Jargon Buster

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.

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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

Also known as: Roof manufacturer. A fabricator buys components from Ultraframe to manufacture roofs at their premises, for their own customers.

Facet

Also known as: Face section. Front facing frames of a conservatory.

Fascia Board

Also known as: Gutter board. A fascia board is the board which standard household guttering is attached ('faces you').

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

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

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

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

Also known as: Outlet Chimney

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

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

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

Also known as: Coupling, Joiner. Structural metal mullion that offers structural rigidity.

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

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.

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