Front Door Coppertop Cedar Awning

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The rain would always drip inside my storm door and create condensation. I tried a drip edge but that didn't solve the problem. So I decided to make an 18 inch overhang .
I built 2 braces 24" long that would hold the weight. The extension was 20 " and a mitred piece to the middle.
I made a template of the roof line to duplicate the pitch and cut the wood accordingly. I used 2 trusses for my 18" overhang.
I notched each of the roof 2 x 4 Trusses where they would lie in the braces.
A braces was added to the center of each truss. I also cut four triangles to add to the top of the truss for added support.
I wrapped the overhang using 16mil copper using copper nails to attach. I do not own a roof break so I bent the copper slightly and usd a scrap 2x 4 tapping it with a hammer to get the bend. I overlapped 2 " on each side of the roof. Be sure to use a towel underneath the copper to prevent scratching of the surface. I also lined the inside of the canopy with shiplap that was on sale.
I filled a thin flour sack towel with pebbles and rocks and secured with a rubber band. What? I wanted to add texture to the rood of course. I finished the front with 2 pieces of cedar.
I added clear weatherproof sealant at the joints of the copper and cedar.
With four men and one lady, we mounted the braces to each side using 6, 4 1/2 inch fastners - 3 on each brace, making sure they were both level. My hubby is one to point and watch while others do the work. of course; that's why he is a supervisor.
The top went up and fit in all the right places. We reinforced with more screws where wood joined.
I added 1/2 inch tubular foam against the siding to filling any gap and used clear marine sealant to finish. I used blue paint tape to make sure I didn't get sealant on the copper top.
And done.
I stained the exposed wood with 2 coats of minwax weathered gray stain.
Ta dah!
I absolutely L O V E
my labor of love.
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  • JoAnne Cummings`
    on Jan 24, 2019

    How do you keep water from creeping in behind (in between the awning and siding)? I need to make something like this over our side door because it is not under an eve and the door framing is beginning to swell and rot.

    • JoAnne Cummings`
      on Jan 25, 2019

      Awesome! Much easier than I imagined. Usually when I see DIY projects for these awnings they are on brick siding, so it's much easier to flash and seal. I have vinyl siding like you, so it's different. Thank you!

  • JackieG
    on Nov 6, 2019

    Just want to say THANKS for sharing! This is something that I've been wanting to do for awhile. Yours looks great!

  • Puh28957675
    on May 9, 2020

    Why isn't the peak centered with the door?

    • Cheryl
      on May 10, 2020

      Yes, the top is centered with the door. I took the photo from the left side of the yard.

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  • Cheryl
    on Nov 6, 2019

    Thanks so much for your positive comments. I love creating. I just made this cover for our outside ac unit

  • MK
    on Nov 6, 2019

    That’s cute but I still need flowerbeds!

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