Canopy, awning and porch repair

3rd May 2016
GRP canopy and awning repair

With the awful weather we Brits frequently experience, it is not at all surprising that many houses have a canopy over their front door, which saves us getting soaked to the skin as we fumble for keys in pockets or handbags. And you can bet your bottom dollar that those elusive keys will be found in the deepest recess.

Canopies, though, often extend to storm porches with doors in this country, to afford even more protection from the rain, and stop heat escaping at the same time. But the trouble is with front doors and canopies is that we take things into our homes through or past them – from the weekly shop to washing machines, beds and wardrobes. While on a building site, following trades bring in worktops, kitchen units and sanitary ware. All these things, unfortunately, can cause accidental damage to porch entrances, while ladders, scaffolding and falling debris can all damage the roof: meaning that canopy repairs become necessary.

For us at Plastic Surgeon, repairing these many styles of porches and covers is yet another area that we are frequently involved in, being that it is cheaper and less messy to put things right, rather than replace them. Whether it is to remove dents and scratches from the steel framing for a large university portico, or more commonly, fill and colour match fascias or cladding on a domestic entrance, our Finishers are equal to the task.

It is simply a matter of scale: for to repair the veranda to an elegant Georgian residence, a glazed lobby to a commercial building, or the cover to a petrol station forecourt canopy – the skill-set required remains much the same.   Many of the canopies we currently repair are manufactured from GRP; with holes, gouges, scratches and dents being remedied by initially re-bonding the damaged area to the surrounding material. Our Finisher will then fill the affected area with proprietary two or three pack products. As with many of our procedures this is followed by carefully smoothing the filled area down to the same level as the surrounding GRP, timber, metal or other substrate.

But the really clever part, which unceasingly amazes our clients, is how our Finishers complete the repair by hand-mixing the colour coat to match that of the surrounding area. This is then applied by spray gun or brush.

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