Now is probably the perfect time to think seriously about GRP door canopies. Before I explain the benefits of door canopies themselves, it’s probably a good idea if I also explain what is meant by GRP, and then I will explain why GRP is the best material for door canopies.
First of all the letters GRP stand for Glass Reinforced Polyester, and is a material, sometimes referred to as fibreglass, which is extraordinarily versatile. It’s actually been around for decades, originally developed to be used by both the Navy and the Royal Air Force in constructing the hulls and outer bodies of both ships and planes.
The reason for selecting this material was threefold. The first reason GRP was used is because it was an incredibly lightweight material. The glass fibres themselves are hollow, and the material is very much lighter than any equivalent materials such as wood or plastic. Another reason GRP proved so successful is because it was extremely durable, and completely waterproof. If you’re going to use glass reinforced polyester for the hull of your ships, then being waterproof is certainly something of an advantage.
If GRP is suitable for the hulls of boats sailing round the world, or aeroplanes tearing through the skies thousands of feet up, then it’s certainly more than adequate for door canopies and roofing. But another advantage of GRP was the fact that it was extremely economical, and very affordable. GRP could be moulded, cut, glued, vacuum moulded and used in ways which simply isn’t possible with any other material.
It can be moulded like plastic, cut and glued like would, yet stronger than plastic and more waterproof than wood, as well as being lighter than both. So GRP, or Glass Reinforced Polyester, is a cheap, versatile, lightweight, waterproof material which is ideal for roofing and exterior constructions such as door canopies.
As far as the advantages are concerned of having GRP door canopies fitted to a property, anyone who has lived in the UK will be more than familiar with the weather which we are privileged to enjoy. Generally, it’s damp, and so having door canopies provides a level of protection which can make a real difference. For many people building a full porch simply isn’t possible. If your property opens straight out on to a pavement or public area then there is simply no option for building a porch.
Yet door canopies can provide a great deal of protection and shelter from the rain, enabling you to arrive home without having to stand for ages what you find your key, getting soaked, and trying to shelter your shopping. You can also guarantee that if it happens to be raining at about the time you’re expecting guests, they will ring the doorbell at the precise second you settle yourself into the bathroom or just get started with a particularly tricky part of the food preparation. With GRP door canopies you are given at least a few extra seconds’ grace, because you know that your guests will be sheltered from the rain rather than standing there getting soaked.
Door canopies can also provide an extra level of security, because it’s easy to install a light fixture on the underside of the canopy, and even have this setup with a sensor so that it will illuminate your front door or your entrance if anybody approaches. Because glass reinforced polyester is so lightweight GRP door canopies can be fitted very quickly and easily without any need for extra wall supports, struts, posts, polls or heavy brackets. It’s also extremely easy to maintain, because in order to keep GRP door canopies looking as good as new, all that is necessary is a quick wipe once in a with a damp cloth. That is certainly a lot easier than constantly varnishing, painting and preparing would, which is likely to warp, swell, split and degrade over time.