A new breed of orangery roof design has been unveiled by Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions. Described as ‘the slimmest and one of the strongest mock orangery roof systems in the industry’, the ‘Skyroom’ is the latest addition to the Atlas range of aluminium conservatory and lantern roofs.
Created to satisfy the current needs of the marketplace, the Atlas Skyroom is a fully aluminium, slimline, thermally broken system, which, according to Atlas, ‘offers the contemporary designer style of an orangery at a price that’s affordable for most homeowners’. With less visible profile and more glass, thanks to a 70% slimmer ridge and 30% slimmer rafter, the product is said to blend ‘design aesthetics, outstanding strength and unrivalled thermal performance’.
Gareth Thomas, sales and marketing director at Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions, said: “We are really proud to launch this product, which is a truly exciting advance in orangery/conservatory design. With all the characteristics of an Atlas roof, the Skyroom is one of the finest contemporary looking products available. Its good looks are by no means at the expense of performance however; the Atlas roof rafter is the most thermally efficient in the UK and it is also one of the strongest glazed roofing systems available. The launch of the Skyroom brings a major step forward for an industry which is ready for a new generation of products that deliver innovation without compromise.”
According to Atlas, the roof has been created with both internal and external aesthetics in mind. Inside, the Skyroom combines a subtle roof frame and slim 40mm internal ridge and rafter sections with maximum glazing to optimise the sense of light and space. A unique raised ring beam creates the luxurious appearance of a real orangery lantern roof, whilst unique hidden or rafter tie bar supports eliminate the need for ‘unsightly’ rod tie bars. Unlike many of the product’s rivals, there is no boss or hood to intrude on the roof’s slimline ridge.
On the outside, low level capping helps to minimise external sightlines and a 300mm aluminium cornice adds ‘bold architectural detailing’ and creates the ‘authentic appearance of an orangery’. Bi-folding doors up to a width of 4,000mm can be accommodated, thanks to the Skyroom’s reinforced ring beam. The Skyroom is available in Edwardian or hipped Edwardian styles and in any RAL colour.
According to Altas, the Skyroom is ‘arguably the best performing roof in the UK’, despite its extensive glazing. Independent testing by the BBA reportedly verifies that the Atlas roof rafter is the most thermally efficient available. The Atlas roof rafter has a ‘U’ value of 1.5 W/m2k, which is said to be twice as thermally efficient as its nearest competitor. The rafter is available with double glazing, which has a ‘U’ value of 0.9 W/m2k. When triple glazed, the roof rafter achieves a ‘U’ value of 0.95 W/m2k and 0.6 W/m2k glass ‘U’ value. According to Atlas, the overall Atlas roof is capable of achieving a ‘U’ value as low as 1.0 W/m2k, depending on the size and style of the roof.
According to Atlas, independent tests carried out by the BBA, the Queens University and independent structural engineers also prove the roof to be ‘one of the strongest glazed roofing systems in the UK domestic conservatory market’.
Gareth added: “Consumer spending is on the rise and homeowners are set to spend £6 billion on upgrading and improving their homes over the next three years. And with almost 40% planning larger projects like a new conservatory, coupled with a growing demand for alum