Chimney breasts, soil pipes, downpipes, bay windowsand other building features and geometry.
There are very few perfectly square or rectangular buildings. Most buildings have an individual feature or piece of service equipment appearing on its face somewhere around its perimeter. For fixed roofs such features are usually not a problem to incorporate into the project.
Sliding roofs can be made to accommodate many building features and louvreroofs which are of the beam supported type can be built to incorporate many features by shaping the louvres. In this way curves, chimneys/chimney breasts, pipes etc. can be dealt with quite simply and weatherproofed with a secret gutter detail and/or lead flashings.
With beam supported louvreroofs the louvres can be cut and formed around the projection through the roof maintaing the weatherproofing integrity of the roof.
Alternaatively the louvres can be cut and shaped around the projection and a drip tray installed below to catch any water ingress or the louvres shortened if needed and a counter flashing installed above the opening to deflect any rain, snow or hail from penetrating the roof.
Louvre roofs which are built without louvre beams (perimeter fixed louvres) are more difficult to construct around building features and non-uniform building geometry. The non-uniform area may need to be infilled or some of the opening and closing area might require to be blanked off.
When we are making louvreroofs which need to accommodate curves, rectangles, circles, squares within their perimeter we always use the louvre beam type of louvreroofs where the louvre is supported and operated by the louvre beam. This type (as opposed to our other type where the louvres are supported and operated by spindles at the louvre ends) maximises the opening and closing roof area by removing the need to infill the areas of the roof adjoining these building features.
Internal and external corners are other building geometry features that can easily be accommodated within an outdoor roof project. The most important thing with these features is to consider the orientation and opening characteristics of each piece of the roof separately because as they are on different elevations then they will experience different light conditions at the same time
We have lots of examples where we have successfully accommodated building features into the roof area and have even accommodated a much loved tree growing through one of our roofs.
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