Published On: Tue, Sep 18th, 2018

Livinroof is perfect replacement for large numbers of low pitch lean-tos

Over a third of replacement roof opportunities in the market today are low pitch lean-tos according to data revealed this week by Ultraframe. With over 30 years’ experience in the conservatory roof market and with several million installations completed by Ultraframe installers, this unique industry insight comes at a time when the replacement market continues to see significant growth. Alex Hewitt, Ultraframe MD comments: “The low pitch and ultra-low pitch lean-to type conservatories that were incredibly popular back in the 80s and 90s are now, as we predicted, ready for refurbishment, accounting for at least a third of the replacement market opportunity.”

Ultraframe’s Livinroof is the only solid roof system in the market that can achieve a pitch between 5 and 10 degrees and with low ceiling heights often associated with lean-tos, the flexible glazing of Livinroof, enables the retailer to place the glazing to maximise the light and feeling of space in the right places. Alex continues: “What we’re seeing in all parts of the market, the lean-to being no exception, is a strong tendency for homeowners to switch to a solid roof product. For Ultraframe retailers this is where Livinroof comes into its own as the only replacement solid roof system that can achieve the ultra-low pitches required in the lean-to market.

While other roof systems can achieve gradients of 12 degrees, the vast majority of lean-to extensions require a pitch of less than 10 degrees. To put some figures around this, of our total lean-to Livinroof installations this year, half have required a pitch less than 12 degrees.”

Livinroof was launched in 2014 and became the fastest growing roof Ultraframe had launched in a decade. Four years on, its popularity amongst Ultraframe retailers shows no signs of wavering. Chosen for its design flexibility, ease and speed of installation and its contemporary styling, Livinroof has become the go-to replacement roof for hundreds of retailers across new-build and replacement. Dax Duckett, MD at Clyde Windows, Ultraframe’s newest UltraInstaller is keen to advocate Livinroof as a superb solution for the lean-to replacement market. Dax said: “The lean-to is an incredibly broad spectrum of extension type so the flexibility of Livinroof is perfect. We’re replacing about ten lean-tos a month and typically the homeowner wants a solid roof solution. Unlike a typical conservatory, lean-tos often come with some unique design challenges – low ceiling heights, low pitches. Livinroof enables you to very easily deliver a solution that meets the homeowner’s need for a solid solution while still maximising natural daylight to keep it feeling light and bright.”