Available in a range of styles and shapes, a porch can be tailored to your exact specifications. A porch not only helps create a perfect first impression for your guests it is also a great way to add extra space for coats, shoes and umbrellas. With such as wide variety of options to choose from, you can decide whether you want to create something bold, or simply extend the elegant beauty of your home.

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Roof Options

There are various different roof styles available to suit each individual property types. These include:


This style is perfect for properties that very little space under the eaves such as bungalows. The elevated roof is perfect if you are looking for something simple with understated lines. 


Perfect for traditional properties, this style of porch features a triangular shaped roof with a long ridge down the centre of the enclosure.  

Double Hipped

This Elizabethan design helps create a grand entrance to your property. A double hipped roof is shaped similar to a pyramid and provides a solid, compact appearance that is perfect for a home with more space at the front. 


The simple yet elegant design of a flat porch roof makes it suitable for almost any type of home. The flat roof design also makes this a perfect solution if you have a deep window located about the front door.

Adding a Porch to a Bungalow

The addition of a porch to the front of a bungalow adds a decorative opening to any home. Space can often be a limited luxury in smaller bungalows, and a porch offers a cost-effective aperture to the home.

There are no special requirements for a bungalow. We suggest using a vetted installer, and full building regulation compliance is mandatory for any changes to an external door unless it is under 30 square meters.

DGCOS offers free advice and accredited porch and double glazing installers. Find a member near you.

Planning Permission

Adding a porch to your property is simple as it is considered to be a permitted development. This means that they are exempt from planning permission providing: 

  • The ground floor does not exceed three square meters
  • No part of the porch measures three meters above ground level
  • No part of the porch is within two meters of any highway or dwelling

Building Regulations

Building a porch at ground level is usually exempt from building regulations if the floor area measures less than 30 square meters. Also in order for a porch to be exempt from building regulations approval, the door between the existing house and new porch must remain in place.

Consumer Benefits

When you enter into a contract with a member of DGCOS to install glazing products at your home in England, Scotland, Wales or the Isle of Wight, you should receive the following.

  • Consumer advice line 
    We are on hand to answer any questions you may have once you have entered into a contract with a scheme member.
  • Deposit and stage-payment protection insurance
    This covers up to 25% of the contract value (maximum limit of £5,000) for 120 days, once your installation is registered with us.
  • Insurance-backed guarantee (IBG)
    An IBG provides protection if your installer ceases (stops) trading and cannot honour the terms of their written guarantee. You will receive an IBG once the member has added in a date on our system to show when they completed your installation.
  • Alternative dispute resolution 
    Our expert mediators are always on hand to help resolve any disputes you may have with one of our members.
  • Access to an ombudsman 
    You will have free access to an ombudsman if we cannot settle your complaint.

Please read the consumer advice section to understand the protection you may receive and the obligations you have. Click here to visit the consumer advice section.

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