Terminology Explained

If you’re just starting your solid conservatory roof journey, you may be less familiar with some of the terminology used on this website. Well, don’t worry!

We have a number of pages to clearly explain terms that are used throughout the website such as energy efficiency, building regulations, U-value and a few more.

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Cold Spots:
A cold spot is an area of the roof where there is a gap in the insulation, these areas will be colder and creates a greater risk of condensation forming which could lead to mould issues.

Fire Tested:
This means the roof has been fire tested as an assembled structure (conservatory). A full fire test evaluates how all the parts of the roof interact in a fire, rather than relying on a fire safety certificate of separate components.

Full Length Glazing:
If you want to invite lots of natural light into your home, you’ll probably want to pick a solid conservatory roof that uses full length glazing panels as rooflights. These light inducing panels fit neatly into your solid conservatory roof, from the ridge at the top to the eaves at the bottom.

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Internal Lighting Pelmet:
An internal plastered pelmet which runs around the perimeter where the top of the windows/doors meets the roof. It gives a more extension-like feel to a room and is a great place for spotlights and speakers.

Lightweight Shingle Effect Tiles:
Lightweight shingle tiles are made from metal but are also very lightweight. The top of the tile features a shingle or sand finish which creates a less uniform colour than slates.

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Lightweight Slate Effect Tiles:
Lightweight slate tiles look like authentic slate tiles with a textured finish, but are cheaper, and lighter, than heavy duty tiles.

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Minimum Pitch:
The minimum pitch is all about the angle of the roof. If you want to maximise your ceiling height and you need to avoid upstairs windows where the roof meets the wall, you’ll want a low pitch roof.

Tie Beam / Tie Bar:
A tie beam or tie bar is a horizontal bar or beam that ‘ties’ the roof together to keep it in the correct position and supports additional load from wind and snow.

Solid roof systems that are based on conservatory technology will require a tie beam that is visible inside, but systems based on more traditional building principles have stronger beams and therefore never require a tie beam.

Energy efficiency is measured in U-values, which use W/m²K to measure how much heat leaves your house per m².

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