Andrew Thomson, Design and Development Director at Ultrapanel Building Technologies talks through its newly-launched ‘room in the roof’ system.
“The Ultrapanel ‘room in the roof’ System is a brand new precision engineered system that was created to meet the demands of volume residential housebuilders.
The Ultrapanel system helps reduce delays on site, due to the speed of the build, and the eradication of the need for cranes on site.
The completely offsite manufactured, panelised roof and gable wall system can be used to create a ‘room in the roof’ on traditional masonry or timber frame residential housing.
It takes just one day for a team of three to build, only requires a two-week lead time and does not require a crane to be on site, just a telehandler.
The system is designed to receive a traditional masonry brick or block and render cladding to the external face of gables, and a traditional or lightweight roof tile finish.
The Ultrapanel system is formed from patented interlocking hybrid panels supported by prefabricated timber and steel composite beams (eaves, ridge, valley and intermediate) used to complete the roof structure.
To form the roof and wall structures, cold-formed steel clips join adjacent panels together and steel tie bars anchored at the eaves span the roof structure to provide lateral stability.
The system, from offsite roof manufacture experts Ultraframe, can accommodate steps in the roofline between adjacent houses with lightweight façade finishes applied to the external face of the gable wall above the lower roof.
Roof windows, GRP prefabricated chimneys, GRP prefabricated dormers and windows in the external gable wall can be included for use with the system Adjacent roofs in semi-detached or terraced configurations are structurally independent and separated."