Building roofs is quite technical and so sometimes we use technical language. Sorry about that. However, to keep things simple we've designed a manual to explain and translate many of the commonplace words and terms used in the conservatory industry.
Each reference includes a list of alternative words ("also known as"), a full description of the product/component and, where relevant, a picture to illustrate its relevance.
To find the explanation for your term simply browse alphabetically below.
Also known as: Plinth. The industry term used to define the foundations and sub-structure of a conservatory.
Also known as: Variable corner post. A circular pole that allows multiple bay angles.
Also known as: British Board of Agrement. The BBA are a Government backed organisation that tests and assesses innovative building products that are not covered by British Standards. They award BBA certificates to approved products.
Also known as: BBA Certs. Certificates awarded by the BBA to show performance for products that are not covered by British Standards. Companies fabricating these products can also be awarded a BBA Certificate to show they are manufacturing the products to the standards set by the BBA. All Ultraframe roofing systems have BBA approval and we have many BBA approved fabricators.
Also known as: Weathering hood. A protrusion, typically above a ground floor window which offers weathering protection.
Also known as: Custom-made, made-to-measure. The conservatory is made to suit and individual property. It is unique
Also known as: Support beam. A bolster beam provides additional structural support to a structural component such as a glazing bar, or ridge.
Also known as: Valley gutter. A box gutter acts as a rainwater collection point which is required when the conservatory roof slopes towards the host wall or fascia board.
Also known as: Jointer A box gutter sleeve is an aluminium sleeve that joints two lengths of aluminium boxgutter.
Also known as: Structural software. Building research establishments dedicated software for loadings.
Also known as: British Standards Institute. The British Standards Institute is the National Standards Body of the UK, responsible for facilitating, drafting, publishing and marketing British Standards and other guidelines.
Also known as: Building Regulations consent, Building control. Building Regulations are the minimum compulsory standard for construction and performance. This generally applies only to conservatories with a footprint of over 30 square metres. Building Regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland are slightly different to those in England and Wales.
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