Conservatory Jargon Buster

The definitive guide to common terms used in the design and installation of conservatories.


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, specified, 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.

 

Fabricated end

Fabricated end

Also known as: Slotted end

Fabricated end refers to a fabricated aluminium dish which is fastened to the ridge end and used when a standard die cast end is not suitable. It is often used on glass roofs. Available for full and half ridges.

Fabricator

Fabricator

Also known as: Roof manufacturer

A fabricator buys components from Ultraframe to manufacture roofs at their premises, for their own customers.

Facet

Facet

Also known as: Face section

Front facing frames of a conservatory.

Fascia board

Fascia board

Also known as: Gutter board

A fascia board is the board which standard household guttering is attached ('faces you').

FENSA

FENSA

Also known as: FEN

FENSA is the self assessment scheme for companies that install windows and doors in residential dwellings. It allows registered companies to meet Building Regulations for double glazing (Part L).

Finial Point

Finial Point

Also known as: End of ridge

The finial point is the centre line on the front face of the ridge end. It is represented by a pointed spike (finial) on the end of the ridge and is located where the centre line of the glazing bars merge.

Firring

Firring

Also known as: Infil-wedge

A firring is a pre-formed PVCu wedge which fills the gap on the sides of the lean-to conservatory between the frames and roof. Alternatively, expensive raked frames can be used.

Flashing

Flashing

Also known as: Lead or Conservaflash

A flashing is a product that seals the conservatory roof to the host wall. Ultraframe Conservaflash is a product unique to Ultraframe.

Flue

Flue

Also known as: Outlet

Chimney

Foils

Foils

Also known as: Laminates

The term foils refers to the coloured 'skin' applied to the interior or exterior of the PVC parts of a conservatory to add colour

Footprint

Footprint

Also known as: Floorspace

The footprint of a conservatory is the amount of ground space taken up by a conservatory of the floorspace of a conservatory.

Foundation

Foundation

Also known as: Bedrock, concrete strip, footings

Foundation refers to the means of distributing the structural loadings from the conservatory structure safely onto the ground.

Frame Stiffener

Frame Stiffener

Also known as: Coupling, Joiner

Structural metal mullion that offers structural rigidity.

Full height frames

Full height frames

Also known as: Full height

On some conservatories no dwarf wall is featured. The window frames are from floor level to the roof. This is referred to as full height frames. The industry standard is for 2100mm high frames, including the cill.

Full wok

Full wok

Also known as: Gazebo

A full wok is used where all the glazing bars converge (i.e. there is no ridge). It is hipped all around at 360 degrees.