Structural Bi-folding openings

Bi-folding doors have become an increasingly popular option for homes and now also conservatories and glazed extensions. Unlike a house built with lintels over the opening, companies must consider the doors from the conservatory structure, says K2 Architectural Systems’ Tim Burton.

For the most part, the weight of a roof over a full set of bi-folding doors is too much for the standard eaves beam to bear. With this in mind, K2 has developed a number of portal eaves beams to cater for various spans and loadings, so there’s a perfect solution for each individual job.

The portal eaves beams have been designed with a maximum deflection of 6mm under full loading, to ensure that the doors are able to fold and slide perfectly whatever the conditions. There’s also a series of structural legs and internal eaves covers to provide a neat finish between window frame, conservatory roof and bi-folding door.

K2’s specialist architectural division is able to offer technical support and assistance for conservatory projects with bi-folding doors and is also able to process and deliver orders for portal eaves beams nationwide, within 7-10 days of order.

This new development is part of a larger portfolio of solutions for large scale conservatory applications for architects, specifiers, fabricators and installers.

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48 hours from Worksop

Leading conservatory fabricator Four Seasons has introduced a 48 hour express service for its customers and is offering a free mug as a reminder! Quite an achievement in an industry which tends to offers a 5-7 day turnaround.

Four Seasons has built itself into one of the leading conservatory fabricators in the UK. About to reach their 10th anniversary, Four Seasons has introduced this new service following many requests for urgent deliveries, and aims to cover last minute requirements as well as help those new customers who are being let down with their current suppliers.

This new 48 hour express service is limited to standard designs and includes glazing with polycarbonate and is unglazed for glass. Just like the emergency services Four Seasons is there when needed, int hesame way that their online Roof Quota system allowing customers to design a roof, receive a quote and place an order in seconds.

Innovation, experience, and knowledge, combined with a wide range of products from long standing supplier K2 Conservatories that include PVCu and aluminium conservatory roofs, are just some of the reasons that Four Seasons has become one of the leading conservatory fabricator in the UK.

Phil Foulger, managing director comments: “We’re in a service-led industry and that’s exactly why we’ve introduced this new offering. When you need a roof in 48 hours then it’s very much an emergency request and one which we can happily fulfil. We can also harness our expertise and resources to process the most complicated roofs, including those needing a portal frame."

First grade addition

K2 recently played an important part in helping to add an additional meeting room to the Grade I listed Moresby Hall in Cumbria, thanks to their aluminium roof system.

The ‘T’ shaped aluminium roof system with internal golden oak cappings also included a number of K2’s own high performance roof vents and featured a distinctive finial, but with a no cresting option by way of a slide in track to the ridge cap.

The roof was glazed in Celsius and sat on timber window and door frames and along with the conservatory base, was designed to satisfy the stringent requirements of the local planning officer. Gold spacer bar and the use of the tie bars for the roof blinds also contributed to a very highly specified installation.

Moresby Hall is one of Cumbria’s most historic homes and is a Grade I listed building which dates back to circa 1620. Today it is an intimate and luxury Country Guesthouse with an enviable 5 star grading and GOLD award.

This historic building retains many of the original features and the new conservatory will not only be used as a meeting room for up to 20 guests but is also licensed for small weddings. This additional space can also cater for guests for pre dinner drinks receptions, cookery demonstrations and speaker groups – a versatile and productive venue.

David Saxon, along with his wife Jane operate Moresby Hall and he commented: “It was important to design something that would complement the fabric of the main building. K2’s aluminium system was the perfect choice to support the timber windows and doors and we’ve got a very high quality construction. We’re thrilled with the end result and our guests have been equally impressed.”