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: Crown, die cast end, fabricated slotted end, spider end
The radius end is the cast aluminium ridge end onto which glazing bars sit, before being clad in PVC.
Also known as: Methane
Natural gas which rises from the earth in certain locations. 2/3 layers of visqueen required to base.
Also known as: Rain guard
The glazing material is pushed into a 'pocket' under the ridge to prevent wind driven rain. On this diagram the rain baffles are coloured pink.
Also known as: Drainpipe
Fitted to all conservatories. Takes rainwater from perimeter guttering.
Also known as: Angled frame
PVC raked frames are welded to fit the pitch of a roof. These tend to be used for more unusual and expensive designs. An alternative can be firrings for Elevation at 2.5 and 5 degrees.
Also known as: Stiffener
Reinforcement, usually made of steel, is inserted inside a host member, usually aluminium, to boost its structural ability / spanning performance. On this diagram the reinforcement is coloured pink.
Also known as: Beam
A ridge bolster is the aluminium beam stitched to the ridge for added support. This is a core component of Ultraframe's Tie Bar Replacement Kit. On this diagram the bolster is coloured pink.
Also known as: Hanger, ridge hanger, spreader plate
The ridge compression plate resists 'thrust' to spread snow loads. It is part of the Tie Bar Replacement Kit.
Also known as: Borrowed light
Customers entitlement to natural light through their windows.
Also known as: Roof light
A roof vent is the opening window in a roof. Can be manually or electronically/thermostatically controlled.
Also known as: Set sized roof, modular pack
Roof-in-a-box is the term used to describe the convenient way to buy a pre-packed roof, modular roof (Ultraframe Ultralite and Elevation).
Also known as: Fascia, soffits, etc
Term used for general boards (typically timber then PVCue) that surround the perimeter of house roof.
Also known as: Design software
Ultraframe's chosen provider of design and specifications software.
Also known as: Outlet point
A running outlet is the gutter outlet in the middle of a run of gutter.
Also known as: Joiner, converter
An RWP adaptor adapts one gutter type (e.g. Classic) to a square or round down pipe.