The ZAC Blog

Installing a Veranda

Installing a Veranda

Installing a VerandaA Quick GuideTypically, because of the bespoke nature of our verandas, we undertake many of the installations ourselves. This is generally done after at least one site visit to carry out meticulous measurements and assess the substrate of where the...

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Bespoke Canopy for a Coach House

Bespoke Canopy for a Coach House

Bespoke Canopy for a Coach HouseCanopy installation on a restored 1850s coach houseAlong with our porches and verandas, all of ZAC’s door canopies are made by hand in our factory in Croydon, Surrey. This means they can be made to fit perfectly onto a wide range of...

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Our Bespoke Gutters

Our Bespoke Gutters

Our Bespoke GuttersFinishing TouchesOccasionally customers ask us to add bespoke gutters to their door canopies or the roofs of their verandas or porches. As with all of our work, our gutters are made by hand by our metal fabricators and are generally made with the...

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Forming Green Verdigris Patina on Copper

Forming Green Verdigris Patina on Copper

Forming Green Verdigris Patina on CopperThe DIY MethodWith its bright orangey shiny reflective finish, the look of one of our all-metal canopies clad in copper makes a bold statement. Once outside, the exposure to oxygen and different weather conditions will mean the...

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A Veranda to Finish my Perfect Home

A Veranda to Finish my Perfect Home

A Veranda to Finish my Perfect HomeStylish yet functionalWe recently received an enquiry about installing a veranda on a house in Gloucestershire owned by a lovely couple called Ben and Molly. They not only wanted to add some character to the back of their house but...

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The Beauty of Copper

The Beauty of Copper

The Beauty of CopperHow the weather changes copperBack in 2020 we were contacted by a customer looking to purchase a canopy for their beautiful Georgian style character cottage in Cherry Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire. Their house was in the main street running...

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Architectural Styles

Architectural Styles

Architectural StylesWhich canopy would suit my house?In the past we have been asked by customers to help them decide which canopy from our range would best suit the architecture and style of their property. From Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture to Art Deco...

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Wooden Doors

Wooden Doors

Wooden DoorsProtection from the elementsThe very first canopy we made was for a customer who had ongoing problems with their front door swelling during the autumn and winter months. They had contacted an expert door company who had advised them that the most prevalent...

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Working with Small and Awkward Spaces

Working with Small and Awkward Spaces

Working with Small and Awkward SpacesThe benefits of hand-crafted canopiesOver the last few years, we have been asked by many customers to create canopies to fit into small and awkward spaces. By far the most common enquiry has been for doors and windows that had...

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Our Mild Steel Frames

Our Mild Steel Frames

Our Mild Steel FramesCanopy DesignAt ZAC, we take pride in crafting canopies that are built on mild steel frames. This strategic approach is what sets our canopies apart, giving them unmatched strength to withstand the unpredictable weather conditions in the UK. Not...

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ZAC awarded first place

ZAC awarded first place

ZAC Awarded First Place!2021 Hard Metal AwardsI have previously mentioned that ZAC had entered one of its veranda projects into the 2021 Hard Metal Awards. Drum roll please...yes, first place!I must thank Peter and Adam for collecting the award on ZAC’s...

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Traditional Zinc Porch

Traditional Zinc Porch

Traditional Zinc PorchManor House in KentAs you know, we are renowned for our traditional zinc and copper work. This stunning porch was the finishing touch to a lovely manor house in Kent.The owner contacted me prior to the Covid outbreak and asked if I could pop over...

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Zinc Canopy with Internal Gutter

Zinc Canopy with Internal Gutter

Zinc Canopy with Internal GutterDunston Hall Hotel in NorfolkQuite often, we are approached by customers for something a little different. A recent example of this was when we were contacted by staff at the listed Dunston Hall Hotel in Norfolk. They were planning a...

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Zinc Canopy for a Porch

Zinc Canopy for a Porch

Zinc Canopy for a PorchBespoke Belgravia Canopy in PutneyOne of our most popular canopies is the Belgravia. This zinc canopy comes as standard in three different variations: The Heritage, The Classic and The Deco. We can also manufacture bespoke Belgravia canopies....

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Refurbishment Project

Refurbishment Project

Refurbishment ProjectBespoke Zinc Canopy in ReadingWe were recently contacted by a lady from Reading. She explained that she lived in a street where all the houses had lovely veranda-type porches. While most had been dismantled, hers was still there but the stanchions...

