A Base as Solid as Steel
You know your conservatory is going to be stunning when it is built - but no matter how attractive it is, you have to get down to basics. And nothing is more basic than the foundations it stands on.
Foundations have to be sound and solid. That’s why builders or installers dig to a depth of 450mm for the footings. The next step is to create the base with a mix of concrete, hardcore, screed and layer of damp proofing as well as building a low wall - if that is part of the design.
OR THERE IS A SIMPLER AND QUICKER ALTERNATIVE
A steel conservatory base gets rid of the need for all that, as well as any long wait for concrete to set. A steel base also has the added advantage that it can be installed even when temperatures are low or very wet - so no waiting around for the right kind of weather!
As the system does not entail removing lawns or patios to make way for the conservatory, it also means cutting bills for skips or waste removal.
A steel base can also offer the perfect solution when a location makes it difficult to use more traditional methods.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A steel base is designed to the specifications of your conservatory and delivered to your home already constructed in sections.
Pre-welded bolts are used to bolt together the outer framework. Extra support and rigidity of the mitred corners is supplied by an internal brace - while screw adjusters level out the conservatory base.
The framework stands on concrete pads with spreader plates beneath their feet - they disperse the load over each pad. This has the added advantage that if the base is being installed over an existing patio only the paving slabs beneath the pads need to be removed.
The framework is then bolted to the house wall with rawl bolts. Steel floor joists located in the support brackets are welded onto the front and rear sill sections, and then bolted into place.
Any fear of the kind of bounce experienced with a suspended floor is eliminated by immediate supports inserted between each pair of floor joists.
No bounce means that most types of floor covering can be used even ceramic tiles - providing the correct adhesive is applied.
WILL THE BASE BE AT THE RIGHT LEVEL?
There are virtually no restrictions to proposed floor levels, this enables an accurate and level footing to the full height conservatory. The sill fits directly to the outer beam of the base.
The base is then finished with an insulated floor.
THERE’S A MANHOLE COVER WHERE I WANT MY CONSERVATORY
Unlike conventional bases manhole covers present no problem to a steel frame base. They remain in situ and are accessed through a trap door and removable floor joists, built into the design - it’s that easy! No need to re-site the manhole or drains.
Drainpipes can also be left untouched as there are no foundations to disturb them.
BUT I REALLY WANTED A WALL AT THE BASE
If you want a low wall you can have one.
One solution is to build a normal cavity wall, OR there is even a simpler solution!
A steel-base can include a strong galvanised frame with a profiled building board made to fit exactly. Clay brick tiles can be bonded to this to produce a lightweight wall which is also hardwearing.
You have a wall without having to employ a bricklayer.
WILL THERE BE LOTS OF CABLES ON DISPLAY?
The insulation and flooring laid on top of the steel base has a hollow frame ideal for carrying cables and any plumbing that might be needed.
Steel Conservatory Bases - Any Size - Any Shape - Anywhere - In a day.