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Features and Benefits

There are many features and benefits of using the U-Roof Ltd. Light Gauge Steel Frame system – particularly relevant when taking our “full frame” system. Whilst we’ve categorised them below many of the benefits apply to all beneficiaries – we’ve tried to list them appropriately to who we feel would benefit the most.

End User Specifier Architect Features Benefits

• Designed to meet or exceed NHBC guidelines. Certifications available if required  – system is  accredited by the Steel Construction Institute in  accordance with BS 5950 Part 5 and NHBC Chapter 6.10

• 200 year + minimum expected life when used in a warm frame construction with supporting evidence backed up by the Steel Construction Institute, the NHBC, Tata Steel & Arcelor Mittal .

• 100 % recyclable with 50% scrap content steel used throughout – meeting Code for Sustainable  Homes standard.

• Minimal packaging required during manufacture & transportation.

• SAP calcs performed on day of test will achieve  same results 20 years later – all joints will  remain as completed on day of installation.

• Lightweight construction means reduced  foundation / piling requirements and also makes it  a perfect system to retrofit to existing conversions.

• Reduced rafter/joist  depth in comparison with traditional methods simplifies warms roof  construction –  advantageous when planning  regulations restrict  ridge height.

• Warm frame construction reduces risk of  condensation and improves living environment – an  A / A+ rating is achieved for this type of  construction under the BRE Green Guide.

• Steel frame buildings at no further risk during  lightning storms if earthed through consumer unit.

• Non combustible.

• Will not absorb moisture.

• “Room in the Roof” by default in most cases – typically providing  more space than other systems.

• No interference from steel frame with respect to  TV, radio, WiFi or other transmitted signals.

• Beneficial for areas subject to flooding due to  inorganic nature of steel – structurally system not at  risk nor will it need time to dry out – minimal disruption.

• In certain complex instances requirements for ridge,  hip and valley steels is significantly reduced.

Builder / Developer Features & Benefits

• Allows construction of the basic insulated structure to take place outside the  “critical path”.

• Can be installed in wet or inclement conditions  – unaffected by frost therefore minimising the risk of program slippage.

• In certain complex instances requirements for ridge, hip and valley steels is significantly reduced.

• Will not rot, warp, twist or creep under load nor be subject to insect infestation.

• SAP calcs performed on day of test will achieve same results 20 years later –  all joints will remain as completed on day of installation.

• Ridges, hips and valleys completed with ease using patented U section profile.

• Manufactured in factory controlled conditions to tight tolerances providing a dimensionally accurate product to the benefit of following  trades for following trades.

• Lightweight construction means reduced foundation / piling requirements and  also makes it a perfect system to retrofit to existing conversions.

• Reduced rafter / joist depth in comparison with traditional methods simplifies  warms roof construction – advantageous when planning restricts  ridge height.

• Flexible and adaptable system  permits late design changes to be accommodated.

• Reduced requirement for skilled tradesmen required to install.

• Lightweight gable panels can be installed removing risks associated with relatively fragile masonry gables.

• Steel frame buildings at no further risk during lightning storms if bonded via normal earth system.

• In many cases panels can be manually lifted into position.

• All site fixings & insulation panel joints are readily visible facilitating easy inspection of correctly installed product.

• Walls do not require external sheathing.

Project Manager Features & Benefits

•A warm frame construction allows first fix trades to commence a lot sooner than traditional build  reducing fixed site costs – up to 5 times faster than  traditional methods of construction.

• Reduced construction phase insurance costs due to non combustible nature of material.

• In most cases the roof is capable of being erected at ground level and craned on – significantly reducing labour spent at height and therefore reducing H & S risks.

• Provision of safe working platform once floor joists installed and boarded.

• Relatively lightweight meaning reduced requirement for craneage.

• Reduced snagging due to lack of settling or shrinkage with call backs virtually eliminated.

• Manufactured in factory controlled conditions to tight tolerances providing a dimensionally accurate product to the benefit of following trades for following  trades.

• 100 % recyclable with 50% scrap content steel used throughout – meeting Code for Sustainable Homes standard.

• Flexible and adaptable system  permits late design changes to be accommodated.

• Can be supplied pre insulated depending on volume requirements further reducing on  site assembly time.

• All site fixings & insulation panel joints are readily visible facilitating easy inspection of correctly installed product.