A door canopy is a simple yet effective way to provide doorstep wet weather protection, without installing a full porch or veranda.
Not only is a door canopy great for keeping you dry as you fumble for your house keys, but it will also be appreciated by postmen, smokers, house guests, and anyone else who might frequent your doorstep.
An awning of this kind can also function to keep rain out of your home, particularly when you open your door during a storm.
In addition to this, some door canopies are tinted, to provide UV-protection as well. The roofs are usually made from lightweight polycarbonate, and come with plastic or metal supports. They can be fitted by 2 people in a matter of minutes, making a door canopy an easy and affordable alternative to a porch, or other more permanent structure.
To help you choose the best door canopy for your entranceway, we’ve selected 5 of our favourite options on the market, based on their style, durability, weather protection, and value for money.
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With one of these out front, you’ll be prepared for whatever the Great British weather throws at you.
Our best door canopy looks smart, and has a tinted, heat-reflecting canopy, to provide excellent protection from the sun, as well as the rain
Topping our list of the best door canopies is this Black Easy Fit model from Greenhurst. At 100 x 60 x 23 cm, it’s sleek, compact, and compatible with most doors. The best thing about this porch canopy is that it doesn’t only provide protection from wet weather, but also from the sun as well.
This versatile option features a grey-tinted, UV-stabilising polycarbonate canopy, which means the person standing on your doorstep is effectively shielded from harmful UV rays (although the awning is not opaque, and light is still allowed through). This feature means it can also function to reduce glare inside your home.
The canopy has an aluminium front and rear, and a rubber seal running along the back, to ensure a flush fit. The side brackets are high-impact resistant, and designed to last in all weathers. All the necessary fixings are included for securing the canopy to the wall above your door.
This model is exceptionally easy to install, and will look super-smart above your door. It’s good quality and reasonably-priced, and we think the multi-functional protective capabilities really make it stand out from the crowd.
- Lightweight and hard-wearing.
- Heat-reflecting canopy, to provide protection from the sun.
- Durable, high-impact brackets.
- Comes with wall fixings.
- Available in 2 sizes and colours.
- Easy to install.
- Side brackets are made from plastic.
- Can warp in high winds.
- Some users report that the included bolts were not long enough, and they needed to source replacements.
This larger door canopy offers excellent weather protection for a minimal cost – which is why it’s our value pick
If you’re looking for the door canopy which offers you the best value for money, we think we’ve found it in this Outdoor Porch Canopy from Yaheetech.
This slightly larger model measures 120cm wide, and 76 cm deep, so you get more coverage for your money than with the Greenhurst canopy, and it provides shelter from a variety of weathers, including rain, snow and sleet – although it isn’t tinted, so there’s no significant sun protection. The PVC and aluminium construction is sturdy, and designed to resist rust.
As well as being suitable for sheltering a doorway, the slightly larger width makes it a great option for windows, or a small balcony. If you need to cover a wider space, this one is also designed to be easily extended, by installing multiple canopies alongside each other.
The white frame colour is ideal for users who don’t want their porch canopy to feel too imposing – or choose the black option, if you prefer a bolder look. It’s relatively easy to assemble, with all fixings included, although the instructions are not the best, and you will need 2 people for the job.
Overall, the larger size and option to install multiple canopies to cover a greater area makes this a good solution for those with wider entranceways, or sliding doors. The quality is there too, and we think it offers you exceptional value.
- Made from durable PVC, plastic and aluminium.
- Larger size means greater protection from the elements.
- Multiple canopies can be installed side-by-side, to extend the width covered.
- All fixings and essential tools included for installation.
- Available in 2 colour options.
- Not tinted, so no sun protection.
- Depending on your wall, the included fixings might not be deep enough.
- No seal between the canopy and wall, so you will need sealant.
- Poor assembly instructions.
This low-priced and lightweight door canopy is made from durable polycarbonate, and comes with sizeable fixing bolts, to keep it securely in place
This door awning from Marko Homewares is another example of an affordable door canopy, that will function in place of a porch to effectively shelter your entranceway.
At 120cm x 80 cm, it’s a similar size to our value pick, as well as a similar price. It is also designed so that multiple canopies can be installed alongside each other, to create a wider coverage area, if needed.
Due to the size, we would recommend 2 people for installation, so that one of you can hold it in place, while the other secures the fixings. With all these door canopies, you should ideally assemble the canopy first, prior to attaching it to the wall.
This is another door awning that’s built to withstand all weathers, and is highly effective as a doorstep rain cover – although again, it’s not designed to provide protection from the sun. The canopy roof is made from durable polycarbonate, and the brackets are plastic. Some users report that the plastic parts feel a little cheap and flimsy.
