Wednesday 29th April, 2009
Kevin McCloud has a lot to answer for!
Now everyone wants contemporary living spaces that are created using great expanses of glass to flood rooms with light and create a great sense of space.
Featured many times on Grand Designs are large in-line sliding doors and - enjoying great success across the UK – are bi-fold sliding doors. Often shown initially on TV as a way to add light to dreary rooms these doors are now increasingly being used on conservatories – with additional structural implications that need to be clearly understood!
When these larger than average openings are created in existing masonry walls, substantial steelwork is inserted to support the storey above. The same principles need to be applied to conservatories too, with additional support provided as part of the design rather than as a bolt on ‘after the fact’ necessity when things start to deflect and the doors are binding!!
When fulfilling the demand for these bigger openings conservatory retailers need to take account of the increased loads that bear onto these longer spans of eaves beam. As a pioneer in the conservatory industry and a dedicated roofing specialist, Ultraframe has taken it upon itself to provide a technically elegant solution to ensure the structural stability of a conservatory which is fitted with this type of door. Ultraframe have created a `beefier’ Super Duty Eaves Beam for its Classic system that sits 38mm taller and 25mm wider than the standard eaves product and which allows for door openings which are much wider than normal without the need for a ‘goal-post’ portal arrangement. The Super Duty Eaves Beam was trialled over a number of months in the European market and was launched to UK users of the Ultraframe Classic system in Autumn 2008. The great news for fitters is that the new product is effectively a `big brother’ to the existing eaves beam, and so goes together in the same way and interfaces smoothly with box gutter systems and the Gable Support product.
The renowned R&D team at Ultraframe have worked hard to create this solution but what is its performance like? Take a 4250mm width Georgian – typical of hundreds sold every week across the country - with 4-16-4 units and in a 0.6 snow load area - the Super Duty Eaves Beam allows opening spans of up to 3400mm (virtually the whole of the side elevation) compared to 2300mm for the standard beam – so significantly enhanced performance is delivered.
Mark Hanson, Marketing Manager at Ultraframe, commented: “Having large expanses of glazing that slides or folds to give access to the garden seems to be one of the latest trends in home design and improvement and this trend has quickly been adopted within conservatories. Goal-post portal frame arrangements may carry out the required task, but they are time consuming to design and add to the lead time, costly to manufacture and may require additional skills on site for them to be fitted correctly. The new Super Duty Eaves Beam from Ultraframe addresses the need for additional structural support in the majority of instances in a way that is both cost effective and simple for fitting teams. Ultraframe is long renowned for not only the technical superiority of its products, but also for its empathy with retailers who are working in demanding market conditions right now, and this latest product is testament to that. No other system on the market can provide an elegant yet engineered solution for this situation which is becoming increasingly common – so yet another first for the Classic roof system.”
The Super Duty Eaves Beam is available on Classic roofs purchased either through local Fabricators or on roofs built at Ultraframe`s own factory. A 12-page technical specification guide is available to assist retailers in the correct design and specification of these larger openings. The detailed guide assists installers with different door arrangements which may require the new eaves beam such as doors into the front elevation of a lean-to or side elevation of a gable – Ultraframe is renowned in the industry not only for superior products but also, for the highly detailed guides which are available to support fitters, particularly with new products such as the Super Duty Eaves Beam.
Ultraframe feels that the lions share of its sales of these enhanced roofs will be to those who are already either making their own doors or buying in doors. For those who don’t have ready access to a source of sliding/folding doors , Ultraframe can also provide these if required, for a total one-stop-shop solution. The doors are available in a variety of panel configurations (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) and widths and come in white as standard, although other RAL colours are available. Doors are glazed with a 28mm sealed unit and feature a centre pane ‘U’ value of 1.2.
To request a quote on your next project contact your local Ultraframe fabricator/trade distributor or fax the quotes team at Ultraframe on 0870 414 1011.
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Ultraframe deliver innovative and top quality conservatory roof systems for the trade which suit all styles, all applications, all consumer types and which offer excellent value for money.
The market leading company invests heavily in research and development to provide the most technologically advanced and stylish conservatory roofing solutions, maximising light and space. Ultraframe are at the forefront of conservatory design and its systems are mainly used in the home improvement sector but also in new housing and commercial applications in the UK and Europe.
In 2006 the privately owned Latium Group, which has many interests within the glass & glazing and home improvement markets acquired Ultraframe. The Latium Group is owned by entrepreneur Brian Kennedy.
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