Welcome to Ipswich Polycarbonates
Here at Ipswich Polycarbonates we also supply polycarbonate, (in all sizes), and glazing bars for all conservatories and car ports for the general public and tradesmen in Ipswich, the whole of Suffolk and Essex. We offer a quick, efficient quotation service at very competitive rates. We can offer a quotation over the phone and, if required, can deliver within 2 to 3 days to an address in Suffolk or Essex.
We supply everything that the customer requires for the installation of roofing materials, from lead flashing right through to the plastic end closures that run into the gutter. We also offer a useful advisory service on all polycarbonate materials and glazing accesories. At Falcon Windows, we basically advise in layman's terms to make ordering easy. We also offer a free survey if required.
These are different types & thickness polycarbonate sheets we stock
These are easy fit glazing bars with the plastic capping strip on top
This is the rafter support bar designed for installing glass or polycarbonate onto car-ports or conservatories
Another section to our business is installing carports in Felixstowe, this is another way of making useful undercover space outside your property allowing you to get in and out of your vehicle and property without getting wet.
These are not as expensive as one would think and normally only take a day to install depending on what they will be installed onto either a block paved or concrete driveway. Our supply only carports in Ipswich and Suffolk can be delivered to our customers normally within 3 to 4 working days. If you would like a free quotation on one of our Ipswich-based carports then please call 014732886902 to arrange a convenient time to survey and quote you.
Smoking shelters in Ipswich and Suffolk have been on the increase in recent years due to the smoking ban inside public places. Falcon Windows has successfully installed three smoking shelters one in Felixstowe, one in Hadleigh and the most recent one was in Stowmarket. These are easily installed and allow employees to smoke outside Suffolk business premises in the fresh air without getting wet.
If required we also offer an installation service regarding the above that would come with a 2 year warranty for peace of mind.
A strong, lightweight, easy to fit rafter supported glazing bar that accommodates 10mm, 16mm and 25mm Multiwall Polycarbonate Sheeting. Highly flexible it is ideal for most applications.
A robust, maintenance free glazing bar that accommodates all popular thicknesses of Multiwall Polycarbonate Sheeting. Highly adaptable, it is ideal where extreme variations in temperature are experienced.
Available in both 50mm and 60mm wide variants, the Sun wood rafter main bar is manufacturered from resilient powder coated aluminium and has a streamlined appearance with the fixings secured underneath the cover cap. Suitable for use with both multiwall polycarbonate and glass (including soft coat glass).
Our Lean To Canopy is our most popular and traditional range of canopies which provide a practical solution to most school applications; such as learning, playing or waiting areas. The canopy has a mono pitched roof shape and can either be a Free Standing structure or it can be attached to your building (subject to site survey).
The system is available in white powder coated aluminium as standard with a choice of clear, opal or bronze tinted shatterproof polycarbonate sheeting. It is also possible to have the frame powder coated in a colour of your choice, such as the school colours, as an optional extra.
Highly adaptable, our Lean To Canopy is a modular system which can be added to seamlessly should you wish to add to its length in the future. We are often approached for extensions to existing structures; once schools use and feel the benefit of their initial canopy they often wish to make these benefits available to more children and staff.
The Curved Roof Canopy is a heavy duty commercial structure with an elegant arched roofline. It is ideal for covering large projections whilst maintaining a look that is aesthetically pleasing.
Ideally suited to outdoor eating areas, covered play areas or walkways, this structure can span unlimited lengths whilst allowing projections of up to 6 metres without the need for intermediary legs. The structural aluminium framework can be painted a colour of your choice to match in with the schools surroundings and the innovative bars used on the roof can accommodate different types of glazing material.
The soft and flowing lines of the Curved Roof Canopy give a clean and contemporary look to a strong and highly practical structure.
We can also create bespoke structures according to your needs using our own roofing system. We offer a full design service and can create gable, hipped or L shaped canopies as appropriate.
As well as being specialists in the manufacture and installation of canopies we also supply a range of complementary products and services for schools, colleges and universities.
We can clad the sides or front of any canopy supplied by us which gives you an enclosed space with extra protection from the wind and driving rain.
We can offer padded post protectors which are especially useful for primary schools and nurseries where smaller children are at play (you can read more about our post protectors
We can also supply and fit a water butt to go with your canopy. These are a great eco-friendly way of collecting water for school outdoor gardening projects. Our water butts have child safe lids for maximum peace of mind.
We also have a range of smoking and bicycle shelters which can either be attached to the wall or completely separate from your building. These are manufactured from powder coated aluminium and are available in a range of styles. If you do not see the structure you are looking for here on our website please ,we are always receptive to suggestions and new ideas.
This is a canopy erected over an entrance to a business which allows people to enter their business without getting rained on and doubled up as a smoking shelter
This is a curved carport canopy slightly different than the standard but very attractive
This single carport is 20ft long by 10ft wide. It is the most basic of carports. Because each site is different, and individual preferences vary, we have given options for both post installation and bracing. Check with your Local Authority to see if any permit or consent is required.
The timber for this project can be either sawn (rough sawn) or dressed (gauged, smooth finish). The measurements used in this project are for sawn timber. If dressed timber is preferred, make allowances for the difference in timber thickness and width.
Use a timber suitable for in-ground applications for the posts and use a timber suitable for exterior applications for the rest of the carport structure.