However, this is hopefully remedied somewhat by the sizeable bolts supplied with the awning, which should secure the brackets deep in your wall. Overall, this is still a solid option, especially considering the extremely reasonable price tag.
- Reasonably durable, for the price.
- Hard-wearing polycarbonate roof.
- Easy to assemble.
- Includes all necessary fixings.
- Great value.
- Does not offer sun protection.
- Plastic parts can be a little flimsy.
This sturdy, high-end door canopy blocks 100% of harmful UV rays, and is built to last – but you pay more for this level of quality
Our penultimate door canopy is this Aquila model from Palram. This canopy is in a different league to our previous options – both in terms of quality, and price.
The frame is made from a combination of rust-resistant aluminium, and powder-coated galvanised steel supports, which make it super-strong – this one definitely won’t be blowing away, or bending in the wind. The acrylic polycarbonate roof is 4mm thick, and designed to withstand high impact from rain and sleet.
At 150.5 x 91.5 cm, it’s perfect for those who want the best wet-weather protection from their door canopy. The front gutter and concealed back gasket also channel rainwater to the sides, preventing water from collecting on the roof. And it’s not only wet weather protection on offer from this panel, as it blocks 100% of harmful UV rays too (whilst still letting light through).
A fast-locking assembly system makes the awning relatively easy to install, and it comes with high-quality fixings – just make sure you have a second pair of hands, to help you lift it into place. This canopy is built to last, and shouldn’t require any maintenance once installed.
If you’re looking for a good-looking and high-quality option, with sun protection, then this is undoubtedly one of the best door canopies you could choose – but you have to be willing to pay a little more.
- Trims made from rust-resistant aluminium.
- Durable, 5nm galvanised steel supports.
- High impact, 4mm thick acrylic polycarbonate panel.
- Blocks 100% of harmful UV rays.
- Front gutter and back gasket channel rainwater.
- This is our most expensive door canopy (but this is understandable, considering the higher spec).
- Assembly instructions could be improved.
This is our widest porch canopy, and provides the greatest amount of wet weather protection, so it’s perfect for balconies and patios
Last, but not least, on our list of the best door canopies, is this MVPOWER Porch Canopy. This is a more affordable option than our previous choice, but the real selling feature here is the size. At 190 x 98.5 cm, it’s the largest option on our list, and could be the best option for those with sliding patio doors, or who want to shelter a balcony.
The larger size means you can fit more than one person under it, so it could be a good choice for families, and multi-person households too. There’s also an even wider option available, if you need more coverage.
The roof is made from a durable polycarbonate, which is densely striped in order to let light through, whilst providing UV-protection. The lightweight and rust-resistant aluminium rods are built to withstand wind and rain, and the plastic support brackets are some of the most decorative on our list, with a swirly pattern inside that makes the canopy stylish, as well as practical.
All the necessary fixings for installation are provided, including screws and plastic nuts, and there are even screw covers, to further improve the overall aesthetic. Due to its size, this one can be a little tricky to install, and you will definitely require 2 people. As with most of these door canopies, there is room for improvement with the instructions!
Although it’s more expensive than some on our list, the larger size might mean you won’t have to buy multiple canopies, so if you need to cover a wider space, it could actually save you money. Ultimately, for larger doors and windows, you can’t go wrong with this.
- Roof made from durable polycarbonate.
- Rust-resistant aluminium frame.
- Decorative side brackets.
- Large size is great for covering patios and balconies.
- Provides shelter for more people.
- Might be too big for some doors.
- Can be a little tricky to assemble.
How To Fit A Door Canopy
Fitting a door canopy is generally a fairly straightforward process, but you should always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. To fit a door canopy, you will likely need a few tools – most commonly, a drill, spanner and hammer – as well as an extra pair of hands.
Most manufacturers recommend fully assembling your door canopy, before attempting to fix it to your wall (which is why you will need another person, to help you hold it in place!) Once this is done, the next step is to drill holes in your wall in the correct location.
You can do this by making a template from a piece of wood, aligning it with your brackets, and marking the position of the holes. Then, place this piece of wood in the desired location on your wall, and drill holes in the brickwork. Make sure not to make the holes too big, as they need to hold the bolts tightly.
Enlist the help of your friend to hold the canopy in place, while you push the bolts into the wall. Depending on what fixings are supplied with your canopy, you will either need to hammer and/or screw in the bolts, to secure your canopy firmly in place. Make sure they fit snugly in the brickwork, and that the awning feels sturdy.
Once your canopy is installed, check that it fits flush to the wall behind it. Some door canopies include a seal, to ensure this – if yours doesn’t, you may need to fill the gap with sealant, to prevent water dripping down behind your canopy when it rains.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.