about it.
Before PVCu is made into frames a small amount of stabilisers
and additives are added. These aid longevity, resistance
to weather and harmful UV rays from the sun, and they
also produce its trademark brilliant white colour.
How strong are PVCu Porches?
It is worth asking the
salesman one or two questions. Make sure that the frames
made especially for the
job and aren’t just window frames bolted together.
All PVCu frames should have a thickness of at least
55mm, the thicker the wall the more strength it has,
some companies use frames of up to 80mm depth.
Ask to see a cross section
of the wall. You may be surprised to see that it isn’t
solid but has a multi-walled or chambered construction.
That multi-wall must be strengthened
with aluminium or galvanised steel to add extra strength
and load bearing properties.
The strength and construction of the profile is also
an important factor when comparing price. Is a low-priced
version, which may look similar to a more expensive one,
cheaper because the frame quality is less?
Look for the same kind of quality you would if buying
a conservatory. It could pay to see if the profiles carry
British Standards marks:
BSEN 12608 (Previously BS 7413) - means that the materials
are of high standard, impact resistant, corners have
great strength and are colour fast
BS 7412 - must meet tolerance requirements in construction,
the standard also covers safety, security and weather-tightness.
Does my porch have to be white?
Does it have to be white?
The simple answer is no, if you don’t want it
to be. What will suit the style of your home best?
Many homeowners like a
porch that gleams a brilliant white colour, but if
to your taste what about one coated with a foil - giving
it the appearance
of freshly painted white wood?
This version could find favour with some planners who
do not like the use of bright white PVCu in conservation
Alternatively, if you
just don’t like white or
the windows and doors of your house aren’t white
- there are PVCu frames which resemble the deep rich
tones of mahogany or the lighter look of oak.
What about the Glass?
You should specify that the glass is toughened to ensure
the safety of anyone who might trip and fall against
Toughened glass disintegrates into small pieces without
sharp edges on breaking. It does not have the terrifying
long, sharp shards which can cause serious injuries.
Having laminated glass
is another alternative, although quite expensive, as
the two panes
of glass have a plastic
coating between again it means that the glass doesn’t
Adding a porch to your home is an excellent way of gaining
an extra facility and adding value.
But, like most things in life, you get what you pay
for. Use our advice and look around, ask the questions
to ensure you are getting good value for your money,
and a PVCu porch that will live up to its claims of being
virtually maintenance free, and will look good for years
The planning rules for porches are applicable to any
external door to the dwellinghouse.
You need to apply for planning permission when:
1. the ground floor area (measured externally) would
exceed three square metres.
2. any part would be more than three metres above ground
level (height needs to be measured in the same way as
for a house extension).
3. any part of the porch would be within two metres of
any boundary of the dwellinghouse and the highway.
Building a porch at ground level and under 30 square
metres in floor area isnormally exempt from the need
for building regulation approval.
This is provided that glazing and any fixed electrical
installations comply with the appropriate sections of
For a porch to be exempt from building regulations approval:
1. the front entrance door between the existing house
and the new porch must remain in place
2. if the house has ramped or level access for disabled
people, the porch must not adversely affect access.