A Stunning Aluminium Entrance

Your aluminium porch will serve as the entrance into your house and add an extra layer of warmth as well as providing a functional area for storage inside and a beautiful addition to the aesthetic of the front outside. Homeowners nowadays are extremely conscious of the decisions made regarding their homes, and aluminium is becoming increasingly popular due to its durability, strength and sleek design. The strength aluminium has allows it to be made into much thinner frames which is great for design purposes as it gives more freedom of choice. As such, James Oliver Home Improvements can help you find your ideal porch.

The durability and energy efficiency of aluminium porches is unrivalled. The aluminium frame of your porch will act as an insulator, helping to retain the heat from inside the house whilst also stopping the cold air from outside filtering in. The frames are also all-weather and will protect your home from the cold in rain, sleet or snow, without becoming weathered themselves- they will not rust, discolour or rot. This means they are perfect for our climate with weather that changes so often. We offer an extensive colour range at affordable prices, all of which undergo an 11-stage powder-coating process. The result is a beautifully deluxe, low maintenance finish that will remain gleaming and untarnished for the foreseeable future.

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The fact that the majority of porch installations don’t require prior consent in terms of building regulations make it even more of a no-brainer to have one fitted as it can be done so quickly and efficiently. More importantly, it will leave your property feeling far more secure as each porch design comes with dog bolts, a multi-point locking mechanism, and a series of anti-bump/snap cylinders. Can your home really afford to be without one?


It’s only when you have a porch fitted that you start to realise just how useful it is as it will come into operation at various times of the day. Each time you or any other family member leaves or enters the house you will find it invaluable for grabbing or storing all those coats, hats, scarves, shoes etc. Whilst you won’t spend much time inside it, whenever you do happen to be within its presence you will find it to be tremendously energy efficient.

Cost Effective

A porch will never rival a conservatory or orangery for extravagance but where it does rank highly is in its affordability. When you weigh up what it costs against its usefulness there really is every reason to own one as it will be utilised time and time again, more so than any home extension. It will also take the burden off other rooms in the house so that they can remain spacious as a porch can easily accommodate plenty of belongings.

Our solid roofs come in two different varieties…

Lightweight Tile

Our lightweight tiles come provided in colours of green, red, umber, ebony and charcoal. When replacing your old roof for a solid roof make sure that you choose a similar colour so that the new roof suits your home as much as the old one.

Lightweight Slate

As time progresses traditional slates tend to take something of a battering from the weather and lose their initial toughness and aesthetic appeal. We have resolved this by creating lightweight slates that look like the real thing, but completely outdo them in terms of enduring strength and resilience. They can be finished in black, brick red, pewter grey, plum and a stone colour.

Colours to Complement

A solid roof should look like it’s always been a part of your home. This will only be the case if you choose an appropriate colour for your solid roof tiles to help it blend in. We have several finishes that will likely be near identical to the colour of any roof tiles so finding a solution should be easy.

Add that extra special finish touch to your porch…

Clear glass may be fine for side frame windows, but you’d be amazed how adding a beautiful bevelled, coloured and leaded glass design can enhance the overall appearance of your porch.

Coloured glass in a variety of appealing shades can be subtly added to the border or positioned in the centre of the unit. The main double glazed windows can also feature an assortment of traditional, diamond or Georgian leaded patterns across the whole of the glass area or simply added to the edges to create stunning visual effects.

Add Bevelled glass in top lights to the mix and you’ll gain an incredible appearance of depth for the ultimate in stylish good looks.

Planning Permission

There’s a good chance that your chosen porch will be regarded as a ‘permitted development’ which basically means that no planning permission requirements will need to be met beforehand. For it to be classed as a ‘permitted development’ it must meet the following criteria: (1) the internal ground floor area does not exceed three square metres; (2) no part of the porch is more than three metres above ground level; (3) no part of the porch is within two metres of any boundary of the dwelling and the highway.

Building Regulations

For a porch to be exempt from building regulations it must measure no more than thirty square metres internally and must have no adverse effect on any ramped or levelled access, whilst also be in keeping with the original front entrance. Any glazing and electrical fittings utilised must also comply with building regulations in order for it to get the go-ahead.

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Our Porches Range

UPVC Porches

Providing the perfect space to shed shoes and coats, UPVC porches are also easy to maintain and suitable for those on a budget.

Brick Porches

Designed to blend into your home seamlessly, our brick porches will extend your home in a simple and stylish way.

Aluminium Porches

Providing a contemporary welcome to your home, our aluminium porches are the ideal way to add a little extra space for entering your home.