New solid roof

Eurocell has announced a raft of updates to its Equinox solid conservatory roof.

Launched in 2013 as an alternative to replacement and new conservatory polycarbonate and glass roofs, Equinox offers the excellent thermal performance and ventilation that allows conservatories to be used all year round.

To meet end users’ desire for natural light as well as a comfortable living environment, Eurocell engineers have designed full height glazing panels to feature in the system. Individual panels up to 1m wide and 3m high of clear glass allow lighter, sunlit conservatories, and several panels can be accommodated that give an impression of even more space. The new glazed version is known as Equinox Vega, named after one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere.

The aluminium rafters in the lightweight roof have been separated from the deck, enlarging the air gap, and a new fixed pitch option makes common pitch angles even easier to fit, while the variable pitch option remains for more complex roofs.

Other changes include: the use of battens to create the air gap necessary for better ventilation; a switch from polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation to styrene, which is 100% recyclable and contains no harmful CFCs or HCFCs; and upgraded 18mm OSB3 boarding to increase structural strength in line with regulations for flat roofs with a pitch of 10º or less. OSB is also a more sustainable choice than plywood because it is produced from younger, faster growing trees.

The SlateSkin sheet tile system now features a mechanism that provides a neater vertical joint between 6m strips of tiles, resulting in a seamless finish for roofs over 6m long. And a new method for fitting the front row of tiles means all fixing screws are completely hidden, providing a neater look and better sightlines.

Eurocell has increased customer tile choice further with the introduction of slate-effect envirotile composite tiles as an option. Available in grey, brown, terracotta and black, and made from 75% recycled materials, multiple tiles can be fitted together.

Conservatory roofs manager Sean Bunyan said: “As styles change, new regulations emerge and materials technology evolves, installers know they can rely on Eurocell to give them the products they need to adapt and compete.”

The complete Equinox system is guaranteed for 10 years and carries Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and LABSS certification.

Kit quotation requests are turned around within an hour, roofs are delivered in six working days, and a dedicated technical support team means help is always at hand, the company said.

All components needed to install a complete roof come as part of the Equinox ‘one-box’ kit solution, including tile sheets, hip end caps, ridge and hip top caps and all fixings.