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.

 

Gable beam

Gable beam

Also known as: Eaves beam lintel

A gable beam is a unique lintel which carries a gable infil frame above the eaves to add strength (lean-to or gable front conservatory).

Gable style roof

Gable style roof

Also known as: Garage style

When a conservatory has a square of rectangular floor space (not faceted/rounded) and a ridge which runs the full length of the projection, it is described as a gable style. The result is a triangular end which stands upright rather then hipping (sloping) backwards, like the gable end of a house.

Gallows brackets

Gallows brackets

Also known as: Structural support arms

Gallows brackets are used to support the underneath of a box gutter. They are used for polycarbonate roofs over 4.5m in width or projection and glass roofs over 3.0m in width or projection. Gallows brackets are a decorative alternative to traditional brick piers which perform the same function.

Gasket

Gasket

Also known as: Neoprene, Q Lon, Wedge

A gasket is a strip of rubber applied to one of two connecting surfaces (usually PVC) for form a watertight seal. A co-extruded gasket is a gasket that is fixed to the PVC profile at the time of manufacture. On a conservatory a gasket can be found running down the length of the glazing bars to form a seal between the glazing bar and the glazing material.

Georgian conservatory

Georgian conservatory

Also known as: Edwardian, Square, Victorian

A Georgian style conservatory is a single facet conservatory (or square front).

GGF

GGF

Also known as: Glass & Glazing Federation

The GGF are the leading industry trade body, supporting companies working in the glass and glazing industry. Ultraframe have a strong relationship with the GGF and have several members of staff who are members. The Conservatory Association is a subsidiary body of the GGF.

Glass clip

Glass clip

Also known as: Glazing retention, glass stop

A glass clip is a mechanically fixed 2-part clip, attached to the glazing bar end, which restrains sealed glass units.

Glass Line

Glass Line

Also known as: Glazing line

Point at which glass becomes visible above floor level.

Glassex

Glassex

Also known as: Window, door & conservatory trade show

Glassex is the annual exhibition for the glass and glazing industry, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC each year.

Glazing bar

Glazing bar

Also known as: Rafter, roof bar, spar

A glazing bar is a bar which supports the glazing material between the ridge/wallplate and the eaves beam.

Groundwork

Groundwork

Also known as: Dig, footings

Preparation required underground for relevant footing requirement.

Gully

Gully

Also known as: Drain

Surface drain which collects 'clean' water from rain water pipes.

Gutterbond

Gutterbond

Also known as: Gutter sealant

Gutterbond is a special sealant for sealing in boxgutter adaptors.