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: 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 uPVC.
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. uPVC 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: 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: Roof light. A roof vent is the opening window in a roof. Can be manually or electronically/thermostatically controlled.
Also known as: Fascia, soffits, etc. Term used for general boards (typically timber then uPVC) 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.