Any timber merchant or supplier will be able to advise on the timber most suitable.
The height of a carport is in most cases, common sense. A tall person should be able to walk comfortably under the lowest end of the carport. 7ft from the finished ground to the underside of the lowest end rafter, is a good height.
The roof slope (fall) should be at least 2". In this project the slope is 4". If using a clear PVC roof, then a steeper slope is advisable, as a steeper fall (say 6") means faster water run-off, and therefore a cleaner roof.
The plans (click on the thumbnail) show a flat plan "bird's-eye view" and an elevation (side) plan giving all dimensions. Refer to these plans for any required measurements throughout the project.
Mark out the carport (20ft x 10ft rectangle) and erect timber profiles out from each corner and also out from the middle to take in the two center posts. Set the timber profiles back at least 2'-O" from the building line (carport perimeter) to allow room for hole digging etc. For instructions on making timber profiles attach string lines to indicate the centres of the six posts 4" in from the side edges and 13" in from the front and back edges.
INSTALLING THE POSTS
Method 1. Post set in concrete.
Dig post holes 1'-0" square by 2'-0" deep. Place 4" of concrete into the bottom of every hole.
Commence putting the posts in the holes against (but not touching) the string line. Using a spirit-level on both the front and side faces, check that the post is plumb (vertical) and almost, but not quite, touching the string line.
Fill the hole with concrete to within 2" of the finished ground level. Check again that the post is plumb and not quite touching the string line. Because of the depth of the hole, the concrete will support the post without the need for bracing. Continue until all posts are concreted in.
Method 2. Galvanized post brackets set in concrete.
post holes 1'-0" square by 2'-0" deep. Fill the holes with concrete and set the brackets in position while the concrete is still soft. Ensure the brackets are at the right height, taking the finished slab (carport floor) into consideration. Some temporary packing, props or bracing may be needed to support the brackets until the concrete stiffens up. Wait until the concrete has cured (usually at least four days) and then install the posts plumb (vertical) in the brackets and hold in place with temporary bracing.
Method 3. Galvanized post brackets bolted to existing concrete slab.
Fix the brackets to the slab, in position with masonry bolts or anchors. Install the posts plumb (vertical) in the brackets and hold in place with temporary bracing.
TRIMMING THE POSTS
Mark the rear posts a minimum of 7'-8" above the slab, or finished ground level. Ensure the height marks on both rear posts are level. Use a spirit-level on a straight edge to achieve this or the water level method. Mark the front two posts 4" higher than the rear posts. Fix a string line between the front and back posts to mark the height of the middle posts. Cut the tops of the posts off at these marks.
THE BEAMS AND RAFTERS
Cut the two beams 20ft long with 45degree angle cuts each end and clamp in place to the posts so that the tops of the beams are flush with the tops of the posts and protrude past both the front and rear posts by 1'-0". Drill and bolt the beams to the posts with 1/2" Galvanized bolts, (two at each meeting).
Cut the two end rafters 10ft long with 45degree angle cuts each end and fix in place to the beams with 3" jolthead Galvanized nails and then with Galvanized angle brackets, each bracket fixed with four 1/2" Galvanized bolts, two through the beam and two through the rafter. (See diagram).
Cut the six intermediate rafters 9'-8" long and fix in place to the beams with Galvanized metal joist hangers. Space the rafters at 3'-0" centres
Finish off with a longitudinal row of trimmers (noggings) down the middle and in between the rafters.
If the posts are concreted into the ground, and the posts are bolted to the beams with two bolts at each meeting, then no further bracing should be required. If, however, the posts are not in-ground, but supported by Galvanized post brackets, then additional bracing is required. One such scenario is to fix upper post diagonal bracing, two to each post, each about 3'-0" long (more or less), and fixed to the post with nail plates and fixed to the beam/rafter with bolts.
Another scenario is to fix full 4"x4" diagonal braces running from the bottoms of the middle posts to the tops of the end posts and secure with bolts, nail plates or Galvanized brackets at each end. A similar diagonal brace is also required between the two rear (end) posts. With this latter scenario, the diagonal braces could be replaced with diagonal trellis (lattice) between the two end posts and the end post and middle post each side (three panels in all). Both bracing methods mentioned in this scenario also require roof plane bracing to ensure the front of the carport is rigid. This can be 1" wide flat Galvanized metal strapping stretched from corner to corner and fixed with Galvanized nails to the top of each rafter.
For simple mono pitch roofs such as car ports - porches - gazeebos the Snap down glazing bar range is a cost effective solution. Available in white and brown the three position cap system caters for 10mm - 16mm and 25mm polycarbonate. A separate bar is available for 25-35mm polycarbonate applications
Snap tight Rafter Bar
Cross Section of Bar
Aluminium "F" Section Profile
Conservatory Cleaning service in ipswich and Suffolk Stowmarket and Felixstowe
We offer a conservatory cleaning service in ipswich and Suffolk Stowmarket and Felixstowe. By cleaning your conservatory it will make it look like new for a reasonable amount of money. We also repair leaking conservatory roofs in ipswich felixstowe Stowmarket and Suffolk. We have found that many customers that we have helped resolve their leaking conservatories were appreciative as they had found it very difficult to find companies prepared to take on such work