Ultraframe has produced a new goalpost for its Glass Roof and Livinroof systems, which will allow open-sided constructions with clear openings in excess of 6.5m, and doors in excess of 10m.

Marketing director Alex Hewitt said: “The stability of the roof on such designs needs careful consideration and builders and installers would typically use their local steel fabricator to create a bespoke steel goalpost, and a structural engineer to do all the calculations. This involves a leap of faith that the roof and goalpost will work as they should when they come together and means dealing with three different suppliers.

“Our new goalpost is specified at the time of ordering the roof and Ultraframe’s in-house structural engineers use our bespoke software to run all the necessary calculations. The goalpost and roof are designed and manufactured to work perfectly together, meaning that ordering a goalpost from Ultraframe is simple and hassle free.”

Engineered aluminum beams come in lengths no greater than 7m which can be joined with another post at a fixed point for larger spans. This means that they are light enough to be lifted into place, as opposed to hiring machinery such as a genie lift.

The goalpost can also be supplied with a beam deflection kit which acts as a cushion or spring, allowing the header beam to safely deflect by up to 6mm without affecting the head of the door frame and the smooth operation of the doors below. The goalpost can be concealed within the Ultraframe internal pelmet or left visible and powder-coated in the colour of the homeowner’s choice, and in terms of suitability, can be used on any shape or style of Glass Roof or Livinroof extension.

For projects with bi-folds the goalpost can be used on door spans of up to 6.5m, and for larger scale projects featuring lift & slide doors with intermediate structural posts where the doors meet, doors in excess of 10m can be catered for.