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: Combination roof
P-shade style refers to a combination of Victorian/Edwardian and lean-to roof styles ('P' as viewed on plan).
Also known as: Abutment Wall
A double skin wall built higher than the conservatory that butts up to it. Usually topped off with coping stones.
Also known as: Polyisobutylene
PIB refers to the primary seal around the periphery of a glass unit, usually a 2 part mix.
Also known as: Slope, angle of
Pitch is the slope between two fixed points, the eaves and the ridge. The pitch can be described as mono or duo. The minimum acceptable is 2.5 degrees, maximum is usually 30 degrees (duo pitch, lean-to's).
Also known as: Local Authority Permission
Local Councils set restrictions about whether a conservatory is allowed in certain situations; e.g. if the conservatory is above a certain size or if it is near to a boundary, then planning permission may be required from the Council before the conservatory can be constructed.
Also known as: Glazing, sheeting, poly, Polyspan OptimumPolycarbonate is a multi-walled structural plastic sheet 200 times stronger than glass. It is used in Ultraframe systems in 25mm and 35mm thickness and in various colours such as bronze, opal, bronze/opal, clear, blue and grey.
Also known as: Large span structure
A portal frame is a skeleton frame made from structural grade aluminium required to support conservatories over a certain size.
Also known as: Multiwall cappings
Chambered top cappings are unique to Ultraframe. They refer to the special design of PVC top caps with air pockets, which provide the benefit of enhanced thermal performance.
Also known as: Top cappings
See chambered top cappings (above)
Also known as: uPVC
PVCu refers to unplasticissed poly vinyl chloride. One of the main constituents of conservatory roofs.