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Replacement of a Porch Roof

Replacement of a Porch Roof

Replacement of a Porch RoofBespoke Zinc Veranda in StreathamA couple of months ago a customer in Streatham, London, contacted us asking for our help to replace his corrugated metal porch roof. He felt it looked very unsightly and ruined the appearance of his...

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Versatile Design Options

Versatile Design Options

Versatile Design OptionsOur Slimline Cotswold CanopyOne of the many benefits of hand-crafting our canopies is that we can add bespoke features. As with all our canopies, with a powder-coated, mild steel frame. The canopy is then clad with zinc or copper. However, we...

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Refurbishing Listed Properties

Refurbishing Listed Properties

Refurbishing Listed PropertiesBespoke Zinc Veranda in Regents ParkWe were recently contacted by a customer in the Regents Park area of London who had found us on the internet and was interested in refurbishing a veranda on his Grade 2 listed building. He was very...

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Patina on Zinc and Copper

Patina on Zinc and Copper

Patina on Zinc and CopperThe Natural Weathering ProcessJust looking out of the window from my home office, it is bucketing down outside. It is times like these that I am thankful for the canopies I have fitted on my front and back doors. Our front door is wood, and I...

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Finalists!

Finalists!

Finalists!Architectural Hard Metal AwardsThis has been a very eventful year for many reasons. However, ZAC has really pushed on even through these testing times. We have added a dedicated Veranda page to our Website, and this is proving to be very successful - the...

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Working with Period Buildings

Working with Period Buildings

Working with Period BuildingsTraditional Zinc Veranda in CambridgeThe weather this month has been unusually warm, although sometimes very wet. I think this is the reason we have been inundated with enquiries for our Verandas. It may also be because we have launched a...

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Adapting Designs to fit Properties

Adapting Designs to fit Properties

Adapting Designs to fit PropertiesTraditional Zinc Canopy in Henley on ThamesWe could hardly get into the factory with all the verandas, porches and canopies everywhere. We certainly have a back log of installations. On the bright side, the sun is due to come out next...

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Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas

Conservation AreasThe Planning ProcessTo help our customers understand the planning process and the regulations to consider for new porches, we launched a new campaign in conjunction with the Planning Portal (run by a government body). Their website contains tools and...

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Contemporary Zinc Canopy

Contemporary Zinc Canopy

Contemporary Zinc CanopyCanopy for a 1960's Bungalow in BromleyWe recently had an enquiry from a very nice lady from Bromley. She said that she was having trouble with the rain and hot sun damaging two of her doors and that she was not happy with the look of her...

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Working with Zinc

Working with Zinc

Working with ZincRenovation Project in KensingtonLast year we were asked to manufacture zinc and copper work in our factory for a property in Kensington, London as part of a large renovation project. The guys worked very hard creating some magnificent zinc and copper...

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Porches and Verandas

Porches and Verandas

Porches and VerandasRefurbishing a Veranda in CambridgeshireCarrying on from a previous blog about how to order a bespoke door canopy, I would like to talk about ordering a bespoke porch or veranda. We manufacture a range of hand-crafted verandas and porches to...

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A Case Study

A Case Study

A Case StudyCopper Canopy on a Period PropertyThis blog is about our bespoke door canopy service and uses a short case study that I hope you will find both informative and interesting. Our case study follows an enquiry for a copper door canopy, with a client’s...

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Benefits of Zinc

Benefits of Zinc

Benefits of ZincNatural Zinc CanopiesI do not think anybody really expected this, all our shows have understandably been postponed. The organisers are hoping to reschedule later in the year; however, I think we will have to wait and see. We have manufactured some...

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English Heritage

English Heritage

English HeritageOur range of heritage canopiesThe month started well, very busy in the factory manufacturing canopies and dialogue with English heritage going extremely well. Although the majority of customers choose to fit our canopies themselves, we were happy to...

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In keeping

In keeping

In KeepingWhy we use Zinc and CopperRecently, I visited my good friend Matt in Herefordshire for the weekend. As a treat, he took me to some lovely villages and towns. One of these was Hay-on Wye, a stunning small market town and community in the historic county of...

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Master Tinsmiths

Master Tinsmiths

Master TinsmithsThe Benefits of Working by HandWe are all back at work now and the Christmas break seems a long way away. I’m glad to be back working again; I was getting a bit bored with eating and running around after our guests! The guys have been creating some...

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Our Review of 2019

Our Review of 2019

Hi! My name is Arthur Biden and I am one of the Directors at ZAC, The Zinc and Copper Canopy Company. We design and manufacture environmentally-sustainable, artisan zinc and copper door canopies. Our canopies are manufactured by us in our factory in Croydon, Surrey...

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