System: Portal Conservatories
Ultraframe – the leading designer and manufacturer of conservatory roofing systems – was consulted when a previous company struggled to cope with the ambitious project which involved building a 9.4 x 5.0 metre conservatory on the side of the 19th century building.
Ultraframe’s Portals Sales Manager said: “This project really did test the capabilities of both our Portal designers and production teams. It is probably the most awkward conservatory roof that the portals division has ever had to design and fabricate. The final result will be stunning once installed and the interior completed.”
“The challenge was to incorporate a 50 degree pitch glass conservatory roof to complement the existing building, whilst at the same time incorporating dormer style projecting roofs of differing levels to accommodate the connecting tall feature window and adjoining lower doorway and stone steps.”
Ultraframe’s Portals General Manager became the key link between the architect and the customer, visiting the site to discuss the proposals and undertake a detailed site survey. He worked closely with all parties to come up with the most practical design whilst still keeping the ambitious conservatory roof project within budget and on programme.
An accredited Ultraframe installer also worked with all parties to carry out the full installation. This company had prior experience of installing several portal framed conservatories and their professionalism, experience and dedication enabled this expert team to work quickly and efficiently on this stunning extension.
A Challenging Project, Capably Solved
Based upon the detailed drawings and information prepared by Ultraframe’s Portal Division, the approved Ultaframe installer compiled a total package for the supply and installation of the portal frame, including glass, windows, frames, gable frames and weathering.
The installer said: “This is the most ambitious conservatory roof we have erected; you really do have to see it to believe it. Ultraframe’s roof is, as always, spot on! No one else could have made this one – everything will be easy after this, it has certainly been a challenge”.
Stuart King, Managing Director of Clarice House, said: “We have been delighted with the work so far. It is going to look absolutely lovely and will be the perfect area for our guests to relax and unwind in before and after beauty treatments. The roof really does look beautiful and blends in perfectly with the 19th century building.”
The Portals Division – then under the leadership of a new Portals General Manager – had recently been re-structured. The division specialises in the design, pricing, manufacturing and supplying of portal framed conservatory roofs and bespoke roofs requiring the inclusion of additional structural support.
The Portals team – comprising sales, estimation, structural engineering, designing and installation consultation – are available for advice at all stages of a project. They can assist with design, prepare budget quotations and indicative layouts and if required, visit site to discuss proposals and carry out detailed site surveys, followed up with detailed working drawings, full structural calculations and fixed price quotations.
What Are Portal Roofs and Why are They Used?
Conservatories that are unusually large won’t necessarily be able tolerate the weight of the proposed roof. It’s therefore extremely important to ensure adequate stability is provided to avoid Portal conservatory roofs are, therefore, often used to address challenges posed by larger structures – both for commercial and residential scenarios.
Portal conservatory roofs can be used to address the demands of different projects. A residential customer building a large conservatory to house a swimming pool might turn to a reputable installer like Ultraframe for a solution; equally a commercial customer looking to extend their premises may find what they’re looking for with this roofing system.
How Does a Portal Work?
A portal is a box section that’s constructed from sturdy aluminium and bears resemblance to a skeleton. Its sole purpose is to provide support to the conservatory roof, a feat it achieves by aligning itself along the inner cill. The doors and windows function like external cladding and the design is completed using power coated RAL colours.
Why is a Portal Needed?
Sometimes a conservatory roof falls outside the remit of standard sizes used by Ultraframe. Either that, or the window frames, stiffeners or tie bars are unable to accommodate the weight of the proposed system. In either of these scenarios, a portal would be needed to ensure structural integrity and prevent unwanted problems occurring.
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