Instructions on how to frame a door overhang

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Instructions on how to frame a door overhang
It is easier to put in the overhang during new construction. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Door overhangs on the entry doors to your house provide protection against the hot sun and moisture. They also provide a beautiful design element that can help give the front of your house a quick makeover, especially if you use decorative columns to support the overhang. If your outside entryway already has a roof overhang, you can attach the door overhang and secure it into the roof overhang for additional strength. When building an overhang outdoors, always use treated timber for framing the door overhang.

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Things you need

  • 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) beam
  • Stud finder
  • 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) beam, 6
  • 6 metal joist hangers
  • Wood screws
  • 8.3 cm (3.5 inch) nails
  • 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) plywood
  • Wood for overhang braces
  • Hammer
  • Nail gun
  • Drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) piece of wood over the door frame.

  2. 2

    Use the stud finder to locate the wall studs above the door. Mark the studs with a pencil. These will be in line vertically with the door's frame.

  3. 3

    Nail the 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) piece of wood over the door frame into the studs with a nail gun and 8.3 cm (3.5 inch) nails.

  4. 4

    Position six metal joist hangers evenly across the 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) piece of wood and mark where they will be installed with a pencil.

  5. 5

    Screw the six metal joist hangers into the 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) piece of wood over the door using a drill and wood screws.

  6. 6

    Insert a 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) board into each of the metal joist hangers. The 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards will be at a right angle to the 5 by 15 cm (2 by 6 inch) beam over the door and parallel to the ground.

  7. 7

    Secure each 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) board into the metal joist hanger using a drill and wood screws. Based on the design of your overhang or the look you're going for, each 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) board can be cut down to a shorter length to make a smaller overhang. It is recommended, although not necessary, that an overhang be at least 90 cm (3 feet) long.

  8. 8

    Place a piece of 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) plywood on top of the 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards. The plywood should fit on the 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) pieces without hanging over the edges. If needed, cut the plywood to the correct dimensions with a handsaw.

  9. 9

    Nail the plywood to the 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) pieces using a nail gun and 8.3 cm (3.5 inch) nails.

  10. 10

    Build braces for your overhang. You may brace the overhang using columns or you may build angled braces. If you are using columns to brace the overhang, measure from the overhang to the ground and buy two pieces of wood of that length. The column braces should be positioned perpendicular to the overhang and parallel to the door and attached securely to the outside front edges of the overhang with a drill and wood screws.

  11. 11

    If you are building angled braces, angle 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards from the outside front edges of the overhang to one-third of the way down the door frame from the top of the door. Attach a small piece of wood, measuring about 1.2 cm by 1.2 cm by 10 cm (1/2 inch by 1/2 inch by 4 inches), to the outside of each side of the door frame into the door studs using a nail gun and 8.3 cm (3.5 inch) nails. Nail each overhang brace to the small piece of wood using a nail gun and 8.3 cm (3.5 inch) nails.

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