For over 20 years now Ultraframe has been the acknowledged market leader in the design and manufacture of conservatory roof systems. With over one million Ultraframe roofs already installed throughout the UK, the pedigree and quality offered by our roof systems is second to none. During this time Ultraframe have developed a widely recognised set of guidelines by which conservatory roofs are designed, speciï¬ed, ordered and installed.
Ultraframe have complied this manual to explain and translate much of the jargon used in the conservatory industry. We have listed many of the commonplace words and terms used daily in connection with conservatory design and installation.
Each reference includes a list of possible alternative words (“also known as”), a full description of the product/component and a full colour picture, where appropriate, to illustrate its relevance.
To find the explanation for your jargon term just browse the terms alphabetically below or Search Our Site.
Also known as: Push-outCasement style windows are a particular type of opening window where the window is hung from a hinge either across the top, or down one of the sides and opens outwards; i.e. not a tilt and turn window.
Also known as: Lead tray, Plastic tray
The purpose of the cavity tray is to 'deflect' moisture that 'transfers' across the other skin of brickwork, back out, rather than let it 'bridge' across the cavity at lintel level, causing damp inside. In most properties the lintel effectively acts as the 'cavity tray' and deflects this moisture back outwards.
Also known as: Twin wall, Double skin wall
A wall comprising of two leafs of masonry, tied together with proprietary metal ties. Usually insulated for improved thermal performance.
Also known as: COA
The Certificate of Authenticity is provided to homeowners by Ultraframe, to prove they have an Ultraframe roof on their conservatory. Available for roofs manufactured by Ultraframe or from our fabricators.
Also known as: Twin Wall, Multi Wall
Ultraframe's unique twin wall, double skin, thermal glazing bar top cappings.
A cill can be made from PVC, stone or brick and is designed to 'throw' water flowing down a vertical surface away from masonry below.
Also known as: Victorian system
Classic is the original roofing system from Ultraframe, established over 20 years ago and still the market leader. Virtually any style of conservatory can be created with the Classic system; e.g. gable, Victorian, lean-to etc. Over one million Classic roofs have been installed throughout the UK.
Also known as: Joiner
A cleat is the metal part which is sleeved inside two adjoining parts.
Also known as: Clicklock technology
Ultraframe Clicklock technology refers to the unique boltless method of fixing glazing bars to the ridge and eaves beam. It has been designed and patented by Ultraframe.
Also known as: Gable end trim
A cloak trim is a cladding designed to 'cap off' the exposed edges of a lean to roof or gable fronted conservatory.
Also known as: Co-ex gaskets
A PVCu profile with a gasket already applied and attached to the extrusion.
Also known as: Colour coating, powder coating
Colour bonding is the process by which a conservatory is coated to produce a coloured finish that is not available with standard woodgrain foils such as red or blue.
Also known as: Versatile, flexible
A roof system is said to be configurable when the roof system can be designed to make the shape required.
Also known as: CONCAD, First Degree Systems (FDS)A configurator is a computer program the produces manufacturing information for bespoke conservatories; e.g. CONCAD, First Degree Systems, etc.
Also known as: Flashing
Unique to Ultraframe, Conservaflash is a pre-engineered PVC flashing system to seal the gap between the host wall and the starter bar. It has been developed as an alternative to lead, which is heavier to work with and more expensive.
Also known as: Performance glass
Conservaglass is the solar control glass product available from Ultraframe. It is especially engineered for use in conservatories in UK weather conditions. Conservaglass keeps heat from the sun out whilst retaining warmth from heating appliances in winter. Available in SB (subtle blue) or NC (neutral clear).
Also known as: Predominantly glass structure
A single storey, ground floor part of a domestic building, which is less than 30 square metres. It has not less than 3 quarters of its roof area and not less than half of its external wall area made from a translucent material.
Also known as: CA
The CA is the industry leading body, which is affiliated to the GGF (Glass & Glazing Federation).
Also known as: Structural mullions
Corner posts are strengthened sections of profile used at the corners of the conservatory to provide lateral support for the roof and to transfer loads from the eaves beam to the base.
Also known as: Brick increments
The spacing between courses of brickwork
Also known as: By laws
Covenants can be imposed by Local Authority Planning Departments to restrict additions to properties, such as conservatories, especially to new houses.
Also known as: Ridge decoration
A cresting is a decorative moulding located on top of the ridge to add character to a conservatory. Ultraframe have a choice of 5 crestings and a 'non-decorative' option.
Also known as: Tie rod, strut or plate
Cross brace is a structural term for a tie rod or additional support to a conservatory which is designed to prevent 'racking' (a type of movement).