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: Local Authority Building Control. LABC (Local Authority Building Control) are a membership organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales; they are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting public sector expertise.
Also known as: Safety glass, security glazing. 2 x 3mm sheets of glass with 0.38mm resin interlayer (film). One type of safety glazing.
Also known as: Platform. A requirement for outward opening doors which are more than 600mm above ground level.
Also known as: Orangery. A lantern style roof occurs where a small roof effectively sits on top of another roof. The effect is decorative and traditional.
Also known as: Sunroom, Mediterranean, Sun lounge, mono pitch roof. A lean-to conservatory is a single/mono pitch roof type that slopes upwards from the front to the host wall.
Also known as: Woodgrain foil, Golden Oak, Cherrywood, Sherwood, velvet Cherry. A colour choice of laminate applied to the inside/outside, or both sides of white profile sections. Ultraframe's name for this colour is light oak.
Also known as: Percentage of natural light emerging. Light transmission refers to the amount of visible light transferred through a glass unit or polycarbonate
Also known as: Beam, RSJ. Host wall structural support above window or door opening.
Also known as: Low emmisivity glass. Low E glass is specially coated glass designed to improve thermal performance. The coating is applied to the outer face of the inner pane (See hard coating). Pilkington K Glass is an example.
Also known as: Silicone, Sealant. Flexible, high elasticity, +/-50% joint movement capability.
Also known as: Drop valley. A lowered valley occurs where the half ridge is set lower than the full ridge on the lean-to section of a P Shape conservatory, as a result of a restriction on the height of the lean-to section.