When buying a new carport or canopy for your home, you need to feel confident that it will perform well over time, made with materials that will withstand UK weather conditions.

The framework of your carport or canopy will affect both the look and the durability of the structure. There are many materials to choose from, do you know which one will work best for your home and garden?

To help you make the best choice, here is our round up of the most commonly used materials, and the pros and cons that go with each.


Aluminium is a very durable metal as well as being strong and lightweight. It is a very cost effective construction material, with a life expectancy of around 25 years. Aluminium is also resistant to corrosion and requires minimal maintenance to keep it in good condition for many years.

We think that aluminium is perfect for a domestic carport or canopy, it is easy to install, long lasting and even 100% recyclable at the end of its life.


A natural product from a renewable source, a wood framed canopy or carport can be the most environmentally friendly option. Timber structures are relatively good value but require regular care and maintenance. If left untreated wood can rot, with an increased risk of warping, splitting or bending if not installed correctly.

Glue laminated timber

Glued laminated timber, (also known as glulam), is an engineered wood product. It offers greater tensile strength than steel and is corrosion resistant; however, this is a much more expensive option than our recommended aluminium.