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: 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).
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.
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.
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.
Also known as: Edwardian, Square, Victorian. A Georgian style conservatory is a single facet conservatory (or square front).
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.
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.
Also known as: Glazing line. Point at which glass becomes visible above floor level.
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.
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.
Also known as: Dig, footings. Preparation required underground for relevant footing requirement.
Also known as: Drain. Surface drain which collects 'clean' water from rain water pipes.
Also known as: Gutter sealant. Gutterbond is a special sealant for sealing in boxgutter adaptors.
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