Installing a Veranda

A Quick Guide

Typically, 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 veranda will be installed. In some cases, however, the installation could be carried out by local trades people. This is also generally true of the majority of our bespoke porches. To help show how easy it is, I thought I would write a blog showing the installation of a bespoke veranda we manufactured for a customer in Cambridgeshire.

The below design had been agreed prior to manufacture. It included three pilaster legs, a valance and six ornamental sunburst brackets, and of course the canopy roof clad in natural zinc.

Mock-up of a porch with a natural zinc roof and steel frame

Our first job was to fix the canopy roof into position (I’ll leave you to look at our canopy installation video and guide on how this is done). We used genie lifts to raise it up before securing it onto the fixings that had previously been installed with a chemical resin.

The natural zinc clad canopy roof is lifted into place using genie lifts

Once the canopy was in place, our men set about installing the all-metal pilasters, valances and brackets that made up the veranda frame. Each of these had been made-to-measure by hand in our factory using mild steel, with each part being meticulously cut, bent and curved before being welded, sanded and powder-coated. Our customer had selected not to have our standard black powder-coating and to instead select a RAL colour that would match to the colour of their French doors.

Working from left to right, the men placed the first part of the valance beneath the canopy frame and butted the first pilaster leg next to it. Once in place, the valance and pilaster leg were secured.

First all-metal balustrade being fitted onto the veranda

We use the tap and die system to fix the different parts of the frame together. Fundamentally, this is done by cutting threaded holes (the tap) into the frame and making threaded bolts (the die) to fit into the holes. All of this had been done in the factory when the different parts of the frame had been made.

The first photo below shows the men installing a die to fix part of the valance to a pilaster. The second photo shows the bottom of the pilaster screwed into the flagstone patio with stainless steel fixings and a chemical resin anchor.

Metal valance being fitted onto a veranda
A metal balustrade post secured onto flagstone floor

Using g-clamps and support props, the team worked methodically across the frame to ensure that each part was placed precisely before being secured.

Support prop holding a metal valance in place whilst a spirit level is used to ensure the balustrade is perpendicular

It is worth remembering at this stage that the perfect (and hopefully smooth) installation only comes about because of the preciseness of our design and manufacture. It links similarly to the “measure twice, cut once” proverb showing how important it is to get the measurements right.

Metal valance being precisely placed on a veranda.
ZAC team working together to ensure the veranda is precisely fitted.

The final part of the installation process was to add the sunburst brackets to the frame.

Metal sunburst bracket being fitted on to a veranda

The below photograph shows how the different components fit perfectly together beneath the zinc canopy roof. This is testament to the skill of our design team and metal fabricators.

Long distance shot of the veranda being fitted to the right back of the house.

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