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Ultraframe has announced a host of new enhancements to its Classic conservatory roof system which are available now – including the addition of a newly enhanced Structural Design Guide (eSDG).

This valuable digital tool allows Classic Roof customers to determine how big openings for doors can be in order for the roof to be structurally sound by calculating maximum unsupported spans possible on a conservatory or extension for each face of the eaves.

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Previously, Classic users needed to refer to a generic chart to find this valuable and crucial information, but the new eSDG is situated within the company’s existing Udesign conservatory software, and calculations are based on the individual conservatory design and loading parameters.

Ultraframe’s in-house Senior Structural Engineer, Tansy Sabben, led the eSDG project and explained further about the useful new tool and the benefits it will bring to Classic Roof users. She said: “For years our Classic users have relied on printed charts to determine critical structural information when designing a roof. Our new eSDG is more accurate, much quicker to use and is more accessible for customers to design perfectly engineered conservatories and extensions. Using the new eSDG is like getting their design checked by a structural engineer at the click of a button.”

For larger or more complex designs where additional spanning capabilities are required, the customer can select the correct profiles from the new suite of Classic bolstered eaves profiles – including the Bi-Fold Support Beam and the Super Bolster. These new eaves bolsters are a cost-efficient way to increase structural performance as they can be specified on the elevation where needed rather than around the entire perimeter of the roof. The Bi-Fold Support Beam is a structural beam which mounts to the underside of the eaves, while the Super-Bolster mounts to the inside of the eaves beam. The two profiles can be used independently to bolster the eaves or combined to further increase the spanning capability up to 5m reducing the need for any additional costly support, such as a steel goalpost.

Concluding about the new eSDG, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “We are thrilled to launch our new eSDG to our Classic customers. Tansy and her team have worked incredibly hard to bring this valuable tool to fruition and it offers great benefits to our customers in terms of accuracy, speed and peace of mind.

The newly launched suite of bolstered eaves profiles has been designed for use on large conservatories to increase the spanning capabilities of the system and ensure that Classic is perfectly engineered to help create the large spans demanded by modern conservatory designs. By choosing the ideal profiles for each installation using the eSDG, our customers can be assured that each and every project is perfectly value-engineered.”

The newly launched enhancements to the Classic Roof which are available now include the Bi-Fold Support Beam, Super Bolster Eaves and Combined Bolstered Eaves, Thermally Broken Slimline Ridge, Chambered Box Gutter, Enhanced Structural Design Guide, and lower prices on Classic Aluminium Roofs.

To find out more about the new eSDG and the Classic Roof visit