Frequently Asked Questions about SolidLox Post & Beam

Do you install SolidLox structures ?

Yes we do. We can install your structure throughout the UK.

Prices are not shown on our website as it will vary according to your location. Please call us on 01291 437 050 or use our contact form to get a price.

What is included in the kit ?

The standard kits supply all the components needed for the structure ( For the full specification see the relevant products details ). You can also order extra materials like Roof Slates, Shingles, Windows, Doors & Insulation to be delivered with your kit.

If you are self assembling fixings are not included. You will need sufficient quantity of the following items:

  • m10 Rawl Bolts, Chem Anchors or Concrete Screws for fixing the base plates to the floor
  • 100mm Oval Nails (or gun nails) for nailing wall frames
  • 100mm Oval Nails (or gun nails) for nailing roof timbers
  • 50mm sherardized round head Nails for feather edge wall cladding
  • 50mm sherardized round head Nails for fixing OSB sarking to rafters
  • 75mm sherardized round head Nails for fixing counter batten through OSB to rafters
  • 60mm Screws for floor deck (10 per sheet) - If having a room in roof option
  • Glue for floor deck (1 tube per 8 sheets)) - If having a room in roof option

For longer life, Nails & Screws should be non-corrosive or stainless steel

Why do you not provide scaffolding even though you are erecting ?

Scaffolding needs to be erected by independant certified erectors under latest health & safety regulations.

What Scaffolding is required ?

We are not qualified Scaffold erectors and so are not able to advise what scaffolding will be needed for you. We can however provide the following information for you to pass to your scaffolding contractors who should then be able to provide a design suitable for your specific site conditions and constraints. We will be pleased to discuss this with them in relation to your site and project.

To meet HM Health & Safety Executive requirements, Scaffold will be needed to all four sides of the proposed structure.

  • If the surface all around this is solid and level, two mobile tower scaffolds may be adequate, since they can be moved around the sides as work proceeds. Please see HSE’s web site guidance for use of tower scaffolds.
  • If the surface around the building is uneven, soft, or too narrow to take a mobile scaffold, then you will need a free-standing, independent scaffold all around. This needs to be in place before erection of your SolidLox ‘kit’ begins. Please see HSE’s web site Scaffold Checklist for guidance on Design & Inspection issues for scaffold.
  • All scaffolds should allow sufficient access clearance to fix the cladding.
  • Scaffolding of the gable ends should be suitable for the maximum ridge height shown on your drawings to enable the gable cladding to be fixed safely.
  • If you have a Low Pitch roof, one lift set approximately 300mm below the eaves height will usually be enough.
  • If you have a Medium or High Pitch roof, e.g. for a room in the roof where the ridge may be approximately 5.5 metres high, you will need a further lift on the gable ends set approximately 2m above the lower lift so that the gables can be erected and clad safely.

How easy is SolidLox to put together ?

The SolidLox system is a modular system that has been designed for easy installation. We recommend that you:

  • Have at least 3 people
  • Have the assistance of a qualified carpenter or builder with timber frame knowledge
  • Allow 7 days for a 2 Bay Structure

Further details can be found in our Installation Instructions.

What type of foundation is required for a SolidLox structure ?

The SolidLox system works with most foundation types. The foundation type you require will depend largely on your site and SHOULD be discussed with a ground worker.

Depending on ground conditions most people set their SolidLox on a concrete slab base but 400 x 400 concrete pads are also acceptable.

The adjustable height post bases enable you to set your SolidLox on out of level foundations (up to 50mm)

Do I need planning permission ?

This will depend on the size, height and location of your proposed building:

    Planning will usually be required if any of the following are true:
  • You are going to be placing the building close to a boundary
  • The building will be in front of the building line of your house (when viewed from the road).
  • You live in a listed property or within a conservation area.
    Planning may not be required if all of the following are true:
  • You are going to place the building behind the house
  • It will be more than 2.0m from a boundary
  • The ridge height is below 4.0m.
  • It will be for NON business use

You can read our General Guide to Planning Requirements here or we suggest you visit the Government Planning Portal which contains a wealth of information and an interactive guide covering most circumstances.

If you require help with gaining planning permission we can supply you will full-scale drawings for submission with your apllication.
Contact us for further information.

How long will it take to get Planning ?

The Planning process typically takes up to 8 weeks from the date that the application is registered (which can sometimes be anything up to two weeks after the application is submitted), we therefore suggest that you assume approximately 8-10 weeks in total from submission of the application to gaining Planning approval, assuming all goes smoothly.

Can the standard designs be modified to suit my needs ?

Yes. You can make amendments to our standard designs or design your own structure from scratch. Send your design in to us and we would then check that it is suitable to be made with the SolidLox system and provide you with a bespoke price.

What type of roof covering can I use ?

SolidLox structures can take most types of roof coverings. We offer lightweight steel tiles, sustainable eco slates, cedar shingles and Asphalt Shingles as optional extras to your kit.

See our Roofing section for further details on the Roofing types we can provide

What types of cladding options are there ?

All of our standard garages are supplied with feather edge larch cladding or similar as standard. You can however choose to upgrade the cladding to Cedar feather edge, Log Lap, or Novabrick (Brick Cladding System).

See our Cladding section for further details on the Cladding types we can provide.

Are SolidLox structures suitable for a room in the roof ?

Yes. Structures that have a 45 degree, or greater, pitch roof have been designed to take first floor loadings and the SolidLox system has been designed to reduce the need for additional support posts on the ground floor. However, depending on the load to be taken additional posts may be required. 

In order to complete your room in the roof build you will need additional components such as: staircase, personnel door, flooring, windows etc. All of which we can supply & deliver with your kit if required

What is the maximum length of a SolidLox Beam ?

The maximum Beam span possible with SolidLox depends on the design of the building and the load being put on the beam from above. It also depends on the length of timber available – the longer the beam the greater the cost – and the size of the corner braces used.

For low pitch, single storey structures we can achieve circa 7m, possibly longer

For high pitch, room in roof structures we have achieved 6m, but could possibly go longer – again depending on design and load.

The best thing to do is to send us a sketch, with measurements, of what is required and we will advise what is feasible.

Do you deliver to the whole of the UK ?

We offer FREE delivery on all our kits to mainland England, Wales and the Scottish lowlands. For delivery to the Scottish highlands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man & Ireland please call for a quotation.

Do you deliver outside the UK ?

Unfortunately No. However, we are able to deliver to a UK port of your choosing for you to then arrange collection and onward shipping to your destination.

Please note however, that we cannot accept responsibility for the product after it has been sucessfully delivered to the port



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