The Best Roof Glazing Systems

16 September 2019

Surge Glazing Roof Systems

What is a Roof Glazing System? 

In recent years, PVC glazing systems have grown in popularity due to their low-maintenance, energy-saving and high resistance qualities.

Typically, when people think of a glazing system, their mind goes to windows but as the growth of popularity for PVC products has taken off, the want for roof glazing systems has also increased.

A roof glazing system can be fitted on a pitched or flat raft and allows more light to enter a home or space as well as heating/retaining heat in a room to reduce the need for other methods of heating.

Roof glazing systems are most typically used for the roofs of conservatories or lean-to roofs and are available in different styles for all sorts of projects.


Types of roof glazing systems


Self-Supporting Roof System

A self-supporting roof system uses its own design to hold itself and the glazing sheets up. It is ideal for carports and conservatories that do not have an existing timber or metal structure in place.

The main components of the skeleton of a self-supporting roof system are the glazing bars, wallplates and eaves beams. These components fit together and create support onto which the glazing sheets can be slotted into.

The system is simple to install due to its snap-in features and can be secure with a basic fixing pack. The flush joins and the addition of flashing, combined with weather-resistant glazing sheets, ensure you can create a water-tight finish.

And with colours to choose from and a smooth, clean appearance, aesthetic is as enticing as installation functionality.


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Rafter Supported Roof System

Rafter supported bars are ideal for installations that have a timber frame that you can screw into. Rafter supported bars offer greater support than self-supported so are best used in the construction or glazing of conservatories, porches, greenhouses, or carports.

This system merely snaps into place once it has been fixed to the accompanying frame, making it no trouble to install under time pressure.

PVC and aluminium styles make sure you have the choice between appearance and finish. uPVC fittings are very easy to maintain and clean but aluminium tends to be stronger than uPVC and has a slimmer appearance.


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Capex Roofing System

The Capex roofing system is Storm’s solution for your roof glazing requirements. It is a rafter supported system so will require that a pre-existing structure is already in place.

The Capex roofing system is available is a whole range of different sizes so that your project specifications can be met. The selection of roofing ridges are suitable for a variety of pitches and the ridge snap cover makes sure there’s always a smooth finish.

The components of the Capex system are split into width measurements of 40mm, 50mm, 60mm and 70mm. Each width has a series of lengths to match the run of the rafters but the correct part measurements will slot into one another and provide a flush fit. This variety of widths makes sure that you can get a system that meets the size of the structure and is the strongest it can be as it won’t overlap and take too much pressure.

The glazing bars run toward the ridge and are attached to bridging to ensure the whole system is attached. With an easy slide-in system, installation is no problem.

The Capex roofing system combines the firm grasp of simple to use and fit gaskets with a clean and easy to maintain finish.

Surge glazing systems are also available with an impressive amount of glazing accessories for that personalised touch. Combat condensation with the Ankorglaze fitting or go for a fancy finish with our choice of crests and finials for the Capex system.


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How to install glazing systems?

Glazing structural systems use innovative and simple intersections to make popping pieces into place easy. The Surge glazing systems simply pop or clip into one another to achieve high levels of strength and a secure fit.

This simple fitting process reduces time spent on projects and reduces the need for tools and other costs on equipment. The individual load-bearing specifications of the bars and the glazing sheeting should always be followed.

Weight distributions, both width and length, are essential for making sure glazing systems do not suffer from strain – reducing their capability. Make sure joists and weight-bearing arms are laid at suitable intervals so that the sheeting can remain rigid even under pressure.

For a rafter supported system, it’s a matter of screwing the components into the timber it’s running along. With self-supporting systems, it’s more about making sure all pieces are supporting one another to hold up the plastic sheeting as well as its own shape.


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Where to buy Surge roof glazing systems?

Storm’s Surge roof glazing systems are the aesthetic and functional solution for projects such as carports, bus stations, garages and conservatories. With a simple, easy-to-use design and a smooth finish, you can complete projects in good time at a competitive price.

Whether you need a self-supporting or rafter supported system, our systems are made of strong, long-lasting material that can get the job done.

Want to find out more about roof glazing systems? Call our team today on 01278 455326 or email [email protected]

This article was written by Jade Mitchell.

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Jade is the Marketing Coordinator at STORM Building Products, she has been working in the building plastics industry since 2016 and has completed ISMM level 2 and 3.

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