Porch Installation Tips

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Setting The Cill 
The cill needs to be fixed to your base there are a number of points to cover.

The Cill is supplied over size and needs to be cut to size, This will help if your walls are slighty out and you need any extra room to make the cill level.
Your cill must be square to your wall to check this measure across the diagonals to the corners the two sizes should be the same.
The top of the cill needs to be level use packers to raise the cill where required and ensure you fix the cill securely this will ensure your glass fits well when the porch frames are fitted. If you cill is not level you will notice the glass panels are not quite square to the pvc frames.The gap under the cill can be filled with silicone or a mortar mix.

Setting The First Frame 
The first frame will be screwed to the wall however you should not allow the frame to be pulled out of square use a level on the long open side make sure the frame is plumb. Then use packers to fill the gap between the frame and the wall where you intend to add the fixings the packers are to prevent the frame pulling out of square when you tighten the frame anchors. 

Joining Frames 
To hide the joints between the fames and add strength to the frame fixings a h esction profile is added to one frame as shown in the picture the h section and the frame are then lifted against the first frame. 

Adding Frames 
To ensure both frames are fully into the h section use two frame g clamps to squeeze the frames together and produce a tight joint leave the clamps on until the frames have been screwed together. 

Fixing Frames 
The frames are screwed together through the side where the glass will be fixed later this means the fixing screws will not show when the porch is finished. The screws should be fixed from both sides of the frame. Three screws per side is ok and the screws should be a staggered heights on the two side of the frames. 

Corner Posts 
Use g clamps on the corner post top and bottom to ensure the post is held tightly the screw the frame in to the post once the first side is fixed add the next frame use the g clamps to hold the frame in place and screw in to the corner posts. 

Reinforced Corner Posts 
Depending on which type of porch conservatory you have ordered the corner post may end flush with the frames or it may only be flush with one frame as shown in the picture. The corner posts are reinforced to add strength to the corners and prevent any warping. 

Frames 
Check the frames are correct on the inner side of the cill then check they are square and the corners posts are near plumb. If all is well which it should be screw the frames down into the cill as shown. The screws go where the lower panels or glass will be fitted so they will not show when the porch is completed. 

Build The Roof Frame Structure 
To make the roof erection easier it better to build the aluminium section of the frame on the floor then lift it onto the porch after its built. Once built you can lift the roof onto the window frames and use the roof as a guide to mark out where you flashing will need to be fixed.

Do not forget the lower sides of the roof bars have plastic covers which need to go on before you bolt the roof together. 

  

Lift The Frame Structure 
You will need some help to lift the roof into place on top of the frames once its on top of the frames you need to line up the inner side of the ring beam with the inner face of the frames.The roof is fixed by screwing up through the frames into the bottom of the ring beam. 

  

Glazing The Roof 
You can add the polycarbonate sheets to the roof you need to start with any square sheets you can glaze the square sheets however if you have any sheets which meet a hip corner bar the top cap does not go on the roof until the hip corner bar cap is fixed.

Place the sheet into place and push it up in to the ridge section ensure a gap is left both sides of the sheet to allow for expansion. 

End Bar Top Cap 
Add the sheet closure to the bottom of the sheet please note the sheet closures for angled sheets will not be cut to size. Line the plastic cap up with the bar below as shown then tap the cap into place. 

 

Mid Bar Top Cap 
Add the next section of polycarbonate then add the mid section top cap as shown. Top caps can only be added where they meet the flat ridge the top caps that meet the hip bar go on after the hip bar cap. These caps are supplied over sized puch the cap down and fix a small section onf the cap then tap on the bottom of the trim to push it up tight to the ridge. Tap the whole cap down in to place then cut to size. 

Hip Sheet Closure 
The hip closure will be supplied over sized you need to add the sheet closure to the sheet hold in it place on the roof. Mark the angle of the roof and cut as shown in the more information page. We do this because the roof panels and the sheet closures come from different factories. 

Fix The hip Cap 
Next fit the hip cap as shown the hip caps are similer to the mid caps except they are taller. The hip caps are shorter then the roof hip bar so line up the bottom end of the cap with the roof bar as shown. 

 

 

Hip Mid Bar Top Caps 
The top caps that meet the hip bar cap can now be fitted. Start by tapping the top of the cap into place by the hip cap. Tap the top 6 inches or so down in to place then tap the bottom of the cap to push the cap up tight to the hip bar. 

 

Hip Bar Tops 
The gap between the top of the hip bars and the ridge is filled with two sections of foam the front section goes in first and the back section completes the gap behind. 

Ridge Cover Cresting & Finial 
x the front of the ridge cap with the push in rivets then slide in the finial followed by the cresting the add the rear cap and finish by pushing in the final rivets. Its better to do this on the ground then lift the hole ridge into place. 

 

Ridge Cover Cresting & Finial Fixing 
Lift the ridge into place note we have left one section of polycarbonate out to make access a little easier. Line the cap up with the groves then use your hand to tap into place until its tight. Once the cap is into place fix the final polycarbonate panel. 

 

Bar End Caps 
Once the last sheet of polycarbonate goes in fix your bar end caps into place and cover the screws with the plugs. 

Gutter Brackets 
With all the end caps in place you can now add the gutter brackets. The gutter brackets will be inside the guter clip the top of the bracket into place then pull down on the support arm until the bracket clips into place. Brackets need to be approx 800mm a part. 

 

 

Guttering 
The guttering pushes up onto the brackets line the gutter up then push up with your hands until the gutter clips in. Repeat this on all the sides of the porch. 

 

Guttering Angles & End Caps 
Next push the gutter angle and end caps up into place and clip in one side will have an outlet the outlet should not be used where it will clash with opening windows. 

 

Guttering Trim 
To complete the guttering you now need to add the gutter trims these fit into the gap below the guttering start with your corner trims and end trims. 

 

Internal Ridge Cap 
Next fit the internal ridge cap line up the plugs with the holes and tap into place with your hand. 

 

Internal Trim 
The internal trims now need to go on do not forget to add the internal coner section before fitting the trims. Start on one side the work aorung the ring beam. 

 

Glazing 
If you have PVC panels in the bottom of your porch start with them place two packers one each side of the panel place the panel on top and then add the shortest beads first and squeeze in the longer lengths last. Use a nylon hamer to tap the beads into place. Then proceed with the glass units do the bigger panels first and the smaller panels last.

Get the beads in top and bottom then bend the middle section in last to stop the corners popping out give them a few taps to fix them in there window track. 

Glazing Doors 
To keep the door square we support the weight of the frame across the glass from the bottom corner up across to the top corner.  

You will be using frame packers to support the frame to ensure thses packers do not move use silicone in both corners to stick the packers in place.

The bottom corner needs silicone on the hinge side of the frame and the top corner on the handle side of the frame.

Put plenty of silicone in the top corner

Then add a packer to the lower corner as shown and another one to the top corner after the glass goes in.

With two packers in place the glass is still lose so lift the glass adding packers to pack the gap and one in the bottom and one in the top corner the object is to use the glass to slightly lift the frame 2 - 3mm. so keep adding packers until the top corner on the handle side rises and stays in place.

Side packers are needed to prevent the glass from moving around .Once the tip corner of the frame is lifted and the packers are tight keeping the frame lifted you can add the glazing beads do not attempt to open the door untill all four glazing beads are in place the glazing beads will add a lot of strength to the frame with the glass in place. Your door should then open and close perfectly for years to come if the packers move the door may need doing again just remove the beads and repeat the process

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