Can Door Canopies affect the Value of your home?

The past few years have seen a difficult period for the UK housing market, with the reluctance of the banks to lend money to prospective buyers being a major part of the problem. Thankfully things finally seem to have turned a corner and the property market all over the UK appears to be gaining momentum. For anyone who is looking to make a move from their existing home this is good news, as thoughts can once again turn to how best add value and increase asking prices by making sensible and cost effective improvements to their property.

Kerb appeal

 Kerb appeal - Canopi

One of the things that all professionals involved in the buying and selling of properties know is that first impressions really do count. A prospective buyer can make up their mind within minutes of arriving at a viewing – even before they have crossed the threshold to look inside. Of course, obvious problems such as missing roof tiles, damaged drainpipes or cracked walls can be warning signs that even the most casual viewer will notice but an unkempt presentation can be equally off-putting.  You will want to get all of these things fixed right away with roof repair in Friendswood, TX. So called ‘kerb appeal’ is the catch all term for addressing all the issues that might affect the initial impression your property gives out. There are many areas in which easy, cost effective solutions can make a significant difference.

Front doors

 Front Door Canopy

The entrance to almost all houses is by the front door and as such this presents a perfect opportunity to make the best impression straightaway. For the door itself, a new coat of paint can do wonders unless there are far more serious problems such as a damaged or ill fitting frame. Even a thorough cleaning can improve things, as it’s easy to neglect something that we take for granted and use every day.

Canopies

Whether you are fitting one from scratch or replacing an existing arrangement, having a door canopy can make a real difference to kerb appeal. With a wide range of choice in styles, GRP door canopies can add an extra touch that is sympathetic to the design of your property and also add to its value. Not only are all visitors to your door ensured a dry welcome, the GRP composite used in the construction of these canopies is also used to build aircraft and marine vessels, meaning that companies such as Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd guarantee the products lifetime. Glass Reinforced Polyester is also an environmentally friendly product as the long lifespan ensures that waste products are kept to a minimum – eco-benefits which could help improve the quality of your home.

Maintenance

Another advantage of choosing a GRP canopy is that it stands apart from more traditional manufacturing materials because it is truly maintenance free. A quick wipe with a damp cloth is all that is ever needed to return the canopy to an ‘as new’ appearance. Specially made GRP canopies can even slot over existing wooden or concrete structures, which saves money on installation or remedial work. The unique properties of GRP mean that it does not distort or rot and never needs to be painted.

Planning permission

When you are looking to make an improvement to your property to increase its appeal and value to a prospective buyer the last thing you want to do is to add any possibilities of delays to proceedings. Fortunately the planning rules for porches are the same as those that are applicable to any external door and will usually fall under the tag of being a permitted development which does not require an application for planning permission. However there are a few exceptions to the rules governing the planning permission and permitted development regimes for porches that you should be aware of before making your choices. If the ground floor area as measured externally would exceed three square metres or some part of the porch would be more than three metres above ground level you will need to seek advice. For these purposes ‘height’ is measured in the same way as for a house extension. These permitted development allowances apply to houses and not flats, maisonettes or other buildings where more detailed requirements may apply. You can find out more about this at the Government Planning Portal.

Building regulations

Building a porch at ground level and with under 30 square metres in floor area is normally exempt from needing building regulation approval. This assumes that any glazing work or any fixed electrical installations comply with the relevant sections of building regulations for each case. In order that a porch is exempt from building regulations approval the front entrance door between the existing house and the new porch must remain in place. Also, if the house has ramped or level access for disabled people the new porch must not adversely affect this access.

By Francesca Holmes

Francesca Holmes is a writer and editor at Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd. When not on a mission to bring high-end architecture to the masses, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors.

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