The tiled GardenRoom solution from Prefix Systems is arguably the most configurable and structurally robust in the sector, but given the number of these new solid roofs that are replacing tired, old conservatory roofs, there’s a need for greater structural information and indeed advice from manufacturers.
Prefix Systems have developed their solid, tiled GardenRoom roof with a structural engineer leading the team, through harnessing their 20-year experience and by involving customers within the product development process at every stage. With three branches covering the UK, the company is now offering all installation companies with a comprehensive technical support service from survey through to on-site installation training.
There are around 3million conservatories in the UK, with around 500,000 in need of upgrade and repair, with a recognised proportion being upgraded from a polycarbonate glazed roof to a solid, tiled GardenRoom roof. The difference in weight is considerable, anything up to 5 times that weight from the original installation, so structural integrity is a pre-requisite on any installation.
At each Prefix branch they are able to advise installation companies on an individual and project by project basis, about all things relating to the survey and installation of tiled GardenRooms. They can even advise as to whether any additional structural supports are necessary, including their own engineered Retro-Fix posts and couplers for larger roof spans. The specifications for which are BS6399 compliant, fully CE marked and Prefix are the only independent company able to do so in the sector.
There are an increasing number of people highlighting the structural implications of a solid roof structures, yet few offering the necessary levels of expertise. Right from the outset of the development of their product, Prefix have involved their customers in the key issues for the emerging replacement sector. It’s happened already that Prefix customers have had to replace a number of newly installed, lesser quality, tiled roofs with the GardenRoom roof, the clearest indication yet that their product is the best on the market.
Chris Baron and Chris Cooke, co-directors of Prefix Systems commented: ‘It’s important for us to take a leading stance on the issue of structural integrity, particularly for tiled roofs. Our product offering has been specifically designed by us for both new fit and replacement projects and at each branch we can offer expert advice.
They continue: ‘As an industry we need to protect consumers and the future reputation for both the tiled GardenRoom market and the replacement conservatory sector.’
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