The simple answer is yes!

But with so many different examples of canopy roofs, each with different requirements on providing weather protection, it can be difficult to work out when flashings and cavity trays need to be used.

We’ve divided them into three main categories to help you identify what you need to provide and when. We’ve even put them into an easy to understandable table which you can download below: 


Here are the main categories we’ve identified:

  1. Site Formed Canopy eg front entrance door canopy
  2. Prefabricated (GRP) Canopy
  3. Site Formed & Prefabricated Canopies over Habitable Accommodation eg Walk in bay or enclosed porches and conservatories

1. Site Formed Canopies

This is where a canopy is made on site over a non-enclosed door in order to provide weather protection for the construction materials such as the brickwork. With site formed canopies a suitable lead or lead alternative flashing is required between the canopy roof and the external wall.

There is no specific requirement for the flashing to be linked to a cavity tray for site formed canopies. However it is still expected that a cavity tray should be installed over the external door opening.

2. Prefabricated (GRP) Canopies

Although some manufacturers of prefabricated canopies may suggest that only silicone sealant is needed to provide weather protection this is not the case if you want to be covered by your warranty. Unless the canopy has a third party product approval stating that this is sufficient you will be required to provide a suitable lead or lead alternative flashing as with the site formed canopies. The same also applies for the cavity trays.

3. Site Formed & Prefabricated Canopies over Habitable Accommodation

When using both types of canopies over habitable accommodation, for example an enclosed porch or conservatory, the rules change. The flashing in this case must be linked to a cavity tray at all times.

So if you want to be covered for any structural defects make sure you use flashing when installing canopies to houses and where necessary link this to a cavity tray.

For a detailed summary, why not download our easy to follow table.

By Anna Cross

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.


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